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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: 8th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence, Sep 12-14, 2012. Brussels, BELGIUM- EXTENDED DEADLINE

Call for papers prepared on February 24, 2012
More details and up-to-date information at

The On-line Submission System is now Active!

You can access the system by going to the web site:

Scope of the Conference

Swarm intelligence is a relatively new discipline that deals with the
study of self-organizing processes both in nature and in artificial
systems. Researchers in ethology and animal behavior have proposed
many models to explain interesting aspects of social insect behavior
such as self-organization and shape-formation. Recently, algorithms
and methods inspired by these models have been proposed to solve
difficult problems in many domains.

An example of a particularly successful research direction in swarm
intelligence is ant colony optimization, the main focus of which is on
discrete optimization problems. Ant colony optimization has been
applied successfully to a large number of difficult discrete
optimization problems including the traveling salesman problem, the
quadratic assignment problem, scheduling, vehicle routing, etc., as
well as to routing in telecommunication networks. Another interesting
approach is that of particle swarm optimization, that focuses on
continuous optimization problems. Here too, a number of successful
applications can be found in the recent literature. Swarm robotics is
another relevant field. Here, the focus is on applying swarm
intelligence techniques to the control of large groups of cooperating
autonomous robots.

ANTS 2012 will give researchers in swarm intelligence the opportunity
to meet, to present their latest research, and to discuss current
developments and applications.

The three-day conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on
September 12-14, 2012.

Relevant Research Areas

ANTS 2012 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of swarm
intelligence. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:

Behavioral models of social insects or other animal societies that
can stimulate new algorithmic approaches.

Empirical and theoretical research in swarm intelligence.

Application of swarm intelligence methods, such as ant colony
optimization or particle swarm optimization, to real-world problems.

Theoretical and experimental research in swarm robotics systems.

Publication Details

Conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS

The journal Swarm Intelligence will publish a special issue dedicated
to ANTS 2012 that will contain extended versions of the best research
works presented at the conference. Further details will be
published on the web site.

Best Paper Award

A best paper award will be presented at the conference. The prize winner
will receive a certificate signed by the conference organizers and a
bronze sculpture of an ant expressly created for the ANTS conference by
the Italian sculptor Matteo Pugliese (

Invited talks

- Prof. Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) on
"Towards Simulating the Foundations of Society"

- Prof. Nigel R. Franks (University of Bristol, UK) on
"Ants, Bees and Brains"

- Prof. Vijay Kumar (University of Pennsylvania, USA) on
"Architectures, abstractions, and algorithms for large teams of robots"

Further Information

Up-to-date information will be published on the web site For information about local
arrangements, registration forms, etc., please refer to the
above-mentioned web site or contact the local organizers at the
address below.

Conference Address

ANTS 2012
IRIDIA CP 194/6 Tel +32-2-6502729
Universit Libre de Bruxelles Fax +32-2-6502715
Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium email:

Important Dates

Submission deadline March 9, 2012
Notification of acceptance May 3, 2012
Camera ready copy May 17, 2012
Conference September 12-14, 2012

ANTS 2012 Organizing Committee

General Chair:
Marco Dorigo, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium

Technical Program Chairs:
Christian Blum, ALBCOM, LSI, Universitat Politcnica de Catalunya
Andries Engelbrecht, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Roderich Gro, Sheffield University, UK

Publication Chair:
Anders Lyhne Christensen, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, Portugal

Organization Chairs:
Mauro Birattari, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
Thomas Sttzle, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium

Local Arrangements:
Andreagiovanni Reina, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
Arne Brutschy, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium