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AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: AISB '08 Symposium - W h a t i s C o m p u t a t i o n a l S w a r m I n t e l l i ge n c e ?


W h a t   i s  C o m p u t a t i o n a l  S w a r m  I n t e l l i ge n c e ?

A symposium of the AISB 2008 Convention on Communication, Interaction
and Social Intelligence, April 1st - 4th, 2008, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Website: http://igor.gold.ac.uk/~mas01tb/AISB08/index.html

Are there any unifying principles underlying the behaviour of swarm
algorithms and how they can be effectively harnessed to develop new
computational techniques?

This symposium is particularly interested in discussing the
conceptual and theoretical overlaps between common swarm algorithms
such as Particle Swarm Optimisation (PSO), Ant Colony Optimisation
(ACO) and Stochastic Diffusion Search (SDS). Are they compatible? And
if they are incompatible, what are the overlapping problem domains?
Previous research directions have looked towards physics and, in
particular, biology for new ideas. Computational Swarm Intelligence
(CSI) can now, however, be regarded as an autonomous aggregate of
techniques and ideas that so far have not been unified. Is there a
mathematical, algorithmic framework which will enable us to
understand and analyse these algorithms? The aim of this symposium is
not to say which algorithm is superior at which problem, but rather
to make comparisons at a conceptual level.

The symposium will run for a single day during the main AISB
convention. At the end of the paper presentations, an informal debate
will attempt to hammer out a CSI metaheuristic.


Papers are welcomed on any theoretical, conceptual or mathematical
issue that advances and generalises our understanding of any single
CSI paradigm (PSO, ACO, SDS,...). Attempts to formulate a CSI
metaheuristic, to make cross-algorithm comparisons and/or attempt a
unification are particularly welcome. Any work which links CSI to
results in the field of Global Optimisation (GO), and any advances in
GO which may reflect back on a CSI metaheuristic are also invited.
Any output which may justifiably move us closer to an answer to our
question will be warmly received.

Submissions and Publications
Papers, which should be in the region of 5-8 pages, prepared
according to these guidelines and in pdf format, should be emailed to
the symposium co-chairs by January 14th 2008. All papers from the
AISB convention will be published in the AISB proceedings, with an
ISBN number. A special issue in a journal is being planned to collect
the best papers from this and our companion swarm intelligence and
applications symposium at AISB 08.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of papers: January 14th, 2008.

Notification of acceptance: February 15th, 2008.

Symposium: April 3rd, 2008 (tbc).

AISB 08 convention: April 1st - 4th, 2008.

There is a best student paper award, and scholarships.

Programme Committee

Dr. T. Blackwell (Co-chair)
Dept. Computing, Goldsmiths,
University of London, New Cross, SE14 6NW. tim.blackwell@gold.ac.uk

Dr Kris De Meyer (Co-chair)
Division of Engineering
King's College London
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

Dr Mark Bishop (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Dr Slawomir Nasuto (University of Reading)

Dan Bratton (Goldsmiths, University of London)