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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. Topics 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. Awards 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. firstname.lastname@example.org Dr Kris De Meyer (Co-chair) Division of Engineering King's College London Strand, London, WC2R 2LS email@example.com Dr Mark Bishop (Goldsmiths, University of London) Dr Slawomir Nasuto (University of Reading) Dan Bratton (Goldsmiths, University of London)