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6295ANTS 2014 -- Ninth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence

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  • Thomas Stützle
    Oct 28, 2013
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                        ANTS 2014
                 Ninth International Conference on
                    Swarm Intelligence

                 September 10-12, 2014. Brussels, Belgium

               Call for papers prepared on October 28, 2013
                More details and up-to-date information at

      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 2014 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 10-12, 2014.

      Relevant Research Areas

      ANTS 2014 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

        + Theoretical and experimental research in swarm robotics systems.

      Publication Details

      Accepted papers will be published in conference proceedings that
      will be published by Springer in the LNCS series.

      The journal Swarm Intelligence will publish a special issue
      dedicated to ANTS 2014 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 ---

      Further Information

      Up-to-date information will be published on the web site
      http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/ants2014/. 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 2014
      IRIDIA, CP 194/6                 Tel +32-2-6502729
      Université Libre de Bruxelles    Fax +32-2-6502715
      Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50           http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/ants2014
      1050 Bruxelles, Belgium          email: ants@...

      Important Dates

      Submission deadline                March  2, 2014
      Notification of acceptance         April 30, 2014
      Camera ready copy                    May 14, 2014
      Conference                  September 10-12, 2014

      ANTS 2014 Conference Committee

      General Chair:
        Marco Dorigo
          IRIDIA, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

      Technical Program Chairs:
        Simon Garnier
          New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, NJ, USA
        Marco A. Montes De Oca
          Dept of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware, DE, USA
        Christine Solnon
          LIRIS, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France

      Publication Chair:
        Heiko Hamann
          Dept of Computer Science, University of Paderborn, Germany

      Organization Chairs:
        Mauro Birattari
          IRIDIA, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
        Thomas Stützle
          IRIDIA, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

      Local Arrangements:
        Andreagiovanni Reina
          IRIDIA, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
        Lorenzo Garattoni
          IRIDIA, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
        Manuele Brambilla
          IRIDIA, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
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