Scope of the conferenceSwarm 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 AreasANTS 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 DetailsAccepted papers will be published in conference proceedings (Springer LNCS, to be confirmed). 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. Best Paper AwardA best paper award will be presented at the conference. Continuing the tradition of the ANTS Conference Series, the prize winner will receive a sculpture of an ant expressly created for the ANTS Conference by the Italian sculptor Matteo Pugliese. Further InformationUp-to-date information will be published on the web site http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/ants2012/. 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 AddressANTS 2012IRIDIA-CoDE, CP 194/6 Tel +32-2-6502729Université Libre de Bruxelles Fax +32-2-6502715Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50 http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/ants2010/1050 Bruxelles, Belgium email: antsiridia.ulb.ac.beConference LocationSalle Dupreel, Building S, Campus du Solbosch, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Av. Jeanne 44, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. Important DatesSubmission deadline March 2, 2012Notification of acceptance May 3, 2012Camera ready copy May 17, 2012Conference September 12-14, 2012ANTS 2012 Conference CommitteeMarco DORIGO, IRIDIA, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, BelgiumThomas STÜTZLE IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, BelgiumMauro BIRATTARI IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
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