Call for Extended Abstracts
ANTS'98 - From Ant Colonies
to Artificial Ants:
First International Workshop
on Ant Colony Optimization
Last updated Feb 9, 1998
Brussels, Belgium, October
Up-to-date information on the conference can be found at
Conference email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The behavior of ant colonies and how they coordinate complex activities
like foraging and nest building has since long time fascinated researchers
in ethology and animal behavior, who have proposed many models to explain
Recently, algorithms taking inspiration from the behavior of real ant
colonies have been applied to solve many types of optimization problems.
This new approach to distributed optimization is known as "Ant
has been applied successfully to a large number of difficult combinatorial
problems like the quadratic assignment and the traveling salesman problems,
to routing in telecommunications networks, to clustering and sorting problems,
ANTS'98 is the first event entirely
devoted to Ant
and more in general to algorithms inspired by the observation of ant colonies
Also of great interest to the workshop are models of ant colonies behavior
which could stimulate new algorithmic approaches.
The aims are to give researchers in both real ants behavior and in
ant colony optimization an opportunity to meet, to present their latest
research, and to discuss current developments and applications.
The two-day event will be held in Brussels, Belgium, from October 15
to October 16, 1998. In the evening of October 14 there will be a tutorial
on ant colony optimization.
RELEVANT RESEARCH AREAS
Submissions are invited that describe: (1) Models of aspects of real ant
colonies behavior, (2) Empirical and theoretical research in Ant Colony
Optimization. Submissions that describe the application of Ant Colony Optimization
methods to real-world problems are encouraged.
SUBMISSION OF EXTENDED ABSTRACTS
Format: Extended abstracts should be of approximately 3 pages plus one
title page (4 pages all together). All accepted abstracts will be presented
at the workshop. All attendees will receive a copy of all abstracts that
are accepted for presentation at the conference.
The title page must contain the title of the paper, the names and addresses
of all authors, and the full address of the first author (or the contact
person), including phone, fax and e-mail.
An electronic version (compressed PostScript) of the title page plus
extended abstract, and an electronic version of the title page only (plain
ASCII), should be emailed by May 31, 1998 to email@example.com.
Only if electronic submission is not possible, then authors can send
four hard copies of the extended abstract to the Program Chair.
A selection of the best papers will be published in the Future Generation Computer Systems journal,
special issue on Ant Colony Optimization, North Holland (Editor M. Dorigo).
REGISTRATION AND FURTHER INFORMATION
Up-to-date information about the workshop will be made available at the
ANTS'98 web site (http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/ants98/ants98.html). For information
about local arrangements, registration forms, etc., please refer to the
above mentioned web site, or contact the local organizer at the address
A registration fee of BF 6,500 will cover local organization expenses,
coffee breaks, and a social dinner on the Thursday 15 evening.
31 May 1998
Notification of acceptance
15 July 1998
Camera ready copy of abstract
1 September 1998
15-16 October 1998
PROGRAM CHAIR AND LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS
Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Extended abstracts should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
PROGRAM CHAIR ADDRESS
Marco Dorigo, Ph.D.
Chercheur Qualifié du FNRS
IRIDIA CP 194/6
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
Avenue A. Buyl 87
Building C - 4th floor (IRIDIA, Dorigo's lab, is at the 5th floor of the same building).
There will be arrows and indications to the workshop room.
LIMITED NUMBER OF PLACES
The number of participants will be limited. If you intend to participate
please fill in and send the intention form, or drop a line to email@example.com.