ANTS 2014 - Ninth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
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Conference Program

The conference will take place from September 10 to September 12 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Click here for a map of room locations.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

8:30-16:00 Registration in room C.2.223 (second floor, conference building)
09:00-09:30 Welcome
09:30-10:30 Invited Talk:
All Roads Lead to the Mound
      by Simon Garnier
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Session 1: Oral Presentations
  Chair: Rehan O’Grady
  • 11:00 - Evolutionary Swarm Robotics: Genetic Diversity, Task-Allocation and Task-Switching
    Elio Tuci

  • 11:30 - Diversity Rate of Change Measurement for Particle Swarm Optimisers
    Phlippie Bosman, Andries P. Engelbrecht

  • 12:00 - SRoCS: Leveraging Stigmergy on a Multi-robot Construction Platform for Unknown Environments
    Michael Allwright, Navneet Bhalla, Haithan El-faham, Anthony Antoun, Carlo Pinciroli, Marco Dorigo

12:30-14:00 Free time for lunch
14:00-15:00 Session 2: Oral Presentations
  Chair: Carlo Pinciroli
  • 14:00 - Swarm in a Fly Bottle: Feedback-Based Analysis of Self-Organizing Temporary Lock-Ins
    Heiko Hamann, Gabriele Valentini

  • 14:30 - A Novel Ant Colony Algorithm for Building Neural Network Topologies
    Khalid Salama, Ashraf M. Abdelbar

15:00-16:00 Invited Talk:
Why is reciprocal cooperation so rare in animals?
      by Jean-Baptiste André
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-18:30 Special Session: H2SWARM - Presentations about the project carried out within the ESF EuroBioSAS programme (
  Chair: Vito Trianni
  • 16:30 - Evolution of Cooperative Behaviours in Robotic Swarms
    Tomassino Ferrauto

  • 17:00 - Collective Decisions and Load Balancing for Multiple Resource Exploitation
    Roman Miletitch

  • 17:30 - A Decision-Theoretic Formulation of Autonomous Construction by Mobile Robots
    Stefan Witwicki

  • 18:00 - Evolution of Division of Labour in Swarms of Robots
    Tom Wenseleers

19:00 Meeting at conference location - We walk to the dinner together
19:30 Conference dinner

Thursday, September 11, 2014

09:30-10:30 Invited Talk:
Critical Review of Modern Bio-Inspired Optimization Methods
      by Prof. Günter Rudolph
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Session 3: Oral Presentations
  Chair: Luca Gambardella
  • 11:00 - Towards a Cognitive Design Pattern for Collective Decision-Making
    Andreagiovanni Reina, Marco Dorigo, Vito Trianni

  • 11:30 - Angle Modulated Particle Swarm Variants
    Barend J. Leonard, Andries P. Engelbrecht

  • 12:00 - Ant Colony Optimization on a Budget of 1000
    Leslie Pérez Cáceres, Manuel López-Ibáñez, Thomas Stützle

12:30-14:30 Free time for lunch
14:30-16:00 Session 4: Oral Presentations
  Chair: Christian Blum
  • 14:30 - MACOC: A Medoid-Based ACO Clustering Algorithm
    Héctor D. Menéndez, Fernando E. B. Otero, David Camacho

  • 15:00 - Particle Swarm Convergence: Standardized Analysis and Topological Influence
    Christopher W. Cleghorn, Andries P. Engelbrecht

  • 15:30 - Application of Supervisory Control Theory to Swarms of e-puck and Kilobot Robots
    Yuri K. Lopes, André B. Leal, Tony J. Dodd, Roderich Groβ

16:00-16:30 Session 5: Preview Highlights
  Chair: Franco Mascia
  • A Novel Competitive Quantum-Behaviour Evolutionary Multi-Swarm Optimizer Algorithm Based on CUDA Architecture Applied to Constrained Engineering Design
    Daniel Leal Souza, Otávio Noura Teixeira, Dionne Cavalcante Monteiro, Roberto Célio Limão de Oliveira, Marco Antônio Florenzano Mollinetti

  • Cooperative Object Recognition: Behaviours of a Artificially Evolved Swarm
    David King, Philip Breedon

  • Emergent Diagnosis from a Collective of Radiologists: Algorithmic versus Social Consensus Strategies
    Daniel W. Palmer, David W. Piraino, Nancy A. Obuchowski, Jennifer A. Bullen

  • A Low-cost Real-time Tracking Infrastructure for Ground-based Robot Swarms
    Alan G. Millard, James A. Hilder, Jon Timmis, Alan F. T. Winfield

  • Foraging Agent Swarm Optimization with Applications in Data Clustering
    Kevin M. Barresi

  • A New Ant Colony Optimization Algorithm: Three Bounds Ant System
    Nikola Ivkovic, Marin Golub

  • GPU Implementation of Food-Foraging Problem for Evolutionary Swarm Robotics Systems
    Kazuhiro Ohkura, Toshiyuki Yasuda, Yoshiyuki Matsumura, Masaki Kadota

  • An Adaptive Bumble Bees Mating Optimization Algorithm for the Hierarchical Permutation Flowshop Scheduling Problem
    Yannis Marinakis, Magdalene Marinaki

16:30-18:30 Poster Session: Papers and previews presented in Sessions 1, 2, 3, and 5 (coffee served at 17:00)

Friday, September 12, 2014

09:00-10:30 Session 6: Oral Presentations
  Chair: Heiko Hamann
  • 09:00 - Scheduling a galvanization line by Ant Colony Optimization
    Silvino Fernandez, Segundo Alvarez, Diego Diaz, Miguel Iglesias, Borja Ena

  • 09:30 - Temporal Task Allocation in Periodic Environments
    Manuel Castillo-Cagigal, Arne Brutschy, Alvaro Gutiérrez, Mauro Birattari

  • 10:00 - Can Frogs Find Large Independent Sets in a Decentralized Way? Yes They Can!
    Christian Blum, Maria J. Blesa, Borja Calvo

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Session 7: Oral Presentations
  Chair: Elio Tuci
  • 11:00 - An Experiment in Automatic Design of Robot Swarms: AutoMoDe-Vanilla, EvoStick, and Human Experts
    Gianpiero Francesca, Manuele Brambilla, Arne Brutschy, Lorenzo Garattoni, Roman Miletitch, Gaetan Podevijn, Andreagiovanni Reina, Touraj Soleymani, Mattia Salvaro, Carlo Pinciroli, Vito Trianni, Mauro Birattari

  • 11:30 - Influencing a Flock via Ad Hoc Teamwork
    Katie Genter, Peter Stone

  • 12:00 - An ACO Algorithm to Solve an Extended Cutting Stock Problem for Scrap Minimization in a Bar Mill
    Diego Diaz, Pablo Valledor, Paula Areces, Jorge Rodil, Montserrat Suarez

12:30-13:30 Sandwich lunch at conference site
13:30-14:00 Session 8: Preview Highlights
  Chair: Kazuhiro Ohkura
  • Nature-Inspired Swarm Robotics Algorithms for Prioritized Foraging
    Jade Abbott, Andries P. Engelbrecht

  • Gene Expression in DNA Microarrays: A classification problem using Artificial Bee Colony (ABC) algorithm
    Beatriz A. Garro, Roberto A. Vazquez, Katya Rodríguez

  • Particle Swarm Optimisation with Enhanced Memory Particles
    Ian Broderick, Enda Howley

  • Morphology Learning via MDL and Ants
    Päivi Suomalainen

  • Sorting in Swarm Robots Using Communication-Based Cluster Size Estimation
    Hongli Ding, Heiko Hamann

  • Parallelizing Solution Construction in ACO for GPUs
    Noriyuki Fujimoto, Shigeyoshi Tsutsui

  • Using Fluid Neural Networks to Create Dynamic Neighborhood Topologies in Particle Swarm Optimization
    Stephen M. Majercik

  • Solving Resource-Constraint Project Scheduling Problems based on ACO algorithms
    Antonio Gonzalez-Pardo, David Camacho

14:00-16:00 Poster Session: Papers and previews presented in Sessions 4, 6, 7, and 8 (coffee served at 15:00)
16:00-16:30 Award Ceremony
16:30 Conference conclusion