ANTS 2006
Fifth International Workshop on
Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence
September 2006. Brussels, Belgium
With gracious support by:
Coomunaute Francais
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Document prepared on November 9, 2005

Scope of the Workshop

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 inspired by these models have been proposed to solve difficult computational problems.

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.

The ANTS 2006 workshop will give researchers in swarm intelligence the opportunity to meet, to present their latest research, and to discuss current developments and applications.

The four-day workshop will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on September 4-7, 2006. September 4 will be devoted to tutorials.

Relevant Research Areas

ANTS 2006 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 Details

Workshop proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS series.

Best Paper Award

A best paper award will be presented at the workshop.

Further Information

Up-to-date information will be published on the web site 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.

Workshop Address

IRIDIA CP 194/6 Tel +32-2-6502729
Université Libre de Bruxelles Fax +32-2-6502715
Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium email:

Workshop Location

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.

Important Dates

Title and abstract deadline Mar 12, 2006
Submission deadline Mar 19, 2006
Notification of acceptance May 21, 2006
Camera ready copy June 4, 2006
Tutorials September 4, 2006
Workshop September 5-7, 2006

ANTS 2006 Workshop Committee

General Chairs
Marco DORIGO, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
Luca M. GAMBARDELLA, IDSIA, USI-SUPSI, Manno, Switzerland

Technical Program Chairs
Alcherio MARTINOLI EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Riccardo POLI University of Essex, UK
Thomas STÜTZLE, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium

Publication Chair
Mauro BIRATTARI, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium



Comp2Sys, Marie Curie Early Stage Training Site

French Community of Belgium (through the research project ANTS)

IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (as a technical co-sponsor)