Call for Papers
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
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
Theoretical and experimental research in swarm robotics systems.
Workshop proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS
Best Paper Award
A best paper award will be presented at the workshop.
Up-to-date information will be published on the web site
http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/ants2006/. For information about local
arrangements, registration forms, etc., please refer to the
above-mentioned web site or contact the local organizers at the
|ANTS 2006 WORKSHOP
|IRIDIA CP 194/6
|Université Libre de Bruxelles
|Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50
|1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.
|Title and abstract deadline
||Mar 12, 2006
||Mar 19, 2006
|Notification of acceptance
||May 21, 2006
|Camera ready copy
||June 4, 2006
||September 4, 2006
||September 5-7, 2006
ANTS 2006 Workshop Committee
Technical Program Chairs
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)