ANTS 2008
Sixth International Conference on
Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence
September 22-24, 2008. Brussels, Belgium
With gracious support by:
Communaute Francais
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Document prepared on August 28, 2007

Scope of the conference

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.

ANTS 2008 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 22-24, 2008. Tutorial sessions will be held in the mornings before the conference program.

Relevant Research Areas

ANTS 2008 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

The conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS series.

Best Paper Award

A best paper award will be presented at the conference.

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.

Conference Address

ANTS 2008
IRIDIA-CoDE, CP 194/6 Tel +32-2-6502729
Université Libre de Bruxelles Fax +32-2-6502715
Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium email:

Conference Location

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.

Important Dates

Submission deadline March 16, 2008
Notification of acceptance May 16, 2008
Camera ready copy May 30, 2008
Conference September 22-24, 2008

ANTS 2008 Conference Committee

General Chair
Marco DORIGO, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

Technical Program Chairs
Christian BLUM, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Maurice CLERC University of Essex, Colchester, UK
Alan WINFIELD, University of West of England, Bristol, UK

Publication Chair
Mauro BIRATTARI, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

Publicity Chair
Thomas STÜTZLE, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium