ANTS 2008
Sixth International Conference on
Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence
September 22-24, 2008. Brussels, Belgium
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Conference Program

The conference will take place from September 22 to September 24 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Click here for a map of room locations.

Monday, 22nd September 2008

08:30-18:00 Registration

09:15-09:30 Introductory Remarks

09:30-10:30 Invited Talk:  Ant Colony Optimization Hybrids by Christian Blum

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Session 1: Oral Presentations

  • 11:00 Molecular Structure Elucidation Using Ant Colony Optimization: A Preliminary Study
    Caroline Farrelly, Douglas B. Kell, Joshua Knowles

  • 11:30 cAnt-Miner: An Ant Colony Classification Algorithm to Cope with Continuous Attributes
    Fernando E. B. Otero, Alex A. Freitas, and Colin G. Johnson

  • 12:00 Learning from House-Hunting Ants: Collective Decision-Making in Organic Computing Systems
    Arne Brutschy, Alexander Scheidler, Daniel Merkle, and Martin Middendorf

12:30-14:30 Free time for lunch

14:30-15:30 Session 2: Oral Presentations

  • 14:30 Gathering Multiple Robotic Agents with Crude Distance Sensing Capabilities
    Noam Gordon, Yotam Elor, and Alfred M. Bruckstein

  • 15:00 Integration of ACO in a Constraint Programming Language
    Madjid Khichane, Patrick Albert, and Christine Solnon

15:30-16:15 Session 3: Preview Highlights

  • Ant Colony Optimization for Genome-Wide Genetic Analysis
    Casey S. Greene, Bill C. White, and Jason H. Moore

  • A Dynamic Swarm for Visual Location Tracking
    Marcel Kronfeld, Christian Weiss, and Andreas Zell

  • A Simulation Study of Routing Performance in Realistic Urban Scenarios for MANETs
    Gianni A. Di Caro, Frederick Ducatelle, and Luca M. Gambardella

  • Ant Based Heuristics for the Capacitated Fixed Charge Location Problem
    Harry Venables and Alfredo Moscardini

  • Ant Colony Optimization and the Single Round Robin Maximum Value Problem
    David C. Uthus, Patricia J. Riddle, and Hans W. Guesgen

  • Dependency by Concentration of Pheromone Trail for Multiple Robots
    Ryusuke Fujisawa, Shigeto Dobata, Daisuke Kubota, Hikaru Imamura, and Fumitoshi Matsuno

  • Dissemination of Information with Fair Load Distribution in Self-Organizing Grids
    Agostino Forestiero, Carlo Mastroianni, and Giandomenico Spezzano

  • A Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm for Multiuser Scheduling in HSDPA
    Mehmet E. Aydin, Raymon Kwan, Cyril Leung, and Jie Zhang

  • AntLib v1.0: A Generic C++ Framework for Ant Colony Optimization
    Francisco Javier Diego Martín, José Ángel González Manteca, Ruth Carrasco-Gallego, and Javier Carrasco Arias

16:15-18:15 Poster Session: Papers and previews presented in Sessions 1, 2, and 3

18:15 End

Tuesday, 23rd September 2008

09:30-10:30 Invited Talk:  Symbrion: from Swarm to multi-cellular Organism by Alan Winfield

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Session 4: Oral Presentations

  • 11:00 Modeling Phase Transition in Self-Organized Mobile Robot Flocks
    Ali Emre Turgut, Cristián Huepe, Hande Çelikkanat, Fatih Gökçe, and Erol Sahin

  • 11:30 Simple Dynamic Particle Swarms without Velocity
    Jorge Peña

  • 12:00 Rigorous Analyses for the Combination of Ant Colony Optimization and Local Search
    Frank Neumann, Dirk Sudholt, and Carsten Witt

12:30-14:30 Free time for lunch

14:30-15:30 Session 5: Oral Presentations

  • 14:30 Ant Colony Optimization for Energy-Efficient Broadcasting in Ad-Hoc Networks
    Hugo Hernández, Christian Blum, and Guillem Francès

  • 15:00 Two-level ACO for Haplotype Inference Under Pure Parsimony
    Stefano Benedettini, Andrea Roli, and Luca Di Gaspero

15:30-16:15 Session 6: Preview Highlights

  • Finding Minimum Spanning/Distances Trees by using River Formation Dynamics
    Pablo Rabanal, Ismael Rodríguez, and Fernando Rubio

  • Beanbag Robotics: Robotic Swarms with 1-DoF Units
    David M. M. Kriesel, Eugene Cheung, Metin Sitti, and Hod Lipson

  • BlåtAnt: Bounding Networks' Diameter with a Collaborative Distributed Algorithm
    Amos Brocco, Fulvio Frapolli, and Béat Hirsbrunner

  • Artificial Ants to Extract Leaf Outlines and Primary Venation Patterns
    Robert J. Mullen, Dorothy Monekosso, Sarah Barman, Paolo Remagnino, and Paul Wilkin

  • Lattice Formation in Space for a Swarm of Pico Satellites
    Carlo Pinciroli, Mauro Birattari, Elio Tuci, Marco Dorigo, Marco del Rey Zapatero, Tamas Vinko, and Dario Izzo

  • Emergent Sorting in Networks of Router Agents
    Alexander Scheidler, Christian Blum, Daniel Merkle, and Martin Middendorf

  • Enhancing the Cooperative Transport of Multiple Objects
    Antoine Decugnière, Benjamin Poulain, Alexandre Campo, Carlo Pinciroli, Bruno Tartini, Michel Osée, Marco Dorigo, and Mauro Birattari

  • Incorporating Heuristics in a Swarm Intelligence Framework for Inferring Gene Regulatory Networks from Gene Expression Time Series
    Kyriakos Kentzoglanakis, Matthew Poole, and Carl Adams

  • bicACO: An Ant Colony Inspired Biclustering Algorithm
    Fabrício O. de França, Guilherme P. Coelho, and Fernando J. Von Zuben

  • Dynamic Routing and Travel Time Prediction with Ant Based Control
    Bogdan Tatomir, Adriana-Camelia Suson and Leon Rothkrantz

  • Network Formation using Ant Colony Optimization
    Steven C. Oimoen, Gilbert L. Peterson, and Kenneth M. Hopkinson

16:15-18:15 Poster Session: Papers and previews presented in Sessions 4, 5, and 6

18:15 End

19:00 Conference dinner at the restaurant "Madame Olsen" located at 467 Chaussee de Boondael.

Wednesday, 24th September 2008

09:30-10:30 Invited Talk:  Ant Colony Optimization for industrial vehicle routing problems by Luca Maria Gambardella

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:00 Session 7: Preview Highlights

  • An Improved ACO Based Plug-in to Enhance the Interpretability of Fuzzy Rule Bases with Exceptions
    Pablo Carmona and Juan Luis Castro

  • Swarming in a Virtual World: A PSO Approach to Virtual Camera Composition
    Luca Di Gaspero, Andrea Ermetici, and Roberto Ranon

  • What Hides in Dimension X? A Quest for Visualizing Particle Swarms
    Namrata Khemka and Christian Jacob

  • Incorporating Preferences to a Multi-objective Ant Colony Algorithm for Time and Space Assembly Line Balancing
    Manuel Chica, Óscar Cordón, Sergio Damas, Jordi Pereira, and Joaquín Bautista

  • KANTS: Artifical Ant System for Classification
    Carlos Fernandes, Antonio Miguel Mora, Juan Julián Merelo, Vitorino Ramos, Juan Luís Laredo, and Agostihno Rosa

  • Autonomous Reconfiguration in a Self-Assembling Multi-Robot System
    Rehan O'Grady, Anders Lyhne Christensen, and Marco Dorigo

  • Merging Groups for the Exploration of Complex State Spaces in the CPSO Approach
    Stefanie Thiem, Jörg Lässig, and Peter Köchel

  • Parallel Ant Colony Optimization for the Quadratic Assignment Problems with Symmetric Multi Processing
    Shigeyoshi Tsutsui

  • Social Odometry in Populations of Autonomous Robots
    Álvaro Gutiérrez, Alexandre Campo, Francisco C. Santos, Carlo Pinciroli, and Marco Dorigo

  • The Architecture of Ant-Based Clustering to Improve Topographic Mapping
    Lutz Herrmann and Alfred Ultsch

  • The Small World of Pheromone Trails
    Paola Pellegrini and Andrea Ellero

  • On the Stability and the Parameters of Particle Swarm Optimization
    Keiichiro Yasuda, Nobuhiro Iwasaki, and Genki Ueno

  • Regional Traffic Assignment by ACO
    Vittorio Maniezzo, Matteo Roffilli, Roberto Gabrielli, Alessandra Guidazzi, Manuel Otero, and Rolando Trujillo

  • SwarmClass: A Novel Data Clustering Approach by a Hybridization of an Ant Colony with Flying Insects
    Amira Hamdi, Nicolas Monmarché, M. Adel Alimi, and Mohamed Slimane

  • The Differential Ant-Stigmergy Algorithm for Large Scale Real-Parameter Optimization
    Peter Korošec and Jurij Šilc

12:00-14:00 Poster Session

14:00-14:30 Best Paper Award. Concluding Remarks.

14:30 End