intelligence research and book cited in Crichton's novel Prey.
2016 IEEE Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award "for the development of the ant colony optimization methodology", to be awarded at 2016 IEEE World Conference on Computational Intelligence, July 25-29, 2016, Vancouver, Canada.
2015 IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award "for contributions to the foundations of swarm intelligence", to be awarded at 2015 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, December 9, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa.
Honorary Doctorate in Computer Science, awarded on April 21, 2015, by the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Best Paper Award for the paper "Autonomous Construction with Compliant Building Material" at 13th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems -- IAS-13, co-authored with Touraj Soleymani, Vito Trianni, Michael Bonani and Francesco Mondada. Awarded on July 19, 2014.
Top Cited Article Award 2006-2011 for the paper "Ant Colony Optimization for Continuous Domains" published in the European Journal of Operational Research, 185(3):1155-1173.
Best Paper Award for the paper "An incremental Ant Colony Algorithm with Local Search for Continuous Optimization" at the GECCO'11 the 13th Annual Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation. See http://www.sigevo.org/gecco-2011/papers.html awarded on July 16, 2011.
Top Cited Article Award 2005-2010 for the paper "Ant Colony Optimization Theory: A Survey" published in Theoretical Computer Science, 344(2-3): 243-278.
IEEE CIS Outstanding Paper Award 2007 for the paper co-authored with Christian Blum: "Search Bias in Ant Colony Optimization: On the Role of Competition-Balanced Systems," IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 9(2):159-174, April 2005.
Best Paper Award at the Eight Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS-8), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for the paper: "Hole Avoidance: Experiments in Coordinated Motion on Rough Terrain", co-authored with Vito Trianni and Stefano Nolfi. (2004).