[robotics-worldwide] CFP: ANTS 2012 - Eighth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence

Roderich Gross r.gross at sheffield.ac.uk
Wed Nov 23 03:56:40 PST 2011

Dear Colleagues,

Please do find below the updated CFP for ANTS 2012. We are specifically interested in contributions concerned with distributed/collective robotic systems, networked robots, sensor networks, cellular and modular robots, micro/nano robots, bio-logically inspired robots, etc, as long as the contributions are relevant for systems of large numbers of units/robots.

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			      ANTS 2012
	Eighth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence

	       September 12-14, 2012. Brussels, Belgium

	    Call for papers prepared on November 17, 2011
	      More details and up-to-date information at

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
and methods inspired by these models have been proposed to solve
difficult problems in many domains.

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 2012 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 12-14, 2012. 

Relevant Research Areas

ANTS 2012 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

Conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS.

The journal Swarm Intelligence will publish a special issue dedicated
to ANTS 2012 that will contain extended versions of the best research
works presented at the conference. Further details will soon be
published on the web site.

Best Paper Award

A best paper award will be presented at the conference.

Invited talks

Prof. Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and Prof. Nigel R. Franks 
(University of Bristol, UK) have accepted to give a plenary invited talk.

Further Information

Up-to-date information will be published on the web site
http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/ants2012/. 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 2012                        
IRIDIA CP 194/6                  Tel +32-2-6502729
Université Libre de Bruxelles    Fax +32-2-6502715
Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50           http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/ants2012
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium          email: ants at iridia.ulb.ac.be

Important Dates

Submission deadline           March 2, 2012
Notification of acceptance    May 3, 2012
Camera ready copy             May 17, 2012
Conference                    September 12-14, 2012

ANTS 2012 Organizing Committee

General Chair:
Marco Dorigo, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium

Technical Program Chairs:
Christian Blum, ALBCOM, LSI, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Andries Engelbrecht, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Roderich Groß, Sheffield University, UK

Publication Chair:
Anders Lyhne Christensen, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, Portugal

Organization Chairs:
Mauro Birattari, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
Thomas Stützle, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium

Local Arrangements:
Andreagiovanni Reina, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
Arne Brutschy, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium

Roderich Gross, Ph.D.
Natural Robotics Lab
The University of Sheffield

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