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Fourth International Workshop on
Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence
Brussels, Belgium, September 5-8, 2004
CALL FOR PAPERS (prepared on Oct 13, 2003)
Up-to-date information at http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~ants/ants2004/
SCOPE OF THE WORKSHOP
Swarm intelligence is a relatively novel discipline interested in the study of
self-organizing processes in Nature and human artifacts.
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 particularly successful research direction in swarm intelligence
is "ant colony optimization", which focuses on discrete optimization problems.
Ant colony optimization has been applied successfully to a large number of
difficult discrete optimization problems including the traveling salesman, the
quadratic assignment, scheduling, vehicle routing, etc., as well as to routing
in telecommunication networks.
Another example of interesting research direction is swarm robotics, where the
focus is on applying swarm intelligence techniques to the control of large
groups of cooperating autonomous robots.
The ANTS 2004 workshop will give researchers in both real and artificial 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, Sep 5-8, 2004.
September 5 will be devoted to tutorials.
RELEVANT RESEARCH AREAS
ANTS 2004 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of ant colony
optimization and swarm intelligence. Typical, but not exclusive topics of
- Models of the behavior of social insects or other animal societies that can
stimulate new algorithmic approaches.
- Empirical and theoretical research in ant colony optimization and swarm
- Application of ant colony optimization and swarm intelligence methods to
- Swarm robotics.
Conference proceedings will be published by a major publisher and distributed
to the participants at the conference site. More on this subject will be
published soon on the web site.
BEST PAPER AWARD
A best paper award will be presented at the workshop.
Up-to-date information about the workshop will be available at the ANTS 2004
web site (http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~ants/ants2004/). 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.
LIMITED NUMBER OF PLACES
As the number of participants will be limited, participants are strongly
invited to pre-register. If you intend to participate, please fill in the
INTENTION FORM available at the workshop web page and email it to:
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Title and abstract deadline Mar 12, 2004
Submission deadline Mar 19, 2004
Notification of acceptance May 21, 2004
Camera ready copy June 6, 2004
Tutorials Sep 5, 2004
Workshop Sep 6-8, 2004
ANTS'2004 CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Marco DORIGO, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
TECHNICAL PROGRAM AND PUBLICATION CHAIRS
Mauro BIRATTARI, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
Luca M. GAMBARDELLA, IDSIA, USI-SUPSI, Manno, Switzerland
Francesco MONDADA, ASL, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Thomas STUETZLE, INTELLEKTIK, TUD, Germany
Andrea ROLI, Universita' degli Studi "G.D'Annunzio", Chieti, Italy
IRIDIA CP 194/6 Tel +32-2-6502729
Universite' Libre de Bruxelles Fax +32-2-6502715
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50 http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~ants/ants2004/
1050 Bruxelles email: [log in to unmask]
Universite' Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Note that ten days after ANTS'2004, the conference PPSN-VIII will take place in
Birmingham, UK (http://events.cs.bham.ac.uk/ppsn04/).