CfP: ANTS 2020 -- Deadline Extension and COVID-19 Information

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CfP: 12th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
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ANTS 2020
12th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
October 26-28, 2020. Barcelona
Up-to-date information at http://www.swarm-intelligence.eu/ants2020/

Extended Submission Deadline: May 1, 2020
Submission site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ants2020
Proceedings published by Springer LNCS
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COVID-19 Related Information
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Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has currently brought the social, economic, and academic life in large parts of the world to a standstill. Moreover, it seems very hard to forecast the near (even medium) term future, making it uncertain whether it will be possible to have a physical meeting in Barcelona or not. In case it will not be possible to hold ANTS 2020 as an on-site conference, presenters will be required to provide video presentations of their papers and posters. These video presentations will be made available online by means of a dedicated website. Moreover, the proceedings will be sent by land mail to everyone who has registered.

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Extended deadline
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Given the high level of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to extend the submission by two weeks. The new deadline is therefore: May 1, 2020

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Scope of the Conference
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Swarm intelligence is the 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 a number of models to explain interesting aspects of collective behaviors such as movement coordination, shape-formation or decision making. Recently, algorithms and methods inspired by these models have been proposed to solve difficult problems in many domains. Among these, it is worth mentioning ant colony optimization (ACO) and particle swarm optimization (PSO), focusing respectively on discrete and continuous optimisation problems. Also, Swarm robotics represents another field of techniques derived from swarm intelligence for the design of collaborative multi-robot systems featuring enhanced efficiency, robustness and scalability. ANTS 2020 aims to 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 for the first time in Barcelona, on October 26–28, 2020.

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Relevant Research Areas
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ANTS 2020 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.
- Theoretical and empirical and research in swarm intelligence.
- Application of swarm intelligence methods (e.g., ant colony optimisation or particle swarm optimisation) to real-world problems.
- Theoretical and experimental research in swarm robotics systems.
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