[Bioforum] Computational Swarm Intelligence at AISB

Dan Bratton via bioforum%40net.bio.net (by d.bratton from gold.ac.uk)
Fri Nov 16 07:49:43 EST 2007

***What is Computational Swarm Intelligence?***

A symposium of the AISB 2008 Convention on Communication, Interaction and
Social Intelligence, April 1st - 4th, 2008, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Website: http://igor.gold.ac.uk/~mas01tb/AISB08/index.html

Are there any unifying principles underlying the behaviour of swarm
algorithms and how they can be effectively harnessed to develop new
computational techniques?

This symposium is particularly interested in discussing the conceptual and
theoretical overlaps between common swarm algorithms such as Particle
Swarm Optimisation (PSO), Ant Colony Optimisation (ACO) and Stochastic
Diffusion Search (SDS). Are they compatible? And if they are incompatible,
what are the overlapping problem domains? Previous research directions
have looked towards physics and, in particular, biology for new ideas.
Computational Swarm Intelligence (CSI) can now, however, be regarded as an
autonomous aggregate of techniques and ideas that so far have not been
unified. Is there a mathematical, algorithmic framework which will enable
us to understand and analyse these algorithms? The aim of this symposium
is not to say which algorithm is superior at which problem, but rather to
make comparisons at a conceptual level.

The symposium will run for a single day during the main AISB convention.
At the end of the paper presentations, an informal debate will attempt to
hammer out a CSI metaheuristic.


Papers are welcomed on any theoretical, conceptual or mathematical issue
that advances and generalises our understanding of any single CSI paradigm
(PSO, ACO, SDS,...). Attempts to formulate a CSI metaheuristic, to make
cross-algorithm comparisons and/or attempt a unification are particularly
welcome. Any work which links CSI to results in the field of Global
Optimisation (GO), and any advances in GO which may reflect back on a CSI
metaheuristic are also invited. Any output which may justifiably move us
closer to an answer to our question will be warmly received.

Submissions and Publications

Papers, which should be in the region of 5-8 pages, prepared according to
these guidelines and in pdf format, should be emailed to the symposium
co-chairs by January 14th 2008. All papers from the AISB convention will
be published in the AISB proceedings, with an ISBN number. A special issue
in a journal is being planned to collect the best papers from this and our
companion swarm intelligence and applications symposium at AISB 08.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of papers: January 14th, 2008.
Notification of acceptance: February 15th, 2008.
Symposium: April 3rd, 2008 (tbc).
AISB 08 convention: April 1st - 4th, 2008.


There is a best student paper award, and scholarships.

Programme Committee

Dr. T. Blackwell (Co-chair)
Dept. Computing, Goldsmiths,
University of London, New Cross, SE14 6NW.
tim.blackwell from gold.ac.uk

Dr Kris De Meyer (Co-chair)
Division of Engineering
King's College London
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS
kris.de_meyer from kcl.ac.uk

Dr Mark Bishop (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Dr Slawomir Nasuto (University of Reading)

Daniel Bratton (Goldsmiths, University of London)

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