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

CfP: 12th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
=====================================================================ANTS 2020
12th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence October 26-28, 2020. Barcelona U p-to-date information at /ants2020/
Extended Submission Deadline: May 1, 2020
Submission site: Proceedings published by Springer LNCS ==================================================================== =====================================================================COVID-19 Related Information
=====================================================================Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has currentl y brought the social, economic, and academic life in larg e 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 n ot be possible to hold ANTS 2020 as an on-site conference , presenters will be required to provide video presentati ons of their papers and posters. These video presentation s will be made available online by means of a dedicated w ebsite. Moreover, the proceedings will be sent by land ma il to everyone who has registered.
=====================================================================Ext ended deadline =====================================================================Given the high level of d isruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decide d to extend the submission by two weeks. The new deadline is therefore: May 1, 2020
=====================================================================Scope of th e Conference =====================================================================Swarm intelligence is the d iscipline that deals with the study of self-organizing pr ocesses both in nature and in artificial systems. Researc hers in ethology and animal behavior have proposed a numb er of models to explain interesting aspects of collective behaviors such as movement coordination, shape-formation or decision making. Recently, algorithms and methods ins pired by these models have been proposed to solve difficu lt problems in many domains. Among these, it is worth men tioning ant colony optimization (ACO) and particle swarm optimization (PSO), focusing respectively on discrete and continuous optimisation problems. Also, Swarm robotics r epresents another field of techniques derived from swarm intelligence for the design of collaborative multi-robot systems featuring enhanced efficiency, robustness and sca lability. ANTS 2020 aims to give researchers in swarm int elligence the opportunity to meet, to present their lates t research, and to discuss current developments and appli cations. The three-day conference will be held for the fi rst time in Barcelona, on October 26?28, 2020.
====================================================================Relevant Research Areas =====================================================================ANTS 2020 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of sw arm intelligence. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are: - Behavioral models of social insects or o ther 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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