ANTS 2018

Call for Papers

Conference Scope

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. ANTS 2018 will give researchers in swarm intelligence the opportunity to meet, to present their latest research, and to discuss current developments and applications.

Relevant Research Areas

ANTS 2018 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.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: April 15, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2018
  • Camera ready copy: June 29, 2018
  • Conference: October 29-31, 2018

Call for papers in PDF format


All roads lead to Rome!

For the first time, the ANTS conference series will be take place in Rome, Italy. The conference will be hosted by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in a historical building close to the Sapienza University.


Aula Marconi
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Piazza Aldo Moro 7
00185, Rome, Italy.


ANTS 2018
Via San Martino della Battaglia 44
00185, Rome, Italy.
Tel +39-06-44595277
Fax +39-06-44595243

Sleep tight, be ready for the conference!

For accommodation we suggest to book directly at a hotel of your choice. There are many hotels in the area of the conference, which can satisfy any price requirements. There are also several listings on

Enjoy your lunch breaks!

The conference is located close to the San Lorenzo neighbourhood, which offers a very large selection of restaurants, pizzerias (eat in and take away) and local street food. You will for sure find something to satisfy your appetite! Look at the map and choose your favourite place. Beware that not all restaurants are open for lunch, but the offer is still very large.

Conference Information

Registration Fee

The ANTS2018 registration fee is 450 EUR.

The conference fee includes:

  • Admission to all technical sessions
  • One copy of the conference proceedings

Coffee breaks and a conference dinner will be offered by the organizing committee.

ANTS 2018, continuing a tradition started with ANTS 2002, assigns a "Best paper award".

In addition to a certificate signed by the conference organizers, the award consists of a sculpture of an ant expressly created for the ANTS conference by the Italian sculptor Matteo Pugliese.

ANTS 2018 award


Organizing Committee

General chair
Marco Dorigo, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Local organisation and publicity chair
Vito Trianni, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC), Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy
Technical program chairs
Mauro Birattari, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Christian Blum, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
Anders L. Christensen, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
Publication chair
Andreagiovanni Reina, The University of Sheffield, UK


Initial submission instructions

Submissions are not yet open. All information for initial submission will be published here as soon as they become available.

Camera ready submission instructions

Instruction for camera ready submission will be posted after the notification of acceptance of the submitted papers.

Proceedings and journal special issue

Conference proceedings are published by Springer (to be confirmed).

The journal Swarm Intelligence will publish a special issue dedicated to ANTS 2018 that will contain extended versions of the best research works presented at the conference.

Last modification: September 27th, 2017.