ANTS 2020

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 2020 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 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.
  • 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 17, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: June 19, 2020
  • Camera ready copy: July 3, 2020
  • Conference: October 26-28, 2020

As in previous editions, the proceedings will be published in the Springer LNCS Series.

Call for papers in PDF format


Welcome to Barcelona!

For the first time, the ANTS conference will be held in Barcelona, one of the most interesting and vibrant places in the Mediterranean. The conference location is the Residencia d'Investigadors of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), in the old center of the city.


Residencia d'Investigadors
Carrer de l'Hospital, 64
08001 Barcelona
Catalonia, Spain


ANTS 2020
(Attn: Dr. Christian Blum)
Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC)
Campus of the UAB
08193 Bellaterra
Catalonia, Spain
Tel +34-93-5809570
Fax +34-93-5809661
ANTS 2020
(Attn: Dr. Maria J. Blesa)
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Omega Building, Office 213
Campus Nord, Carrer de Jordi Girona 1-3
08034 Barcelona
Catalonia, Spain

Accommodation Options

As the conference location is in the heart of Barcelona, you will find many options for accommodation in all price ranges.
It is even possible to reserve accommodation at the conference location. The Residencia d'Investigadors offers rooms at affordable prices: check it out!

Make the best of your lunch breaks!

The conference is located in the Raval neighbourhood, which offers a very large selection of restaurants and street food. For sure you will find a convenient place to satisfy your appetite! Look at the map and choose your favourite place. We will distribute a list of recommended places at the conference!

Conference Information

To be announced

Registration Fee

The ANTS2020 registration fee is 460 Euros.

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.

Registration Procedure

Will be announced after paper decisions are sent out.

To be announced

Continuing with a tradition started at ANTS 2002, the "Best Paper Award" at ANTS 2020 consists of a sculpture of an ant specially made for the ANTS conference series by the Italian sculptor Matteo Pugliese.

ANTS 2020 award

The best paper award is financially supported by Springer LNCS.


Organizing Committee

General chairs
Marco Dorigo and Thomas Stützle, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels
Local organisation and publicity chairs
Maria J. Blesa, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona
Christian Blum, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC), Barcelona
Technical program chairs
Christian Blum, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC), Barcelona
Heiko Hamann, University of Lübeck, Lübeck
Publication chair
Mary Katherine Heinrich, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels
Paper submission chair
Volker Strobel, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels

Program Committee (to be updated)

  • Ashraf Abdelbar, Brandon University
  • Michael Allwright, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Martyn Amos, Northumbria University
  • Jacob Beal, BBN Technologies
  • Giovanni Beltrame, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
  • Spring Berman, Arizona State University
  • Tim Blackwell, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Wei-Neng Chen, Sun Yat-Sen University
  • Guido de Croon, Delft University of Technology
  • Gianni Di Caro, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Luca Di Gaspero, University of Udine
  • Eliseo Ferrante, University of Birmingham
  • Ryusuke Fujisawa, Hachinohe Institute of Technology
  • Luca Maria Gambardella, Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull'Intelligenza Artificiale
  • José García-Nieto, University of Málaga
  • Simon Garnier, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Morten Goodwin, University of Agder
  • Roderich Gross, The University of Sheffield
  • Yara Khaluf, Ghent University
  • Simone Ludwig, North Dakota State University
  • Manuel López-Ibáñez, The University of Manchester
  • Vittorio Maniezzo, University of Bologna
  • Clerc Maurice, Independent Consultant on Optimisation
  • Bernd Meyer, Monash University
  • Martin Middendorf, University of Leipzig
  • Melanie Moses, University of New Mexico
  • Kazuhiro Ohkura, Hiroshima University
  • Konstantinos Parsopoulos, University of Ioannina
  • Orit Peleg, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Paola Pellegrini, IFSTTAR
  • Carlo Pinciroli, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Günther Raidl, Vienna University of Technology
  • Mike Rubenstein, Northwestern University
  • Thomas Schmickl, University of Graz
  • Kevin Seppi, Brigham Young University
  • Dirk Sudholt, The University of Sheffield
  • Munehiro Takimoto, Tokyo University of Science
  • Danesh Tarapore, University of Southampton
  • Guy Theraulaz, CNRS - Université Paul Sabatier
  • Dhananjay Thiruvady, Deakin University
  • Ali Emre Turgut, Middle East Technical University
  • Gabriele Valentini, Arizona State University
  • Justin Werfel, Harvard University
  • Masahito Yamamoto, Hokkaido University
  • Cheng-Hong Yang, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences
  • Zhi-Hui Zhan, South China University of Technology


Relevant information will be provided in due course

Paper submission is not open yet

Note: Authors may find it convenient that Springer’s proceedings LaTeX templates are available in Overleaf

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Proceedings and journal special issue

Conference proceedings, as in previous years, will be published by Springer in the LNCS series.

The journal Swarm Intelligence will publish a special issue dedicated to ANTS 2020 that will contain extended versions of the best research works presented at the conference.

Last modification: July 4, 2019.