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Eighth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence, Brussels, Belgium

Event date:
2012-09-12 The Eighth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence will take place from 12 to 14 September 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.

'Swarm intelligence' (SI) is a field which studies self-organising processes in natural and artificial systems. SI systems are often made up of a population of simple agents interacting locally with one another and their environment. While there is no centralised control structure, interactions lead to the emergence of 'intelligent' behaviour of the agents as a whole.

Algorithms and methods inspired by these systems have been proposed to solve difficult problems. For example, one research direction in swarm intelligence has been 'ant colony optimisation', where the main focus is on discrete optimisation problems.

The event will be an opportunity for researchers to meet, present their latest research, and discuss current developments and applications. Topics are set to include:
- behavioural models of social insects or other animal societies that can stimulate new algorithmic approaches;
- empirical and theoretical research in swarm intelligence;
- the application of swarm intelligence methods to real-world problems;
- theoretical and experimental research in swarm robotics systems.

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