ANTS 2024, Thirteenth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence, October 9-11, 2024, Konstanz, Germany

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 2024 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 2024 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: March 24, 2024
  • Extended submission deadline: April 7, 2024
  • No further extensions will be granted.
  • Notification of acceptance: May 29, 2024 (May 15, 2024)
  • Camera ready copy: June 10, 2024 (May 29, 2024)
  • Conference: October 9-11, 2024
Call for papers in PDF format

Call for abstracts (biology track) in PDF format


Welcome to Konstanz!

For the first time, the ANTS conference series will take place in Konstanz, Germany. The conference will be hosted by the University of Konstanz in collaboration with the Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour. The venue is close to the city center of Konstanz and the lake of Constance.


Universitätsstraße 10
78464, Konstanz, Germany.


ANTS 2024
(Attn: Dr.-Ing. Heiko Hamann)
Konstanz, Germany
ANTS 2024
(Attn: Dr. Jonas Kuckling)
Konstanz, Germany

Accommodation Options

To be announced soon.

Enjoy your lunch breaks!

To be announced soon.

Conference Information

To be announced soon.

Travel grants

Thanks to the generous support of the Center for the Advanced Study of Collective Behavior (CASCB), applications for travel support are invited, to facilitate researchers from developing countries to attend the ANTS conference. Researchers and students from developing countries as determined by the IEEE Developing Country Listing are eligible.

Important dates:

  • Application deadline: June 10, 2024
  • Notification of award: June 28, 2024

Application process:

To complete an application, an applicant is asked to provide:

  • Basic information about the applicant
    • Name, country
    • Contact information (email, website)
    • Their academic affiliation including their position or study programme and semester
  • Itemized estimated costs of travel (in Euro)
  • Information about their accepted ANTS papers (if applicable)
  • A statement about how attendance to ANTS 2024 will impact the applicant
  • Resume/CV of the applicant
  • In addition, for a student applicant, the application requires a transcript and an endorsement by the student's faculty advisor

To submit a travel grant application, send your complete application as a single PDF file to and with the keywords "ANTS 2024 travel grant" in the subject line. For questions regarding the travel support, please contact the same addresses.

Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis with priority given to authors of accepted papers at ANTS.

In order for an award recipient to claim the travel grant they must provide proof of attendance (registration) and of travel (boarding passes and ticket receipt). Instructions regarding the reimbursement process will be provided at a later date.

Registration Fee

The ANTS2024 registration fee will be announced soon.

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

The ANTS2024 registration procedure will be announced soon.

Prof. Iain D. Couzin

Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior

The Geometry of Decision Making

Abstract: In 1905 the biologist Edmund Selous wrote of his wonderment when observing a flock of starlings flying overhead “they circle; now dense like a polished roof, now disseminated like the meshes of some vast all-heaven-sweeping net...wheeling, rending, darting...a madness in the sky”. He went on to speculate “They must think collectively, all at the same time, or at least in streaks or patches — a square yard or so of an idea, a flash out of so many brains”. While the field of neuroscience has emerged to study the computational capabilities within an organism, far less is known about how social interactions connect brains together—and thus how sensing and information processing arises in such organismal collectives. Using new experimental technologies, including 'holographic' virtual reality for freely-moving animals, bio-mimetic robotics and artificial intelligence, I will present evidence that there exist fundamental geometric principles of spatiotemporal computation that transcend scales of biological organization; from neural dynamics to individual decision-making, and from individual decision-making to that at the scale of the collective. I will also show how this discovery may impact human-engineered systems, demonstrating that the evolved controller exhibits close-to-optimal performance in autonomous vehicle (terrestrial, airborne and watercraft) control, while requiring minimal sensing/computation and no system-specific tuning or optimization.

Bio: Iain Couzin is a founding Director of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and a Professor and Speaker of the Excellence Cluster “Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour” at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously he was an Assistant and then full Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, and prior to that a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, and a Junior Research Fellow in the Sciences at Balliol College, Oxford. His work aims to reveal the fundamental principles that underlie evolved collective behavior, and consequently his research includes the study of a wide range of biological systems, from neural collectives to insect swarms, fish schools and primate groups. In recognition of his research he has been recipient of the Searle Scholar Award in 2008, top 5 most cited papers of the decade in animal behavior research 1999-2010, the Mohammed Dahleh Award in 2009, Popular Science's "Brilliant 10” Award in 2010, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award in 2012, the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London in 2013, a Web of Science Global Highly Cited Researcher 2018-2022, the Lagrange Prize in 2019, the Falling Walls Life Sciences Award and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (Germany's highest research honor) in 2022, and the Rothschild Distinguished Fellowship at the University of Cambridge in 2023.

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Prof. Barbara Mazzolai

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

Harvesting Plant Intelligence for Soft Robotics

Abstract: Plants thrive in virtually all natural and human-adapted environments, making them increasingly popular models for developing robotics systems due to their strategies of morphological and behavioral adaptation. This adaptability and high plasticity offer novel approaches to designing, modeling, and controlling artificial systems in unstructured scenarios. Simultaneously, the development of artifacts based on plant working principles reveals how plants promote innovative approaches for preservation and management plans, opening new applications for engineering-driven plant science. Environmentally mediated growth patterns (e.g., tropisms) serve as clear examples of adaptive behaviors demonstrated through morphological phenotyping. Plants also establish networks with other plants through subterranean roots-fungi symbiosis, utilizing these networks to exchange resources or warning signals. This discussion delves into the functional behaviors of plants and their movement capabilities as models to build adaptive soft robots for environmental exploration. In fact, plants can provide engineers with the rules to design and develop functional embodiments and energy-efficient behaviors, which are key for artificial machines to better navigate unstructured and challenging environments. More specifically, I will explain how plants offer new insights to generate multi-functional materials for morphological adaptation and computation, mechanisms for moving-by-growing, strategies for climbing and adhesion, as well as new forms of energy. Finally, I will discuss how plant communication solutions can inspire multi-sensory information processing and the distributed architecture of functionalities.

Bio: Barbara Mazzolai is the Associate Director for Robotics and the Director of the Bioinspired Soft Robotics Laboratory at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genoa. From February 2011 to March 2021, she served as the Director of the IIT Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR). She earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology (with Honours) from the University of Pisa, Italy, and obtained her Ph.D. in Microsystems Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Between July 2012 and 2017, she held the position of Deputy Director for the Supervision and Organization of the IIT Centers Network. In 2017, she was a Visiting Faculty at the Aerial Robotics Lab, Department of Aeronautics, at Imperial College London. Since 2024, she has been a contract professor for a course in soft robotics in the Department of Mechanics at the Polytechnic of Milan. Barbara Mazzolai is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Tübingen and Stuttgart, Germany), of the SAB of the Max Planck Queensland Centre (MPQC) for the Materials Science of Extracellular Matrices, as well as of the Advisory Committee of the Cluster on Living Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems - livMatS (Freiburg, Germany). Her research work revolves around bioinspired soft robotics, where she combines principles from both biology and engineering to advance technological innovation and scientific knowledge. She has been the Coordinator of several EU-funded projects in this field, including PLANTOID, GrowBot, and I-SEED. In May 2021, she began her European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant titled "I-Wood," focusing on Forest Intelligence: robotic networks inspired by the Wood Wide Web. Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards for her contributions, including the Marisa Bellisario Award and the Medal of the Italian Senate. She is an author and co-author of more than 260 papers published in international journals, books, and conference proceedings.

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Prof. Emma Hart

Edinburgh Napier University

Quality Diversity Approaches to the Evolution Of Robot Designs and Swarms

Bio: Professor Emma Hart has worked in the field of Evolutionary Computing for over 20 years. Her current work is mainly centred in Evolutionary Robotics, bringing together ideas on using artificial evolution as tool for optimisation with research that focuses on how robots can be made to continually learn, improving performance as they gather information from their own or other robots' experiences. The work has attracted significant media attention including recently in the New Scientist, and the Guardian. She gave a TED talk on this subject at TEDWomen in December 2021 in Palm Springs, USA which has attracted over 1 million views since being released online in April 2022. She was the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Evolutionary Computation (MIT Press) from 2017-2024 and an elected member of the ACM SIG on Evolutionary Computing. In 2022, she was honoured to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh for her contributions to the field of Computational Intelligence and was awarded the ACM SIGEVO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evolutionary Computation in 2023.

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The Award

Continuing with a tradition started at ANTS 2002, the "Best Paper Award" at ANTS 2024 consists of a sculpture of an ant specially made for the ANTS conference series by the Italian sculptor Matteo Pugliese.

ANTS 2020 award


Organizing Committee

General chair
Heiko Hamann, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
Honorary Chair
Marco Dorigo, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Local organisation and publicity chair
Heiko Hamann, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
Jonas Kuckling, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
Tanja Katharina Kaiser, University of Technology Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany
Technical program chairs
Leslie Pérez Cáceres, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile
Andreagiovanni Reina, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Publication chair
Ken Hasselmann, Royal Military Academy (RMA), Brussels, Belgium
Paper submission chair
Eduard Buss, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
Sponsorship chair
Mohammad Soorati, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

Steering Committee

Marco Dorigo, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Andries Engelbrecht, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Heiko Hamann, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
Alcherio Martinoli, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Radhika Nagpal, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
Thomas Stützle, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Guy Theraulaz, CNRS CRCA, Toulouse, France

Program Committee

  • Ashraf Abdelbar, Brandon University
  • Dario Albani, Technology Innovation Institute
  • Merihan Alhafnawi, Princeton University
  • Francesco Amigoni, Politecnico di Milano
  • Martyn Amos, Northumbria University
  • Farshad Arvin, Durham University
  • Palina Bartashevich, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Jacob Beal, BBN Technologies
  • Giovanni Beltrame, École Polytechnique Montréal
  • Spring Berman, Arizona State University
  • Mauro Birattari, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Tim Blackwell, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Roland Bouffanais, University of Geneva
  • Darko Bozhinoski, Delft University of Technology
  • Nicolas Bredèche, Université Pierre et Marie Curie
  • Christian Camacho, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Timoteo Carletti, University of Namur
  • Marco Castellani, University of Birmingham
  • Stephen Chen, York University
  • Anders Lyhne Christensen, University of Southern Denmark
  • Maurice Clerc, Independent Consultant on Optimisation
  • Leandro Coelho, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Parana
  • Carlos Coello Coello, CINVESTAV-IPN
  • Óscar Cordón, Universidad de Granada
  • Nicolas Coucke, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Michael Crosscombe, University of Tokyo
  • Sanjoy Das, Kansas State University
  • Guido de Croon, Delft University of Technology
  • Gonzalo De Polavieja, Champalimaud Foundation
  • Karl Doerner, University of Vienna
  • Mohammed El-Abd, American University of Kuwait
  • Andries Engelbrecht, University of Stellenbosch
  • Eliseo Ferrante, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • George Fricke, University of New Mexico
  • Hector Garcia de Marina, Universidad de Granada
  • José García-Nieto, University of Málaga
  • Simon Garnier, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • David Garzón Ramos, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Ebi George, University of Lausanne
  • Carlos Gershenson, SUNY Binghamton
  • Roderich Gross, Technical University of Darmstadt
  • Bahar Haghighat, University of Groningen
  • Julia Handl, The University of Manchester
  • Kiyohiko Hattori, The University of Electro-Communications
  • Sabine Hauert, University of Bristol
  • Mary Katherine Heinrich, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Mardé Helbig, Griffith University
  • Tim Hendtlass, Swinburne University
  • Edmund Hunt, University of Bristol
  • Takashi Ikegami, The University of Tokyo
  • Simon Jones, University of Bristol
  • Tanja Kaiser, University of Technology Nuremberg
  • Andrew J. King, Swansea University
  • Liang Li, University of Konstanz
  • Simone Ludwig, North Dakota State University
  • Vittorio Maniezzo, University of Bologna
  • Richard Mann, University of Leeds
  • Alcherio Martinoli, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Yi Mei, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Bernd Meyer, Monash University
  • Alan Millard, University of York
  • Genki Miyauchi, The University of Sheffield
  • Nicolas Monmarché, Université de Tours
  • Sanaz Mostaghim, University of Magdeburg
  • Johannes Nauta, University of Padova
  • Frank Neumann, The University of Adelaide
  • Kazuhiro Ohkura, Hiroshima University
  • Michael Otte, University of Maryland
  • Jacopo Panerati, École Polytechnique Montréal
  • Konstantinos Parsopoulos, University of Ioannina
  • Sujit Pb, IISER Bhopal
  • Paola Pellegrini, IFSTTAR
  • Gilbert Peterson, US Air Force Institute of Technology
  • Tatjana Petrov, University of Trieste
  • Carlo Pinciroli, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Michal Pluhacek, Tomas Bata University in Zlin
  • Günther Raidl, Vienna University of Technology
  • Nicolás Rojas, UTFSM
  • Andrea Roli, University of Bologna
  • Lorenzo Sabattini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
  • Erol Sahin, Middle East Technical University
  • Mohammad Salahshour, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
  • Albin Salazar, University of Konstanz
  • Thomas Schmickl, University of Graz
  • Roman Senkerik, Tomas Bata University in Zlin
  • Pieter Simoens, Ghent University
  • Christine Solnon, INSA Lyon
  • Mohammad Soorati, University of Southampton
  • Volker Strobel, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Daniel Stroembom, Lafayette College
  • Thomas Stützle, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Dirk Sudholt, University of Passau
  • Mohamed Salah Talamali, The University of Sheffield
  • Danesh Tarapore, University of Southampton
  • Guy Theraulaz, CNRS CRCA
  • Vito Trianni, ISTC-CNR
  • Elio Tuci, Université de Namur
  • Ali Emre Turgut, Middle East Technical University
  • Vivek Shankar Varadharajan, Polytechnique Montreal
  • Andrew Vardy, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Rolf Wanka, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Tom Wenseleers, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Carsten Witt, Technical University of Denmark
  • Cheng Xu, University of Science and Technology Beijing


Oral presentations:

Each oral presentation will last 20 minutes sharp (15 minutes presentation plus 5 minutes for questions-and-answers).
Papers presented orally will be also presented during the poster session on the same day of the presentation. Please refer to the on-line program for the details.


Posters should be of size A0 portrait. There is no standard template for the poster, every author can choose what best fits their work. Material to fix the poster on the stand will be available.

Preview highlights:

Papers that are not presented orally will be introduced by the author in a 2 minute highlight, using a SINGLE slide. This slide must be sent to us in advance. We will preload this slide onto the computer and project it for you during your presentation.

Submission link: Submit a paper!

Deadline: March 24, 2024

Final submission deadline: April 7, 2024

No further extensions will be granted.

Initial submission instructions

Submissions may be a maximum of 11 pages, excluding references, when typeset in the LNCS Springer LaTeX template. Submissions should be a minimum of 7 full pages.

This strict page limit includes figures, tables, and all supplementary sections (e.g., Acknowledgements). The only exclusion from the page limit is the reference list, which should be of any length that properly positions the paper with respect to the state of the art.

Papers should be prepared in English, in the LNCS Springer LaTeX style, using the default font and font size. Authors should consult Springer’s authors’ guidelines and use their proceedings template for LaTeX, for the preparation of their papers. Please download the LNCS Springer LaTeX template package (zip, 322 kB) and authors' guidelines (pdf, 142 kB) directly from the Springer website. Please also download and consult the ANTS 2024 sample LaTeX document (zip, 5 kB), which shows the correct options to use within the Springer template.

Submissions that do not respect these guidelines will not be considered.

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

The initial submission must be in PDF format.

Please note that in the camera-ready phase, authors of accepted papers will need to submit both a compiled PDF and all source files (including LaTeX files and figures).

The camera-ready phase will have more detailed formatting requirements than the initial submission phase. Authors are invited to consult these camera-ready instructions preemptively.

Submission process

Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed on the basis of technical quality, relevance, significance, and clarity. If a submission is not accepted as a full length paper, it may still be accepted either as a short paper or as an extended abstract. In such cases, authors will be asked to reduce the length of the submission accordingly. Authors of all accepted papers will be asked to execute revisions, based on the reviewers’ comments.

Camera ready submissions will open soon.

Proceedings and journal special issue

Conference proceedings are published by Springer in the LNCS series.

The journal Swarm Intelligence will publish a special issue dedicated to ANTS 2024 that will contain extended versions of the best research works presented at the conference.

Last modified: 15 March 2024