Social Insects Behaviour: Theory and Applications
April 3-4, 2006

A 2-day symposium to be held as part of:

AISB'06: Adaptation in Artificial and Biological Systems
April 3rd-6th 2006
University of Bristol, Bristol, England

Colonies of social insects are prime examples of natural systems
employing decentralized decision making. Their abilities to solve
complex problems using only local information and behavioural rules have
attracted the attention from biologists and theoreticians alike. There
has been great interest recently in applying mechanisms from social
insect ecology to problems in computer science, such as ant swarming
algorithms and grid computing. The algorithmic approach used by social
insects lends itself particularly well to computing. This symposium will
bring together scientists from different areas and will stimulate a
cross-flow of ideas between different communities.

One theme of major interest within both communities of biologists and
computer scientists is that of robustness of decision making systems. On
the one hand, social insect colonies live in dynamic environments and
natural selection may well have shaped their decision making mechanisms
to be adaptable and rugged. On the other hand, in engineering
applications there is a growing need for robust decision making
algorithms that can work on dynamic networks or in other changing
environments. We therefore encourage the submission of contributions
that are on, but not limited to, adaptivity and robustness of
distributed decision making mechanisms.


Submissions should be in the form of abstracts, and should be no longer
than 500 words.

Accepted abstracts will be presented orally on the day and appear in the
published workshop proceedings.
Formatting instructions will be available from the symposium website

Abstracts should be submitted to [email protected] by 30th January 2006.


Dr. Robert Planque, Dr. Tim Kovacs, Dr. James A. R. Marshall
Department of Computer Science /
School of Biological Sciences
University of Bristol
Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1UB, U.K.

Prof. Nigel R. Franks, Dr. Francois-Xavier Dechaume-Moncharmont
School of Biological Sciences
University of Bristol
Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1UG, U.K.

Dr. Ana B. Sendova-Franks
School of Mathematical Sciences
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and
Mathematical Sciences
University of the West of England
Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane
Bristol BS16 1QY, U.K.


* Nick Britton, University of Bath
* Francois-Xavier Dechaume-Moncharmont, University of Bristol
* Nigel Franks, University of Bristol
* Tim Kovacs, University of Bristol
* James Marshall, University of Bristol
* Kevin Passino, Ohio State University
* Robert Planque, University of Bristol
* Francis Ratnieks, University of Sheffield
* Ana Sendova-Franks, University of the West of England
* David Sumpter, University of Oxford


Submission of abstracts by: January 30, 2006
Notification of decision: February 20, 2006
Camera ready copies by: March 6, 2006