ANTS 2022, Thirteenth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence, November 2-4, 2022, Málaga, Spain

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 2022 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 2022 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

  • Extended submission deadline: April 30, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2022
  • Camera ready copy: June 29, 2022
  • Conference: November 2-4, 2022
Call for papers in PDF format

Proceedings published in the Springer LNCS Series, Volume 13491


Welcome to Málaga!

For the first time, the ANTS conference series will take place in Málaga, Spain. The conference will be hosted by the University of Málaga (UMA) in a historical building close to the city center and the touristic port.


Edificio del Rectorado
Av. de Cervantes, 2
29016, Málaga, Spain.


ANTS 2022
(Attn: Dr. Manuel López-Ibáñez)
Málaga, Spain
ANTS 2022
(Attn: Dr. Jose García Nieto)
Málaga, Spain

Important Notice

Please DO NOT book any hotels via any links or phone calls received from third parties, e.g. "Ehotel Services via DocuSign" <> "Ehotel Services" <>. Please DO NOT reply to any emails or calls from or any other company. ANTS2022 never authorized any third-party to send any requests regarding accommodation. These are scams.

Accommodation Options


  1. Hotel Carlos V Málaga (2 mins walking)
  2. Alcazaba Premium Hotel (4 mins walking)
  3. Hotel Don Curro (6 mins walking)
  4. Hotel Eliseos Málaga (6 mins walking)
  5. Hotel Sur Málaga (9 mins walking)
  6. Hotel Soho Boutique Urban (10 mins walking)
  7. Hotel Ibis Centro Ciudad (14 mins walking)
  8. Hotel Eurostars Astoria (14 mins walking)
  9. Hotel Soho Boutique Los Naranjos (17 mins walking)

Enjoy your lunch breaks!

The conference is located close to the centre of Málaga and the touristic harbor, which offer a very large selection of restaurants, tapas bars 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 ANTS2022 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.

Registration Procedure

Please go to the registration page and follow the instructions therein.

Giovanni Beltrame

Swarm Robotics Across Scales: Engineering Complex Behaviors
Abstract:Swarm robotics relies on many simple robots, governed by local interactions to implement complex behaviours, generally inspired by biological systems. What are the ingredients necessary for the of design artificial swarms for practical applications? This talk will present some of the challenges of practical swarms, identifying in particular the limitations of a leaderless hierarchy, where robots have only a partial view of their mission, as well as ways to circumvent these limitations by exploiting heterogeneous swarms. This talk will use several practical examples, including the control of smart materials, search and rescue missions, and space exploration.

Bio: Giovanni Beltrame obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, in 2006 after which he worked as microelectronics engineer at the European Space Agency on a number of projects spanning from radiation-tolerant systems to computer-aided design. In 2010 he moved to Montreal, Canada where he is currently Professor at Polytechnique Montreal with the Computer and Software Engineering Department. Dr. Beltrame directs the MIST Lab, with more than 20 students and postdocs under his supervision. He has completed several projects in collaboration with industry and government agencies in the area of robotics, disaster response, and space exploration. His research interests include modeling and design of embedded systems, artificial intelligence, and robotics, on which he has published research in top journals and conferences.

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Organizing Committee

General chair
Marco Dorigo, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium
Heiko Hamann, University of Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany
Local organisation and publicity chair
Manuel López-Ibáñez, University of Málaga, Málaga, Spain
Jose García Nieto, University of Málaga, Málaga, Spain
Technical program chairs
Andries Engelbrecht, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa
Carlo Pinciroli, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, United States
Publication chair
Volker Strobel, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium
Paper submission chair
Christian Camacho-Villalón, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium

Program Committee

  • Ashraf Abdelbar, Brandon University
  • Martyn Amos, Northumbria University
  • Jacob Beal, BBN Technologies
  • Giovanni Beltrame, École Polytechnique Montréal
  • Tim Blackwell, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Darko Bozhinoski, Delft University of Technology
  • Alexandre Campo, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Marco Castellani, University of Birmingham
  • Stephen Chen, York University
  • Christopher Cleghorn, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Maurice Clerc, Independent Consultant on Optimisation
  • Leandro Coelho, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Parana
  • Carlos Coello Coello, CINVESTAV-IPN
  • Sanjoy Das, Kansas State University
  • Guido de Croon, Delft University of Technology
  • Gianni Di Caro, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Karl Doerner, University of Vienna
  • Mohammed El-Abd, American University of Kuwait
  • Eliseo Ferrante, Vrjie Universitat Amsterdam
  • José García-Nieto, University of Málaga
  • Simon Garnier, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Roderich Gross, The University of Sheffield
  • Kyle Harrison, University of New South Wales Canberra
  • Kiyohiko Hattori, The University of Electro-Communications
  • Mary Katherine Heinrich, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Tim Hendtlass, Swinburne University
  • Yara Khaluf, Ghent University
  • Simone Ludwig, North Dakota State University
  • Vittorio Maniezzo, University of Bologna
  • Alcherio Martinoli, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Massimo Mastrangeli, Delft University of Technology
  • Michalis Mavrovouniotis, University of Cyprus
  • Yi Mei, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Bernd Meyer, Monash University
  • Nicolas Monmarché, Université de Tours
  • Roberto Montemanni, Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull'Intelligenza Artificiale
  • Frank Neumann, The University of Adelaide
  • Ben Niu, Shenzhen University
  • Ann Nowe, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Kazuhiro Ohkura, Hiroshima University
  • Michael Otte, University of Maryland
  • Jacopo Panerati, University of Toronto
  • Konstantinos Parsopoulos, University of Ioannina
  • Orit Peleg, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Paola Pellegrini, IFSTTAR
  • Gilbert Peterson, US Air Force Institute of Technology
  • Michal Pluhacek, Tomas Bata University in Zlin
  • Günther Raidl, Vienna University of Technology
  • Pawel Romanczuk, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Andreagiovanni Reina, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Andrea Roli, University of Bologna
  • Erol Sahin, Middle East Technical University
  • Roman Senkerik, Tomas Bata University in Zlin
  • Kevin Seppi, Brigham Young University
  • Thomas Stützle, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Dirk Sudholt, University of Passau
  • Munehiro Takimoto, Tokyo University of Science
  • Danesh Tarapore, University of Southampton
  • Guy Theraulaz, CNRS CRCA
  • Dhananjay Thiruvady, Deakin University
  • Vito Trianni, ISTC-CNR
  • Elio Tuci, Université de Namur
  • Ali Emre Turgut, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Vivek Shankar Varadharajan, Polytechnique Montreal
  • Mostafa Wahby, University of Lübeck
  • Rolf Wanka, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Justin Werfel, Harvard University
  • Carsten Witt, Technical University of Denmark
  • Masahito Yamamoto, Hokkaido University
  • Zhi-Hui Zhan, South China University of Technology

Additional reviewers

  • Nicolas Bredeche, Sorbonne University
  • Edmund Hunt, University of Bristol


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.


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.

Paper submissions are now closed

Final submission deadline: April 30, 2022

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, 309 kB) and authors' guidelines (pdf, 191 kB) directly from the Springer website. Please also download and consult the ANTS 2022 sample LaTeX document (zip, 129kB), 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 submission instructions

Accepted papers are to be revised and submitted as a camera-ready version. Reviewers’ comments should be taken into account and should guide appropriate revisions. The camera-ready submission must include the compiled PDF and all source files needed for compilation—including the LaTex file, reference file, and figures.

By submitting a camera-ready paper, the author(s) agree that at least one author will attend the conference and give a presentation of the paper. At least one author must be registered by the deadline for camera-ready submissions.

Camera-ready submissions that do not comply with all given requirements might have to be excluded from the conference proceedings.

After formatting the paper as explained below, please follow the subsequent instructions for submitting a zip/tar file that contains your camera-ready paper sources:

  1. Visit the EasyChair website and log in.
  2. Choose Role: author for the conference ANTS 2022.
  3. Click on the magnifying lens symbol in the column View for your submission(s).
  4. Click on Add or update files at the top right of the page.
  5. Upload either a zip archive or a tgz archive by clicking on Choose file.
  6. Finalize your submission by clicking on Submit.

Deadline for submission: June 29, 2022

Formatting instructions

Papers must be prepared 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, 302 kB) and authors' guidelines (pdf, 192 kB) directly from the Springer website. The LaTeX class and references style (llncs.cls and splncs04.bst) included in this package should not be modified. Please also download and consult the ANTS 2022 sample LaTeX document (zip, 129 kB), which shows the correct options to use within the Springer template.

Your submission should be uploaded as a compressed archive (zip, tgz), containing the final camera-ready versions of the following:

  • the compiled PDF (pdf),
  • the main LaTeX file (tex),
  • the references file (both in bib and bbl),
  • and all figures, where applicable (pdf, eps, png, jpeg, tiff, bmp).

Figures should be in their original vector format (pdf, eps), if applicable. Otherwise, figures provided in raster format (png, jpeg, tiff, bmp) must be high-resolution (if including linework, at least 800 dpi at the final size, otherwise, at least 300 dpi at the final size).

Although figures in the digital proceedings will be in full color, the print proceedings of ANTS 2022 will be printed in grayscale. Authors should therefore ensure that their figures will be appropriately legible when printed in grayscale.

Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made.

Number of pages

Full-length Papers are strictly limited to 11 pages + references, and Short Papers are strictly limited to 7 pages + references.

These page limits include figures, tables, and all supplementary sections (e.g., Acknowledgements). The only exclusion from these page limits is the reference list, which should have an appropriate length with respect to the state of the art.

Extended Abstracts are strictly limited to 2 pages (including references).

All page limits refer to papers prepared in the LNCS Springer LaTeX template, according to the instructions provided here. Do not modify the template defaults, such as those for margins, line spacing, or font size.

Using the LNCS Springer LaTeX style

Submissions must be prepared in LaTeX, and the source files (tex, bib, bbl) must be provided. Authors should use the LaTeX class and references style files (llncs.cls and splncs04.bst) as provided in the LNCS Springer LaTeX template package. These files should not be modified. Also, do not add formatting modifications to the main document (tex) to override the template defaults. Do not use, for instance, any line spacing modifications (e.g., \vspace{} or \\*[0pt]), or font size modifications (e.g., \fontsize{}). Please do not add any special fonts. Please do not add packages or custom commands that change the formatting (e.g., do not use the package subcaption, as it overrides the default caption formatting in the template).

During the final preparation of the proceedings, any formatting modifications in the main document (tex) will be removed if they do not match the template, potentially causing a change in paper length. Springer will also recompile all papers using their original llncs class file (llncs.cls). If authors make any modifications to the llncs file, their paper will not compile correctly in the final step, and cannot be included in the proceedings.

References must be formatted using the provided references style file (splncs04.bst). In this references style, in-text citations will appear as numbers, and the numbered reference list will be ordered alphabetically.

For further information, please refer to the class documentation included in the LNCS Springer LaTex package, and to the LNCS Springer authors’ guidelines.

ANTS 2022 formatting details

It is mandatory that submissions to ANTS 2022 follow certain options within the LNCS Springer template. The ANTS 2022 sample LaTeX document (zip) shows the correct template options to use. These mandatory template options are as follows.

Running header:

  • The running header option should be activated. This is activated by starting your LaTeX document (tex) with the command: \documentclass[runningheads]{llncs}.
  • In the author-running field: \authorrunning{}, give the initial of the first name(s) and the full surname. Always give the first author's name. If there are precisely two authors, then give both the first and second authors' names. If there are more than two authors, use ‘et al.’ after the name of the first author.
  • If the title is too long for the header, specify a shorter header title using the title-running field: \titlerunning{Abbreviated paper title}.

Title and headings:

  • The title, headings, and subheadings should be capitalized according to standard ‘Title Case’ style (i.e., all words should be capitalized, except for articles, prepositions, and conjunctions).
  • Do not use a \newline command with the title.
  • Headings and subheadings should be aligned to the left.

Author names and affiliations:

  • Follow the naming convention in which the surname is the last name.
  • Using the LaTex \author{} field, provide the full first name (not only the initial).
  • Do not include academic titles (e.g., Prof. or Dr.).
  • Springer encourages the inclusion of author ORCIDs. These can be optionally included using the LaTex field \orcidID{} within the LaTex field \author{}.
  • Author affiliation information should include the following, using the \institute{} and \email{} fields: department, faculty, university, company (if applicable), city, country, and email address. Do not include the street address or ZIP code (it is not a postal address). The email address of the corresponding author is mandatory to include in the \institute{} and \email{} fields.
  • After the \institute{} entries, include an \index{} entry for each author, giving the full surname, followed by the full first name(s).

For further details, please refer to the documentation of the llncs class.


  • Acknowledgements, if any, should be given as the last subsubsection of the paper, just before the list of references.
  • Do not format acknowledgments as a footnote, anywhere in the paper.


  • Do not include keywords in your manuscript; they will not be included in the proceedings.

For contributions accepted as Extended Abstracts:

  • Extended Abstract submissions must not contain an abstract, and must not include any section headings (or subheadings) in the main body. (Other than the title, the only headings in the manuscript should be for the References and Acknowledgments, if applicable).

Proceedings and journal special issue

Conference proceedings are published by Springer in the LNCS series, Volume 13491.

The journal Swarm Intelligence will publish a special issue dedicated to ANTS 2022 that will contain extended versions of the best research works presented at the conference.

Last modified: 23 August 2022