Talk from Dr. Marco Dorigo: "Introduction to Swarm Intelligence"

Friday, 28 April, 2017 - 16:00 to Tuesday, 2 May, 2017 - 17:00

Dr. Marco Dorigo from Université Libre de Bruxelles will give several lectures on the subject "Introduction to Swarm Intelligence":

(photo of the first lecture, with Professor Angel del Pobil)

Friday, April 28 - Classroom: TD1204AA
Tuesday, May 2 - Classroom: TD1201AA

Swarm intelligence is the collective behaviour of decentralizad, self-organized systems, natural or artificial although the concept is mainly employed in work on artificial intelligence.

Swarm Intelligent systems consist typically of a population of simple agents or robots interacting locally with one another and with their environment. The inspiration often comes from nature, especially biological systems. The agents follow very simple rules, and although there is no centralized control structure dictating how individual agents should behave, local, and to a certain degree random, interactions between such agents lead to the emergence of "intelligent" global behavior, unknown to the individual agents. Examples in natural systems of SI include ant colonies, bird flocking, animal herding, fish schooling and microbial intelligence.

A termite mound.

Robots collaborating to pass an obstacle.


Dr. Dorigo is an active researcher and scholar with a brilliant professional career. He obtained his Agrégé de l'Enseignement Supérieur, Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1995 and his Ph.D. in System and Information Engineering in the Politecnico di Milano in 1992. As part of his thesis, he developed the Ant Colony Optimization (ACP) metaheuristic for combinatorial optimization problems.

Nowadays he is research director for the Belgian Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique and co-director of the IRIDIA lab at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Main Prizes

IEEE Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award, awarded in 2016, by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award, awarded in 2015, by the IEEE.

Honorary Doctorate in Computer Science, in 2015, by University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Cajastur International Prize for Soft Computing “Mamdani Prize”, awarded on November 27, 2007, by the Foundation for the Advancement of Soft Computing.

Dr A. De Leeuw-Damry-Bourlart Award in Applied Sciences (Prix scientifique quinquennal du F.R.S.-

FNRS), awarded on November 22, 2005, by the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research.

Marie Curie Excellence Award, awarded on November 5, 2003, by the European Commission.

Italian Prize “Marco Somalvico” for Artificial Intelligence, awarded on September 27, 1996, by the Italian association for artificial intelligence.


Many of his books and papers have received a number of citations well above the average, obtaining a number of citations to his papers bigger than 84,000, with his seminal article on “Swarm Intelligence” obtaining more than 11,000.

Editorial activities

Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Swarm Intelligence” (founding editor, 2007).

Associate editor for nine international journals.

Member of the editorial board of nine international journals.

Editor of seventeen books/proceedings/journal special issues.

Member of the program committee of about 180 international conferences in the last ten years.

Started two series of successful international workshops (EWRL and ANTS).