Workshop on Nature Inspired Cooperative Strategies 

for Optimization - NICSO 2006

Granada, June 29-30 2006

Plenary Talks
Topics of Interest
Important Dates

We are happy to announce that NICSO 2007 will be held in Acireale, Sicily (Italy), November 8-10 2007:

Workshop Organizers:
- N. Krasnogor, University of Notthingam
- G. Nicosia, University of Catania
- M. Pavone, University of Catania
- D. Pelta, University of Granada

Check the webpage for NICSO 2007.

Pictures of the Workshop

Biological and natural processes have always been a source of inspiration for computer science and information technology. Paradigmatic examples are the work of Wiener in cybernetics that was influenced by feedback control processes observable in biological systems; McCulloch and Pitts artificial neuron, which was based on biological neurons; the idea of survival of the fittest that inspired the field of evolutionary algorithms and the biology of immune systems, which has been abstracted into artificial immune systems.

Its well known that biological entities, from single cell organisms -like bacteria- to humans, often engage on a rich repertoire of social interaction that could range from altruistic cooperation through open conflict. One specific kind of social interaction is cooperative problem solving (CPS), where a group of autonomous entities work together to achieve certain goal.

Examples of Nature-inspired coordination/cooperation strategies include, but are not limited to, Artificial Ants Colonies, Artificial immune systems, Amorphous computing, Evolvable systems, Membrane computing, Quorum computing, Software Self assembly, Swarm intelligence, etc.

Aims of the Workshop

NICSO is an activity of the Task Force on Nature Inspired Strategies for Optimization, supported through the European Project NISIS (Nature Inspired Smart Information Systems). You can download the poster of the workshop here.

The purpose of NICSO 2006 is to promote deeper investigations and a vigorous exchange of ideas about exciting and emerging new research areas in optimisation. In particular, we seek contributions that are inspired by nature and that encompass a range of spatio-temporal scales, for visionary conceptions of information processing and computation as pertaining to cooperation/collaboration mechanisms in the context of problem solving.

Workshop Chairs

David Pelta, PhD
Assistant Professor
Group on Models of Decision and Optimization
Dept. of Computer Science & AI 
ETSI Inform´┐Żica - Univ. of Granada
Granada, Spain
E-Mail: dpelta -at-

Natalio Krasnogor, Ph.D.
Automatic Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning   Research Group
School of Comp. Sciences and IT
Jubilee Campus - University of Nottingham, Nottingham,   NG8 1BB - United Kingdom
E-mail: Natalio.Krasnogor -at-