INFO-H-414 : Swarm Intelligence



To let students have a basic understanding of swarm intelligence principles


Swarm intelligence is the discipline that deals with natural and artificial systems composed of many individuals that coordinate using decentralized control and self-organization. In particular, the discipline focuses on the collective behaviors that result from the local interactions of the individuals with each other and with their environment. Examples of systems studied by swarm intelligence are colonies of ants and termites, schools of fish, flocks of birds, herds of land animals. Some human artifacts also fall into the domain of swarm intelligence, notably some multi-robot systems, and also certain computer programs that are written to tackle optimization and data analysis problems. The course will present a number of swarm intelligence systems and will give the opportunity to experiment with them.



S22 - Lesson 01 - Thu 14.02.2019 - 2:00pm-4:00pm - IRIDIA Seminars room

S23 - Lesson 02 - Thu 21.02.2019 - 2:00pm-4:00pm - S.UB4.126

S23 - Lesson 03 - Thu 21.02.2019 - 4:00pm-6:00pm - S.UB4.126

S24 - Lesson 04 - Thu 28.02.2019 - 2:00pm-4:00pm - IRIDIA Seminars room

s24 - Lesson 05 - Thu 28.02.2019 - 4:00pm-6:00pm - S.UB4.126

S26 - Lesson 06 - Thu 14.03.2019 - 2:00pm-4:00pm - IRIDIA Seminars room

S26 - Lesson 07 - Thu 14.03.2019 - 4:00pm-6:00pm - S.UB4.126

S27 - Lesson 08 - Thu 21.03.2019 - 2:00pm-4:00pm - IRIDIA Seminars room

S27 - Lesson 09 - Thu 21.03.2019 - 4:00pm-6:00pm - S.UB4.126

S28 - Lesson 10 - Thu 28.03.2019 - 2:00pm-4:00pm - IRIDIA Seminars room

S28 - Lesson 11 - Thu 28.03.2019 - 4:00pm-6:00pm - S.UB4.126

S29 - Lesson 12 - Thu 04.04.2019 - 2:00pm-4:00pm - S.UB4.126

S29 - Lesson 13 - Thu 04.04.2019 - 4:00pm-6:00pm - S.UB4.126

S32 - Lesson 14 - Thu 25.04.2019 - 2:00pm-4:00pm - S.UB4.126

S32 - Lesson 15 - Thu 25.04.2019 - 4:00pm-6:00pm - S.UB4.126

S33 - Lesson 16 - Thu 02.05.2019 - 2:00pm-4:00pm - S.UB4.126

S33 - Lesson 17 - Thu 02.05.2019 - 4:00pm-6:00pm - S.UB4.126

S34 - Lesson 18 - Thu 09.05.2019 - 2:00pm-4:00pm - S.UB4.126

Practical lessons material

Project first session

The project description is available at the following link: Exam Project SI - 2019 First session

Project rules

Project registration - First session

To take part in the project, which is mandatory for the exam, you have to register via the following form:

Registrations open on May 9th at 17h00 and close on May 10th at 17h00. You will indicate the project of your preference in the form.

Please note that what you indicate is just a preference: choosing a project does not necessarily mean that the project is assigned to you. We need to balance the number of students in the two project types. Therefore, we do reserve the right to change the project that you have selected as the preferred one. We will do so on a first come, first served basis – thus giving priority to those students who register earlier.

On May 10th at around 18h00, you shall receive an email with the final project assignments.

Note: If you fail to register by the deadline, send an email to both and We will then assign you to a project.

The deadline for the delivery of the first session project is Friday, June 7, 2019, at 23:59

Projects submitted after this deadline will incur a penalty of 1 point for each 12 hours delay, with a max accepted delay of 2 calendar days. Projects delivered after the midnight of Sunday, June 9, 2019, will not be considered and the student will therefore not be admitted to the exam.

Project second session

The second session project will be made available on July 1, 2019. The exact project registration procedure will be made available on this site before July 1st, 2019.

The deadline for the delivery of the second session project is August 4, 2019, at 23:59.

Exam modalities

The fisrt session exam will start on Monday, June 17, 2019 at the IRIDIA Lab at 09:00 am. it will continue in the following days, depending on the number of students taking the exam

A list with approximated presentation times for the day of exam will be available when the date of the exam is approaching. Please let us know if you have time constraints that day so we can schedule your exam at a convenient time.

At the exam you will present the results of your project using a powerpoint-like presentation of exactly 5 minutes. Please bring your own portable computer and make sure it is already switched on and ready when you are called in for your oral exam. The rest of the exam will consist of a question answering session on all the subjects covered by the course.

The second session exam will start on Monday, August 19, 2019 at the IRIDIA Lab at 09:00 am. it will continue in the following days, depending on the number of students taking the exam


  • Dorigo M. & T. Stützle (2004). Ant Colony Optimization. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press/Bradford Books
  • Bonabeau E., M. Dorigo & G. Theraulaz (1999). Swarm Intelligence: From Natural to Artificial Systems. New York, NY: Oxford University Press

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra and projects. Course taught in English.

Master thesis proposals

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