Ant colony optimization algorithms
This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove these template messages)
(Learn how and when to remove this template message)

In computer science and operations research, the ant colony optimization algorithm (ACO) is a probabilistic technique for solving computational problems which can be reduced to finding good paths through graphs. Artificial Ants stand for multiagent methods inspired by the behavior of real ants. The pheromonebased communication of biological ants is often the predominant paradigm used.^{[2]} Combinations of Artificial Ants and local search algorithms have become a method of choice for numerous optimization tasks involving some sort of graph, e.g., vehicle routing and internet routing. The burgeoning activity in this field has led to conferences dedicated solely to Artificial Ants, and to numerous commercial applications by specialized companies such as AntOptima.
As an example, Ant colony optimization^{[3]} is a class of optimization algorithms modeled on the actions of an ant colony. Artificial 'ants' (e.g. simulation agents) locate optimal solutions by moving through a parameter space representing all possible solutions. Real ants lay down pheromones directing each other to resources while exploring their environment. The simulated 'ants' similarly record their positions and the quality of their solutions, so that in later simulation iterations more ants locate better solutions.^{[4]} One variation on this approach is the bees algorithm, which is more analogous to the foraging patterns of the honey bee, another social insect.
This algorithm is a member of the ant colony algorithms family, in swarm intelligence methods, and it constitutes some metaheuristic optimizations. Initially proposed by Marco Dorigo in 1992 in his PhD thesis,^{[5]}^{[6]} the first algorithm was aiming to search for an optimal path in a graph, based on the behavior of ants seeking a path between their colony and a source of food. The original idea has since diversified to solve a wider class of numerical problems, and as a result, several problems have emerged, drawing on various aspects of the behavior of ants. From a broader perspective, ACO performs a modelbased search^{[7]} and shares some similarities with estimation of distribution algorithms.
Contents
Overview
In the natural world, ants of some species (initially) wander randomly, and upon finding food return to their colony while laying down pheromone trails. If other ants find such a path, they are likely not to keep travelling at random, but instead to follow the trail, returning and reinforcing it if they eventually find food (see Ant communication).
Over time, however, the pheromone trail starts to evaporate, thus reducing its attractive strength. The more time it takes for an ant to travel down the path and back again, the more time the pheromones have to evaporate. A short path, by comparison, gets marched over more frequently, and thus the pheromone density becomes higher on shorter paths than longer ones. Pheromone evaporation also has the advantage of avoiding the convergence to a locally optimal solution. If there were no evaporation at all, the paths chosen by the first ants would tend to be excessively attractive to the following ones. In that case, the exploration of the solution space would be constrained. The influence of pheromone evaporation in real ant systems is unclear, but it is very important in artificial systems.^{[8]}
The overall result is that when one ant finds a good (i.e., short) path from the colony to a food source, other ants are more likely to follow that path, and positive feedback eventually leads to many ants following a single path. The idea of the ant colony algorithm is to mimic this behavior with "simulated ants" walking around the graph representing the problem to solve.
Ambient networks of intelligent objects
New concepts are required since “intelligence” is no longer centralized but can be found throughout all minuscule objects. Anthropocentric concepts have always led us to the production of IT systems in which data processing, control units and calculating forces are centralized. These centralized units have continually increased their performance and can be compared to the human brain. The model of the brain has become the ultimate vision of computers. Ambient networks of intelligent objects and, sooner or later, a new generation of information systems which are even more diffused and based on nanotechnology, will profoundly change this concept. Small devices that can be compared to insects do not dispose of a high intelligence on their own. Indeed, their intelligence can be classed as fairly limited. It is, for example, impossible to integrate a high performance calculator with the power to solve any kind of mathematical problem into a biochip that is implanted into the human body or integrated in an intelligent tag which is designed to trace commercial articles. However, once those objects are interconnected they dispose of a form of intelligence that can be compared to a colony of ants or bees. In the case of certain problems, this type of intelligence can be superior to the reasoning of a centralized system similar to the brain.^{[9]}
Nature has given us several examples of how minuscule organisms, if they all follow the same basic rule, can create a form of collective intelligence on the macroscopic level. Colonies of social insects perfectly illustrate this model which greatly differs from human societies. This model is based on the cooperation of independent units with simple and unpredictable behavior.^{[10]} They move through their surrounding area to carry out certain tasks and only possess a very limited amount of information to do so. A colony of ants, for example, represents numerous qualities that can also be applied to a network of ambient objects. Colonies of ants have a very high capacity to adapt themselves to changes in the environment as well as an enormous strength in dealing with situations where one individual fails to carry out a given task. This kind of flexibility would also be very useful for mobile networks of objects which are perpetually developing. Parcels of information that move from a computer to a digital object behave in the same way as ants would do. They move through the network and pass from one knot to the next with the objective of arriving at their final destination as quickly as possible.^{[11]}
Artificial Pheromone System
Pheromonebased communication is one of the most effective ways of communication which is widely observed in nature. Pheromone is used by social insects such as bees, ants and termites; both for interagent and agentswarm communications. Due to its feasibility; artificial pheromones have been adopted in multirobot and swarm robotic systems. Pheromonebased communication was implemented by different means such as chemical ^{[12]}^{[13]} or physical (RFID tags,^{[14]} light,^{[15]}^{[16]}^{[17]}^{[18]} sound^{[19]}) ways. However, those implementations were not able to replicate all the aspects of pheromones as seen in nature.
Using projected light was presented in ^{[20]} is an experimental setup to study on pheromonebased communication with micro autonomous robots. Another study that proposed a novel pheromone communication method,COSΦ,^{[21]} for a swarm robotic system based on precise and fast visual localization.^{[22]} The system allows to simulate virtually unlimited number of different pheromones and provides the result of their interaction as a grayscale image on a horizontal LCD screen that the robots move on. In order to demonstrate the pheromone communication method, Colias^{[23]} autonomous micro robot was deployed as the swarm robotic platform.
Common extensions
Here are some of the most popular variations of ACO algorithms.
Elitist ant system
The global best solution deposits pheromone on every iteration along with all the other ants.
Maxmin ant system (MMAS)
Added maximum and minimum pheromone amounts [τ_{max},τ_{min}]. Only global best or iteration best tour deposited pheromone <MAZ>. All edges are initialized to τ_{min} and reinitialized to τ_{max} when nearing stagnation.^{[24]}
Ant colony system
It has been presented above.^{[25]}
Rankbased ant system (ASrank)
All solutions are ranked according to their length. The amount of pheromone deposited is then weighted for each solution, such that solutions with shorter paths deposit more pheromone than the solutions with longer paths.
Continuous orthogonal ant colony (COAC)
The pheromone deposit mechanism of COAC is to enable ants to search for solutions collaboratively and effectively. By using an orthogonal design method, ants in the feasible domain can explore their chosen regions rapidly and efficiently, with enhanced global search capability and accuracy.
The orthogonal design method and the adaptive radius adjustment method can also be extended to other optimization algorithms for delivering wider advantages in solving practical problems.^{[26]}
Recursive ant colony optimization
It is a recursive form of ant system which divides the whole search domain into several subdomains and solves the objective on these subdomains.^{[27]} The results from all the subdomains are compared and the best few of them are promoted for the next level. The subdomains corresponding to the selected results are further subdivided and the process is repeated until an output of desired precision is obtained. This method has been tested on illposed geophysical inversion problems and works well.^{[28]}
Convergence
For some versions of the algorithm, it is possible to prove that it is convergent (i.e., it is able to find the global optimum in finite time). The first evidence of a convergence ant colony algorithm was made in 2000, the graphbased ant system algorithm, and then algorithms for ACS and MMAS. Like most metaheuristics, it is very difficult to estimate the theoretical speed of convergence. In 2004, Zlochin and his colleagues^{[29]} showed that COAtype algorithms could be assimilated methods of stochastic gradient descent, on the crossentropy and estimation of distribution algorithm. They proposed these metaheuristics as a "researchbased model". A performance analysis of continuous ant colony algorithm based on its various parameter suggest its sensitivity of convergence on parameter tuning.^{[30]}
Example pseudocode and formula
procedure ACO_MetaHeuristic
while(not_termination)
generateSolutions()
daemonActions()
pheromoneUpdate()
end while
end procedure
Edge selection
An ant is a simple computational agent in the ant colony optimization algorithm. It iteratively constructs a solution for the problem at hand. The intermediate solutions are referred to as solution states. At each iteration of the algorithm, each ant moves from a state to state , corresponding to a more complete intermediate solution. Thus, each ant computes a set of feasible expansions to its current state in each iteration, and moves to one of these in probability. For ant , the probability of moving from state to state depends on the combination of two values, viz., the attractiveness of the move, as computed by some heuristic indicating the a priori desirability of that move and the trail level of the move, indicating how proficient it has been in the past to make that particular move.
The trail level represents a posteriori indication of the desirability of that move. Trails are updated usually when all ants have completed their solution, increasing or decreasing the level of trails corresponding to moves that were part of "good" or "bad" solutions, respectively.
In general, the th ant moves from state to state with probability
where
is the amount of pheromone deposited for transition from state to , 0 ≤ is a parameter to control the influence of , is the desirability of state transition (a priori knowledge, typically , where is the distance) and ≥ 1 is a parameter to control the influence of . and represent the attractiveness and trail level for the other possible state transitions.
Pheromone update
When all the ants have completed a solution, the trails are updated by
where is the amount of pheromone deposited for a state transition , is the pheromone evaporation coefficient and is the amount of pheromone deposited by th ant, typically given for a TSP problem (with moves corresponding to arcs of the graph) by
where is the cost of the th ant's tour (typically length) and is a constant.
Applications
Ant colony optimization algorithms have been applied to many combinatorial optimization problems, ranging from quadratic assignment to protein folding or routing vehicles and a lot of derived methods have been adapted to dynamic problems in real variables, stochastic problems, multitargets and parallel implementations. It has also been used to produce nearoptimal solutions to the travelling salesman problem. They have an advantage over simulated annealing and genetic algorithm approaches of similar problems when the graph may change dynamically; the ant colony algorithm can be run continuously and adapt to changes in real time. This is of interest in network routing and urban transportation systems.
The first ACO algorithm was called the ant system^{[31]} and it was aimed to solve the travelling salesman problem, in which the goal is to find the shortest roundtrip to link a series of cities. The general algorithm is relatively simple and based on a set of ants, each making one of the possible roundtrips along the cities. At each stage, the ant chooses to move from one city to another according to some rules:
 It must visit each city exactly once;
 A distant city has less chance of being chosen (the visibility);
 The more intense the pheromone trail laid out on an edge between two cities, the greater the probability that that edge will be chosen;
 Having completed its journey, the ant deposits more pheromones on all edges it traversed, if the journey is short;
 After each iteration, trails of pheromones evaporate.
Scheduling problem
 Jobshop scheduling problem (JSP)^{[32]}
 Openshop scheduling problem (OSP)^{[33]}^{[34]}
 Permutation flow shop problem (PFSP)^{[35]}
 Single machine total tardiness problem (SMTTP)^{[36]}
 Single machine total weighted tardiness problem (SMTWTP)^{[37]}^{[38]}^{[39]}
 Resourceconstrained project scheduling problem (RCPSP)^{[40]}
 Groupshop scheduling problem (GSP)^{[41]}
 Singlemachine total tardiness problem with sequence dependent setup times (SMTTPDST)^{[42]}
 Multistage flowshop scheduling problem (MFSP) with sequence dependent setup/changeover times^{[43]}
Vehicle routing problem
 Capacitated vehicle routing problem (CVRP)^{[44]}^{[45]}^{[46]}
 Multidepot vehicle routing problem (MDVRP)^{[47]}
 Period vehicle routing problem (PVRP)^{[48]}
 Split delivery vehicle routing problem (SDVRP)^{[49]}
 Stochastic vehicle routing problem (SVRP)^{[50]}
 Vehicle routing problem with pickup and delivery (VRPPD)^{[51]}^{[52]}
 Vehicle routing problem with time windows (VRPTW)^{[53]}^{[54]}^{[55]}
 Time dependent vehicle routing problem with time windows (TDVRPTW)^{[56]}
 Vehicle routing problem with time windows and multiple service workers (VRPTWMS)
Assignment problem
 Quadratic assignment problem (QAP)^{[57]}
 Generalized assignment problem (GAP)^{[58]}^{[59]}
 Frequency assignment problem (FAP)^{[60]}
 Redundancy allocation problem (RAP)^{[61]}
Set problem
 Set cover problem (SCP)^{[62]}^{[63]}
 Partition problem (SPP)^{[64]}
 Weight constrained graph tree partition problem (WCGTPP)^{[65]}
 Arcweighted lcardinality tree problem (AWlCTP)^{[66]}
 Multiple knapsack problem (MKP)^{[67]}
 Maximum independent set problem (MIS)^{[68]}
Device sizing problem in nanoelectronics physical design
 Ant colony optimization (ACO) based optimization of 45 nm CMOSbased sense amplifier circuit could converge to optimal solutions in very minimal time.^{[69]}
 Ant colony optimization (ACO) based reversible circuit synthesis could improve efficiency significantly.^{[70]}
Antennas Optimization and Synthesis
To optimize the form of antennas, ant colony algorithms can be used. As example can be considered antennas RFIDtags based on ant colony algorithms (ACO).,^{[72]} loopback and unloopback vibrators 10×10^{[71]}
Image processing
The ACO algorithm is used in image processing for image edge detection and edge linking.^{[73]}^{[74]}
 Edge detection:
The graph here is the 2D image and the ants traverse from one pixel depositing pheromone.The movement of ants from one pixel to another is directed by the local variation of the image's intensity values. This movement causes the highest density of the pheromone to be deposited at the edges.
The following are the steps involved in edge detection using ACO:^{[75]}^{[76]}^{[77]}
Step1: Initialization:
Randomly place ants on the image where . Pheromone matrix are initialized with a random value. The major challenge in the initialization process is determining the heuristic matrix.
There are various methods to determine the heuristic matrix. For the below example the heuristic matrix was calculated based on the local statistics: the local statistics at the pixel position (i,j).
Where is the image of size
,which is a normalization factor
can be calculated using the following functions:
The parameter in each of above functions adjusts the functions’ respective shapes.
Step 2 Construction process:
The ant's movement is based on 4connected pixels or 8connected pixels. The probability with which the ant moves is given by the probability equation
Step 3 and Step 5 Update process:
The pheromone matrix is updated twice. in step 3 the trail of the ant (given by ) is updated where as in step 5 the evaporation rate of the trail is updated which is given by the below equation.
, where is the pheromone decay coefficient
Step 7 Decision Process:
Once the K ants have moved a fixed distance L for N iteration, the decision whether it is an edge or not is based on the threshold T on the pheromone matrixτ. Threshold for the below example is calculated based on Otsu's method.
Image Edge detected using ACO:
The images below are generated using different functions given by the equation (1) to (4).^{[78]}
 Edge linking:^{[79]} ACO has also been proven effective in edge linking algorithms too.
Others
 Classification^{[80]}
 Connectionoriented network routing^{[81]}
 Connectionless network routing^{[82]}^{[83]}
 Data mining^{[80]}^{[84]}^{[85]}^{[86]}
 Discounted cash flows in project scheduling^{[87]}
 Distributed information retrieval^{[88]}^{[89]}
 Grid workflow scheduling problem^{[90]}
 Intelligent testing system^{[91]}
 System identification^{[92]}^{[93]}
 Protein folding^{[94]}^{[95]}^{[96]}
 Power electronic circuit design^{[97]}
 bankruptcy prediction^{[98]}
 Inhibitory peptide design for protein protein interactions^{[99]}
Definition difficulty
With an ACO algorithm, the shortest path in a graph, between two points A and B, is built from a combination of several paths.^{[100]} It is not easy to give a precise definition of what algorithm is or is not an ant colony, because the definition may vary according to the authors and uses. Broadly speaking, ant colony algorithms are regarded as populated metaheuristics with each solution represented by an ant moving in the search space.^{[101]} Ants mark the best solutions and take account of previous markings to optimize their search. They can be seen as probabilistic multiagent algorithms using a probability distribution to make the transition between each iteration.^{[102]} In their versions for combinatorial problems, they use an iterative construction of solutions.^{[103]} According to some authors, the thing which distinguishes ACO algorithms from other relatives (such as algorithms to estimate the distribution or particle swarm optimization) is precisely their constructive aspect. In combinatorial problems, it is possible that the best solution eventually be found, even though no ant would prove effective. Thus, in the example of the Travelling salesman problem, it is not necessary that an ant actually travels the shortest route: the shortest route can be built from the strongest segments of the best solutions. However, this definition can be problematic in the case of problems in real variables, where no structure of 'neighbours' exists. The collective behaviour of social insects remains a source of inspiration for researchers. The wide variety of algorithms (for optimization or not) seeking selforganization in biological systems has led to the concept of "swarm intelligence",^{[104]} which is a very general framework in which ant colony algorithms fit.
Stigmergy algorithms
There is in practice a large number of algorithms claiming to be "ant colonies", without always sharing the general framework of optimization by canonical ant colonies (COA).^{[105]} In practice, the use of an exchange of information between ants via the environment (a principle called "stigmergy") is deemed enough for an algorithm to belong to the class of ant colony algorithms. This principle has led some authors to create the term "value" to organize methods and behavior based on search of food, sorting larvae, division of labour and cooperative transportation.^{[106]}
Related methods
 Genetic algorithms (GA) maintain a pool of solutions rather than just one. The process of finding superior solutions mimics that of evolution, with solutions being combined or mutated to alter the pool of solutions, with solutions of inferior quality being discarded.
 An estimation of distribution algorithm (EDA) is an evolutionary algorithm that substitutes traditional reproduction operators by modelguided operators. Such models are learned from the population by employing machine learning techniques and represented as probabilistic graphical models, from which new solutions can be sampled^{[107]}^{[108]} or generated from guidedcrossover.^{[109]}^{[110]}
 Simulated annealing (SA) is a related global optimization technique which traverses the search space by generating neighboring solutions of the current solution. A superior neighbor is always accepted. An inferior neighbor is accepted probabilistically based on the difference in quality and a temperature parameter. The temperature parameter is modified as the algorithm progresses to alter the nature of the search.
 Reactive search optimization focuses on combining machine learning with optimization, by adding an internal feedback loop to selftune the free parameters of an algorithm to the characteristics of the problem, of the instance, and of the local situation around the current solution.
 Tabu search (TS) is similar to simulated annealing in that both traverse the solution space by testing mutations of an individual solution. While simulated annealing generates only one mutated solution, tabu search generates many mutated solutions and moves to the solution with the lowest fitness of those generated. To prevent cycling and encourage greater movement through the solution space, a tabu list is maintained of partial or complete solutions. It is forbidden to move to a solution that contains elements of the tabu list, which is updated as the solution traverses the solution space.
 Artificial immune system (AIS) algorithms are modeled on vertebrate immune systems.
 Particle swarm optimization (PSO), a swarm intelligence method
 Intelligent water drops (IWD), a swarmbased optimization algorithm based on natural water drops flowing in rivers
 Gravitational search algorithm (GSA), a swarm intelligence method
 Ant colony clustering method (ACCM), a method that make use of clustering approach,extending the ACO.
 Stochastic diffusion search (SDS), an agentbased probabilistic global search and optimization technique best suited to problems where the objective function can be decomposed into multiple independent partialfunctions
History
The inventors are Frans Moyson and Bernard Manderick. Pioneers of the field include Marco Dorigo, Luca Maria Gambardella.^{[111]}
Chronology of ant colony optimization algorithms.
 1959, PierrePaul Grassé invented the theory of stigmergy to explain the behavior of nest building in termites;^{[112]}
 1983, Deneubourg and his colleagues studied the collective behavior of ants;^{[113]}
 1988, and Moyson Manderick have an article on selforganization among ants;^{[114]}
 1989, the work of Goss, Aron, Deneubourg and Pasteels on the collective behavior of Argentine ants, which will give the idea of ant colony optimization algorithms;^{[115]}
 1989, implementation of a model of behavior for food by Ebling and his colleagues;^{[116]}
 1991, M. Dorigo proposed the ant system in his doctoral thesis (which was published in 1992^{[6]}). A technical report extracted from the thesis and coauthored by V. Maniezzo and A. Colorni^{[117]} was published five years later;^{[31]}
 1994, Appleby and Steward of British Telecommunications Plc published the first application to telecommunications networks^{[118]}
 1996, publication of the article on ant system;^{[31]}
 1996, Hoos and Stützle invent the maxmin ant system;^{[24]}
 1997, Dorigo and Gambardella publish the ant colony system;^{[25]}
 1997, Schoonderwoerd and his colleagues published an improved application to telecommunication networks;^{[119]}
 1998, Dorigo launches first conference dedicated to the ACO algorithms;^{[120]}
 1998, Stützle proposes initial parallel implementations;^{[121]}
 1999, Bonabeau, Dorigo and Theraulaz publish a book dealing mainly with artificial ants^{[122]}
 2000, special issue of the Future Generation Computer Systems journal on ant algorithms^{[123]}
 2000, first applications to the scheduling, scheduling sequence and the satisfaction of constraints;
 2000, Gutjahr provides the first evidence of convergence for an algorithm of ant colonies^{[124]}
 2001, the first use of COA algorithms by companies (Eurobios and AntOptima);
 2001, Iredi and his colleagues published the first multiobjective algorithm^{[125]}
 2002, first applications in the design of schedule, Bayesian networks;
 2002, Bianchi and her colleagues suggested the first algorithm for stochastic problem;^{[126]}
 2004, Dorigo and Stützle publish the Ant Colony Optimization book with MIT Press ^{[127]}
 2004, Zlochin and Dorigo show that some algorithms are equivalent to the stochastic gradient descent, the crossentropy method and algorithms to estimate distribution^{[29]}
 2005, first applications to protein folding problems.
 2012, Prabhakar and colleagues publish research relating to the operation of individual ants communicating in tandem without pheromones, mirroring the principles of computer network organization. The communication model has been compared to the Transmission Control Protocol.^{[128]}
 2016, first application to peptide sequence design.^{[99]}
 2017, successful integration of the multicriteria decisionmaking method PROMETHEE into the ACO algorithm (HUMANT algorithm).^{[129]}
References
 ^ Waldner, JeanBaptiste (2008). Nanocomputers and Swarm Intelligence. London: ISTE John Wiley & Sons. p. 225. ISBN 1847040020.
 ^ Monmarché Nicolas, Guinand Frédéric and Siarry Patrick (2010). Artificial Ants. WileyISTE. ISBN 9781848211940.
 ^ Dorigo, Gambardella, M, L.M. (1997). "Learning Approach to the Traveling Salesman Problem". IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 1 (1): 214.
 ^ Ant Colony Optimization by Marco Dorigo and Thomas Stützle, MIT Press, 2004. ISBN 0262042193
 ^ A. Colorni, M. Dorigo et V. Maniezzo, Distributed Optimization by Ant Colonies, actes de la première conférence européenne sur la vie artificielle, Paris, France, Elsevier Publishing, 134142, 1991.
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} M. Dorigo, Optimization, Learning and Natural Algorithms, PhD thesis, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 1992.
 ^ Zlochin, Mark; Birattari, Mauro; Meuleau, Nicolas; Dorigo, Marco (1 October 2004). "ModelBased Search for Combinatorial Optimization: A Critical Survey". Annals of Operations Research. 131 (14): 373–395. doi:10.1023/B:ANOR.0000039526.52305.af. ISSN 02545330.
 ^ Marco Dorigo and Thomas Stültze, Ant Colony Optimization, p.12. 2004.
 ^ Waldner, JeanBaptiste (2008). Nanocomputers and Swarm Intelligence. London: ISTE John Wiley & Sons. p. 214. ISBN 1847040020.
 ^ Waldner, JeanBaptiste (2007). Inventer l'Ordinateur du XXIème Siècle. London: Hermes Science. pp. 259–265. ISBN 2746215160.
 ^ Waldner, JeanBaptiste (2008). Nanocomputers and Swarm Intelligence. London: ISTE John Wiley & Sons. p. 215. ISBN 1847040020.
 ^ Russell, R. Andrew. "Ant trailsan example for robots to follow?." Robotics and Automation, 1999. Proceedings. 1999 IEEE International Conference on. Vol. 4. IEEE, 1999.
 ^ Fujisawa, Ryusuke, et al. "Designing pheromone communication in swarm robotics: Group foraging behavior mediated by chemical substance." Swarm Intelligence 8.3 (2014): 227246.
 ^ Sakakibara, Toshiki, and Daisuke Kurabayashi. "Artificial pheromone system using rfid for navigation of autonomous robots." Journal of Bionic Engineering 4.4 (2007): 245253.
 ^ Arvin, Farshad, et al. "Investigation of cuebased aggregation in static and dynamic environments with a mobile robot swarm." Adaptive Behavior (2016): 117.
 ^ Farshad Arvin, et al. "Imitation of honeybee aggregation with collective behavior of swarm robots." International Journal of Computational Intelligence Systems 4.4 (2011): 739748.
 ^ Schmickl, Thomas, et al. "Get in touch: cooperative decision making based on robottorobot collisions." Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems 18.1 (2009): 133155.
 ^ Garnier, Simon, et al. "Do ants need to estimate the geometrical properties of trail bifurcations to find an efficient route? A swarm robotics test bed." PLoS Comput Biol 9.3 (2013): e1002903.
 ^ Arvin, Farshad, et al. "Cuebased aggregation with a mobile robot swarm: a novel fuzzybased method." Adaptive Behavior 22.3 (2014): 189206.
 ^ Garnier, Simon, et al. "Alice in pheromone land: An experimental setup for the study of antlike robots." 2007 IEEE Swarm Intelligence Symposium. IEEE, 2007.
 ^ Farshad Arvin et al. "COSΦ: artificial pheromone system for robotic swarms research." IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2015.
 ^ Krajník, Tomáš, et al. "A practical multirobot localization system." Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems 76.34 (2014): 539562.
 ^ Farshad Arvin, et al. "Colias: An autonomous micro robot for swarm robotic applications." International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems 11 (2014).
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} T. Stützle et H.H. Hoos, MAX MIN Ant System, Future Generation Computer Systems, volume 16, pages 889914, 2000
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} M. Dorigo et L.M. Gambardella, Ant Colony System : A Cooperative Learning Approach to the Traveling Salesman Problem, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, volume 1, numéro 1, pages 5366, 1997.
 ^ X Hu, J Zhang, and Y Li (2008). Orthogonal methods based ant colony search for solving continuous optimization problems. Journal of Computer Science and Technology, 23(1), pp.218.
 ^ Gupta, D.K.; Arora, Y.; Singh, U.K.; Gupta, J.P., "Recursive Ant Colony Optimization for estimation of parameters of a function," Recent Advances in Information Technology (RAIT), 2012 1st International Conference on , vol., no., pp.448454, 15–17 March 2012
 ^ Gupta, D.K.; Gupta, J.P.; Arora, Y.; Shankar, U., "Recursive ant colony optimization: a new technique for the estimation of function parameters from geophysical field data," Near Surface Geophysics , vol. 11, no. 3, pp.325339
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} M. Zlochin, M. Birattari, N. Meuleau, et M. Dorigo, Modelbased search for combinatorial optimization: A critical survey, Annals of Operations Research, vol. 131, pp. 373395, 2004.
 ^ V.K.Ojha, A. Abraham and V. Snasel, ACO for Continuous Function Optimization: A Performance Analysis, 14th International Conference on Intelligent Systems Design and Applications (ISDA), Japan, Page 145  150 9781479979387/14 2014 IEEE
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} M. Dorigo, V. Maniezzo, et A. Colorni, Ant system: optimization by a colony of cooperating agents, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and CyberneticsPart B , volume 26, numéro 1, pages 2941, 1996.
 ^ D. Martens, M. De Backer, R. Haesen, J. Vanthienen, M. Snoeck, B. Baesens, Classification with Ant Colony Optimization, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, volume 11, number 5, pages 651—665, 2007.
 ^ B. Pfahring, "Multiagent search for open scheduling: adapting the AntQ formalism," Technical report TR9609, 1996.
 ^ C. Blem, "BeamACO, Hybridizing ant colony optimization with beam search. An application to open shop scheduling," Technical report TR/IRIDIA/200317, 2003.
 ^ T. Stützle, "An ant approach to the flow shop problem," Technical report AIDA9707, 1997.
 ^ A. Bauer, B. Bullnheimer, R. F. Hartl and C. Strauss, "Minimizing total tardiness on a single machine using ant colony optimization," Central European Journal for Operations Research and Economics, vol.8, no.2, pp.125141, 2000.
 ^ M. den Besten, "Ants for the single machine total weighted tardiness problem," Master's thesis, University of Amsterdam, 2000.
 ^ M, den Bseten, T. Stützle and M. Dorigo, "Ant colony optimization for the total weighted tardiness problem," Proceedings of PPSNVI, Sixth International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature, vol. 1917 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp.611620, 2000.
 ^ D. Merkle and M. Middendorf, "An ant algorithm with a new pheromone evaluation rule for total tardiness problems," Real World Applications of Evolutionary Computing, vol. 1803 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp.287296, 2000.
 ^ D. Merkle, M. Middendorf and H. Schmeck, "Ant colony optimization for resourceconstrained project scheduling," Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2000), pp.893900, 2000.
 ^ C. Blum, "ACO applied to group shop scheduling: a case study on intensification and diversification," Proceedings of ANTS 2002, vol. 2463 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp.1427, 2002.
 ^ C. Gagné, W. L. Price and M. Gravel, "Comparing an ACO algorithm with other heuristics for the single machine scheduling problem with sequencedependent setup times," Journal of the Operational Research Society, vol.53, pp.895906, 2002.
 ^ A. V. Donati, V. Darley, B. Ramachandran, "An AntBidding Algorithm for Multistage Flowshop Scheduling Problem: Optimization and Phase Transitions", book chapter in Advances in Metaheuristics for Hard Optimization, Springer, ISBN 9783540729594, pp.111138, 2008.
 ^ P. Toth, D. Vigo, "Models, relaxations and exact approaches for the capacitated vehicle routing problem," Discrete Applied Mathematics, vol.123, pp.487512, 2002.
 ^ J. M. Belenguer, and E. Benavent, "A cutting plane algorithm for capacitated arc routing problem," Computers & Operations Research, vol.30, no.5, pp.705728, 2003.
 ^ T. K. Ralphs, "Parallel branch and cut for capacitated vehicle routing," Parallel Computing, vol.29, pp.607629, 2003.
 ^ S. Salhi and M. Sari, "A multilevel composite heuristic for the multidepot vehicle fleet mix problem," European Journal for Operations Research, vol.103, no.1, pp.95112, 1997.
 ^ E. Angelelli and M. G. Speranza, "The periodic vehicle routing problem with intermediate facilities," European Journal for Operations Research, vol.137, no.2, pp.233247, 2002.
 ^ S. C. Ho and D. Haugland, "A tabu search heuristic for the vehicle routing problem with time windows and split deliveries," Computers & Operations Research, vol.31, no.12, pp.19471964, 2004.
 ^ N. Secomandi, "Comparing neurodynamic programming algorithms for the vehicle routing problem with stochastic demands," Computers & Operations Research, vol.27, no.11, pp.12011225, 2000.
 ^ W. P. Nanry and J. W. Barnes, "Solving the pickup and delivery problem with time windows using reactive tabu search," Transportation Research Part B, vol.34, no. 2, pp.107121, 2000.
 ^ R. Bent and P.V. Hentenryck, "A twostage hybrid algorithm for pickup and delivery vehicle routing problems with time windows," Computers & Operations Research, vol.33, no.4, pp.875893, 2003.
 ^ A. Bachem, W. Hochstattler and M. Malich, "The simulated trading heuristic for solving vehicle routing problems," Discrete Applied Mathematics, vol. 65, pp.4772, 1996..
 ^ [57] S. C. Hong and Y. B. Park, "A heuristic for biobjective vehicle routing with time window constraints," International Journal of Production Economics, vol.62, no.3, pp.249258, 1999.
 ^ R. A. Rusell and W. C. Chiang, "Scatter search for the vehicle routing problem with time windows," European Journal for Operations Research, vol.169, no.2, pp.606622, 2006.
 ^ A. V. Donati, R. Montemanni, N. Casagrande, A. E. Rizzoli, L. M. Gambardella, "Time Dependent Vehicle Routing Problem with a Multi Ant Colony System", European Journal of Operational Research, vol.185, no.3, pp.1174–1191, 2008.
 ^ T. Stützle, "MAXMIN Ant System for quadratic assignment problems," Technical Report AIDA974, FB Informatik, TU Darmstadt, Germany, 1997.
 ^ R. Lourenço and D. Serra "Adaptive search heuristics for the generalized assignment problem," Mathware & soft computing, vol.9, no.23, 2002.
 ^ M. Yagiura, T. Ibaraki and F. Glover, "An ejection chain approach for the generalized assignment problem," INFORMS Journal on Computing, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 133–151, 2004.
 ^ K. I. Aardal, S. P. M. van Hoesel, A. M. C. A. Koster, C. Mannino and Antonio. Sassano, "Models and solution techniques for the frequency assignment problem," A Quarterly Journal of Operations Research, vol.1, no.4, pp.261317, 2001.
 ^ Y. C. Liang and A. E. Smith, "An ant colony optimization algorithm for the redundancy allocation problem (RAP)," IEEE Transactions on Reliability, vol.53, no.3, pp.417423, 2004.
 ^ G. Leguizamon and Z. Michalewicz, "A new version of ant system for subset problems," Proceedings of the 1999 Congress on Evolutionary Computation(CEC 99), vol.2, pp.14581464, 1999.
 ^ R. Hadji, M. Rahoual, E. Talbi and V. Bachelet "Ant colonies for the set covering problem," Abstract proceedings of ANTS2000, pp.6366, 2000.
 ^ V Maniezzo and M Milandri, "An antbased framework for very strongly constrained problems," Proceedings of ANTS2000, pp.222227, 2002.
 ^ R. Cordone and F. Maffioli,"Colored Ant System and local search to design local telecommunication networks," Applications of Evolutionary Computing: Proceedings of Evo Workshops, vol.2037, pp.6069, 2001.
 ^ C. Blum and M.J. Blesa, "Metaheuristics for the edgeweighted kcardinality tree problem," Technical Report TR/IRIDIA/200302, IRIDIA, 2003.
 ^ S. Fidanova, "ACO algorithm for MKP using various heuristic information", Numerical Methods and Applications, vol.2542, pp.438444, 2003.
 ^ G. Leguizamon, Z. Michalewicz and Martin Schutz, "An ant system for the maximum independent set problem," Proceedings of the 2001 Argentinian Congress on Computer Science, vol.2, pp.10271040, 2001.
 ^ O. Okobiah, S. P. Mohanty, and E. Kougianos, "Ordinary Kriging MetamodelAssisted Ant Colony Algorithm for Fast Analog Design Optimization Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.", in Proceedings of the 13th IEEE International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED), pp. 458463, 2012.
 ^ M. Sarkar, P. Ghosal, and S. P. Mohanty, "Reversible Circuit Synthesis Using ACO and SA based QuinneMcCluskey Method Archived July 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.", in Proceedings of the 56th IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits & Systems (MWSCAS), 2013, pp. 416419.
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} Ermolaev S.Y., Slyusar V.I. Antenna synthesis based on the ant colony optimization algorithm.// Proc. ICATT’2009, Lviv, Ukraine 6  9 Octobre, 2009.  Pages 298  300 [1]
 ^ Marcus Randall, Andrew Lewis, Amir Galehdar, David Thiel. Using Ant Colony Optimisation to Improve the Efficiency of Small Meander Line RFID Antennas.// In 3rd IEEE International eScience and Grid Computing Conference [2], 2007
 ^ S. Meshoul and M Batouche, "Ant colony system with extremal dynamics for point matching and pose estimation," Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Pattern Recognition, vol.3, pp.823826, 2002.
 ^ H. Nezamabadipour, S. Saryazdi, and E. Rashedi, " Edge detection using ant algorithms", Soft Computing, vol. 10, no.7, pp. 623628, 2006.
 ^ Tian, Jing; Yu, Weiyu; Xie, Shengli. "An Ant Colony Optimization Algorithm For Image Edge Detection".
 ^ Gupta, Charu; Gupta, Sunanda. "Edge Detection of an Image based on Ant ColonyOptimization Technique".
 ^ Jevtić, A.; QuintanillaDominguez, J.; CortinaJanuchs, M.G.; Andina, D. (2009). "Edge detection using ant colony search algorithm and multiscale contrast enhancement". IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 2009. SMC 2009: 2193–2198. doi:10.1109/ICSMC.2009.5345922.
 ^ "File Exchange – Ant Colony Optimization (ACO)". MATLAB Central.
 ^ Jevtić, A.; Melgar, I.; Andina, D. (2009). "Ant based edge linking algorithm". 35th Annual Conference of IEEE Industrial Electronics, 2009. IECON '09. pp. 3353–3358.
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} D. Martens, M. De Backer, R. Haesen, J. Vanthienen, M. Snoeck, B. Baesens, "Classification with Ant Colony Optimization", IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, volume 11, number 5, pages 651—665, 2007.
 ^ G. D. Caro and M. Dorigo, "Extending AntNet for besteffort qualityofservice routing," Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Ant Colony Optimization (ANTS’98), 1998.
 ^ G.D. Caro and M. Dorigo "AntNet: a mobile agents approach to adaptive routing," Proceedings of the ThirtyFirst Hawaii International Conference on System Science, vol.7, pp.7483, 1998.
 ^ G. D. Caro and M. Dorigo, "Two ant colony algorithms for besteffort routing in datagram networks," Proceedings of the Tenth IASTED International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems (PDCS’98), pp.541546, 1998.
 ^ D. Martens, B. Baesens, T. Fawcett "Editorial Survey: Swarm Intelligence for Data Mining," Machine Learning, volume 82, number 1, pp. 142, 2011
 ^ R. S. Parpinelli, H. S. Lopes and A. A Freitas, "An ant colony algorithm for classification rule discovery," Data Mining: A heuristic Approach, pp.191209, 2002.
 ^ R. S. Parpinelli, H. S. Lopes and A. A Freitas, "Data mining with an ant colony optimization algorithm," IEEE Transaction on Evolutionary Computation, vol.6, no.4, pp.321332, 2002.
 ^ W. N. Chen, J. ZHANG and H. Chung, "Optimizing Discounted Cash Flows in Project SchedulingAn Ant Colony Optimization Approach", IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and CyberneticsPart C: Applications and Reviews Vol.40 No.5 pp.6477, Jan. 2010.
 ^ D. Picard, A. Revel, M. Cord, "An Application of Swarm Intelligence to Distributed Image Retrieval", Information Sciences, 2010
 ^ D. Picard, M. Cord, A. Revel, "Image Retrieval over Networks : Active Learning using Ant Algorithm", IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, vol. 10, no. 7, pp. 13561365  nov 2008
 ^ W. N. Chen and J. ZHANG "Ant Colony Optimization Approach to Grid Workflow Scheduling Problem with Various QoS Requirements", IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and CyberneticsPart C: Applications and Reviews, Vol. 31, No. 1,pp.2943,Jan 2009.
 ^ Xiao. M.Hu, J. ZHANG, and H. Chung, "An Intelligent Testing System Embedded with an Ant Colony Optimization Based Test Composition Method", IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and CyberneticsPart C: Applications and Reviews, Vol. 39, No. 6, pp. 659669, Dec 2009.
 ^ L. Wang and Q. D. Wu, "Linear system parameters identification based on ant system algorithm," Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Control Applications, pp. 401406, 2001.
 ^ K. C. Abbaspour, R. Schulin, M. T. Van Genuchten, "Estimating unsaturated soil hydraulic parameters using ant colony optimization," Advances In Water Resources, vol. 24, no. 8, pp. 827841, 2001.
 ^ X. M. Hu, J. ZHANG，J. Xiao and Y. Li, "Protein Folding in HydrophobicPolar Lattice Model: A Flexible Ant Colony Optimization Approach ", Protein and Peptide Letters, Volume 15, Number 5, 2008, Pp. 469477.
 ^ A. Shmygelska, R. A. Hernández and H. H. Hoos, "An ant colony optimization algorithm for the 2D HP protein folding problem," Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Ant Algorithms/ANTS 2002, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol.2463, pp.4052, 2002.
 ^ M. Nardelli; L. Tedesco; A. Bechini (2013). "Crosslattice behavior of general ACO folding for proteins in the HP model". Proc. of ACM SAC 2013: 1320–1327. doi:10.1145/2480362.2480611.
 ^ J. ZHANG, H. Chung, W. L. Lo, and T. Huang, "Extended Ant Colony Optimization Algorithm for Power Electronic Circuit Design", IEEE Transactions on Power Electronic. Vol.24,No.1, pp.147162, Jan 2009.
 ^ Zhang, Y. (2013). "A RuleBased Model for Bankruptcy Prediction Based on an Improved Genetic Ant Colony Algorithm". Mathematical Problems in Engineering. 2013: 753251.
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} Zaidman, Daniel; Wolfson, Haim J. (20160801). "PinaColada: peptide–inhibitor ant colony adhoc design algorithm". Bioinformatics. 32 (15): 2289–2296. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btw133. ISSN 13674803.
 ^ http://bmcbioinformatics.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/14712105630
 ^ Fred W. Glover,Gary A. Kochenberger, Handbook of Metaheuristics, [3], Springer (2003)
 ^ http://www.multiagent.fr/extensions/ICAPManager/pdf/LauriCharpillet2006.pdf
 ^ WJ Gutjahr , ACO algorithms with guaranteed convergence to the optimal solution, [4], (2002)
 ^ Waldner, JeanBaptiste (2008). Nanocomputers and Swarm Intelligence. London: ISTE John Wiley & Sons. p. 214. ISBN 1847040020.
 ^ Santpal Singh Dhillon , Ant Routing, Searching and Topology Estimation Algorithms for Ad Hoc Networks, [5], IOS Press, (2008)
 ^ A. Ajith; G. Crina; R. Vitorino (éditeurs), Stigmergic Optimization, Studies in Computational Intelligence , volume 31, 299 pages, 2006. ISBN 9783540346890
 ^ Pelikan, Martin; Goldberg, David E.; CantúPaz, Erick (1 January 1999). "BOA: The Bayesian Optimization Algorithm". Proceedings of the 1st Annual Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation  Volume 1. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc.: 525–532.
 ^ Pelikan, Martin (2005). Hierarchical Bayesian optimization algorithm : toward a new generation of evolutionary algorithms (1st ed.). Berlin [u.a.]: Springer. ISBN 9783540237747.
 ^ Thierens, Dirk (11 September 2010). "The Linkage Tree Genetic Algorithm". Parallel Problem Solving from Nature, PPSN XI. Springer Berlin Heidelberg: 264–273. doi:10.1007/9783642158445_27.
 ^ Martins, Jean P.; Fonseca, Carlos M.; Delbem, Alexandre C. B. (25 December 2014). "On the performance of linkagetree genetic algorithms for the multidimensional knapsack problem". Neurocomputing. 146: 17–29. doi:10.1016/j.neucom.2014.04.069.
 ^ Manderick, Moyson, Bernard, Frans (1988). "The collective behavior of ants: An example of selforganization in massive parallelism". Stanford: Proceedings of the AAAI Spring Symposium on Parallel Models of Intelligence.
 ^ P.P. Grassé, La reconstruction du nid et les coordinations interindividuelles chez Belicositermes natalensis et Cubitermes sp. La théorie de la Stigmergie : Essai d’interprétation du comportement des termites constructeurs, Insectes Sociaux, numéro 6, p. 4180, 1959.
 ^ J.L. Denebourg, J.M. Pasteels et J.C. Verhaeghe, Probabilistic Behaviour in Ants : a Strategy of Errors?, Journal of Theoretical Biology, numéro 105, 1983.
 ^ F. Moyson, B. Manderick, The collective behaviour of Ants : an Example of SelfOrganization in Massive Parallelism, Actes de AAAI Spring Symposium on Parallel Models of Intelligence, Stanford, Californie, 1988.
 ^ S. Goss, S. Aron, J.L. Deneubourg et J.M. Pasteels, Selforganized shortcuts in the Argentine ant, Naturwissenschaften, volume 76, pages 579581, 1989
 ^ M. Ebling, M. Di Loreto, M. Presley, F. Wieland, et D. Jefferson,An Ant Foraging Model Implemented on the Time Warp Operating System, Proceedings of the SCS Multiconference on Distributed Simulation, 1989
 ^ Dorigo M., V. Maniezzo et A. Colorni, Positive feedback as a search strategy, rapport technique numéro 91016, Dip. Elettronica, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 1991
 ^ Appleby, S. & Steward, S. Mobile software agents for control in telecommunications networks, BT Technol. J., 12(2):104–113, April 1994
 ^ R. Schoonderwoerd, O. Holland, J. Bruten et L. Rothkrantz, Antbased load balancing in telecommunication networks, Adaptive Behaviour, volume 5, numéro 2, pages 169207, 1997
 ^ M. Dorigo, ANTS’ 98, From Ant Colonies to Artificial Ants : First International Workshop on Ant Colony Optimization, ANTS 98, Bruxelles, Belgique, octobre 1998.
 ^ T. Stützle, Parallelization Strategies for Ant Colony Optimization, Proceedings of PPSNV, Fifth International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature, SpringerVerlag, volume 1498, pages 722731, 1998.
 ^ É. Bonabeau, M. Dorigo et G. Theraulaz, Swarm intelligence, Oxford University Press, 1999.
 ^ M. Dorigo , G. Di Caro et T. Stützle, Special issue on "Ant Algorithms", Future Generation Computer Systems, volume 16, numéro 8, 2000
 ^ W.J. Gutjahr, A graphbased Ant System and its convergence, Future Generation Computer Systems, volume 16, pages 873888, 2000.
 ^ S. Iredi, D. Merkle et M. Middendorf, BiCriterion Optimization with Multi Colony Ant Algorithms, Evolutionary MultiCriterion Optimization, First International Conference (EMO’01), Zurich, Springer Verlag, pages 359372, 2001.
 ^ L. Bianchi, L.M. Gambardella et M.Dorigo, An ant colony optimization approach to the probabilistic traveling salesman problem, PPSNVII, Seventh International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer Verlag, Berlin, Allemagne, 2002.
 ^ M. Dorigo and T. Stützle, Ant Colony Optimization, MIT Press, 2004.
 ^ B. Prabhakar, K. N. Dektar, D. M. Gordon, "The regulation of ant colony foraging activity without spatial information ", PLOS Computational Biology, 2012. URL: http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pcbi.1002670
 ^ Mladineo, Marko; Veza, Ivica; Gjeldum, Nikola (2017). "Solving partner selection problem in cyberphysical production networks using the HUMANT algorithm". International Journal of Production Research. 55 (9): 2506–2521. doi:10.1080/00207543.2016.1234084.
Publications (selected)
 M. Dorigo, 1992. Optimization, Learning and Natural Algorithms, PhD thesis, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
 M. Dorigo, V. Maniezzo & A. Colorni, 1996. "Ant System: Optimization by a Colony of Cooperating Agents", IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics–Part B, 26 (1): 29–41.
 M. Dorigo & L. M. Gambardella, 1997. "Ant Colony System: A Cooperative Learning Approach to the Traveling Salesman Problem". IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 1 (1): 53–66.
 M. Dorigo, G. Di Caro & L. M. Gambardella, 1999. "Ant Algorithms for Discrete Optimization". Artificial Life, 5 (2): 137–172.
 E. Bonabeau, M. Dorigo et G. Theraulaz, 1999. Swarm Intelligence: From Natural to Artificial Systems, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195131592
 M. Dorigo & T. Stützle, 2004. Ant Colony Optimization, MIT Press. ISBN 0262042193
 M. Dorigo, 2007. "Ant Colony Optimization". Scholarpedia.
 C. Blum, 2005 "Ant colony optimization: Introduction and recent trends". Physics of Life Reviews, 2: 353373
 M. Dorigo, M. Birattari & T. Stützle, 2006 Ant Colony Optimization: Artificial Ants as a Computational Intelligence Technique. TR/IRIDIA/2006023
 Mohd Murtadha Mohamad,"Articulated Robots Motion Planning Using Foraging Ant Strategy",Journal of Information Technology  Special Issues in Artificial Intelligence, Vol.20, No. 4 pp. 163–181, December 2008, ISSN 01283790.
 N. Monmarché, F. Guinand & P. Siarry (eds), "Artificial Ants", August 2010 Hardback 576 pp. ISBN 9781848211940.
 A. Kazharov, V. Kureichik, 2010. "Ant colony optimization algorithms for solving transportation problems", Journal of Computer and Systems Sciences International, Vol. 49. No. 1. pp. 30–43.
 CM. Pintea, 2014, Advances in Bioinspired Computing for Combinatorial Optimization Problem, Springer ISBN 9783642401787
 K. Saleem, N. Fisal, M. A. Baharudin, A. A. Ahmed, S. Hafizah and S. Kamilah, "Ant colony inspired selfoptimized routing protocol based on cross layer architecture for wireless sensor networks", WSEAS Trans. Commun., vol. 9, no. 10, pp. 669–678, 2010. ISBN 9789604742004
 K. Saleem and N. Fisal, "Enhanced Ant Colony algorithm for selfoptimized data assured routing in wireless sensor networks", Networks (ICON) 2012 18th IEEE International Conference on, pp. 422–427. ISBN 9781467345231
External links
 Ant Colony Optimization Home Page
 "Ant Colony Optimization"  Russian scientific and research community
 AntSim  Simulation of Ant Colony Algorithms
 MIDACOSolver General purpose optimization software based on ant colony optimization (Matlab, Excel, VBA, C/C++, R, C#, Java, Fortran and Python)
 University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, AG Wehn: Ant Colony Optimization Applet Visualization of Traveling Salesman solved by ant system with numerous options and parameters (Java Applet)
 Ant Farm Simulator
 Ant algorithm simulation (Java Applet)
 Java Ant Colony System Framework