Swarm Intelligence as optimization technique

Swarm Intelligence as optimization technique

Optimization techniques were initially invented in order to solve problems that could not be solved using traditional methods such as mathematics or logic. Swarm intelligence adopts some natural creatures behavior that tends to solve similar distributed systems problems. The Ant Colony optimization food search behavior has inspired many researchers to solve many non-linear problems in various fields such as networking, control systems and transport or vehicular systems. Recently, the bees hive optimization food search, collection, labor recruitment and food storage behaviors have attracted many researchers to inspire more creative solutions for more ambiguous problems.

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Page 1 Free Software Development: Cooperation and Conflict in a Virtual Organizational Culture

Page 1 Free Software Development: Cooperation and Conflict in a Virtual Organizational Culture

This articles provides an approach on how free software development can help addressing some conflicting issues. What do you think?

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6th International ICST Conference on Body Area Networks (BodyNets)

6th International ICST Conference on Body Area Networks (BodyNets)

Call for Participation
6th International ICST Conference on Body Area Networks (BodyNets)
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 7- 8 November 2011
http://www.bodynets.org/

We are pleased to announce that the BodyNets 2011 Conference is open for participation.
The advancement in sensing, embedded computing, and wireless communication has accelerated the progress of Body Area Networks (BodyNets). It integrates and deploys wireless sensors, RFID tags, and other pervasive devices within and around human bodies for constructing diverse and practical systems for smart health and wellbeing, human computer interaction, and provision of entertainment. This conference will explore the challenges and technical approaches to designing, building, and deploying BodyNets. The conference aims to establish a forum to exchange ideas, discuss practices, raise awareness, and to share cutting edge technology and experiences among researchers and practitioners in the field of computer science, biomedical engineering, medicine, and other disciplines in both academia and industry.
Highlights include prominent Keynotes of Prof. John Stankovic (University of Virginia) who will deliver a speech on Solutions Towards of Scale and Lifetime in BSN’s and Dr. Majeed Sarrafzadeh (UCLA Wireless Health Institute) will deliver a speech on End-to-End Research and Innovation

For further details about Bodynets please see: http://www.bodynets.org/
To register for the conference please visit:
http://www.bodynets.org/registration
Looking forward to welcoming you in Beijing on 7-8 November, 2011!

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Wellbeing
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Dominik Ryzko

Assistant Professor, Institute of Computer Science, Warsaw University of Technology

THE OPEN COLUMN: Learning to read ... again

When I was young, life was simple. Or should I say, reading was simple. Am I getting old? Certainly, but looking at the pace things have changed over the last two decades, this statement is true even for my students. What I mean is, that after seamlessly accepting all the technological advances supporting consumption of the digital content, we are starting to have problems with reading. I believe it is not even clear what we mean by reading anymore. Let me explain why.

Invitation to submit to our track at EURAM'12 Conference, 6-8 June 2012-Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Invitation to submit to our track at EURAM'12 Conference, 6-8 June 2012-Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Please find details at:
http://euram2012.nl/userfiles/file/Track_41.pdf and
http://www.euram2012.nl

We are looking forward to some articles from you and your colleagues. Please circulate.
Thanks,
Irina

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Green World
Internet and Mobility
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Interested in Smart Grid Projects?

Interested in Smart Grid Projects?

The EU Commission is presenting a workshop on European Smart Grid projects

17 October 2011, Crowne Plaza Le Palace, Brussels

This workshop is organised by the European Commission (DG ENER, CONNECT and RTD) under the 2nd IEEE Int. Conference on Smart Grid.

The objective of the Workshop is twofold: to present and share lessons learned from key specific European Smart Grids projects and to discuss further actions needed for research, demonstration and deployment of Smart Grids.
About 200 participants are expected, including participants of ongoing EU projects and interested into the industrial initiatives, electricity grid operators, energy and ICT private companies, European and national trade associations, non-governmental organisations, European institutions, national regulatory authorities and consumer associations.

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Ambi-Sys 2011 Post-Conference Proceedings Are Available For Purchase

You may now purchase the book that constitutes the thoroughly refereed post-conference proceedings of the 104 Second International ICST Conference on Ambient Systems and Media, AMBI-SYS 2011, held in Porto, Portugal in March 2011. To do so please visit http://www.springer.com/computer/hci/book/978-3-642-23901-4.

AMBI-SYS 2011 Conference Report

24-25 March 2011 - Porto, Portugal

Ambi-sys 2011, the Second International Conference on Ambient Systems and Media, was held in Casa da Musica, Porto, during March 24-25, 2011. The conference focus was on emerging technologies, services and solutions for new, human-centric ambient environments. It aimed at bringing together international senior and junior researchers, as well as developers and industry delegates to discuss issues and trends, research and technological advances in the area of design and deployment of Ambient Systems and Media.

Comic of the Week from PhD Comics

Special thanks to Jorge Cham and his brilliant comics which have been runnning for many years.

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