Episode 16: Ant Colonies

1 February, 2022

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Artificial Intelligence does not live by neural networks alone. There are numerous algorithms beyond that, and many of them are also inspired by nature. In this episode we discuss one of the best-known bio-inspired algorithms: the ant colony algorithm, which has countless uses, from finding the shortest paths on google maps to optimizing assembly lines. And to talk about it, we interviewed Professor Óscar Cordón, one of the leading European researchers in the field. We also asked him about the new supercomputer at the University of Granada.

Dr. Óscar Cordón García, professor at the University of Granada, is a researcher at the DaSCI institute. Oscar was one of the founding researchers of the European Centre for Soft Computing. For more than 25 years, he has promoted research and transfer programs in the fundamentals and applications of computational intelligence. He has published more than 380 scientific contributions and 112 JCR journal articles, directed 19 PhD theses and coordinated 37 research projects and contracts.

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Links of interest:


  • Óscar Cordón is not named Highly Cited Researcher, but he is in the top 1% of the most cited in the world in WOS, both in Engineering and All fields and the top 2% of the most cited AI researchers in the world according to the Stanford University ranking.
  • The Albaycin supercomputer presentation is Tuesday, February 1, 2022.