International Workshop on Nature Inspired Cooperative Strategies for Optimization (NICSO 2010)

NICSO 2010 is the fourth edition of the International Workshop on Nature Inspired Cooperative Strategies for Optimization (previous ones were Granada 2006, Acireale 2007, and Puerto de la Cruz 2008), and its aims are to give a deeper investigation and a vigorous exchange of ideas about emerging research areas in problem solving strategies.

Biological and natural processes have always been a source of inspiration for computer science and information technology in many real-world applications. 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.