[robotics-worldwide] Call for Papers: SAB06-Swarm Robotics Workshop

Erol Sahin erol at ceng.metu.edu.tr
Thu Mar 9 05:08:12 PST 2006

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Dear All,

Below you can find the CfP for the Swarm Robotics Workshop to be
organized within SAB'06.

Erol Sahin, William M. Spears, Alan F.T. Winfield

Erol Sahin
Asst. Professor
KOVAN Research Lab. - Dept. of Computer Engineering
Middle East Technical University,
Inonu Bulvari,  06531,  Ankara,  Turkey
E-mail: erol at ceng.metu.edu.tr
Tel: +90-312-210 5539    Fax: +90-312-210 1259


                Call for Papers

            SAB'06 (From Animals to Animats)
               Workshop on Swarm Robotics
            Rome, Italy, September 30, 2006

   Organized by: Erol Sahin, William M. Spears and Alan F.T. Winfield

Swarm robotics is the study  of how large numbers of relatively simple
physically  embodied  agents  can  be  designed such  that  a  desired
collective behavior  emerges from the local  interactions among agents
and  between the agents  and the  environment. It  emerged as  a novel
approach  to  the coordination  of  large  numbers  of robots.  It  is
inspired from the observation of social insects -ants, termites, wasps
and bees- which stand as fascinating examples of how a large number of
simple  individuals can  interact to  create  collectively intelligent
systems.  Social insects  are  known to  coordinate  their actions  to
accomplish  tasks  that  are  beyond  the  capabilities  of  a  single
individual:  termites  build  large  and  complex  mounds,  army  ants
organize impressive foraging raids,  ants can collectively carry large
preys. Such  coordination capabilities are  still beyond the  reach of
current multi-robot systems.

Research  on swarm  robotics  has been  on  the rise  during the  last
decade. A number of successful swarm robotic systems have already been
developed and the  study of coordination in swarm  robotic systems has
become a hot  topic of research. The workshop will be  a sequel to the
first  swarm robotics workshop  organized within  SAB 2004  with great
success and will aim to review the recent advances on the topic.

Papers on any aspect of swarm robotics would be welcome, but especially
     * Experimental swarm robotics systems, in the lab or simulation;
     * Swarm Intelligence algorithms for robotics applications;
     * Actual or proposed real-world applications of swarm robotics;
     * Modeling and mathematical analysis of swarm robotics;
     * Simulation or design tools for swarm robotics;
     * Architectural/hardware advances that aid the development of
       swarm robotics systems;
     * Principled design approaches to engineering emergence;
     * Approaches for assuring dependability or stability of swarms.

Although the initial motivation for much of the work in swarm robotics
stems  from ethological  metaphors, this  workshop is  not  limited to
this.    Swarm   robotics   systems    based   on    immune   systems,
chemical/physical systems,  etc. are welcome, as long  as the robotics
aspect is clear.

The workshop  will accept  review and research  papers based  on blind
review. During first workshop, the emphasis was to provide a review of
the field,  and reviews  of major projects  and major  research tracks
were invited, with a relatively  fewer number of research papers. This
workshop  will  focus  on  the  recent  results  from  swarm  robotics

Important dates
Full paper submission                                     July 1, 2006
Notification of Acceptance                              August 1, 2006
Revised paper (to be distributed at the workshop)    September 1, 2006
Workshop                                            September 30, 2006

Proceedings and manuscript preparation
The post-proceedings of the workshop  will be published by Springer in
the  Lecture   Notes  in   Computer  Science  as   a  sequel   to  the
post-proceedings of the first workshop.

Complete and up-to-date information about the workshop is available at:



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