[robotics-worldwide] reminder: RSS 2007 workshop call for participation

Paulina Varshavskaya paulina at csail.mit.edu
Wed May 9 09:58:21 PDT 2007

*** Call for Participation ***
Robotics: Science and Systems 2007 Workshop:
Algorithmic Equivalences Between Biological and Robotic Swarms


The organizers invite you to participate in the RSS 2007 Workshop on 
Algorithmic Equivalences Between Biological and Robotic Swarms. The 
workshop will take place on Saturday, June 30th at the Georgia Institute 
of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. To participate, please submit an 
extended abstract (maximum 2 pages long) of your presentation.

Important Dates:

submission deadline - May 15st
notification of acceptance - May 30th
final submission of materials - June 20th
workshop - June 30th


This workshop will bring together researchers in biology, robotics and 
computer science who study distributed physical systems: swarms, hives, 
colonies, and multi-robot teams. The main goal is to enable rigorous 
discussion of the common system constraints and algorithmic solutions 
employed by natural and artificial swarms.

This very focused one-day workshop will consist primarily of directed 
one-on-one or small-group interaction, moderated discussion and informal 
panels. Participants will give short (five-minute) presentations with 
less emphasis on their current research and a strong focus on 
algorithmic equivalences between biological and robotic distributed 
systems. Two invited talks will present exemplary work in the fields of 
robotics and insect biology. A tentative schedule is available on the 
workshop webpage:
Roboticists can learn from biological research precise models of 
functional high-level group behavior and the individual-level algorithms 
used by the organisms. Biologists, on the other hand, can learn from 
current research in robotics and computer science analytical tools from 
subjects such as graph theory and complexity theory, to aid in the 
development and testing of models.

Collectively, we will compile a catalog of analytical tools that are 
popular, or should be popular, in biological and robotic swarm research, 
to serve as a common analytical foundation for future research efforts 
in our field.

Appropriate topics include:

- Mathematics for description of swarm behavior
- Algorithms generating swarm behavior in natural or artificial systems
- Physical, topological and other constraints on groups of animals and 
- Task equivalences for groups of animals and robots
- Use of natural algorithms in robot teams
- Models of group sensing, communication, processing and mobility


Original or previously published research is welcome if it fits the 
goals of the workshop. All accepted work will be published in a citable 
digital archive of the proceedings. The outcome of the workshop will 
determine potential publication of a position paper or a collection of 
papers by participants.

All submissions should be in PDF format using the RSS template 
(http://www.roboticsconference.org/rss-paper-template.tgz). Abstracts 
should be at most 2 (two) pages in length.

Submissions should be emailed to swarms-submissions at csail.mit.edu by May 
15th. Notification of acceptance will be given by May 30th.


Paulina Varshavskaya (MIT)
James McLurkin (MIT)
{paulina | jamesm}@csail.mit.edu
32 Vassar Street, 32-376
Cambridge MA 02139


submissions - swarms-submissions at csail.mit.edu
Workshop - http://projects.csail.mit.edu/rss2007workshop/
RSS 2007 - http://www.robotics-conference.org/

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