[robotics-worldwide] RSS 2007 workshop on Algorithmic Equivalences Between Biological and Robotic Swarms

Paulina Varshavskaya paulina at csail.mit.edu
Mon May 21 09:01:52 PDT 2007

The deadline for submitting abstracts to participate in the RSS 2007  
workshop on Algorithmic Equivalences Between Biological and Robotic  
Swarms has been extended to Friday, May 25th, 2007.

Please consider participating in the workshop, and please circulate  
the announcement.

We apologize if you receive this message more than once.

- Paulina Varshavskaya  and James McLurkin

*** 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  

Important Dates:

submission deadline - May 25th - extended!
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 robots
- 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. For your convenience, you  
can use the RSS template (http://www.roboticsconference.org/rss-paper- 
template.tgz) - no need to anonymize submissions. Abstracts should be  
at most 2 (two) pages in length.

Submissions should be emailed to swarms-submissions at csail.mit.edu by  
May 25th. 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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