[robotics-worldwide] CFP: AAAI Spring Symposium on Multi-Robot Systems and Physical Data Structures

Dylan Shell dylan.shell at gmail.com
Fri Sep 24 08:16:38 PDT 2010


AAAI 2011 Spring Symposium

Multi-Robot Systems and Physical Data Structures

March 21-23, 2011



Multi-robot systems can represent and manipulate physical representations of
information by modifying their environment or changing their positions.
Information necessary for agent coordination or collective task performance can
be externalized ("written") into the environment, and then used ("read") by
other robots when and where necessary. Systems are able to exploit the locality
of this external information, its persistence, its dynamics, or how it affects
the task mechanics to complete tasks with higher efficiency or enable radically
different solutions. However, there is no unified theory of the cost and
complexity of communicating or storing information in this way.

This symposium aims to bring researchers together who study aspects of external
information in algorithms for multi-robot systems. This includes researchers
interested in quantifying information requirements, those who have shown
reduction in sensing, communication, or computational requirements via
externalization of information. Researchers interested in processes which
operate on the physical environment in order to perform computation or
information processing, and evaluation thereof. We are interested in the theory
and practice of these techniques, and welcome submissions that are
experimental, theoretical or taxonomical.

Observations and discussion of physical information representations are found
throughout the robotics literature, but it is seldom the primary goal of the
work. We hope to foster a collaborative dialog to bring multiple perspectives
on physical information representation together. Ultimately, these techniques
should pave the way to multi-robot systems that exploit their embodiment and
their environment to accomplish tasks more effectively than the current

Topics of Interest

 * Data-structure-like models for classes of mechanisms in which state is
  externalized including analysis (e.g., semantics, correctness, performance,
  and addressing);

 * Examples and analysis of instances in which robots themselves are the units
  used to encode information (e.g., chaining and morphogenesis);

 * Formalisms for pheromone computing and robotics;

 * Experimental demonstrations of physical data structures.

Submission procedure and planned schedule:

Details are provided at

Important Dates:

  * October 8: Abstracts due.
  * November 5: Acceptance/rejection notice provided.
  * March 21-23: Symposium held at Stanford University, California.

Organizing Committee

  * Dylan Shell, Texas A&M University, Department of Computer Science
and Engineering
  * James Mclurkin, Rice University, Department of Computer Science


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