[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Contributions - ICRA 2014 Workshop "On the Centrality of Decentralization in Multi-robot Systems: Holy Grail or False Idol?"

Antonio Franchi afranchi at laas.fr
Fri Feb 28 10:47:23 PST 2014

On the Centrality of Decentralization in Multi-robot Systems: Holy Grail or False Idol?

- Antonio Franchi (CNRS, LAAS, France)
- Paolo Robuffo Giordano (CNRS, IRISA/INRIA, France)

Sunday, June 1st, 2014, 2:00 pm--6:00pm (afternoon session)

ICRA 2014 in Hong Kong, China


- Submission Deadline: March 30
- Acceptance Notification: April 15

From multi-robot decentralized theory to practice: after more than a decade of theoretical studies and advancements on decentralized estimation and control for multi-robot systems and distributed algorithms for networks of robotic agents, several real-world experiments have been carried out and the gap between theory and practice is becoming small.

But is decentralization a real benefit for teams of multi-robots, or is it more a pure theoretical challenge? What of the various decentralized features have found a practical relevance? In robotics and distributed control, decentralization is typically achieved at the cost of local optimality and slow convergence rates, while Nature shows several examples of efficient and highly dynamic behaviors of large scale animal populations. Is this evident gap due to a methodological and insufficiency of our theoretical tools or to a technological lack, i.e., in terms of perceptual and actuation performances?

This workshop will host some of the most renowned researchers in the multi-robot field and will let them both present their most recent results and thoroughly discuss the aforementioned questions and their fundamental implications in future multi-robot research.

- Filippo Arrichiello and Gianluca Antonelli (UCLAM)
- Kostas Bekris (RU)
- Raffaello D’Andrea (ETHZ) (subject to availability)
- Volkan Isler (UMN) (subject to availability)
- Alcherio Martinoli (EPFL)
- Gaurav Sukhatme (USC)
- Stergios Roumeliotis (UMN)

- Evaluation of the submitted contributions will be performed by a board of internationally recognized experts in the field that will appear on the workshop website.

The program will include both invited talks and contributions from an open call for papers. Please, refer to the workshop website http://homepages.laas.fr/afranchi/events/icra2014mrs 
for updates on the program.


Possible contributions:

- Extended abstract (from 2 to 6 pages) for addressing a specific algorithm/result within the workshop topics. This contribution will be allocated a poster presentation or a talk after the review process.

- Extended abstract (roughly 2 pages) for proposing a contributed talk addressing, from a more general point of view, the main workshop theme, i.e., “Decentralization in multi-robot systems”. We welcome contributions discussing, also in a provocative way, the various pros/cons of decentralized solutions, and help stimulating the discussion during the workshop.

An accompanying video is optional and can also be provided as a weblink (e.g., youtube).
All contributions must be sent as a pdf file to antonio.franchi at laas.fr and prg at irisa.fr.

Accepted contributions will be split in two groups: contributed talks and posters.
Contributed talks will be allocated a time slot of 20 min. Posters will be presented during the afternoon coffee break.

This workshop is supported by the IEEE RAS Networked Robots Technical Committee.

The workshop topics cover, but are not limited to:
- multi-robot/multi-agent systems
- distributed algorithms
- swarm robotics
- mobile sensor networks
- mobile communication/ad-hoc networks
- heterogeneous multi-robot platforms
- decentralization vs. centralization
- scalability vs. performance and reliability
- decentralization vs. efficiency

Antonio Franchi

Permanent CNRS Researcher (CR1)
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Laboratoire d’Analyse et d’Architecture des Systèmes (LAAS)

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