[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Final CfP - ICRA 2018 Workshop - Swarms: From Biology to Robotics and Back

Justin Werfel justin.werfel at wyss.harvard.edu
Sat Mar 3 09:35:11 PST 2018

ICRA 2018 Full-Day Workshop -- Call for Contributions

Swarms: From Biology to Robotics and Back
May 25, Brisbane, Australia

--- Overview and Topics ---

Swarm robotics focuses on systems of large numbers of robots, independently
controlled, limited in capabilities, with the goal of reliably achieving
collective tasks despite individually unreliable agents. These systems are
inspired by groups of animals in nature, such as flocking birds, schooling
fish, and colonies of social insects. The goal of this workshop is to bring
together researchers in both the robotics and biology communities with a
shared interest in swarm systems. The day will feature keynote
presentations by eminent experts on recent research; directed small-group
discussions with both senior and junior researchers; and an open discussion
session with posters and demonstrations, the latter featuring hardware,
simulations, and live insects. Through these presentations and
opportunities for conversation, we hope to facilitate cross-pollination
between the two communities. Two overarching goals are to catalyze new
inspirations for artificial systems based on studies of natural ones, and
to identify principles from engineered swarms that can help to explain the
operation of animal collectives.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Swarm robotics and multi-robot systems
* Animal collectives (social insects, schooling fish, flocking birds,
herding mammals, etc.)
* Self-* (self-organization, self-assembly, self-repair, etc.)
* Modular reconfigurable systems
* Programmable matter, smart materials, amorphous computing
* Social systems and mixed animal-robot societies
* Human-swarm interaction
* Distributed evolutionary and collaborative systems

--- Submissions ---

We invite extended abstracts and demonstration proposals from researchers
to present current work and ideas. Researchers who work in any area of
collective behavior are welcomed to participate. Early-career researchers
are especially encouraged to apply.

Extended abstracts should be 2-4 pages, and follow the IEEE RAS paper
template. Up to 20 abstracts will be accepted to be presented in the form
of a poster during an open session at the workshop. Accepted abstracts will
be made available on the workshop website after the conclusion of the

Demonstration proposals may take any form. Up to 8 physical systems, and up
to 4 simulated systems, will be accepted to be demonstrated live during the
open session. Demonstrations will be provided with a table and a power

Submissions should be emailed to justin.werfel at wyss.harvard.edu.

--- Confirmed Speakers ---

* Joey Durham, Amazon Robotics
* Melanie Moses, University of New Mexico
* Radhika Nagpal, Harvard University
* Chris Reid, Macquarie University
* Daniela Rus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
* Mandyam Srinivasan, University of Queensland
* Mark Yim, University of Pennsylvania

--- Organizers ---

* Justin Werfel, Harvard University
* Kirstin Petersen, Cornell University
* Mike Rubenstein, Northwestern University

--- Important Dates ---

March 15th: Submission deadline
April 15th: Notification of acceptance
May 25th: Workshop (full-day)

Justin Werfel
Senior Research Scientist
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Harvard University

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