Swarm Robotics

Pushing the state of the art

Rome, Italy, October 25-26, 2018

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Swarm robotics is the domain of robotics that deals with large groups of robots that coordinately and cooperatively accomplish a task.
Inspired by natural self-organising systems like ant colonies, fish schools or bird flocks, the goal of swarm robotics research is to deploy complex robotics systems that present robustness to faults, flexibility of the displayed behaviour and adaptivity to environmental changes.
The problems faced by swarm robotics concerns mainly the analysis of complex systems formed by a multitude of interacting units, the design of individual level rules leading to desired collective behaviours, and the application of the lessons learned in lab research to real-world domains. The workshop will discuss cutting-edge research in all these directions, and will represent a unique place where to trace the future of this research field beyond the state of the art.

Friday October 26, 2018
Session III Design methods
9:15 - 10:00 Mauro Birattari
10:00 - 10:30 Anders Lyhne Christensen Experiments with evolved control for a system of autonomous surface robots
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:30 Heiko Hamann Liberated Robots Choose to Swarm: An Evolutionary Robotics Approach
11:30 - 12:00 Marco Dorigo
12:00 - 12:30 Danesh Tarapore Bio-inspired algorithms for resilient robot swarms
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch break
Session IV Towards real world applications
13:45 - 14:30 Metin Sitti Mobile Microrobotic Swarms towards Medical Applications
14:30 - 15:00 Spring Berman Scalable Control of Robotic Swarms in Inaccessible, Uncertain Environments
15:00 - 15:30 Wafa Johal Tangible Human-Swarm Interaction for Education
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 16:30 Vito Trianni Drone Swarms in the Field
16:30 - 17:00 Guido de Croon Towards swarms of small flying robots
17:00 - 18:00 Closing discussion Moderated by Nicola Nosengo


Marco Dorigo

IRIDIA, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Guy Theraulaz

CRCA, CNRS UMR 5169, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

Vito Trianni

ISTC, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Rome, Italy

The workshop organisation is supported by the Office of Naval Research Global, under grant agreement ONRG-CSP-N62909-18-1-2156.