Call for Papers: Robot Swarms in the Real World: from Design to Deployment

Over the last decade, we have seen an increasing number of physically instantiated robot swarms, fueled by recent advancements in embedded systems & communication technology. However, widespread deployments of robot swarms in real-world environments are limited to a handful of domains such as entertainment, automated warehousing, and marine reconnaissance. While a significant portion of academic research in swarm robotics has focused on algorithmic innovations, a confluence of cutting-edge research, widespread hardware/software development, and economic forces are necessary to unlock the benefits that cooperative robot teams can provide in our future. Such an effort will undoubtedly require a coordinated effort from both academia and industry.

This special issue aims to highlight a montage of diverse innovations that will demonstrably accelerate, enable, and foster the deployment of robot swarms in the 21st century. We invite researchers to submit their latest work on addressing current challenges and bridging the theory-reality gap in multi-robot deployments. This includes less addressed topics such as  system integration, policy making, and industry standardization, which play a critical role in the broader adoption of technological innovations. We solicit contributions from researchers across academia and industry with diverse backgrounds, including computer science, engineering, economics, and natural sciences. 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Collective learning
  • Educational swarm robotics
  • Human-swarm interaction
  • Intelligent Algorithms and Decision Making For Swarms
  • Micro/nano-scale swarms
  • Microeconomics of robot swarms
  • Modular reconfigurable robots
  • Networked and complex systems
  • Physical robot design
  • Policy making in Swarm Robotics
  • Swarm applications in exploration, inspection, etc.
  • Swarm deployment and benchmarking
  • Systems integration
  • Systems software and cloud technologies for swarms

Guest Editors

Siddharth Mayya (Lead Guest Editor)
GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania
3401 Grays Ferry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146
+1 2674249734

Gennaro Notomista
CNRS at IRISA and Inria Rennes Bretagne Atlantique
IRISA-Inria Rennes
Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France
+39 3331492796

Roderich Gross
Natural Robotics Lab, The University of Sheffield
Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK
+44 1143270657 

Vijay Kumar
GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania
3401 Grays Ferry Ave Philadelphia, PA, 19146, USA +1 215-898-3630

Paper Submission: 

Authors are encouraged to submit high-quality, original work that has neither
appeared in, nor is under consideration by, other journals. All papers will be reviewed
following standard reviewing procedures for the Journal.
Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 09/01/2021 
First Reviews Completed: 01/15/2022 
Revised manuscripts due: 02/15/2022 
Final Decision: 04/01/2022 
Final Manuscripts due: 05/01/2022