Topical Collection: Engineering - Distributed Mobile Robotic Systems

Goal: This topical collection looks for original articles and short communications focusing on the latest theoretical and experimental advances in design, analysis, and application of distributed multi-robot systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Self-organizing and self-assembling robotic systems
  • Multi-robot and multi-vehicle motion coordination
  • Distributed decision making
  • Swarm robotic systems
  • Emergent collective behaviors
  • Hybrid symbiotic teams (humans and robots, animals and robots)
  • Learning and adaptation in teams of robots
  • Modular robotics
  • Localization and navigation in multi-robot systems
  • Distributed cooperative perception / action / planning
  • Control issues in multi-robot systems
  • Performance metrics for robot teams
  • Sensor and actuator networks
  • Communication / Interactions in multi-robot systems
  • Wireless and robotic sensor networks
  • Architectures for teams of robots
  • Multi-robot applications in exploration, inspection, coverage, search and rescue, service, environmental monitoring, foraging, construction, etc.

Guest editors

  • Assistant Prof. Guillaume Sartoretti
  • Prof. Giovanni Beltrame
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heiko Hamann
  • Assistant Prof. Hang Ma

Papers must describe original research and must not be simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings.

All submissions should follow the instructions available at:

Authors can directly submit their papers at During the submission procedure, please select the title of this Topical Collection from the section/category (drop down menu) in Editorial Manager.