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DARS 2016 : 13th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems


Conference Series : Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems
When Nov 7, 2016 - Nov 9, 2016
Where London, UK
Submission Deadline Jul 12, 2016
Notification Due Sep 7, 2016
Final Version Due Sep 21, 2016
Categories    robotics   distributed systems   autonomous systems   artificial intelligence

Call For Papers

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- Coordination, cooperation, and collaboration in multi-robot systems (Vijay Kumar - University of Pennsylvania, USA)
- Go to the bee and be wise: Swarm engineering inspired by house-hunting honeybees (James AR Marshall - The University of Sheffield, UK)
- Material-integrated intelligence for robot autonomy (Nikolaus Correll - University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
- Robust human control of multi-robot swarms (Katia Sycara - Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

The full technical program can be found here:


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Last Call for Papers

DARS 2016
13th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems
November 7-9, 2016. Natural History Museum, London, UK


Special Issue on Distributed Robotics (see publication details)

Vicon Motion Systems is a Platinum Sponsor of DARS 2016


Now in its 13th edition, DARS provides a forum for scientific advances in the theory and practice of distributed autonomous robotic systems. It is a highly selective, single-track meeting that is soliciting submissions presenting significant, original, and previously unpublished research.

Distributed robotics is an interdisciplinary and rapidly growing area, combining research in computer science, communication and control systems, and electrical and mechanical engineering. Distributed robotic systems can autonomously solve complex problems while operating in highly unstructured real-world environments. They are expected to play a major role in addressing future societal needs, for example, by improving environmental impact assessment, food supply, transportation, manufacturing, security, and emergency and rescue services. DARS 2016 will build upon past successes and provide an exciting environment to present and discuss the latest technologies, algorithms, system architectures, and applications. All interested researchers and engineers are invited to take part in DARS 2016.

Previous editions of DARS took place in 1992, 1994, and 1996 in Japan (Riken, Wako); Karlsruhe, Germany (1998); Knoxville, Tennessee, USA (2000); Fukuoka, Japan (2002); Toulouse, France (2004); Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (2006); Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan (2008); Lausanne, Switzerland (2010); Baltimore, Maryland, USA (2012); and Daejeon, Korea (2014).


All accepted contributions will be included as full-length papers in the Proceedings of DARS 2016. The proceedings will be published in the Springer STAR series (Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics): .

In addition, the Autonomous Robots journal plans to publish a special issue on Distributed Robotics in cooperation with DARS (details about the open call will be announced in due course).


Nikolaus Correll - University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Vijay Kumar - University of Pennsylvania, USA
James AR Marshall - The University of Sheffield, UK
Katia Sycara - Carnegie Mellon University, USA


Papers should be formatted according to the style files of Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics. The page limit is 12 pages. The submission system is available at .

Papers are solicited in all areas of distributed autonomous robotics, including, but not restricted to:

- Architectures for teams of robots
- Self-organizing and self-assembling robotic systems
- Swarm robotic systems
- 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
- Multi-robot and multi-vehicle motion coordination
- Distributed cooperative perception
- Distributed cooperative action
- Distributed control and planning
- Control issues in multi-robot systems
- Performance metrics for robot teams
- Distributed decision making
- Sensor and actuator networks
- Networking issues in multi-robot systems
- Wireless and robotic sensor networks
- Multi-robot applications in exploration, inspection, coverage, search and rescue, service, environmental monitoring, etc.

Submission instructions are available on .


July 12, 2016 Paper Submission Extended (23:59 PDT)
September 7, 2016 Author Notification
September 21, 2016 Camera Ready Submission
November 7-9, 2016 Conference


DARS is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. Vicon Motion Systems is a Platinum Sponsor of DARS 2016.

If you wish to become a sponsor of, or exhibitor at, DARS 2016, please visit .


The following awards will be presented at the conference:
- Best Paper Award (certificate and cash honorarium of USD 1000)
- Best Application Paper Award (by IET Robotics & Mechatronics TPN)
- Best Poster Award (by Springer)


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Advisory Committee
Hajime Asama - University of Tokyo, Japan
Tamio Arai - University of Tokyo, Japan
Raja Chatila - UPMC, France
Gregory S Chirikjian - Johns Hopkins University, USA
Young-Jo Cho - ETRI, South Korea
Nak Young Chong - JAIST, Japan
Nikolaus Correll - University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Ruediger Dillmann - KIT, Germany
Toshio Fukuda - Nagoya University, Japan
Maria Gini - University of Minnesota, USA
M Ani Hsieh - Drexel University, USA
Alcherio Martinoli - EPFL, Switzerland
Francesco Mondada - EPFL, Switzerland
Lynne E Parker - University of Tennessee, USA

General Chair
Roderich Gross - The University of Sheffield, UK

General Co-Chair
Andreas Kolling - The University of Sheffield, UK

Technical Program Co-Chairs
Spring M Berman - Arizona State University, USA
Emilio Frazzoli - MIT, USA
Alcherio Martinoli - EPFL, Switzerland
Fumitoshi Matsuno - Kyoto University, Japan

Publication Chair
Melvin Gauci - Harvard University, USA

Publicity Chair
Sabine Hauert - University of Bristol, UK

Local Organization Team
Louise A Caffrey - The University of Sheffield, UK
Ana MacIntosh - The University of Sheffield, UK
Stefan Trenkwalder - The University of Sheffield, UK

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