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DARS 2018 : 14th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems


Conference Series : Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems
When Oct 15, 2018 - Oct 17, 2018
Where University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Submission Deadline May 15, 2018
Notification Due Jul 30, 2018
Final Version Due Sep 1, 2018
Categories    robotics   distributed systems   autonomous systems   swarm intelligence

Call For Papers

DARS 2018
October 15–17, 2018
University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Paper submission: May 15, 2018, 11.59pm Pacific Time
Author Notification: July 30, 2018
Camera ready submission: September 1, 2018
Conference dates: October 15–17, 2018

Now in its 14th edition, the International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (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highly selective, single-track meeting that is soliciting submissions presenting significant, original, and previously unpublished research.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 2018 will build upon past successes and provide an exciting environment for researchers to present and discuss the latest technologies, algorithms, system architectures, and applications. All interested researchers and engineers are invited to take part in DARS 2018.

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.

Please submit your paper using

Papers should be formatted according to the style files of Springer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics (SPAR). The page limit is 12 pages.

All accepted contributions will be included as full-length papers in the Proceedings of DARS 2018. The proceedings will likely be published in the Springer SPAR series (Springer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics).

DARS 2018 provides four sponsor packages: platinum, gold, silver, and bronze. Sponsors currently include the University of Colorado at Boulder (gold), UC-Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science (silver), Modular Robotics (silver), and Robotic Materials (bronze).

If you wish to become a sponsor of, or exhibitor at, DARS 2018, please visit or contact industry chair Christoffer Heckman ( for more information.

Julien Bourgeois (University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté)
John Ousterhout (Stanford University)
Daniela Rus (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

General Chair: Nikolaus Correll (University of Colorado at Boulder)
General Co-Chair: Mac Schwager (Stanford University)

Technical Program Co-Chairs:
Marco Dorigo (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Vijay Kumar (University of Pennsylvania),
Fumitoshi Matsuno (Kyoto University),
Katia Sycara (Carnegie Mellon University)

Publication Chair: Michael Otte (University of Maryland)
Publicity Chair: Ted Pavlic (Arizona State University)
Industry Chair: Christoffer Heckman (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Award Chair: Dylan Shell (Texas A&M University)

Advisory Committee:
Hajime Asama (University of Tokyo), Marcelo H. Ang (National University of Singapore), Tamio Arai (University of Tokyo), Raja Chatila (UPMC), Gregory S Chirikjian (Johns Hopkins University), Young-Jo Cho (ETRI), Nak Young Chong (JAIST), Nikolaus Correll (University of Colorado Boulder), Rüdiger Dillmann (KIT), Toshio Fukuda (Nagoya University), Maria Gini (University of Minnesota), M Ani Hsieh (University of Pennsylvania), Alcherio Martinoli (EPFL), Francesco Mondada (EPFL), Lynne E Parker (University of Tennessee)

See for more information about the Program Committee.

For the most up-to-date CFP, see:


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