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
Siddharth Mayya (Lead Guest Editor)GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania3401 Grays Ferry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146+1 [email protected] NotomistaCNRS at IRISA and Inria Rennes Bretagne AtlantiqueIRISA-Inria RennesCampus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France+39 [email protected] GrossNatural Robotics Lab, The University of SheffieldMappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK+44 [email protected]://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/department/people/academic/roderich-gross Vijay KumarGRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania3401 Grays Ferry Ave Philadelphia, PA, 19146, USA +1 [email protected]
Authors are encouraged to submit high-quality, original work that has neitherappeared in, nor is under consideration by, other journals. All papers will be reviewedfollowing 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