Call for Papers for DARS 2016 (Apr. 01, 2016)

Second Call for Papers

DARS 2016
13th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems

November 7-9, 2016. Natural History Museum, London, UK

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presenting significant, original, and previously unpublished research.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 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 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):


Nikolaus Correll – University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Vijay Kumar – University of Pennsylvania, USA
James Marshall – 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.

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 5, 2016 Paper Submission
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. 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
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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