Workshop on Future Trust in Robotics, Autonomous Systems, and Artificial Intelligence

Workshop on Robotic Swarms and Emergent Behavior
at the 18th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots
Gangwon-do, S. Korea and Online (Hybrid) - Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

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Topics of Interest

Call For Papers

We are accepting paper submissions for consideration related to the topics listed above. Full papers (up to 6 pages) and extended abstracts (up to 2 pages) will be accepted for consideration. Full papers may be accepted for oral or poster presentations. Extended abstracts may be accepted for poster presentations. All submissions should be in IEEE conference format. More information can be seen in the Authors Area of this website.

Note: Top papers will be requested to be added to an IEEE Access Swarm Overview Article. Note 2: Authors can be choose their presentations to be live or pre-recorded. Presentations can be between 10 and 15 minutes.

Keynote Speakers


Swarm systems are largely comprised of simple individual elements which are able to self-organize and coordinate themselves in a decentralized manner. In particular, this field focuses on the collective behavior which emerges from the local interaction between the elements of the swarm as well as with their environment. Swarm Intelligence is more formally defined in literature as "the study of how large numbers of relatively simple physically embodied agents can be designed such that a desired collective behavior emerges from the local interactions among agents and between the agents and the environment."

Swarm Intelligence is a highly multi-disciplinary field, drawing from:

A few major questions surrounding swarms and emergent behaviors, these are 1) how can you objectively measure trust between two or more agents, 2) how to create an emergent behavior, 3) what are the appropriate logistical methods to be used for robotic swarms in the field 4) how can we leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to create and define an emergent behavior, 5) what are the security issues specific to swarms and emergent behaviors, and 6) are there standard testbeds or methodologies that should be shared by the research community to advance a common understanding of swarms and emergent behavior.

This workshop will feature handpicked experts in the pertaining fields to give lectures covering these topics. This workshop will also accept paper submissions by researchers on this topic. Authors of the top papers will have a chance to present their work via an oral presentation and/or a poster session. It is currently planned to have a total of four to six invited speakers and up to five top paper presentations. The number of poster presentations will depend on the quality of submitted documents. It is currently planned to have three of the invited speakers and two top papers presented in the morning session followed by an independent lunch. The afternoon session will start off with a fourth invited speaker and three more top paper presentations. Finally there will be a 30 minute moderated discussion with the goal of answering the question “What is a Swarm”. This session be followed by closing remarks. The workshop will be a synchronous in-person and virtual workshop. The primary goals of this workshop are to continue the international dialog on swarm robotics and emergent behavior research, encourage discussion across disciplines, and identify important future research questions to advance the study of swarms and emergent behavior in robotics, autonomous systems, and artificial intelligence. It will serve as an international extension to previous workshops held in the US and in Japan/Virtually, which assisted in defining a forward-looking research agenda of interest to potential sponsors, and fostered awareness and coordination across related research efforts (Atkinson, Friedland, & Lyons, 2012; Gratch, Friedland, & Knott, 2015, Lofaro, Knott, Steckman, & Chen, 2020)

An additional desired outcome of this workshop is to promote research relationships between the U.S. and the rest of the world. To facilitate this we will also have a dedicated time to allow non-U.S. researchers to propose, or “pitch,” projects that they think would be appropriate to be funded as a U.S. and non-U.S. collaboration. These pitches will be done in a private setting and are planned to occur during the poster session.

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© Workshop on Robotic Swarms and Emergent Behavior at the 18th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots
Gangwon-do, S. Korea and Online (Hybrid) - Wednesday, July 14th, 2021