Organized session

Open Call

Organized session proposals are invited for SWARM2021. An organized session proposal should include the title, aim and scope of the session, and the names, e-mail addresses, affiliations and short bios of the organizers. The proposal can include additional information such as a list of potential contributors. At least three papers should be arranged in an organized session. The paper/presentation format will be the same as regular sessions. If you have ideas for organized sessions, please contact the the Workshop/Organized Session Chairs.

Accepted Sessions

Motion Analysis and Control of Advanced Robotic Systems

Organizers: Fumihiko Asano (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Poramate Manoonpong (University of Southern Denmark), Shinya Aoi (Kyoto University), Yuichi Ambe (Tohoku University), Tomoya Kamimura (Nagoya Institute of Technology)

This organized session invites a wide range of the latest research results on advanced robotic and mechanical systems that generate skillful movements and interesting nonlinear phenomena, and applied methods that actively utilize their characteristics. Through lively discussions by participants, we aim to acquire new knowledge about the mechanical principles inherent in non-trivial and complex movements created by mechanical systems and living things, and to open up new research fields.

Recent Advances in Snake Robots

Organizers: Ryo Ariizumi (Nagoya University), Jan Tommy Gravdahl (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

This organized session invites research results on snake robots or hyper-redundant robots from a wide range of perspectives, including, but not restricted to, modeling, analysis, motion design, control, and learning techniques for snake robots. Through interdisciplinary discussions, we aim to acquire a novel point of view on snake robots, to find unrecognized potentials of the robot, and to open up a new research field.

Professor Jan Tommy Gravdahl will give an invited talk. Click here for more information.

Swarm Engineering

Organizers: Yasumasa Tamura (Tokyo Institute of Technology), Kazuhiro Ohkura (Hiroshima University), Kazunori Sakurama (Kyoto University)

This organized session invites newest challenges to swarm engineering, i.e., an emerging discipline that aims at defining systematic and well-founded procedures for modeling, designing, realizing, verifying, validating, operating, and maintaining swarm robotics systems. This also describes the design of predictable, controllable robotics swarms with well-defined global goals and provable minimal conditions. Since swarm robotics systems are generally classified as complex systems, designing and controlling the collective behavior seems to be intrinsically intractable. However, this should be realized for expanding the applicability to various engineering domains. This session also welcomes ongoing challenges.

Embodied Swarm Intelligence and Artificial Life

Organizers: Hemma Philamore (University of Bristol), Takashi Ikegami (University of Tokyo)

In this workshop, we will discuss the identities of natural and artificial swarm agents and explore how embodiment can contribute to the perpetuation of deployed multi-agent systems. We invite contributions from the diverse DARS-SWARM2021 community, representing the intersection of biology and engineering, to feed the discussion on what makes an embodied swarm agent and what swarm agents of the future will look like. Featured research may include but is not limited to swarm robots, living agents, chemical systems and embodied swarm algorithms.

Multi-scale Instrumentation of Biological Swarms

Organizers: Kirstin Petersen (Cornell University), Jacob Peters (Cornell University)

Engineers draw inspiration from biological swarms when designing multi-agent systems, from software to robotics. Advances in our understanding of natural swarms are therefore essential to technological advancement. Biological swarms are challenging to study for many of the reasons that robotic swarms are challenging to design. They are complex systems with nonlinear interactions among individual agents which sense, signal and actuate locally while distributed in cluttered environments. Empirical investigations of biological swarms and the environments that they operate in often require measurement tools with sufficient spatial and temporal resolution to observe the experience and behavior of individuals and the collective simultaneously. Recent focus on multi-scale empirical investigations of biological swarms has led many research teams to develop custom technologies and analysis pipelines (e.g., computer vision software, sensor arrays, automated experiments) that are tailored for their specific study systems. This special session on multi-scale instrumentation of biological swarms will promote interactions among these groups which are facing similar challenges.