Swarm robotics is  the study of how large  number 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. It is a novel approach to the coordination of large numbers of robots. It is inspired from the observation of social insects ---ants, termites, wasps and bees--- which stand as fascinating examples of how a large number of simple individuals can interact to create collectively intelligent systems. Social insects are known to coordinate their actions to accomplish tasks that are beyond the capabilities of a single individual: termites build large and complex mounds, army ants organize impressive foraging raids, ants can collectively carry large preys. Such coordination capabilities are still beyond the reach of current multi-robot systems.

This site aims to compile swarm-robotics related announcements, resources and links. Please send such information to Erol Sahin to be put online.


  • SAB'06 Swarm Robotics Workshop! Submission deadline: July 1, 2006.
  • Elektrik: Special Issue on Swarm Robotics! Submission deadline: August 31, 2006
  • ANTS 2006: Sept 4-7, 2006 @ Brussels, Belgium. Title and abstract deadline: March 12, 2006
  • Special Issue of Multi-Agent and Grid Systems - An International Journal: Special Issue on Nature-Inspired Systems for Parallel, Asynchronous and Decentralised Environments. Paper submission deadline: May 6, 2006
  • DISTRIBUTED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS - Collective Intelligence and its Applications, IEEE workshop on distributed intelligent systems as collective robotics, agent-based manufacturing and agent-based coalition formation and their applications. June 15-16, 2006 @ Prague, Czech Republic. Submission deadline: February 13, 2006.
  • IEEE Swarm Intelligence Symposium: May 12-14 2006 @ Indianapolis, USA. Submission deadline: Jan 21, 2006.


  • WebBibTex database for swarm robotics literature. In this database, swarm robotics related literature is being compiled. You can browse through the literature, or by creating a user for yourself insert new entries to the database. If you already have a Bibtex file, we can also upload it directly to the database.
  • SAB'04 Swarm Robotics Workshop. The workshop web page also contains the presentations made at the workshop.
  • Autonomous Robots: Special Issue on Swarm Robotics, published on September 2004. The CfP and the table of contents of this issue are available.


  • Swarmrobot.org: An open source micro-robotic project.
  • The Swarm-bots project.
  • Pheromone Robotics
  • The I-Swarm Project
  • CORO at Caltech
  • Old page
  • Swarm Robotics Literature

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