SAB'06 (From Animals to Animats)

Workshop on Swarm Robotics

Rome, Italy
September 30 and October 1, 2006

Organized by: Erol Sahin, William M. Spears and Alan F.T. Winfield

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  • Information about registration and post-proceedings is also available below.


Swarm robotics is 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. It emerged as 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.

Research on swarm robotics has been on the rise during the last decade. A number of successful swarm robotic systems have already been developed and the study of coordination in swarm robotic systems has become a hot topic of research. The workshop will be a sequel to the first swarm robotics workshop organized within SAB 2004 with great success and will aim to review the recent advances on the topic.

Papers on any aspect of Swarm Robotics would be welcome, but especially
  • Experimental swarm robotics systems, in the lab or simulation;
  • Swarm Intelligence algorithms for robotics applications;
  • Actual or proposed real-world applications of swarm robotics;
  • Modeling and mathematical analysis of swarm robotics;
  • Simulation or design tools for swarm robotics;
  • Architectural/hardware advances that aid the development of swarm robotics systems;
  • Principled design approaches to engineering emergence;
  • Approaches for assuring dependability or stability of swarms.
Although the initial motivation for much of the work in swarm robotics stems from ethological metaphors, this workshop is not limited to this. Swarm robotics systems based on immune systems, chemical/physical systems, etc. are welcome, as long as the robotics aspect is clear.

The workshop will accept review and research papers based on blind review. During first workshop, the emphasis was to provide a review of the field, and reviews of major projects and major research tracks were invited, with a relatively fewer number of research papers. This workshop will focus on the recent results from swarm robotics research.

Program Committee

  • Gerardo Beni, University of California at Riverside, CA, USA.
  • Marco Dorigo, IRIDIA, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • John Feddema, Sandia National Lab., NM, USA
  • Paolo Gaudiano, Icosystem Corp., MA, USA
  • Veysel Gazi, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey
  • Kristina Lerman, Information Sciences Institute, U. of Southern California, CA, USA
  • Alcherio Martinoli, EPFL, Switzerland, and Caltech, CA, USA
  • Francesco Mondada, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Lynne E. Parker, University of Tennessee, TN, USA.
  • David Payton,  HRL Labs, CA, USA
  • Joerg Seyfried, IPR, Universitaet Karlsruhe(TH), Germany.
  • Kasper Støy,  University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Guy Theraulaz, Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse, France
  • Cem Unsal, Yahoo! Inc., CA, USA
  • Richard Vaughan, Simon Frasier University, Canada

Important dates (tentative)

Full paper submission
July 1, 2006
Notification of Acceptance
August 1, 2006
Revised paper (to be distributed at the workshop)
September 1, 2006
September 30 and October 1, 2006

Proceedings and manuscript preparation  

  • The post-proceedings of the workshop will be  published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science as a sequel to the post-proceedings of the first workshop.
  • Prepare your manuscripts in the LNCS format, using the detailed instructions for manuscript preparation available here.  Your manuscripts are expected to be upto 15 pages long.
  • Use the ConfTool to register yourself and submit your manuscript.

Registration and post-proceedings

  • Registration to the workshop will be handled by SAB'06.
  • For each accepted paper, at least one registration is required.
  • For each accepted paper, one copy of the post-proceedings, as published by Springer, will be mailed to the authors.


  • The workshop will be  held in Rome, Italy after the SAB'06 conference. More information is available at the SAB'06 web site.


  • The web page of the first workshop, which also includes the presentations made during the workshop, is available at:
  • main page



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