Special Issue "New Trends in Swarm Robotics"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Robotics and Automation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2023 | Viewed by 158

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Daniel H. Stolfi
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Guest Editor
SnT, University of Luxembourg, L-4364 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Interests: bio-inspired algorithms; robotic swarms; unmanned autonomous systems; computer simulations
Dr. Grégoire Danoy
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Guest Editor
FSTM/DCS / SnT, University of Luxembourg, L-4364 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Interests: artificial intelligence; metaheuristics; automated algorithm design; unmanned autonomous systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are inviting submissions to a Special Issue on New Trends in Swarm Robotics.

Distributed autonomous systems bring multiple economic advantages that increase the value proposition over monolithic systems from the reduction of realisation time and operational cost. They also increase mission success rate and resilience due to higher coverage capacity and the possibility of embedding different payloads.

A promising way to manage these distributed systems is through the utilization of swarm intelligence. Swarming as an emergent collective intelligence behaviour allows simple entities to self-organise based on local rules, to achieve a mutual objective.

However, designing fully distributed and autonomous systems remains a challenging open problem since the global system performance is difficult to predict based on individual behaviours, their mutual interactions and the interactions with the environment. The problem becomes even more challenging since it is multi-objective by nature (e.g., maximising the swarm coverage while minimising its energy consumption).

In this Special Issue, we invite submissions exploring cutting-edge research and recent advances in swarm robotics which include, but are not limited to, the following topics: surveillance systems, distributed systems, modelling and simulation, cooperative control, swarm intelligence, swarms of drones, multi-agent systems, self-organisation, robot formation control, distributed machine learning, collective mapping, and UAV traffic management (UTM).

Both theoretical and experimental studies are welcome, as well as comprehensive review and survey papers. We look forward to receiving submissions of your quality research work.

Dr. Daniel H. Stolfi
Dr. Grégoire Danoy
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • swarms of robots
  • bio-inspired algorithms
  • artificial intelligence
  • surveillance systems
  • machine learning
  • robot formation control
  • traffic management (UTM)
  • multi-swarm systems

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