Call for Papers

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About DARS

Now in its 13th edition, the International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS) provides a forum for scientific advances in the theory and practice of distributed autonomous robotic systems. It is a highly selective, single-track meeting that is soliciting submissions presenting significant, original, and previously unpublished research.

Distributed robotics is an interdisciplinary and rapidly growing area, combining research in computer science, communication and control systems, and electrical and mechanical engineering. Distributed robotic systems can autonomously solve complex problems while operating in highly unstructured real-world environments. They are expected to play a major role in addressing future societal needs, for example, by improving environmental impact assessment, food supply, transportation, manufacturing, security, and emergency and rescue services. DARS 2016 will build upon past successes and provide an exciting environment for researchers to present and discuss the latest technologies, algorithms, system architectures, and applications. All interested researchers and engineers are invited to take part in DARS 2016.

Previous editions of DARS took place in 1992, 1994, and 1996 in Japan (Riken, Wako); Karlsruhe, Germany (1998); Knoxville, Tennessee, USA (2000); Fukuoka, Japan (2002); Toulouse, France (2004); Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (2006); Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan (2008); Lausanne, Switzerland (2010); Baltimore, Maryland, USA (2012); and Daejeon, Korea (2014).

Publication Details

All accepted contributions will be included as full-length papers in the Proceedings of DARS 2016. The proceedings will be published in the Springer STAR series (Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics).
Springer STAR series

In addition, the Autonomous Robots journal plans to publish a special issue on Distributed Robotics in cooperation with DARS (details about the open call will be announced in due course).

Keynote Speakers

Nikolaus Correll – University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Vijay Kumar – University of Pennsylvania, USA
James A R Marshall – The University of Sheffield, UK
Katia Sycara – Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Submitting to DARS 2016

Papers should be formatted according to the style files of Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics. The page limit is 12 pages. Submission instructions are available on our Instructions page. The submission system is available at Springer OCS.

Papers are solicited in all areas of distributed autonomous robotics, including, but not restricted to:

  • Architectures for teams of robots
  • Self-organizing and self-assembling robotic systems
  • Swarm robotic systems
  • Hybrid symbiotic teams (humans and robots, animals and robots)
  • Learning and adaptation in teams of robots
  • Modular robotics
  • Localization and navigation in multi-robot systems
  • Multi-robot and multi-vehicle motion coordination
  • Distributed cooperative perception
  • Distributed cooperative action
  • Distributed control and planning
  • Control issues in multi-robot systems
  • Performance metrics for robot teams
  • Distributed decision making
  • Sensor and actuator networks
  • Networking issues in multi-robot systems
  • Wireless and robotic sensor networks
  • Multi-robot applications in exploration, inspection, coverage, search¬†and rescue, service, environmental monitoring, etc.

Important Dates

Paper submission: Jul 5, 2016 Jul 12, 2016, 23:59 PDT (extended, hard deadline)
Author notification: Sep 7, 2016
Camera ready submission: Sep 21, 2016
Conference: Nov 6-9, 2016

Sponsors and Exhibitors

DARS is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. Vicon Motion Systems is a Platinum Sponsor of DARS 2016.

If you wish to become a sponsor of, or exhibitor at, DARS 2016, please visit our Sponsors and Exhibitors page.


The following awards will be presented at the conference:

  • Best Paper Award (certificate and cash honorarium of USD 1000)
  • Best Application Paper Award (by IET)
  • Best Poster Award (by Springer)
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