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ICRA Workshop: Network Science and Systems Issues in Multi-Robot Autonomy

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Networked mobile robots will have far reaching technological impact. It
is envisioned that groups of autonomous robots will collaborate using
wireless radios to allow large-scale sensing for environmental
monitoring, reconnaissance and surveillance. They will also provide
on-demand communication infrastructure for search and rescue and other
emergency response operations. A key challenge in realizing these
systems is maintaining network-wide communication as robots constantly
gain and lose links while moving. Further, the changing network
topology complicates distributed sensing and state-estimation. While
significant developments have been made in novel algorithm and control
designs, in practice, deploying robot networks has proven to be hard.
One important reason is that low-power wireless radios have an
irregular communication range that is difficult to model and predict.

This workshop will bring together researchers and
practitioners in multi-robot control and ad hoc network design to
discuss wireless communication models, algorithms and controller
designs that can lead to practical deployments. We will survey hardware
experiments, compare their performance to the theoretical predictions.
We will discuss advancements in algorithms and control theory trying to
understand the limits of global behavior achievable from specific local
information and control. Our goal is to identify research questions and
methods that can address the current gap between theory and practice.

For more, please visit the workshop website.