Collective Mobile Robotics: From Theory to Real-World Applications

From theoretical models to deployment of real robots, Collective Mobile Robotics (CMR) have witnessed a growing interest last two decades. In the context of this special issue, a swarm is considered as a set of autonomous machines presenting a collective behavior without relying on any centralized mechanism. This special issue aims at offering a venue for specialists of any domain related to robot swarming, from theoretical foundations to real-world applications including robotic platforms and testbeds. Measuring the distance that may exist between theory and practical experiments, and raising open questions related to swarm robotics is one of the objectives of this SI. Contributions of mature works as well as emerging new ideas from theoretical models to existing hardware solutions enabling robots to behave as swarms are welcome. More generally, topics of interest for this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following topics :

- Theoretical Models (e.g. Look-Compute-Move, graph-based models)
- Distributed Algorithms
- Cooperation versus Competition
- Bio-Inspired Approaches
- Communication issues
- Optimization, Robustness, Fault Tolerance and Resilience
- Simulations
- Pattern Formation
- Environment Perception
- Technological Hardware/Software Solutions and Platforms-
- Collective Environment Perception
- Human - CMR interactions
- Applications

Dr. Frédéric Guinand
Guest Editor

Short Description: 
Call For Paper for the SI on MDPI's Sensors journal web site
Upcoming event: 
Sunday, 30 April, 2023