Call for Papers

Papers should be formatted according to the style files of Springer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics.

About DARS

Now in its 14th 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highly selective, single-track meeting that is soliciting submissions presenting significant, original, and previously unpublished research.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 2018 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 2018.

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); Daejeon, Korea (2014); and London, UK (2016);

Publication Details

All accepted contributions will be included as full-length papers in the Proceedings of DARS 2018. The proceedings will be published in the Springer SPAR series (Springer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics).

Submitting to DARS 2018

Please submit your paper using The page limit is 12 content pages with up to two additional pages for references. Up to two additional content pages are charged at $100/page.

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

UPDATED paper submission: May 22, 2018, 11.59pm Pacific Time
Original paper submission: May 15, 2018, 11.59pm Pacific Time
Author Notification: July 30, 2018
Camera ready submission: September 1, 2018
Conference dates: October 15-17, 2018