In the same way that computers have revolutionized the way we deal with
information, robotics will enable a similar revolution in the way we
operate in the real world. Future robots will form a backbone of
pervasive, efficient networks of taskable agents; but, crucially, these
will be systems of communicating, cooperative devices. Already multiple
robot and multiple agent systems (MRS/MAS) have shown their worth in
fairly structured and semi-structured domains such as logistics, cargo
management, and agriculture. And far more is on the immediate horizon:
vehicular networks for transportation, security and surveillance, food
supply, environmental monitoring and ecological impact assessment,
services for manufacturing and assistance in rescue settings.
The SI topics include (but are not limited to)
- Physical Interaction in/with MRS/MAS
- Cooperative/Collective Learning in MRS/MAS
- AI of Large Scale Systems
- Applications of MRS
- Technological and Methodological Issues
- MRS for Cooperative Manipulation
- Micro/Nano Scale MRS
- Communication in MRS/MAS
- Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking in MRS/MAS
- Human-robot and Human-agent interaction
- Game theoretic approaches for MAS/MRS
- Teamwork, team formation, teamwork analysis for robots
Extended versions of MRS papers are expected to have substantial new
material w.r.t. their conference versions.
We expect this to be approximately 30% of the final journal article.
Possible extensions may include: more detailed description of the
methods and derivations; more analysis of the existing experiments;
application of the approach to a new problem or domain; extended
discussion and future work; and additional experiments or demonstrations
of the method.
All submitted papers will be reviewed following the standard reviewing
procedures for the journal.
Please note that only a selection of all accepted papers will be
included in the special issue. The remaining accepted papers will be
published as "normal" papers in Autonomous Robots.
- Dr. Nora Ayanian, University of Southern California, USA
- Dr. Paolo Robuffo Giordano, CNRS, France
- Dr. Robert Fitch, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
- Dr. Antonio Franchi, CNRS, France
- Dr. Lorenzo Sabattini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy