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9th EAI International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (formerly BIONETICS)

December 3–5, 2015 | New York City, New York, United States

CFP: BICT 2015 Special Track on Swarm Robotics (SR)
9th International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (BICT 2015, formerly BIONETICS)
Paper submission deadline: August 3 31, 2015

December 3 (Thu) - December 5, 2015 (Sat)
New York City, NY, USA

Sponsored by European Alliance for Innovation (EAI) and Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

In corporation with ACM (Pending)

Swarm robotics researchers design systems of individually simple robots which together exhibit some global behaviour that is either desirable from the engineering perspective, or interesting as an analog to the behaviour of swarms in nature. Most research in swarm robotics is bio-inspired wherein the observation of particular animal behaviours leads to a robotic system that either fulfills some useful function or serves as a model of the original biological system. However, in some cases it is only the general principles of swarm systems in nature that are employed: self-organization, stigmergy, and emergence. The main constraint of a swarm robotic system is the lack of centralized control. Individual robots may exchange information and materials through the medium of the environment, but they must sense, compute, and act as individuals. These characteristics ideally lead to systems that are scalable and adaptable. The main challenges are in designing such systems to yield desirable behaviour and analyzing them to understand how individual behaviours contribute to the overall behaviour.

This special track seeks high-quality original papers on the full spectrum of topics in swarm robotics, including but not limited to:

  • Algorithms and control strategies
  • Hardware design
  • Robot swarms as biological models
  • Bio-inspired techniques for design and analysis
  • Evolutionary robotics and other automated design techniques
  • Learning
  • Tools for design, simulation, analysis, and hardware implementation
  • Physicomimetics
  • Human-swarm interaction
  • Mathematical models of swarms


Regular paper submission due: August 31
Short and poster/demo paper submission due: September 22
Notification for regular papers: September 21
Notification for short and poster/demo papers: October 1
Camera ready due: October 15



Authors are invited to submit regular papers (up to 8 pages each), short papers (up to 4 pages each) or poster/demo papers (up to 2 pages each) in ACM's paper template. Up to two extra pages are allowed for each paper with extra page charges. See for more details.


All accepted paper will be published through ACM Digital Library and submitted for indexing by SI, EI Compendex, Scopus, ACM Library, Google Scholar and many more. Selected papers will be considered for publication in leading journals including:


Andrew Vardy, Departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada


  • Carlo Pinciroli (École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada)
  • Justin Werfel (Harvard University, USA)
  • Michael Rubenstein (Harvard University, USA)
  • Vito Trianni (ICST - CNR, Italy)
  • Eliseo Ferrante (KU Leuven, Netherlands)
  • Todd Wareham (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)
  • Simon Garnier (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Maurizio Porfiri (New York University, USA)
  • Diana Spears (Swarmotics LLC, USA)
  • Marco Dorigo (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
  • Thomas Schmickl (University of Graz, Austria)
  • Heiko Hamann (University of Paderborn, Germany)
  • Jon Timmis (University of York, UK)
  • Sabine Hauert (University of York, UK)