Monday, July 10 Tuesday, July 11 Wednesday, July 12
09:00 Registration and coffee Wrap up Wrap up
09:15 Keynote: Nora Ayanian Plenary
09:30 Opening and warm-up round
10:00 Coffee break Coffee break
10:15 Keynote: Gianni A. Di Caro Group work 3 Group work 4
11:00 Coffee break Group work presentation and discussion
11:15 Group work 1 Group work presentation and discussion
11:45 Showroom
12:15 Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:15 Group work presentation and discussion Plenary Lab 1
14:00 On-event experiment
14:15 Plenary: Claudio Pastrone
14:30 Coffee break
14:45 Lab 2
15:00 Coffee break Coffee break
15:15 Plenary: Thomas Schmickl Plenary and discussion
16:00 Group work 2 Coffee break
16:15 Social event Closing session, open discussion
17:00 Group work presentation and discussion

Keynote Sessions

Gianni A. Di Caro, Ph.D.: To swarm, or not to swarm, that is the question:  Self-organization vs. Decentralization in networked multi-robot systems

​Gianni A. Di CaroGianni A. Di Caro is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Computer Science department at Carnegie Mellon University. He is in the CMU campus in Doha, Qatar, where he teaches courses in fields of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. He graduated in physics, summa cum laude, at the University of Bologna (Italy) in 1992. In 2004 he received a Ph.D. in applied science with full honors from the Universite’ Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). Between 1996 and 2002 he has been awarded three TMR / Marie Curie individual fellowships and one Japan Science & Technology fellowship from the scientific institutions of the European Community. Before joining CMU He has worked in a number of international research laboratories around the globe: IRST (Italy), IRIDIA (Belgium), ATR (Japan), IDSIA (Switzerland). His research interests are strongly multi-disciplinary, and include autonomous robotics (with a focus on swarm robotics, human-multirobot interaction, planning and scheduling), swarm intelligence and bio-inspired computing, artificial intelligence, mathematical optimization, adaptive networking. In these fields he co-authored more than 130 scientific works, that, according to Google Scholar, have currently received more than 16,300 citations. He has been the coordinator of ALMA (Ageing without Losing Mobility and Autonomy), an Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) project, and the co-recipient of several project grants from Swiss and European funding institutions.

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Prof. Nora Ayanian

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Plenary Sessions

Mag. Dr. Thomas Schmickl: Bio-inspired swarm robotics: From honeybees to space exploration

Courtesy Hamody al-iraqi

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Claudio Pastrone, MSc.: CPSwarm: A Horizon 2020 project on applications of swarm algorithms in Cyber-Physical Systems

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Lab Sessions

Colias: Low-cost Autonomous Micro-robot for Swarm Robotics

Workshop leader: Farshad Arvin, PhD, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Colias is a low-cost, open-platform, autonomous micro robot which has been developed for swarm robotic applications.

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MONA: Autonomous Mobile Swarm Robot

Workshop leader: Farshad Arvin, PhD, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Mona is an open-hardware/open-source robotic platform that has been developed to be used in swarm robotic scenarios especially to study on Perpetual Robotic Swarm.

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Workshop leader: Dipl.-Ing. Midhat Jdeed, Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria

Spiderino is a low-cost research robot based on the small size of the Hexbug Spider toy.  The basic modification replaces the robot head with a 3D-printed adapter, consisting of two parts to provide space for sensors, a larger battery, and a printed circuit board (PCB) with Arduino microcontroller, Wi-Fi module, and motor controller.

The prototype costs less than 70 Euro, and is suitable for swarm robotic experiments and educational purposes.