Considering the befitting potential of communication for CPS applications, following are a few questions that we focus on at the Research Days 2019.

  • Which communication technologies can be used for explicit and implicit CPS swarm communication (including terrestrial, aerial, aquatic CPS applications)
  • How important is connectivity for swarming?
    • Distributed vs centralized vs decentralized
    • How could every member be autonomous in terms of connectivity?
  • What are the communication parameters a CPS swarm designer needs to take care of when choosing a communication technology?
  • How to standardize CPS data structures and define protocols to enable a unified CPS communication language compatible for all potential available communication technologies?
  • What are the potential research challenges that need to addressed to use communication for CPS swarm related to autonomy?


Event in Google calendar (tbd)

Tuesday, July 9 Wednesday, July 10 Thursday, July 11
08:45 Wrap up Wrap up
09:00 Registration and coffee Sofie Pollin: Sense and Avoid Technology for enabling Swarms Alcherio Martinoli: Communication in Swarms: Forms, Strengths, and Limitations
09:30 Opening and warm-up round
10:00 Heiko Hamann: Together Everyone Achieves More! On Swarm Performance and Interference Coffee break Coffee break
10:30 Group work 2: Communication technologies for CPS swarms Group work 3: Open research topics & proposal ideas
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Group work 1: Connectivity for swarming Group work presentation and discussion Group work presentation and discussion
12:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:30 Group work presentation and discussion Raheeb Muzaffar: Communication via 5G Workshop: Synchronization | Spiderinos
14:15 Coffee break
14:30 CPSwarm project: Communication considered for CPS swarms Coffee break Industry Partner Presentation 2
15:00 Andreas Kercek: Funding Opportunities
15:15 Coffee break Closing
15:30 Prepare for social event
15:45 Drone Demo
16:30 Social event
17:15 John Baras:
Direct and Indirect Communications in Swarms and Their Effects
Group Works

Keynote Sessions

Heiko Hamann

University of Lübeck, Institute of Computer Engineering

“Together Everyone Achieves More! On Swarm Performance and Interference”

Sofie Pollin

KU Leuven, Department Elektrotechniek (ESAT)

“Sense and Avoid Technology for enabling Swarms”

Autonomous drones are becoming a reality, and we will see swarms of drones probably before the first truly autonomous car. To enable this, drones need to be aware of each other and their environment. We have been working on the SESAR project PercEvite, aiming to create sense and avoid technology for small autonomous drones. In this talk, I will discuss the state of the art with respect to sense and avoid technology and how to enable it on a range of vehicles: from small lightweight drones to manned aircrafts even.

Sofie Pollin is associate professor at KU Leuven and active in the domain of wireless communication for drones for more than 5 years now. She has experience with a wide range of technologies and tested them all on drones (from Wi-Fi to 5G), and is especially focused on enabling autonomous and lightweight drones for civilian applications.


John Baras

Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland, USA

“Direct and Indirect Communications in Swarms and Their Effects”

We describe our three dynamically coevolving multigraph model of networked systems and swarms. We demonstrate it use to find effective communication patterns and organization to speed up distributed decision-making and actions in swarms. We investigate the significance of the resulting patterns regarding resilience and robustness in swarm coordination. We show how direct and indirect communications can lead to simple and efficient coordination and control strategies. We compare with communication patterns in biology from birds and ants. We consider and solve inverse problems whereby we determine the communication and collaboration patterns of swarms by discovering symmetries and invariances in their trajectories.

John S. Baras is a Distinguished University Professor and holds the endowed Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering at the Institute for Systems Research and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Maryland College Park. Major honors and awards include the 1980 George Axelby Award from the IEEE Control Systems Society, the 2006 Leonard Abraham Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2017 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, the 2017 AACC Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award., and the 2018 AIAA Aerospace Communications Award. In June of 2018 he was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by his alma mater the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.