Foundations of Resilience for Networked Robotic Systems

Call for Papers
Autonomous Robots, Springer
Special Issue on “Foundations of Resilience for Networked Robotic Systems”

Paper submission deadline: April 1, 2018


The falling costs of communication, computation and storage technologies are driving the integration of sensors, actuators, and processors into information technology networks, and we are witnessing a rise of globally accessible robots and robotic services. As we strive to design, control, and coach such large-scale systems, we rely on models and algorithms that help us understand the impact of heterogeneity and scale. On the one hand, as we program and supervise distinct robots individually, we forgo efficiency. On the other hand, as we attempt to manage our robot networks at scale, we forgo guarantees at the individual platform level.

If autonomous systems are to succeed, they must be built to resist environmental disturbances and operational malfunctions. Resilience is the capability to endure unexpected disruptions to the network, to recover swiftly from negative events, and bounce back to ‘normality’. New algorithmic and mathematical foundations will help us guarantee resilient, reliable and cooperative operation, and ultimately, long-term autonomy.

This special issue aims at presenting state-of-the art research in designing heterogeneous robotic systems, guaranteeing / analyzing resilience in robot networks, and modeling heterogeneity and resilience in robot-robot or human-robot teams.


We are soliciting contributions in the areas of networked robotic systems, multi-robot systems, distributed robotics, and collaborative human-robot teams. Topics include:

Analysis of robustness and resilience in robot networks
Control and coordination strategies for heterogeneous robot teams
Resilient perception-action loops
Management of accidental heterogeneity caused by drift (SW) or wear-and-tear (HW)
Machine learning strategies under adversarial conditions
Assurance of autonomy
Sensor fusion in heterogeneous teams
Quantification of heterogeneity, diversity measures


Submission deadline: April 1, 2018
1st round of review: July 1, 2018
Revised submission due: August 1, 2018
Final notification: September 1, 2018


Amanda Prorok, University of Cambridge, UK
Brian Sadler, Army Research Laboratory, USA
Magnus Egerstedt, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, USA

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Special Issue on “Foundations of Resilience for Networked Robotic Systems”, in Autonomous Robots, Springer
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Sunday, 1 April, 2018