Scope

Evolution by natural selection has engineered living organisms to have extraordinary abilities. These abilities are present at the level of the organism, due to the diverse and inventive biomechanical and control designs that are found in nature. Abilities can also emerge from the interactions of many organisms; a swarm can perform many functions that its component individuals cannot possibly accomplish alone. For example, in addition to the ability to adapt to the environment, a swarm can construct a suitable environment for its own advantage. The constructive understanding of intelligence of living things is a very interesting approach from the point of view of biology and engineering. Thus, the natural engineering of evolution provides inspiration for human engineering, and the reverse engineering of nature can help us better understand biology.

The aim of this symposium is to foster connections between biologists and engineers who are interested in the engineering of living things, from biomechanics to swarm intelligence, and the perpetuation of a new academic field by integrating biology and engineering. In addition to the main-themes of understanding swarm behavior and bio-inspired robotics, in the next iteration we also plan to add elements of bioimaging and functional morphology (creating libraries of biological engineering to inspire human engineering). All aspects of the above themes are welcome, including but not limited to:

Biology

  • Social Insects
  • Evolutionary Cooperation
  • Ethology
  • Social Physiology
  • Adaptation
  • Self-Organization
  • Functional Morphology
  • Phase Polyphenism
  • Biomechanics

Engineering

  • Swarm Intelligence
  • Swarm Robotics
  • Biomimetics
  • Bio-Inspired Robotics
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Walking Robots
  • Modular Robotics
  • Decentralized Control
  • Distributed Systems


Keynote Speakers


Important Dates

Submission of Abstracts and Papers

June 1, 2019 July 1, 2019 (Extended)

Notification of Acceptance

August 1, 2019

Camera-Ready Submission

October 1, 2019


Submission

There are three options for submission: full paper, short paper or abstract. The only difference between the formats of these options is the number of maximum pages. Full papers and short papers have an 8-page or a 4-page maximum length and should report on new unpublished work. Surveys are also welcome as full papers. Abstracts are limited to 2 pages and can report on previously published work with the expectation of offering new viewpoints on that work. On submission, you will be able to choose your preferred presentation style: oral or poster presentation.

  • Full paper: up to 8 pages (additional page(s) to be charged)
  • Short paper: up to 4 pages
  • Abstract: up to 2 pages

Formatting

The use of LaTeX/MS-Word with the following style format is strongly recommended for preparing your manuscripts.
The MS-WORD template in a single-column format is available only for abstracts without figures and tables.

LaTeX (zip) LaTeX (tgz) MS-Word MS-Word (1 Column Abstract) PDF Sample

Automated Submission System

Your paper/abstract formatted according to the required style should be submitted via the EasyChair.
Manuscripts formatted according to the required style should be submitted via the EasyChair.
You will need an EasyChair account to submit your paper. If you do not have one, create an account, then submit here


Committee

Advisory Committee

  • Andrew Adamatzky (University of the West England, UK)
  • Hajime Asama (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Tamim Asfour (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
  • Dora Biro (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Howie Choset (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Jean-Louis Deneubourg (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
  • Magnus Egerstedt (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Evgeni Magid (Kazan Federal University, Russia)
  • Simon Garnier (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Shuzhi Sam Ge (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Jan Tommy Gravdahl (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
  • Yoshinori Hayakawa (Tohoku University, Japan)
  • Auke Jan Ijspeert (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Takashi Ikegami (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Yingmin Jia (Beihang University, China)
  • Jeff Jones (University of the West England, UK)
  • Keum-Shik Hong (Pusan National University, Korea)
  • Laurent Keller (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Francesco Mondada (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • James Marshall (University of Sheffield, UK)
  • Toshiya Matsushima (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  • Hiraku Nishimori (Hiroshima University, Japan)
  • Rolf Pfeifer (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Ioannis Poulakakis (University of Delaware, USA)
  • Stephen Pratt (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Jonathan Rossiter (Bristol University, UK)
  • Takao Sasaki (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Hiroshi Sato (National Defense Academy of Japan, Japan)
  • Masashi Shiraishi (Waseda University, Japan)
  • Tomohiro Shirakawa (National Defense Academy of Japan, Japan)
  • David Sumpter (Uppsala Universitet, Sweden)
  • Mikhail Svinin (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)
  • Dimitris P. Tsakiris (University of Crete, Greece)
  • Kazuo Tuchiya (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Florentin Wörgötter (Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen, Germany)

General Chair

Kazuki Tsuji (University of the Ryukyus, Japan)

Vice-General Chairs

  • Marco Dorigo (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
  • Yukio Gunji (Waseda University, Japan)
  • Evan P. Economo (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology)
    • Advisory Committee Chair

      • Fumitoshi Matsuno (Kyoto University, Japan)
        • Program Chair

          Kazuhiro Ohkura (Hiroshima University, Japan)

          Vice-Program Chairs

          • Kenji Matsuura (Kyoto University, Japan)
          • Toru Namerikawa (Keio University, Japan)
          • Florentin Wörgötter (Georg-August Universitat Gottingen, Germany)

          Workshop/Organized Session Chair

          • Poramate Manoonpong (The University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
          • Masahito Yamamoto (Hokkaido University, Japan)

          Publication Chair

          Keitaro Naruse (The University of Aizu, Japan)

          Vice-Publication Chair

          Ikuo Suzuki (Kitami Institute of Technology, Japan)

          Publicity Chair

          Toshiyuki Yasuda (University of Toyama, Japan)

          Registration Chair

          Undetermined

          Finance Chair

          Kazuyuki Ito (Hosei University, Japan)

          Local Arrangement Chair

          • Evan P. Economo (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
          • Kazuki Tsuji (University of the Ryukyus, Japan)

          Program Committee

          • Andrew Adamatzky (University of the West England, UK)
          • Hitoshi Aonuma (Hokkaido University, Japan)
          • Yuichi Ambe (Tohoku University, Japan)
          • Ryo Ariizumi (Nagoya University, Japan)
          • Fumihiko Asano (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
          • Shunichi Azuma (Nagoya University, Japan)
          • Mauro Birattari (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
          • Shigeto Dobata (Kyoto University, Japan)
          • Takahiro Endo (Kyoto University, Japan)
          • Ryusuke Fujisawa (Hachinohe Institute of Technology, Japan)
          • Francisco Hita Garcia (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
          • Daniel I. Goldman (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
          • Roderich Groß (The University of Sheffield, UK)
          • Takeshi Hatanaka (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
          • Kiyohiko Hattori (Saitama Institute of Technology, Japan)
          • Sabine Hauert (Bristol University, UK)
          • Tomohisa Hayakawa (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
          • Hiroyuki Iizuka (Hokkaido University, Japan)
          • Takashi Ikegami (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
          • Yusuke Ikemoto (Meijo University, Japan)
          • Hideaki Ishii (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
          • Masato Ishikawa (Osaka University, Japan)
          • Kenji Iwadate (Kitami Institute of Technology, Japan)
          • Kazuyuki Ito (Hosei University, Japan)
          • Jeff Jones (University of the West England, UK)
          • Yoshiaki Katada (Setsunan University, Japan)
          • Tetsushi Kamegawa (Okayama University, Japan)
          • Takashi Kawakami (Hokkaido University of Science, Japan)
          • Tae-Hyoung Kim (Chung-Ang University, Korea)
          • Masao Kubo (National Defense Academy of Japan, Japan)
          • Poramate Manoonpong (The University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
          • Kamilo Melo (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
          • Masao Migita (Shiga University, Japan)
          • Shuhei Miyashita (MIT, USA)
          • Toru Moriyama (Shinshu University, Japan)
          • Masaaki Nagahara (The University of Kitakyushu, Japan)
          • Keitaro Naruse (University of Aizu, Japan)
          • Hiraku Nishimori (Hiroshima University, Japan)
          • Christian Peeters (Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, France)
          • Hemma Philamore (Kyoto University, Japan)
          • Stephen Pratt (Arizona State University, USA)
          • Jonathan Rossiter (Bristol University, UK)
          • Kazunori Sakurama (Tottori University, Japan)
          • Hiroshi Sato (National Defense Academy of Japan, Japan)
          • Thomas Schmickl (University of Graz, Austria)
          • Hyungbo Shim (Seoul National University, Korea)
          • Hiroyuki Shimoji (Hokkaido University, Japan)
          • Masashi Shiraishi (Waseda University, Japan)
          • Tomohiro Shirakawa (National Defense Academy of Japan, Japan)
          • Metin Sitti (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
          • Serge Stinckwich (Université Pierre et Marie Curie/IRD, France)
          • Ken Sugawara (Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan)
          • Keiji Suzuki (Future University Hakodate, Japan)
          • Ikuo Suzuki (Kitami Institute of Technology, Japan)
          • Keiki Takadama (The University of Electro-Communications, Japan)
          • Vito Trianni (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Italy)
          • Motoyasu Tanaka (The University of Electro-Communications, Japan)
          • Elio Tuci (Middlesex University London, UK)
          • Ali Emre Turgut (University of Leuven, Belgium)
          • Masaki Yamakita (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
          • Masahito Yamamoto (Hokkaido University, Japan)
          • Kazuaki Yamada (Toyo University, Japan)
          • Wen-Chi Yang (Henan Institute of Technology, China)
          • Toshiyuki Yasuda (University of Toyama, Japan)
          • Stefan John Witwicki (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
          • Daniel Zelazo (Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)


Open Call

We are beginning to design the program now. If you have ideas for organized sessions or workshops, please contact the organizers. There will be a call for talks and posters announced later.


Contact

Please contact lead organizers Kazuki Tsuji and Evan Economo for any questions about SWARM 2019.
We will add more info to this site as it becomes available.