To promote interaction, we will be running a live conference (with remote presenters appearing in real-time). All footage will be streamed, and we have arranged for the program to accommodate authors’ time-zones. A recording of the live footage will be made available to registered participants.

A detailed overview of the program can be found here.

The whole conference was recorded and is available on YouTube here.


Thursday November 4th

Time (GMT/UTC+0)Session
08:45-09:00Opening words
09:00-10:00Keynote (in-person)
Andy Davison
Title: A Robot Web for Distributed Localisation
Introduced by Fumiya Iida
10:00-10:30Coffee break
10:30-12:00Paper session 1
Chair: Lorenzo Sabattini
13:30-14:15Early career spotlight talk (in-person)
Stefanie Gil
Title: Situational Awareness and Secure Coordination for Multi-Robot Teams
Introduced by Javier Alonso-Mora
14:15-15:00Panel discussion
Title: “Sim-to-lab-to-real”: A discussion on current challenges of transferring multi-robot technologies to real-world problems.
Sabine Hauert (moderator)
Russell Graves (industry participant; MathWorks)
Michael Otte (panelist)
Roderich Gross (panelist)
15:00-15:30Coffee break
15:30-17:00Paper session 2
Chair: Ajay Shankar
18:30 – 22:00Gala dinner at Pembroke College
Dress code: Business

18:45-19:30 Drinks at Old Library (Pembroke College)
19:30-22:00 Dinner in Main Hall (Pembroke College)

Friday November 5th

TIME (GMT/UTC+0)Session
09:00-09:45Paper session 3
Chair: Alex Raymond
09:45-10:45Keynote (in-person)
Shimon Whiteson
Title: Centralised Training for Cooperative Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning
Introduced by Amanda Prorok
10:45-11:15Coffee break
11:15-12:45Paper session 4
Chair: Masoumeh Mansouri
12:45-14:15Lunch and poster session
14:15-15:00Early career spotlight talk (virtual)
Sylvia Herbert
Title: Human-Inspired Safe and Efficient Control of Autonomous Systems
Introduced by Mac Schwager
15:00-15:30Coffee break
15:30-16:00Awards & closing remarks
16:30-18:00Robotics@Cambridge: Tour and Demos


A Context-Aware Simulator for Rapidly Evaluating Multi-Robot SystemsCharlie Street, Bruno Lacerda, Michal Staniaszek, Manuel Mühlig, Nick Hawes
Intrusion Detection and Response System in Swarm Robotics Clustering AlgorithmsMitali Gandhe, Michael W. Otte
Negotiated Path Planning for Non-Cooperative Multi-Robot SystemsAnna Gautier, Bruno Lacerda, Nick Hawes, Michael Wooldridge
Potential Fields in Multi-Robot Systems with Rare and Delayed State UpdatesAgata Barciś, Michał Barciś, Christian Bettstetter
Area Coverage with Multiple RobotsSaurav Agarwal, Srinivas Akella

Paper sessions

Session 1 (in person)

TIME (GMT/UTC+0)TitleAuthors
10:30-10:45Non-Prehensile Cooperative Object Transportation with Omnidirectional Mobile Robots: Organization, Control, Simulation, and ExperimentationHenrik Ebel, Peter Eberhard
10:45-11:00Cooperative Distributed Model Predictive Formation Control of Non Holonomic Robotic AgentsMario Rosenfelder, Henrik Ebel, Peter Eberhard
11:00-11:15Cooperative Multi-Agent Path Finding: Beyond Path Planning and Collision AvoidanceNir Greshler, Ofir Gordon, Oren Salzman, Nahum Shimkin
11:15-11:30On-Demand Grocery Delivery from Multiple Local Stores with Autonomous RobotsMaximilian Kronmueller, Andrés Fielbaum, Javier Alonso-Mora
11:30-11:45Characterization of Grasp Configurations for Multi-Robot Object PushingFilippo Bertoncelli, Fabio Ruggiero, Lorenzo Sabattini
11:45-12:00Speed-Vs Accuracy Tradeoff in Collective Estimation: An Adaptive Exploration Exploitation CaseMohsen Raoufi, Heiko Hamann, Pawel Romanczuk

Session 2 (remote US West)

TIME (GMT/UTC+0)TitleAuthors
15:30-15:45Distributed Contact-Implicit Trajectory Optimization for Collaborative ManipulationOla Shorinwa, Mac Schwager
15:45-16:00Role Discovery in Observed Multi-Agent Systems Over Time through Matrix Factorization
(Best Paper Finalists)
Brian Reily, Michael Don, John G. Rogers III, Christopher M. Reardon
16:00-16:15Stochastic Assignment for Deploying Multiple Marsupial RobotsChris (Yu Hsuan) Lee, Graeme Best, Geoffrey Hollinger
16:15-16:30Learning Robot Swarm Tactics Over Complex Adversarial Environments
(Best Paper Award)
Amir Behjat, Hemanth Manjunatha, Prajit Krisshna Kumar, Apurv Jani, Leighton Collins, Payam Ghassemi, Joseph Distefano, David Doermann, Karthik Dantu, Ehsan Esfahani, Souma Chowdhury
16:30-16:45Reactive Multi Fitness Learning for Robust Multiagent TeamingConnor Yates, Ayhan Alp Aydeniz, Kagan Tumer
16:45-17:00BotNet: A Simulator for
Studying the Effects of Accurate Communication Models on Multi Agent and Swarm Control
(Best Student Paper Finalists)
Mark Selden, Jason Zhou, Felipe Campos, Nathan Lambert, Daniel S. Drew, Kristofer S. J. Pister

Session 3 (in person)

TIME (GMT/UTC+0)TitleAuthors
9:00-9:15Distributed Self Assembly of Cantilevers by Force-Aware Robots
(Best Student Paper Award)
Edward Bray, Roderich Gross
9:15-9:30Decentralized Multi-Agent Strategy Synthesis under LTLf Specifications Via Exchange of Least-Limiting Advisers
(Best Student Paper Finalists)
Georg Friedrich Schuppe, Jana Tumova
9:30-9:45Online Decentralized Perception Aware Path Planning for Multi-Robot SystemsNicola De Carli, Paolo Salaris, Paolo Robuffo Giordano

Session 4 (remote US East)

TIME (GMT/UTC+0)TitleAuthors
11:15-11:30Multi-Robot Learning and Coverage of Unknown Spatial FieldsMaría Santos, Udari Madhushani, Alessia Benevento, Naomi Leonard
11:30-11:45GVGExp: Communication Constrained Multi-Robot Exploration System Based on Generalized Voronoi GraphsKizito Masaba, Alberto Quattrini Li
11:45-12:00Local Advantage Actor-Critic for Robust Multi Agent Deep Reinforcement Learning
(Best Paper Finalists)
Yuchen Xiao, Xueguang Lyu, Christopher Amato
12:00-12:15Robust Perimeter Defense Using Control Barrier FunctionsLuis Guerrero Bonilla, Carlos Nieto-Granda, Magnus Egerstedt
12:15-12:30Parameter Identification for Multirobot
Systems Using Optimization Based Controllers
Jaskaran Singh Grover, Changliu Liu, Katia Sycara
12:30-12:45Design and Simulation of a Multi-Robot Architecture for Large-Scale Construction
Vivek Thangavelu, Nils Napp