RSS Workshop


“Become a Swarm Robotics Hacker Overnight”

co-located within the 2017 Robotics: Science Systems Conference  

Saturday, July 15th – Sunday, July 16th 2017
at: Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

A limited number of students will be selected.  Those selected will have all travel expenses paid, be provided with housing in university dormitories, and will receive meal cards. Expenses for taxis, public transport or other incidentals will be at a student’s own expense and will not be able to be reimbursed.

Co-located with the Robotics: Science and Systems Conference (hosted at MIT), this two-day, multi-stage workshop will convene students and scholars of robotics for educational talks on swarm robotic algorithms, simulations, and hardware platforms by experts in the field, including:

Radhika Nagpal, Professor, Harvard University

Carlo Pinciroli, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Spring Berman, Arizona State University

James McLurkin, Senior Hardware Engineer, Google

Kurt Leucht, Software Engineer, NASA Kennedy Space Center

Melanie Moses, Associate Professor, University of New Mexico

At the end of the first day, participants will transition to an 18-hour, all-night swarm robotics “Hackathon” involving autonomous ground robots. The Hackathon participants will be tasked with rapidly developing algorithms to coordinate robot swarms in an indoor, GPS-denied environment. The Hackathon will culminate in a spirited final competition at midday on the second day, with an award for the best-performing student team.



JULY 15, 2017 Schedule

8:15am Breakfast
9:00am Morning Keynote
10:00am Coffee Break
10:30am The Speed-Accuracy Tradeoff in Robot Swarm Simulations
11:15am Bio-Inspired Engineering of Robot Swarms
12:00pm Lunch/Discussion Panel: Careers in Swarm Robotics
2:00pm Afternoon Keynote
3:00pm Coffee Break
3:30pm Introduction to Swarm Robotics Hackathon Challenge
4:00pm Hackathon Begins
6:30pm Dinner/Q&A with Organizers & Techs


July 16, 2017 Schedule

8:15am Breakfast/Final Q&A with Organizers & Techs
10:00am Hackathon Ends
10:30am Competition with Full Swarm
11:45am Winners Announced
12:00pm Team Post-Mortem Presentations/Closing