Workshop on Heterogeneous Multi-Robot Task Allocation and Coordination

Robotics: Science and Systems, 2020

July 12, 2020

[Virtual Event]

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Live Panels (held on July 12, 2020)

Schedule for Live Panels

  • Spotlight Author Panel: 14:00 UTC (10:00 Eastern) to 15:00 UTC on July 12, 2020

  • Invited Speakers Panel: 15:00 UTC (11:00 Eastern) to 16:30 UTC on July 12, 2020

Please watch/participate in the panels via Pheedloop.


Heterogeneous multi-robot teams have the potential to perform complex tasks that require considerable coordination in unstructured environments. To fully realize this potential, however, we need to address an array of significant challenges in enabling the coordinated behavior of inherently different kinds of agents. Particularly interesting are the questions what, who, and when of multi-robot coordination. The answers to “what needs to be done?” provide insights into the nature of complex multi-task missions and how to accomplish them. The question of who, whether in team composition or in task allocation, is particularly impactful when dealing with teams of heterogeneous agents. Finally, the answer to “when to perform the tasks?” deals with realizing a conflict-free plan for the agents to perform a number of tasks, both sequentially and simultaneously.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together perspectives on how to tackle these three fundamental questions of multi-robot coordination from different communities within robotics. We wish to have the perspectives of renowned expert researchers in the field, and offer young researchers the opportunity to share their new ideas and preliminary results of ongoing research. We hope this workshop will help the community discover exciting collaborations and effective directions of future research.

Topics of Interest

  • Task assignment

  • Team Composition

  • Task planning and scheduling for multi-robot systems

  • Modeling multi-agent teams

  • Abstraction and analysis of heterogeneity

  • Verifiable coordination and task performance

  • Resilience and adaptive behavior

  • Learning for coordination

  • Adversarial games

Invited Speakers

Gal Kaminka
Bar Ilan University

Dimitra Panagou
University of Michigan

Amanda Prorok
University of Cambridge

Kiril Solovey
Stanford University

Vaibhav Srivastava
Michigan State University


  • Invited talks, representing different perspectives on multi-robot coordination

  • Spotlight paper presentations (for accepted contributions)

  • A moderated panel consisting of the invited speakers and senior organizers

Important Dates (revised)

  • Submission deadline: May 22, 2020 June 19, 2020

  • Notification of acceptance: June 26, 2020

  • Workshop date: July 12, 2020


Call for Contributions

In order to increase the participation of young and senior researchers in the topic, along with the quality of the contributions, we invite submissions of the following types:

  1. Traditional workshop submissions presenting preliminary results of ongoing research.

  2. Submissions linked to already published papers coming from:

    • Recent journal papers, which have not had the chance to be discussed in a conference, (imitating the strategy of RA-L).

    • Recent conference papers, which were presented at machine learning conferences (e.g., NeurIPS, ICML, AAMAS, and AAAI).

Note that the authors must explicitly indicate the type of their submissions.

We encourage participants to submit their research in the form of a paper (6 pages maximum including references) in the IEEE conference proceedings format. Contributors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts with videos (max. duration: 3 minutes) illustrating their work.

The submitted contributions will go through a single blind review process. All the accepted contributions will be presented as posters during the interactive sessions. A subset of the accepted papers/abstracts will be presented during spotlight presentations, before the interactive sessions.

All submissions should be sent in PDF format to