Detailed Program

MRS 2023 will be held on December  4-5 at Boston University in the Photonics Center (PHO 906, 8 St Mary’s St, Boston, MA).

All times in the program are given in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Monday, December 4th

08:00 AM Registration Open and Breakfast
08:30 AM Welcome Remarks
09:00 AM Session 1
10:00 AM Spotlight: Jakob Foerster
10:45 AM Coffee Break
11:15 AM Session 2
12:30 PM Lunch Break
02:00 PM Session 3 (Award Finalists)
03:00 PM Keynote: Daniela Rus
04:00 PM Poster Session 1 and Coffee Break
05:15 PM Session 4
07:00 PM Banquet at Time Out Market


Tuesday, December 5th

08:00 AM Breakfast
08:30 AM Keynote: Laura Major
09:30 AM Session 5
10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Session 6
12:00 PM Lunch Break
01:30 PM Session 7
02:30 PM Spotlight: Chuchu Fan
03:15 PM Poster Session 2 and Coffee Break
04:30 PM Closing and Awards


Papers by Session

Session 1 (Day 1, 9:00 AM)

Session Chair: Alberto Quattrini Li

  • Decentralized Federated Learning using Gaussian Processes by George Kontoudis, Daniel Stilwell
  • Selective Negotiations for Scaling Stochastic Dynamic Games by Kamran Vakil, Alyssa Pierson
  • Diffusion Based Multi-Agent Adversarial Tracking by Sean Ye, Manisha Natarajan, Zixuan Wu, Matthew Gombolay
  • From Distributed Coverage to Multi-agent Target Tracking by Shashwata Mandal, Sourabh Bhattacharya

Session 2 (Day 1, 11:15 AM)

Session Chair: Carlo Pinciroli

  • Adversarial Search and Tracking with Multiagent Reinforcement Learning in Sparsely Observable Environment by Zixuan Wu, Sean Ye, Manisha Natarajan, Letian Chen, Rohan Paleja, Matthew Gombolay
  • Influence of Team Interactions on Multi-Robot Cooperation: A Relational Network Perspective by Yasin Findik, Hamid Osooli, Paul Robinette, Kshitij Jerath, S. Reza Ahmadzadeh
  • Virtual Omnidirectional Perception for Downwash Prediction within a Team of Nano Multirotors Flying in Close Proximity by Akmaral Moldagalieva, Wolfgang Hoenig
  • Intent-based Deep Reinforcement Learning for Multi-agent Informative Path Planning by Tianze Yang, Yuhong Cao, Guillaume Adrien Sartoretti
  • Distributed Shape Recognition Algorithm for Lattice-Based Modular Robots by Jad Bassil, Jean-Paul Abs Yaacoub, Benoit Piranda, Abdallah Makhoul, Julien Bourgeois

Session 3 (Day 1, 2:00 PM)

Session Chair: Graeme Best

  • Solving Multi-Agent Target Assignment and Path Finding with a Single Constraint Tree by Yimin Tang, Zhongqiang Ren, Jiaoyang Li, Katia Sycara
  • Interaction-Aware Sampling-Based MPC with Learned Local Goal Predictions by Walter Jansma, Elia Trevisan, Álvaro Serra-Gómez, Javier Alonso-Mora
  • MARBLER: An Open Platform for Standardized Evaluation of Multi-Robot Reinforcement Learning Algorithms by Reza Torbati, Shubham Lohiya, Shivika Singh, Meher Shashwat Nigam, Harish Ravichandar
  • Online Control Barrier Functions for Decentralized Multi-Agent Navigation by Zhan Gao, Guang Yang, Amanda Prorok

Session 4 (Day 1, 5:15 PM)

Session Chair: Giovanni Beltrame

  • Kidnapping Deep Learning-based Multirotors using Optimized Flying Adversarial Patches by Pia Hanfeld, Khaled Wahba, Marina M.-C. Höhne, Michael Bussmann, Wolfgang Hoenig
  • Entropy Maximization in High Dimensional Multiagent State Spaces by Ayhan Alp Aydeniz, Enrico Marchesini, Robert Loftin, Kagan Tumer
  • Optimizing Fuel-Constrained UAV-UGV Routes for Large Scale Coverage: Bilevel Planning in Heterogeneous Multi-Agent Systems by Mohammad Safwan Mondal, Subramanian Ramasamy, Pranav Bhounsule
  • Ant Colony Optimization for Heterogeneous Coalition Formation and Scheduling with Multi-Skilled Robots by William Babincsak, Ashay Shashikant Aswale, Carlo Pinciroli
  • Distributed Fair Assignment and Rebalancing for Mobility-on-Demand Systems via an Auction-based Method by Kaier Liang, Cristian Ioan Vasile

Session 5 (Day 2, 9:30 AM)

Session Chair: Ramviyas Parasuraman

  • Multi-Robot Heterogeneous Adversarial Coverage by Yair Korngut, Noa Agmon
  • Defensive Configuration for Multi-Agent Perimeter Monitoring by Brian Reily, Aaron Kraft, Mario Alberto Lopez, Christopher M. Reardon
  • Learning to Identify Graphs from Node Trajectories in Multi-Robot Networks by Eduardo Sebastián, Thai Duong, Nikolay Atanasov, Eduardo Montijano, Carlos Sagues
  • Multi-Robot Local Motion Planning Using Dynamic Optimization Fabrics by Saray Bakker, Luzia Knoedler, Max Spahn, Wendelin Boehmer, Javier Alonso-Mora

Session 6 (Day 2, 11:00 AM)

Session Chair: Jiaoyang Li

  • Designing Heterogeneous Robot Fleets for Task Allocation and Sequencing by Nils Wilde, Javier Alonso-Mora
  • Exploring Behavior Discovery Methods for Heterogeneous Swarms of Limited-Capability Robots by Connor Mattson, Jeremy Clark, Daniel Brown
  • Task Elimination: Faster Coalition Formation for Overtasked Collectives by Grace Diehl, Julie Adams
  • SwarmJS: Swarm Robotics Simulation on the Web by Mohammed Abdullhak, Arash Sadeghi Amjadi, Andrew Vardy

Session 7 (Day 2, 1:30 PM)

Session Chair: Benoît Piranda

  • Multi-Robot Active Sensing for Bearing Formations by Nicola De Carli, Paolo Salaris, Paolo Robuffo Giordano
  • Multi-Robot Adaptive Sampling based on Mixture of Experts Approach to Modeling Non-Stationary Spatial Fields by Kizito Masaba, Alberto Quattrini Li
  • Congestion and Scalability in Robot Swarms: a Study on Collective Decision Making by Karthik Soma, Vivek shankar Varadharajan, Heiko Hamann, Giovanni Beltrame
  • Where Am I Now? Dynamically Finding Optimal Sensor States to Minimize Localization Uncertainty for a Perception-Denied Rover by Troi Williams, Po-Lun Chen, Sparsh Bhogavilli, Vaibhav Sanjay, Pratap Tokekar


Posters by Session

Poster Session 1 (Day 1, 4:00 PM)

  • Defense Against Smart Invaders with Teams of Searching Agents by Roee Mordechai Francos, Alfred M. Bruckstein
  • Preliminary Study on Communication-Only Swarm SLAM by Adam Hoburg, Chengzhi Yuan, Paolo Stegagno
  • db-CBS: Discontinuity-Bounded Conflict-Based Search for Multi-Robot Kinodynamic Motion Planning by Akmaral Moldagalieva, Joaquim Ortiz-Haro, Marc Toussaint, Wolfgang Hoenig
  • HGIC: A Hand Gesture Based Interactive Control System for Efficient and Scalable Multi-UAV Operations by Jinzhou Li, Mengsha Hu, Lei Xu, Yibei Guo, Rui Liu
  • Energy-Optimal Multi-Agent Navigation as a Strategic-Form Game by Logan Beaver
  • Distributed Coverage Control for Time-Varying Spatial Processes Estimation with Noisy Observations by Mattia Mantovani, Federico Pratissoli, Lorenzo Sabattini
  • Multi-Robot Patrol Algorithm with Distributed Coordination and Consciousness of the Base Station’s Situation Awareness by Kazuho Kobayashi, Seiya Ueno, Takehiro Higuchi
  • Conflict-Based Model Predictive Control for Scalable Multi-Robot Motion Planning by Amirardalan Tajbakhsh, Lorenz Biegler, Aaron M. Johnson
  • Multi-Agent Team Access Monitoring: Environments that Benefit from Target Information Sharing by Andrew Dudash, Scott James
  • Energy-Aware Coverage Planning for Heterogeneous Multi-Robot System by Aiman Munir, Ayan Dutta, Ramviyas Parasuraman
  • Collective Anomaly Perception During Multi-Robot Patrol: Constrained Interactions Can Promote Accurate Consensus by Zachary Ralph Madin, Jonathan Lawry, Edmund Robert Hunt

Poster Session 2 (Day 2, 3:15 PM)

  • Reactive Multi-Robot Navigation in Outdoor Environment Through Uncertainty-Aware Active Learning of Human Preference Landscape by Chao Huang, Mengsha Hu, Runxiang Jin, Yibei Guo, Rui Liu
  • Defining and Measuring Trust in Dynamic, Multi-Agent Teams by Edmund Robert Hunt, Chris Baber, Mehdi Sobhani, Sanja Milivojevic, Sagir Yusuf, Mirco Musolesi, Patrick Waterson, Sally Maynard
  • A Sparse Swarm Strategy for Communication-Constrained Exploration: Intermittent Pairwise Rendezvous Versus Centralized Base by Gjosse Zijlstra, Edmund Robert Hunt
  • Second Smallest Eigenvalue and Empirical Hardness of Grid-based Multi-Agent Pathfinding Problem by Jingyao Ren, Eric Ewing, T. K. Satish Kumar, Sven Koenig, Nora Ayanian
  • Enhancing Information Gain and Survival Rates with Path-Based Sensors through Backtracking by Alexander Mendelsohn, Donald Sofge, Michael W. Otte
  • Multi-Defender Single-Attacker Perimeter Defense Game on a Cylinder: Special Case in which the Attacker Starts at the Boundary by Michael W. Otte, Roderich Gross
  • Decentralised Coordination in Contentious Regions through Communicating Intent as Behaviour Trees by Rhett Hull, Diluka Prasanjith Moratuwage, Emily Scheide, Robert Fitch, Graeme Best
  • Ecologically-Inspired Decentralized Multi-Agent System with Deadlock Avoidance by Yanze Zhang, Yiwei Lyu, Siwon Jo, Yupeng Yang, Wenhao Luo
  • Rapid Large-scale Multi-Robot Path Replanning using Geometric Partitioning by Lishuo Pan, Kevin Hsu, Nora Ayanian
  • Multiagent Perception Shaping via Supervisor Agents by Nicholas Zerbel, Everardo Gonzalez, Kagan Tumer
  • When to Localize?: A POMDP Approach by Troi Williams, Pratap Tokekar
  • Decentralized Motion Coordination for Minimally Disruptive Multi-Robot Line-of-Sight Connectivity Maintenance under Uncertainty by Yupeng Yang, Yiwei Lyu, Sha Yi, Yanze Zhang, Wenhao Luo