DISC Summer School 2020: Planning, Learning and Control for Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems (cancelled)

The topic of the DISC Summer School 2020 is ""Planning, Learning and Control for Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems”. The Summer School will take place from June 30-July 3, 2020 at Centerparcs Zandvoort, Zandvoort, The Netherlands.


Javier Alonso Mora and Ming Cao have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the DISC Summer School “Planning, Learning and Control for Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems”, which is scheduled to take place from June 30-July 3, 2020, at Centerparcs Zandvoort, Zandvoort, The Netherlands. The invitation is aimed at PhD and research students, staff members, researchers and engineers engaged in the systems and control area. Distinguished speakers will present a series of tutorial lectures.

Since 1990, DISC has successfully organized yearly summer schools on various topics pertinent to theoretical and practical aspects of systems and control, with an international audience of about 40-60 participants. Together with the graduate course program that is maintained by DISC, the summer schools form part of the educational facilities that DISC offers to PhD students in systems theory and control engineering. The main goal of the summer schools is to familiarize young researchers with recent developments in systems and control as well as in neighboring disciplines, and to provide them with the opportunity to enjoy, in an informal atmosphere, discussions with top researchers in systems and control. The summer schools also provide an opportunity for DISC staff members and others to upgrade their knowledge of specific areas of interest.

Multi-robot and Multi-agent Systems
In the (near) future fleets of autonomous cars will coordinate to provide on-demand transportation while making our roads safer; mobile robots will coordinate in manufacturing and logistic processes; and teams of aerial robots will provide automated inspection and surveillance. These applications require novel methods and theoretical developments in the systems and control field that account for the interaction and coordination with other agents in complex environments.

In this summer school, we will present recent developments towards the endeavour of pervasive multi-robot and multi-agent systems. The lectures and tutorials will cover the concepts of communication-based coordination (consensus, distributed optimization and formation control), interaction (decision-making in multi-agent systems), motion planning and learning. The lectures contain both recent control theoretical development, as well as, application within the robotics field. Additional, we are hoping that this summer school will serve to partially bridge the gap between controls and AI research for multi-robot and multi-agent systems.

The main program will consist of a number of international and national speakers. Lectures will be given by:

  • Dimos Dimarogonas, KTH, Sweden
  • Jenjen Chung, ETH Zurich, CH
  • Dan Halperin, Tel Aviv University, IL
  • Lorenzo Sabattini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, IT
  • Frans Oliehoek, TU Delft, NL

Complemented by talks given by DISC lecturers:

  • Javier Alonso-Mora, TU Delft, NL
  • Bart Besselink, University of Groningen, NL
  • Antonio Franchi, Twente U., NL
  • Sergio Grammatico, TU Delft, NL
  • Nathan van de Wouw, TU Eindhoven, NL

The program will be available as soon as possible

PhD students can obtain 1,5 credit for the DISC Summer School

The registration fees are:
825,- Euro for DISC-students and DISC-members (early bird-closes May 10, 2020)
1025,- Euro for non-DISC members (early bird-closes May 10, 2020)

After May 10, 2020 the registration fees are:
975,- Euro for DISC-students and DISC-members
1200,- Euro for non-DISC members

Please register on the DISC Course platform: http://disc-courseplatform.nl

The registration fee includes:
• Overnight stay on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
• All meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) are included, from lunch on Tuesday until lunch on Friday. There will also be two coffee breaks each day.
• Admission to all sessions
• Summer School course materials
• Internet access on the premises

The school is limited to 50 participants based on a first-come first-serve policy. The registration deadline is June 9, 2020 (Early bird deadline May 10, 2020).

You will be staying in a holiday cottage which you will share with two or three other participants. Everyone has their own bedroom. You can let us know if you would like to share with someone in particular, otherwise we will assign the cottages. For more information about Centerparcs Zandvoort, see: https://www.centerparcs.nl/nl-nl/nederland/fp_ZV_vakantiepark-park-zandvoort

Cancellation and refund policy
Cancellations are to be made by email to m.w.otte@tudelft.nl. Cancellations received before May 10, 2020 will be reimbursed in full. If you cancel between May 10 and June 1, 2020 you will be required to pay half of the registration fee. For cancellations received after June 1, 2020 no refunds can be made. Substitutions can always be made at no additional charge if the accommodation is still available.

More information
For further information regarding the conference location, registrations or other organizational matters contact the DISC administrative office: Martha Otte (m.w.otte@tudelft.nl)