The 15th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems 2021

The 4th International Symposium on Swarm Behavior and Bio-Inspired Robotics 2021

June 1–4, 2021

Kyoto, Japan



DARS-SWARM2021 finished successfully. Thank you.

See you at DARS2022 in Montbéliard, France and SWARM2022 in Beppu, Japan.

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  • Feb. 14, 2021: The registration site is temporarily closed. New registration fees will be announced soon.

  • Jan. 13, 2021: Organized session page (Prof. Philamore and Prof. Ikegami) updated.

  • Jan. 5, 2021: Invited speaker page (Prof. Gravdahl) updated.

  • Dec. 10, 2020: Keynote speaker page (Prof. Tsuji) updated.

  • Dec. 10, 2020: Organized session page (Prof. Tamura, Prof. Ohkura, and Prof. Sakurama) updated.

  • Dec. 1, 2020: Organized session page (Prof. Ariizumi and Prof Gravdahl) updated.

  • Nov. 29, 2020: Paper submission due extended to Dec. 10, 2020.

  • Nov. 29, 2020: Notification of acceptance extended to Feb. 15, 2021.

  • Nov. 20, 2020: Organized session page (Prof. Asano, Prof. Manoonpong, Prof. Aoi, Prof. Ambe, and Prof. Kamimura) updated.

  • Nov. 11, 2020: Registration page is available.

  • Oct. 29, 2020: Paper submission due extended to Nov. 30, 2020.

IMPORTANT Information

DARS-SWARM2021 will be held as a virtual conference.


  • Nov. 1, 2020 Nov. 30, 2020 Dec. 10, 2020 JST (UTC +09:00) Submission of full/short papers (NO additional extensions)

  • Feb. 15, 2021 JST (UTC +09:00) Submission of OS papers

  • Feb. 1, 2021 Feb. 15, 2021 Notification of acceptance (Extended)

  • March 15, 2021 JST Camera-ready submission and Fee payment deadline

  • March 15, 2021 JST Submission of abstracts

  • April 1, 2021 JST Early registration deadline

  • May 24, 2021 JST Late registration deadline

  • June 1-4, 2021 Symposium


  • Proceedings of DARS2021 will be published as Distributed Autonomous Robotics Systems in the book series Springer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics.

  • Selected papers from accepted papers to SWARM2021 will be invited to submit to a special issue on Artificial Life and Robotics (Springer).


Living things achieved perfection through natural selection. A swarm could do many things, which its individuals could not. Swarms do not just adapt to their environment but can construct suitable habitats for their own advantages. A constructive understanding of the intelligence of living things is productive in biology and engineering. The aim of this joint symposium DARS-SWARM2021 is the construction of a bridge between biologists and engineers who are interested in the intelligence of living things and the creation of a new academic field by integrating biology and engineering. This joint symposium will focus on the biological and engineering approaches for understanding swarm behavior, biologically-inspired robotics and distributed autonomous robotic systems. All aspects of swarm behavior and bio-inspired robotics are welcome, including - but not limited to - the following topics:


  • Social insect

  • Evolution cooperation

  • Ethology

  • Social physiology

  • Adaptation

  • Self-organization

  • Sociometry

  • Phase polyphenism

  • Quorum sensing

  • Biomechanics


  • Swarm intelligence

  • Swarm robotics

  • Biomimetics

  • Bio-inspired robotics

  • Multi-agent system

  • Walking robots

  • Modular robotics

  • Decentralized control

  • Distributed system