Resilient Robot Teams:
Composing, Acting, and Learning

ICRA 2019

Date: Friday May 24, 13:30-17:30, Location: 518b

The timeliness of this workshop is granted by our aspirations to solve increasingly hard problems in complex, contested, and adversarial environments. We wish to see teams of heterogeneous agents (robots and humans) operating in such unstructured environments through behaviors that are not brittle and preprogrammed, but rather adaptive, learned on-line, and resilient. The aim of this workshop is to discuss three key approaches to achieving resilient distributed intelligence and resilient behavior, in robot-robot as well as human-robot teams: composing, acting, and learning.

Juxtaposition of Three Approaches

  • Abstractions and Compositionality: Heterogeneous team composition is powerful because it allows for true collaboration in changing and unpredictable environments. For example, if an ongoing task suddenly requires new capabilities, multiple heterogeneous robots can complement each other and their human teammates by performing complementary task components, or by taking advantage of differing computational and cognitive capabilities. In order to unlock this potential, we have yet to understand how to model diversity and control heterogeneous teams.
  • Action and Perception: Resilient robots are capable of recognizing and rejecting unexpected, outlying, or even adversarial inputs. But as the number of robots grows, state-of-the-art strategies often become increasingly inappropriate in terms of response-time of the team, and their ability to quickly affect the team's behavior. Many tasks demand real-time response in quickly changing, adverse environments. Yet, current monolithic inference and planning architectures only work if all the data can be aggregated ahead of time. Online adaptation requires exploiting components of prior knowledge in new ways.
  • Learning for Resilience: Successful performance in challenging environments must leverage data in a myriad of ways, to estimate environment geometry, topology, and semantics, to predict the behavior of teammates and other non-cooperative (and possible adversarial) entities in the world, and to infer good action strategies. Machine learning, ranging from simple system identification to techniques that use large tensor representations (e.g., deep neural network function approximation), has emerged as a key tool to automatically extract sensing models and complex perception features that provide semantic meaning suitable for high-level autonomy and learning complex control policies.


Call for Posters

Abstract submission deadline: 5th April 2019.
If you would like to present recent and ongoing work related to the topics of this workshop, please submit a short abstract (max. 4 pages) over email, outlining your research by 5th April, 2019. We are planning to have a short spotlight session, as well as a dedicated poster session for all accepted submissions during the workshop, providing a unique opportunity to discuss your work in this area with colleagues.

Contact (for questions and abstract submissions):
Amanda Prorok:

Topics of Interest

  • Composition, control and coordination strategies for heterogeneous robot teams
  • Transient response and resilient behaviors
  • Machine learning and adaptation
  • Analysis of resilience in robot teams
  • Perception and sensor fusion in heterogeneous robot teams
  • Specialization, task allocation and role assignment


Amanda Prorok
University of Cambridge
Brian M. Sadler
Army Research Laboratory
Gaurav Sukhatme
University of Southern California
Vijay Kumar
University of Pennsylvania