2nd International HERMES Workshop

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation

2024 May 13, Monday

We are currently accepting papers. You can find all details here.

Multi-Robot Sensing & Perception in Extreme Environments

Over the past decades, deploying robots in extreme environments has become imperative, due to the inherent risks and insurmountable challenges that such environments pose to human safety. From monitoring the terrestrial cryospheric processes to sampling south polar lunar regolith, robots have the capacity to operate in and adapt to these otherwise hardly accessible environments, executing complex tasks without the need for human presence.

Leveraging heterogeneity (either behavioral, physical, or both) within teams of robots can enable efficient data collection, enrich measurements precision, and enhance mission resilience. However, navigating and negotiating the numerous hurdles imposed by these environments—including complexly illuminated landscapes, featureless and unstructured visual fields, uneven topographies, and GPS-denied conditions, among others is no straightforward endeavor. In this 2nd edition of the HERMES (Heterogeneous multi-robot cooperation for exploration & science in extreme environments) workshop we will bring together seasoned scientists and young researchers working toward improving data acquisition, perception & sensing, and spatial & situational awareness in extreme environments through heterogeneous multi-robot cooperation.



Pacifico Yokohama National Convention Hall

1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku

Yokohama 220-0012, Japan



For both onsite and online attendees , please use the official ICRA website for registration.

Invited Speakers

Guianluca Antonelli
Gianluca Antonelli
Robotics Research Group
ISME University of Cassino and Lazio Meridionale
Luca Carlone
Luca Carlone
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Takashi Kubota
Takashi Kubota
Institute of Space and Astronautical Science
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Michael Milford
Michael Milford
QUT Centre for Robotics
Queensland University of Technology
Oussama Khatib
Oussama Khatib
Stanford Robotics Lab
Stanford University
Riccardo Giubilato
Riccardo Giubilato
Institute of Robotics & Mechatronics
German Aerospace Center
Stefan Williams
Stefan B. Williams
Australian Centre for Field Robotics
University of Sydney
Vandi Verma
Vandi Verma
Mobility & Robotics Section
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

And more coming soon...


*All times are in JST (Japan Standard Time, UTC+9)
08:30 - Welcome & registration
09:00 - Workshop kick-off and overview
By workshop organizers
Session 1: Multi-robot sensing & perception in extreme terrestrial environments
Chaired by Shreya Santra (Tohoku University)
09:05 - Adventures and insights in perception and localization in extreme environments
By Michael Milford (QUT)
09:40 - Distributed multi-robot mapping in the real world: lessons learned and future opportunities
By Luca Carlone (MIT)
Coffee break and poster session
10:45 - TBD
Contributed papers presentation session
11:20 - Contributed paper flash talk
11:30 - Contributed paper flash talk
Time for lunch! (11:40 - 13:00)
Session 2: Multi-robot sensing & perception in extraterrestrial environments
Chaired by Mallikarjuna (Arjun) Vayugundla (DLR)
13:00 - Distributed SLAM for a team of planetary robots: the ARCHES moon analogue demonstration mission
By Riccardo Giubilato (DLR)
13:35 - TBD
By Vandi Verma (NASA)
14:10 - Lunar or Planetary Exploration by Multi-Robot Systems
By Takashi Kubota (JAXA)
Contributed papers presentation session
14:45 - Contributed paper flash talk
14:55 - Contributed paper flash talk
Coffee break and poster session
Session 3: Multi-robot sensing & perception in marine environments
Chaired by Teresa Vidal-Calleja (UTS)
15:30 - Distributed underwater bearing-only multi-robot acoustic source position-velocity estimation with latency and packet loss
By Gianluca Antonelli (ISME-UNICAS)
16:05 - TBD
By Stefan Williams (USYD)
16:40 - TBD
By Oussama Khatib (Stanford)
Contributed papers presentation session
17:15 - Contributed paper flash talk
17:25 - Contributed paper flash talk
17:35 - Closure
By workshop organizers
ICRA 2024 Welcome Reception


Our goal is to explore and identify new solutions to enhance the spatial and situational awareness of multi-robot teams operating within and across extreme on- and off-Earth environments. Three primary objectives have been identified for this year's edition of the workshop:

Topics Covered

Call for Papers

We are currently accepting papers. Research work that includes field testing results or demonstrations is preferred, although papers describing novel sensing and perception approaches and/or early results can also be submitted. Preference will be given to work conducted by early career researchers. More information can be found here.

Important dates

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