CfP, SAC 2025 track on Intelligent Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems (IRMAS)

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Rui Paulo Rocha, ISR - University of Coimbra

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                  First Call for Papers for the
         Intelligent Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems (IRMAS)
Technical track on SAC 2025 - 40th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing

                     Mar. 31 - Apr. 4, 2025
                          Sicily, Italy

* Accepted papers will be included in the ACM SAC 2025 proceedings and published in the ACM digital library, being indexed by Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge and Scopus. Top-quality papers may be invited after the conference for submission, in extended form, to a special issue of an ISI indexed journal *.

:: Important Dates

   Paper submission:      Sep. 20, 2024
   Acceptance notification:  Oct. 30, 2024
   Final paper submission:   Nov. 29, 2024
   Conference:      Mar. 31 - Apr. 4, 2025

:: Objectives and Scope

The ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists, computer engineers, software engineers, and application developers from around the world. SAC 2025 ( is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP), and will be held in Sicily, Italy. The technical track on Intelligent Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems (IRMAS) will be organized for the eleventh time in SAC 2025, exploiting the inherent synergy between Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems (MAS), thus aiming to bring together these highly related and exciting research fields.
Robotics is a multidisciplinary research area that presents an enormous potential. It concerns about developing intelligent robotic systems that are capable of making decisions and acting autonomously in real and unpredictable environments to accomplish tasks and assist humans in relevant application domains for society. Several complex problems require the use of teams of robots that share some of the same challenges studied in MAS.
MAS are groups of intelligent agents that can perceive and act in a given environment to achieve their individual and collective goals. MAS enable solving problems that are beyond the individual capabilities and knowledge of single agents, not suffering from resource limitations, performance bottlenecks, or critical failures usually found in centralized problem solvers. Multi-robot systems are often used to evaluate and validate MAS with physical robot platforms.
For many years, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers have worked separately in these fields, both fields have matured enormously, and there has been a growing interest in getting the two fields together. Many in Robotics believe that the current focus should be adding capabilities to robots that lie at the core of AI research. Reciprocally, AI researchers aim at embedding their techniques in physical robots that can perceive, reason and act in real, dynamic physical environments. Despite this mutual interest, although there are many conferences focusing either on Robotics or AI separately, there is a lack of scientific venues where both communities can meet.
The purpose of the IRMAS track is therefore to provide a venue to exploit synergies between Robotics and AI, more precisely between Intelligent Robotics and MAS, bringing together researchers from both fields to share experiences, expose issues, and discuss about these exciting fields. Papers that make fundamental contributions in either of these two areas are welcome, and research that spans both areas is especially encouraged.

:: Topics

- Autonomous robots
- Multi-agent systems (MAS)
- Multi-robot systems and cooperative robots
- Distributed coordination and optimization
- Swarm robotics and bio-inspired intelligence
- Robot localization, mapping and navigation
- Deployment, coverage and patrolling
- Informative planning and adaptive sampling
- Sensor fusion and multimodal perception
- Cooperative and distributed perception
- Self-adaptation, deep learning and reinforcement learning
- Collaborative robots
- Real-world applications of MAS
- Human-robot interaction
- Human multi-robot interaction
- Human-swarm interaction
- Field robotics
- MAS in mobile ad-hoc sensor networks
- Social and service robotics
- Microrobotics and nanorobotics
- Entertainment and educational robots
- Simulation and programming tools for MAS

:: Submission Procedure

To submit a paper, please follow the URL:

Original papers addressing any of the listed topics of interest (or related topics) will be considered. Each submitted paper will be fully refereed and undergo a double-blind review process by at least three referees.
* Accepted papers will be included in the ACM SAC 2025 proceedings and published in the ACM digital library, being indexed by Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge and Scopus. Top-quality papers may be invited after the conference for submission, in extended form, to a special issue of an ISI indexed journal *.
Paper size is limited to 8 pages. A maximum of 2 additional pages may be included for an additional fee. The review process will be double-blind. This means that authors' names and affiliations must not appear in the paper, self-citations should be in the third person, and authors must avoid disclosing their identity by any means. Submitted papers must be formatted using the ACM SIG format (
Paper registration is required allowing the inclusion of the paper in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy attending SAC must present * in person * the paper. This is a mandatory requirement for the paper to be included in the ACM digital library. No-show of scheduled papers will result in excluding them from the ACM digital library.
Graduate students are invited to submit research abstracts (maximum 4 pages) to the Student Research Competition (SRC), following the instructions published at SAC 2025 website ( Authors of selected abstracts will have the opportunity to give poster presentations of their work and compete for three top-winning places. The winners will receive cash awards and SIGAPP recognition certificates during the conference banquet. Authors of selected abstracts are eligible to apply to the SIGAPP Student Travel Award program for support.

:: Track Chair

 Rui P. Rocha     (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

For further information on SAC 2025 IRMAS track, please contact the track chair:
rprocha [at]
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