Swarm robotics is a new approach to the coordination of multirobot systems which consist of large numbers of mostly simple physical robots. It is supposed that a desired collective behavior emerges from the interactions between the robots and interactions of robots with the environment. This approach emerged on the field of artificial swarm intelligence, as well as the biological studies of insects, ants and other fields in nature, where swarm behavior occurs (check for more).

Possible laboratories around the world that follow this line of research include (Europe) Marco Dorigo’s Swarm-Bots Project in Brussels plus Swarm-Intelligent Systems Group, EPFL, in Lausanne, and CORO over Caltech, USA, among many others.