The BBN team is creating a collection of tools and technologies for developing, simulating, and executing tasks with swarms of unmanned systems to enable researchers to create and test their own swarm tactics and supporting technologies.

This website is part of a Swarm Tactics Exchange portal, designed as an online community for swarm tactics developers to share ideas, algorithms, tactics, output, questions, and success stories.

We are conducting regular swarm challenges where we are selecting, integrating, deploying, and evaluating swarm tactics developed from the swarm community.

Interested in participating in the development of swarm tactics and potentially evaluating your work with a live swarm?  Contact us here.  Also, consider submitting a Sprinter proposal.


Developed as part of DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) Program, this project is building a collection of swarm tactics-enabling technologies, including:

  • A game-based simulation environment for assessing swarm tactics without the need for physical swarm platforms.
  • A swarm system architecture that facilitates specification and reasoning about swarm behaviors and coordination at the level of team or groups rather than individual platforms.
  • Tools for swarm tactics development, such as a visual interface for “drag and drop” creation and manipulation of swarm tactics.
  • Support for cross-language tactics development and other control frameworks (e.g., ROS).
  • A Swarm Tactician’s Immersive Interaction Interface, enabling a multi-modal (speech and gesture), virtual reality based mechanism for swarm command and control.
  • A physical swarm testbed consisting of both ground and air platforms for conducting live tactics evaluations.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) is soliciting proposals for OFFSET Swarm Sprinters in order to design swarm tactics and/or other supporting elements.  DARPA anticipates multiple calls for proposals over the next several years.



DARPA OFFSET Program Calls for Fifth Swarm Sprints

Teams Test Swarm Autonomy in Second Major OFFSET Field Experiment

Drone Swarm Simulation to Realization

50-Platform drone swarm simulation of building surveillance

27-Agent Safe Return To Launch

200-Platform Drone Swarm Simulation

Distributed Drone Swarm Area Survey


Teams Test Swarm Autonomy in Second Major OFFSET Field Experiment,
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Raytheon, DARPA developing technology to control drone swarms, DefenseNews

Raytheon developing UV swarm control tech, Shephard Media

Raytheon and others developing networked drone swarms for combat, ZDNet

Raytheon details plans for drone swarm technology, UAS Magazine

Raytheon wins deal to develop software controls for UAV swarms, Flight Global

Darpa Enabling Drone Swarms For Urban Operations, (subscription required) Aviation Week Network

Controlling drone swarms with VR, GCN

DARPA awards first contracts in drone swarms projectC4ISRNET

OFFFSET Envisions Swarm Capabilities for Small Urban Ground Units

OFFSET “Sprinters” Encouraged to Share Innovative Ideas for Swarm Systems

Robotics Tomorrow trade magazine

Oregon State University Press Release

KPTV Fox Portland evening news – Nov 9, 2017

Corvallis Gazette-Times


The Jefferson Exchange, Jefferson Public Radio

KLCC Public Radio

Lars Larson NW Radio show – November 11, 2017

OSU Engineering Outload Podcast and NSF Science360


The BBN team consists of researchers from Raytheon BBN Technologies, Smart Information Flow Technologies and Oregon State University.