RSS 2009

Call for Workshop and Tutorial Proposals

Important Dates:

Submission deadline for the proposed topic: January 7, 2009
Submission deadline for the full proposal: February 10, 2009
Acceptance decisions made: March 15, 2009
Workshops and tutorials take place: June 28 and June 29, 2009


The Organizing Committee for the 2009 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference (RSS 2009) requests proposals for full and half-day workshops and tutorials to be held on Sunday, June 28, 2009 and Monday morning June 29, 2009 at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. This day and a half of workshops and tutorials will precede the main conference, which takes place from the afternoon of Monday June 29, 2009 to Wednesday July 1, 2009. RSS brings together researchers working on algorithmic or mathematical foundations of robotics, robotic applications, and the analysis of robotic systems. The workshops and tutorials have consistently provided high-quality, topically-focused forums for researchers at the forefront of robotics.


We request that workshop and tutorial organizers initially email a brief, single-paragraph description of the proposed topic and a list of organizers by December 15, 2008 to rss09workshops at A template for the final proposal will be mailed to all interested parties.

The simple template will inform the organizers of the expected constraints of full-day and half-day workshops and tutorials (including starting and ending times, coffee-breaks, capacity of available rooms) and will request information for the full proposal to be considered. As it will be indicated in the template, the full proposal submission should include a title, an abstract appropriate for promotion of the event on the RSS website, a description of the proposed content, a tentative schedule, a plan for soliciting participation, and expected requirements for space and equipment, among others. We expect full proposals to be approximately 3 pages in length.

Full proposals for review will be due by January 31, 2009. Full proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage early submissions. All decisions will be made by March 15, 2009. We recommend that workshops and tutorials be designed to promote discussion among the participants. Priority will be given to proposals that effectively address this issue.

Previous Workshops and Tutorials:

Examples of previous workshops and tutorials with websites and on-line schedules can be found through the following links:


Submissions: rss09workshops at
Inquiries: rss09workshops at
Workshop Chair: Lydia E. Kavraki, Rice University (kavraki at