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Call for Papers

Robotics Science and Systems (RSS) brings together researchers working on algorithmic and mathematical foundations of robotics, robotics applications, and analysis of robotic systems. The conference is single-track, and the final program will be the result of a highly selective review process. Attendees have an opportunity to see the best research in all areas of robotics. The program will include invited talks as well as oral presentations of refereed papers. Every accepted paper will be accompanied by an e-poster. Workshops and tutorials will be woven into the fabric of the conference and will run in the morning sessions with regular papers, plenaries and poster sessions running in the afternoons. Every effort is being made to keep conference expenses affordable, particularly for student attendees. All papers presented at the conference will be made freely available for download on the Internet.

Important Dates

  • Full Paper Submission: January 30, 2012, 23:59:59 PST
  • Paper Notification: April 25, 2012
  • Conference Dates: July 9 - July 13, 2012


Papers containing original and unpublished work are solicited in all areas of robotics, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Kinematics, Dynamics, and Control: Dexterous Manipulation, Locomotion, Nonlinear Control, Visual Servoing
  • Planning and Algorithms: Motion Planning, Task Planning, Coordination, Complexity and Completeness, Computational Geometry, Simulation,
  • Manipulation: Contact Modeling, Grasp Synthesis, Assembly, Force Control, Manipulation Planning
  • Human-Robot Interaction and Human Centered Systems: Brain-Machine Interfaces, Haptics, Tactile Interfaces, Telerobotics, Human Augmentation, Assistive Robots, Social Robots, Safe Interaction, Robots and Art
  • Field Robotics: Underwater Robotics, Aerial/Space Robotics, Agricultural and Mining Robotics
  • Distributed Systems: Multi-Robot Systems, Networked Robots, Robot Soccer
  • Medical Robotics: Robot-Assisted Procedures, Smart Surgical Tools, Rehabilitation Robotics, Interventional Therapy, Image-Guided Procedures, Surgical Simulation, Soft-Tissue Modeling, Telesurgery
  • Biological Robotics: Biomimetic Robotics, Robotic Investigation of Biological Science and Systems, Neurobotics, Prosthetics, Robotics and Molecular Biology
  • Mechanisms: Design, Humanoids, Hands, Legged Systems, Snakes, Novel Actuators, Reconfigurable Robots, MEMS/NEMS, Micro/Nanobots
  • Robot Perception: Vision, Tactile and Force Perception, Range Sensing, Inertial and propreoceptive sensing, Sensor Fusion
  • Mobile Systems and Mobility: Mapping, Localization, Navigation, SLAM, Collision Avoidance, Exploration
  • Estimation and Learning for Robotic Systems: Reinforcement Learning, Bayesian Techniques, Graphical Models, Imitation Learning, Programming by Demonstration, Diagnostics

Paper Format

Submissions may be up to eight pages in length, including figures and references. Reviewing for RSS 2012 will be double blind so authors should not be listed on the title page and reasonable anonymity should be maintained in the paper.

Submission Instructions

Submission instructions, including LaTeX and Word templates, are here.


In addition to awards for the Best Paper and Best Student Paper, the following awards will be available to eligible authors:

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