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Call for Workshops

IROS 2018 seeks to provide an extensive program of workshops and tutorials to be held prior to and after the conference. Proposals that address topics related to the conference theme are welcome. We invite proposals for half-day or full-day workshops.


All deadlines are 23:59 PST

Mar 11, 2018

Workshop Proposals submission deadline

Apr 20, 2018

Notification of acceptance

Oct 1 and 5, 2018


Workshops should focus in presenting results and promoting discussion about specific sub-topics or a well-defined active research area of interest for the robotics community.

We are particularly interested in proposals that cover material or use presentation formats that are not found within the main conference. We highly welcome creative new formats that increase the number of participants, that encourage participants to stay for the full duration of the event, that enhance discussion among them, that also increase the level of interaction between established experts and early-career researchers, and that make useful connections to fields outside of robotics.

Workshop proposals should highlight how the workshops will be structured in order to encourage open-ended discussion and active participation of all attendees that is not possible in the regular IROS sessions. They should also highlight how each of the invited speakers contributes to the workshop, including how they will contribute to the development of an engaging workshop throughout the entire event.


When an invited speaker or organizer is on more than one workshop proposal, this must be noted, including which proposal he/she identifies as the most relevant to them. If good proposals on closely related topics are received, acceptance may be conditional on merging similar proposals into one workshop.


The proposers of IROS workshops are encouraged to consider submitting a proposal for a Special Issue in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L). RA-L Special Issues publish peer reviewed manuscripts responding to an open call, and could be proposed by the workshop organizers, who – upon acceptance by the RA-L Editorial Board, and under its supervision – would also act as Guest Editors. More info at

Proposals must be submitted via PaperPlaza and must address these points:

  • Type and Duration

  • Title

  • Organizers

  • Objectives

  • List of speakers

  • Intended audience

  • Expected attendance

  • Why this workshop is not expected to be covered by a regular session in IROS

  • Details of any other workshops/tutorials at IROS in which the proposers are involved

  • Support/Endorsements

  • Special requests (equipment or other issues)


A Microsoft Word Template is available to help you structure the proposal.  Accepted proposals will be asked to provide an abstract and a dedicated website for their event.

For any questions regarding the IROS 2018 workshops, please email


IROS 2018 Workshops Chairs

Minoru Asada - Osaka U

Antonio Bicchi - U Pisa

Gordon Cheng - TUM, Munich

Abderrahmane Kheddar – JRL, Tsukuba

Lianqing Liu - CAS, Beijing

Paul Oh - UNLV, Las Vegas

Miguel Ángel Salichs - U Carlos III Madrid

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