Call for Papers

The 2019 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference will bring together researchers working on all aspects of robotics including scientific foundations, applications, and analysis of robotic systems. We seek your best work in all areas of robotics and solicit papers that cover both the “Science” and the “Systems” of robotics.

The conference will be single-track, and the final program will be the result of a thorough review process to give attendees an opportunity to see the most exciting research in all areas of robotics. Submissions will be evaluated in terms of their novelty, technical quality, significance, potential impact, and clarity.

The program will include invited talks as well as oral and poster presentations of accepted papers. The three-day main session will be preceded by two days of workshops and tutorials. Every effort is being made to keep the conference affordable, particularly for student attendees.

An important innovation of RSS’19 is that IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters will offer a RAL/RSS submission option. The scheme, as usual with IEEE RA-L, will allow authors to submit their papers to the IEEE RA-L portal indicating their interest in being also evaluated for presentation at RSS’19. We will thus have two streams of papers to RSS’19: one through direct submission to RSS (RSS-Direct) and one through RAL submission (RAL/RSS).

All RSS’19 will be evaluated and eventually decided by RSS Area Chairs in double-blind mode. When you submit your manuscript, to either RSS-Direct or RAL/RSS, it should not list the authors’ names in the title page, and reasonable anonymity should be maintained in the paper. Authors are asked to take particular care when referencing their own work - careless use of self-citations can easily violate the requirements for double blind reviewing and this will result in papers being rejected.

The RAL/RSS option will complement, and not replace, the tradition of RSS special issues in other journals. Selected papers from the RSS Direct stream will be invited for submission to special issues of other prestigious Robotics journals, as usual.

Important Dates

  • Full Paper Submission Deadline (RA-L/RSS): January 20, 2019 (23.59 PT)
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline (RSS only): February 1, 2019 (23.59 PT)
  • Workshop Proposal Submission Deadline: March 1, 2018
  • Acceptance Notification: May 1, 2019
  • Conference Dates: June 22-26, 2019 (Main Conference: June 24-26, Workshops: June 22-23), Freiburg, Europe


RSS is actively seeking papers in areas that have not been traditionally represented at the conference and will stay true to its name covering both the “Science” and the “Systems” of robotics. Papers containing original and unpublished work are solicited in all areas of robotics, including (but not limited to) the following themes:

  • Robot AI and Learning (SPECIAL INTEREST TOPIC)
  • Soft and Bio-Inspired Robotics (SPECIAL INTEREST TOPIC)

  • Applications
  • Cognitive Robotics
  • Field Robotics
  • Human-Centered Robotics and Automation
  • Humanoids and Animaloids
  • Localization and Mapping
  • Manipulation and Grasping
  • Manufacturing, Process, and Service Automation
  • Mechanisms, Design, and Control
  • Medical and Rehabilitation
  • Micro, Nano, and Biomimetic Systems
  • Multiple and Distributed Systems
  • Planning and Simulation
  • Theoretical Foundations
  • Vision and Sensor-Based Control
  • Visual Perception and Learning

Author Information

Submissions will be evaluated in terms of their technical quality, novelty, significance, potential impact, and clarity. All papers accepted for presentation at the main conference will be published in the online proceedings. Please visit the author instructions page for further details.