Call for Participation

RSS 2020 will be held virtually this year, on July 12-16, 2020. We invite all roboticists to participate in the live events and workshops, and use the chance to interact with robotics scientists around the world.

We will have a central virtual conference platform to host all live events, allow users to flexibly join workshops and paper discussion sessions, interact with each other and sponsors, and manage registration. In addition, all accepted papers and pre-recorded talks will be freely available on and our RSS youtube channel, as will be recordings of the live plenary talks.

Registration fees will be US$ 20 for students, and US$ 50 for non-students and give full access to the virtual conference platform, including the workshop and main conference events.

More detailed information on registration and access to the virtual conference platform will be announced on by end of June.

Live virtual program:

The dissemination and discussion of the newest state-of-the-art research in robotics is the most important role of RSS. We therefore let live discussion sessions of all accepted papers take the central part of the RSS virtual program. All participants will have the opportunity to flexibly joint meeting rooms for each paper and discuss the work with the authors.

Further, RSS awards excellence in robotics research with the Early Career Awards, the Best Paper, Best Student Paper, and Best Systems Paper awards, and – for the first time this year – with the Test of Time Award. The live keynotes and Q&As by the awardees will be the major focus of our plenary sessions this year.

Papers & pre-recorded short talks:

All accepted papers and their pre-recorded talks will be available freely on prior to the conference. The available material includes:

  • papers (once the online proceedings are ready)
  • pre-recorded short talks (once they are available on youtube)
  • links to supplementary software & videos, if available
  • and reviews (optionally)


We have a great set of workshops this year, which will take place on July 12 & 13. Please see here for a full list: workshops We aim to make all workshop sessions directly accessible via the central virtual platform. But please check the individual workshop pages for more detailed information.