Call for Papers


The 2020 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference will bring together researchers working on all aspects of robotics including scientific foundations of robotics, robotics 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 refereed papers. The three-day main session will be preceded by two days of workshops and tutorials. Workshop-only registration will also be available. Every effort is being made to keep conference expenses affordable, particularly for student attendees.

Important Dates

  • Full Paper Submission: January 31, 2020
  • Paper Notification: April 16, 2020 May 1st, 2020
  • Conference Dates: July 12 - 16, 2020
  • Submissions will either be accepted or rejected. This year, RSS will not have a rebuttal phase, nor conditional acceptances.

Author Information

Submissions may be up to 8 pages in length, excluding references. Reviewing for RSS 2020 is double-blind, so authors should not be listed on the title page, and reasonable anonymity should be maintained in the paper. Submissions that are identical (or substantially similar) to versions that have been previously published, or accepted for publication, or that have been submitted in parallel to other conferences are not appropriate for RSS and violate our dual submission policy; exceptions to this rule are detailed on the author information page on the RSS 2020 website.

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. Selected papers will be invited for submission to a special issue of the International Journal of Robotics Research and a special issue of Autonomous Robots.

Please visit the author information page for extensive instructions.

Subject Areas

We invite submissions in all areas of robotics, including the following. During submission, please mark 1 primary and up to 2 secondary subject areas to help us assigning the paper to reviewers.

  • Mechanisms and Design: Mechatronics, Humanoids, Hands, Novel Materials, Legged Systems, Snake Robots, Novel Actuators, Reconfigurable Robots, MEMS/NEMS, Micro/Nanobots, Novel Sensors, Haptics, Tactile Interfaces, Soft Robots, Wearable Robots, Design Optimization of Robotic Systems, Minimality in design
  • Learning: Machine Learning and Control, Deep Learning, Safe Learning, Model-Constrained Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Inverse RL, Model-Based & Model-Free RL, Imitation Learning, Learning from Demonstration, Sim2Real and Real2Sim Learning
  • Control and Dynamics: Control Theory, Nonlinear Control, Learning-based Control, System Identification, Adaptive Control, Optimization for Control
  • Planning: Motion Planning, Manipulation Planning, Task Planning, Logical Reasoning, Optimization-based Planning, Learning for Planning, Planning to Learn, Complexity and Completeness, Computational Geometry, Planning under Uncertainty
  • Manipulation: Manipulation Planning, Contact Modeling, Sequential Manipulation, Grasp Synthesis, Dexterous Manipulation, Force Control, Visual Servoing, Assembly
  • Field Robotics: Underwater Robotics, Aerial/Space Robotics, Agricultural and Mining Robotics, Building and Construction, Environmental Monitoring, Autonomous Vehicles
  • Human-Robot Interaction and Human Centered Systems: Human Augmentation, Assistive Robots, Rehabilitation Robots, Social Robots, Safe Interaction, Robots and Art, Grounded Language Understanding, Natural Language Generation, Human-Robot Dialogue, Novel Interfaces, Proximate or Remote Human-Robot Teaming, Co-Robots, Intention Detection
  • Robot Perception: Scene Understanding, Segmentation, Object Tracking, Pose Estimation, 3D Modeling, Visual Predictive Modeling, Interactive Perception, Proprioceptive Sensing, Tactile and Haptic Perception, Calibration
  • Formal Methods: Safety, Verification, Validation, Correct-by-construction Systems, Controller Synthesis, Certification
  • Distributed Systems: Multi-Robot Systems, Networked Robots, Robot Soccer, Swarms, Coordination, Task and Resource Allocation
  • Healthcare and Medical Robotics: Rehabilitation Robotics, Mobility Aids, Navigation Aids, Robotic Prostheses, Exoskeletons, Robot-assisted Procedures, Smart Surgical Tools, Clinical Support Robots, Robots for Behavioral and Mental Health, Telehealth Robots, Ambulatory Care Robots
  • Biological Robotics: Biomimetic Robotics, Robotic Investigation of Biological Science and Systems, Neurobotics, Prosthetics, Robotics and Molecular Biology
  • Mobile Robotics: Mapping, Localization, Locomotion, Navigation, SLAM, Collision Avoidance, Exploration

Special Journal Issues

About half of the selected papers will be invited for submission to a special issue of International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR) and a special issue of Autonomous Robots (AuRo).