Call for Papers

The 2013 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference will bring together researchers working on algorithmic and mathematical foundations of robotics, robotics applications, and analysis of robotic systems. 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 best research in all areas of robotics.

The program will include invited talks as well as oral and poster presentations of refereed papers. The three-day main session will be followed by two days of workshops and tutorials. Workshop-only registration will also be available. Every effort is being made to keep conference expenses affordable, particuarly for student attendees.

Papers are solicited in all areas of robotics, including: Distributed Systems, Field Robotics, Human Centered Systems, Human Robot Interaction, Estimation and Learning for Robotic Systems, Manipulation, Mechanisms, Medical Robotics, Micro/Nano Robotics, Mobile Systems and Mobility, Planning and Algorithms, and Robot Perception. Submissions will be evaluated in terms of their technical quality, novelty, signi cance, and clarity. 

Important Dates

  • Full Paper Submission: February 1, 2013, 23:59:59 PST
  • Paper Notification: April 26, 2013
  • Conference Dates: June 24 - June 28, 2013
  • While RSS will not have a rebuttal phase, the program chair might contact individual authors in case additional information is needed to make a decision. Such requests will happen between March 25 and April 5.


Papers containing original and unpublished work are solicited in all areas of robotics, including (but not limited to) the following: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 2013 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: