Call for Workshops


The Organizing Committee for the 2013 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference (RSS 2013) requests proposals for workshops and tutorials to be held as part of the conference at the Technische Universit├Ąt Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

Workshop and tutorial sessions will take place during the last two days of the conference, June 27 and June 28. They may consist of as little as a half-day or may span both days. Conference attendees will have the option of workshop/tutorial-only registration.

RSS brings together researchers working on algorithmic or mathematical foundations of robotics, robotics applications, and the analysis of robotic systems. The workshops and tutorials have consistently provided high-quality, topically-focused forums for researchers at the forefront of robotics. We wish this to continue.



Prospective workshop and tutorial organizers should email a brief, single-paragraph description of the proposed topic and a list of organizers by December 14, 2012 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A template for the final proposal which has to be submitted by February 8, 2013 will then be sent to you. 

The template can also be downloaded from here.

This template provides the expected constraints on workshops and tutorials (including starting and ending times, coffee-breaks, capacity of available rooms) and will request information for the full proposal. As will be indicated in the template, the full proposal submission should include a title, an abstract appropriate for promotion of the event on the RSS website, a description of the proposed content, a tentative schedule and list of speakers, a plan for soliciting participation, a URL for the workshop or tutorial, and expected requirements for space and equipment, among others. We expect full proposals to be approximately 2-3 pages in length.

Full proposals for review will be due February 8, 2013. Full proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage early submissions. All decisions will be made by March 15, 2013. We recommend that workshops and tutorials be designed to promote discussion among the participants. Priority will be given to proposals that effectively address this issue.


Important Dates

December 14, 2012:   Initial Submission
February 8, 2013:       Final Submission
March 15, 2013:         Acceptance Notification
June 27-28, 2013:      RSS Workshops


Previous Workshops and Tutorials

Examples of previous workshops and tutorials with websites and on-line schedules can be found through the following links:


Workshop Program Committee

Andrew Davison (Imperial College London)
Aude Billard (EPFL)
Auke Ijspeert (EPFL)
Byron Boots (University of Washington)
Cynthia Matuszek (University of Washington)
Jan Peters (TU Darmstadt)
Manuel Lopes (INRIA Bordeaux)
Marc Toussaint (University of Stuttgart)
Michael Mistry (University of Birmingham)
Pieter Abbeel (UC Berkeley)
Richard Dearden (University of Birmingham)
Roderic Grupen (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Russ Tedrake (MIT)
Stefan Schaal (Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems)
Tamim Asfour (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Wolfram Burgard (University of Freiburg)


Submissions and Inquiries

Workshop Chair: Marc Deisenroth, Technische Universit├Ąt Darmstadt, Germany