Call for Papers

Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2006, 23:59:59 PST
[Note: The deadline for submissions is firm; any request for extending it has, and will be, declined.]

Submissions are solicited for RSS 2006, a conference that will bring together researchers working on algorithmic or mathematical foundations of robotics, robotics applications, and analysis of robotic systems. High quality, original papers are solicited in all areas of robotics. The final program will be the result of a highly selective, double-blind review process designed to include the best work in every category The conference will be single track 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. All papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings by MIT Press and will be made freely available for download on the Internet. The main conference will be followed by one day of workshops. Proactive efforts are underway to keep conference expenses affordable, particularly for student attendees.

Invited Speakers:
Tom Daniel
Biology Department, University of Washington
Hiroshi Ishiguro
Department of Adaptive Machine Systems, University of Osaka
Takeo Kanade
Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Yoshi Nakamura
Department of Mechano-Informatics, University of Tokyo
Jovan Popovic
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Submissions: Papers containing original and unpublished work are solicited in all areas of robotics, including (but not limited to) the following:

Review Criteria: Submissions will be refereed on the basis of technical quality, novelty, significance, and clarity. Each submission will be thoroughly reviewed by at least three program committee members. Reviews will be double-blind. It is also planned to allow authors a limited opportunity to respond to the reviews. Submissions, reviews, and the replies of the authors will then be discussed at an in-person area chair committee meeting. There will be an opportunity after the meeting to revise accepted manuscripts.

Paper Format: Submissions may be up to eight pages in length, including figures and references, using a font no smaller than 10 point. All text and figures must fit within a 9 inch by 6.5 inch rectangle on a page formatted in double-column format. Submissions violating these guidelines will not be considered. A LaTeX template is available at the conference Web site:
Authors should take care not to reveal their identity in their papers since the reviewing is double-blind.

Policy on Multiple Submissions: RSS will not accept any paper which, at the time of submission, is under review for another conference or has already been published or accepted for publication in a journal or another conference. Authors are also expected not to submit their papers elsewhere during the RSS 2006 reviewing period. These restrictions apply only to journals and conferences, not to workshops and similar specialized presentations with a limited audience and without archival proceedings. Authors are required to indicate any such potential conflict in a footnote on the first page of the submission.

Submission Instructions: The conference accepts only electronic submissions in PDF format. The conference web site will accept electronic submissions from Dec 14, 2004, until midnight, February 1, 2006, Pacific time. Submissions will be accepted at:

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the International Federation of Robotics Research are technical co-sponsors of RSS 2006.

Deadline for Paper Submissions: February 1, 2006

Rebuttal phase: March 15-17, 23:59:59 PST
Notification: April 22