IROS 2020 Call for Tutorials

Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF

(Last Updated March 14, 2020)




In IROS 2020, an extensive program of tutorials will be held prior to and after the conference. The IROS 2020 organizers strongly encourage workshop organizers to consider involving sponsors to support their tutorial proposal and provide support to enhance the tutorial. For example, a sponsor can support a lunch during the tutorial or provide student registration or travel support to help broaden participation. Proposals for half-day or full-day tutorials with topics related to the conference theme are all welcome.


Tutorials should concentrate on instruction that is interesting and appropriate for graduate students and other aspiring roboticists in the community. Tutorial sessions should give participants hands-on learning experiences related to emerging tools, platforms, products, and methodologies. For example, topics might include introduction to TensorFlow, AWS, DJI Robomaster, etc .Tutorials are educational in nature and focus on students, versus workshops which are designed for early-career researchers interested in networking and collaborating research efforts. Proposals with content or presentation formats that are not found within the main conference are preferred. Organizers are also asked to describe the contributions of the invited speakers for enhancing the development of an engaging tutorial.


When an invited speaker or organizer is on more than one tutorial/workshop proposal, this must be noted, including identifying which proposal he/she identifies as the most relevant to them. If good proposals on closely related topics are received, acceptance may be conditional based on merging similar proposals into one workshop/tutorial.


Preparing and Submitting Tutorial Proposals

Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF


Proposals must be submitted via PaperPlaza when the site opens. Tutorial proposals must contain the following information (see Microsoft Word Proposal Template) :


● Title

● Organizers

● Sponsor/support (if applicable) and describe nature of sponsorship (i.e., what will be provided by the sponsor?)

● Type of tutorials (half-day or full-day), including a schedule

● Objectives

●Describe how the proposed material would be best suited as a tutorial rather than a workshop. Tutorials tend to be instructional in nature to gain experience and/or knowledge with tools and topics that enable research

● List of Speakers

● Intended audience

● Expected attendance

● Why this tutorial is not expected to be covered by other IROS activities

● Details of any other tutorials at IROS in which the proposers are involved

● Other endorsements

● Special requests (equipment or other issues)


Note : Upon acceptance, the organizers will be required to provide an abstract and a dedicated website for their workshop.


Important Dates


●  January 10, 2020: A Microsoft Word Template will available for preparation of tutorials. Upon acceptance, the organizers will be required to provide an abstract and a dedicated website for their workshop.

●  March 15, 2020: First Submission Deadline

●  June 30, 2020: Final Submission Opens

●  September 2, 2020: Final Submission Closes

●  October 25 and 29, 2020: Tutorials


For any inquiries concerning IROS 2020 Tutorials, please email to Conference Tutorial Chair Blake Hament at [email protected].


Preview of Tentative Tutorials


Full Day Tutorials: 9:00am - 6:00pm


Title Organizers Description
  Introduction to Deep Learning with AWS DeepRacer   William Harrison (NIST), Sahika Genc (AWS),
Blake Hament (Student Chair)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) present "How I Went from Zero to Almost Hero with Neural Networks" as a primer

  Deep Representation and Estimation of State for Robotics   Fei-Fei Li (Faculty Chair),
Danfei Xu, Kuan Fang, De-An Huang, Jeannette Bohg (Student Chairs)

Erwin Coumans, and Yunfei Bai

Erwin Coumans (Google Brain) and Yunfei Bai (Google X Robotics) will present on sim-to-real, locomotion, PyBullet simulation, and fine-tuning latent representation in the real world. Jeannette Bohg will discuss explicit versus learned state representations, best practices for learning robot policies, and fusing heterogeneous sensor data.

  Introduction to Bio-Inspired Robotics    Hamid Marvi (Faculty Chair), Hosain Bagheri (Student Chair)
   Robert J. Full, Ronald S. Fearing, Elliot W. Hawkes, Michael T.
   Tolley,Sangbae Kim, Daniel Goldman, David Hu, Rolf Mueller

The morning session will cover research topics related to terrestrial bio-inspired robotics, presented by Robert J. Full, Ronald S. Fearing, Sangbae Kim, and Daniel Goldman.
The afternoon session will explore state-of-the-art bio-inspired soft robotics research, presented by Hamid Marvi, Michael T. Tolley, Rolf Mueller, Elliot W. Hawkes, and David Hu

 Introduction to Space Robotics    William Beksi (Faculty Chair),
Joe Cloud(Student Chair)

   Rob Mueller, Kurt Leucht, Michael DuPuis, Issa Nesnas
NASA researchers will give demos and tutorials on in-situ resource utilization, mobility and autonomy for space robots.
   Introduction to Haptics for Next Generation XRI   Marcia O'Malley (Faculty Chair),
Zane Zook (Student Chair)

  Lt. Col. Chad Tossel, Lynette Jones
Participants will learn about current and relevant haptics research in talks covering haptic perception of tactile cues, hardware design of wearable devices, and interaction design principles to best blend haptics into the XR experience. The session will conclude with a hands-on workshop presenting Syntacts, an open source tool developed in the MAHI lab at Rice University to streamline the design and implementation of vibrotactile haptic cues.
Introduction to Multimodal Mixed Reality Robotics Using Microsoft PSI and Hololens 2   Maja Matarić (Faculty Chair),
Thomas Groechel,
Christopher Birmingham
(Student Chair)

Sean Andrist, Dan Bohus, Dominic Konik
This tutorial is designed around the idea of getting started in VAM-HRI from building a Hololens 2 app in Unity, connecting the Hololens 2 to the robot, and syncing multimodal streams using Microsoft’s Physically Situation Interaction library. The tutorial will also include researchers from academia who design interactions in VAM-HRI and considerations when creating these apps and challenges many rich data streams can present.