IROS 2020 Call for Workshops

(Last Updated Jan 15, 2020)




In IROS 2020, an extensive program of workshops will be held prior to and after the conference (October 25 or 29). The IROS 2020 organizers strongly encourage workshop organizers to consider involving sponsors to support their workshop proposal and provide support to enhance the workshop experience. For example, a sponsor can support a lunch during the workshop or provide student registration or travel support to help broaden participation. Additionally, all workshop proposal submissions must show evidence of endorsement (e.g., a supporting letter by an IEEE RAS Technical Committee, RSJ Committees, etc). Please refer to this link for RAS TCs :


Proposals for half-day or full-day workshops with topics related to the conference theme are all welcome.


Workshops should concentrate on presenting results and promoting discussions about an active research topic or a well-defined area of interest for the robotics community. Proposals with content or presentation formats that are not found within the main conference are preferred. Workshop proposals should discuss how the workshop will be organized in order to attract active participation of the attendees, encourage effective interactions between established experts and early-career researchers, promote comprehensive discussion on the selected topic, establish useful links to fields outside of robotics, and if applicable, describe how sponsors will contribute to enhance the workshop. Organizers are also asked to describe the contributions of the invited speakers for enhancing the development of an engaging workshop.


When an invited speaker or organizer is on more than one workshop/tutorial 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 Workshop Proposals


Proposals must be submitted via PaperPlaza. The workshop proposal 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 workshop (half-day or full-day), including a schedule

● Objectives

● List of speakers  (confirmed and/or tentative)

● Intended audience

● Expected attendance

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

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

● Endorsements from TCs (attach support letter)

● 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 15, 2020: Paperplaza submission site open for workshop proposals.

●  March 15, 2020 (tentative): Workshop Proposals submission deadline

●  April 20, 2020 (tentative): Notification of acceptance

●  October 25 and 29, 2020: Workshops


For any inquiries concerning IROS 2020 workshops, please send email to [email protected]


Preview of Tentative Workshops


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


Title Organizers Sponsors Description
 MIT mini-Cheetah Workshop    Sangbae Kim (MIT), Patrick Wensing (Univ. Notre Dame) and Inhyuk Kim (Naver Labs) Naver Labs The MIT Mini-Cheetah workshop aims to discuss critical challenges and opportunities in legged robot control architecture, and exhibit demos of extremely capable platforms
Humanitarian Robotics Workshop    Garrett M. Clayton (Villanova Univ.), Raj Madhavan (University of Maryland) and Lino Marques (Univ. of Coimbra, Portugal) Pending Roboticists, policy makers, funding agencies, and technology users share their expertise and experience in the area of robotics for humanitarian efforts
Workshop on Actuators, Sensors and Components for Soft Robotic Systems     Kwang J. Kim (Univ. Nevada, Las Vegas), Kam Leang (Univ. of Utah) and Maurizio Porfiri (New York Univ.) Pending This workshop will focus on state-of-the-art techniques in the design, manufacturing, modeling, sensing, and control of soft robotic systems for various applications