RSS 2019 Workshop



Call for Papers

Technical Program

Robots in the Wild: Challenges in Deploying Robust Autonomy for Robotic Exploration

Call for Papers

We are soliciting extended abstracts in the RSS format (4-6 pages plus references). We encourage the submission of early ideas, late-breaking results, or open research questions that are likely to generate interesting discussions. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by experts in the field. Accepted contributions will be presented as a 20 minute spotlight talk or a 5 minute lightning talk. All speakers will participate in a poster session.


  1. System consideration for exploration of extreme environments such as underwater and benthic habitats, hot-springs, volcanoes, asteroids, and planetary surfaces.
  2. Challenges in environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, and disaster response.
  3. Multi-robot learning and coordination for environmental modelling.
  4. Underground and underwater mapping, space missions and planetary robots.
  5. Novelty, anomaly, and change detection.
  6. Decision-theoretic approaches for active sensing and physical sample (specimen) retrieval.
  7. Sampling algorithms and strategies, e.g., opportunistic sampling, non-myopic sampling.
  8. Online exploration algorithms: theory, experiments and field studies.

Important Dates

  • Submission cut-off (extended): May 30, 2019 June 7, 2019 (Anywhere on Earth).
  • Notification of acceptance (rolling basis): within two weeks of submission, until June 10, 2019.
  • Camera-ready paper due: June 15, 2019.
  • Workshop day: June 23, 2019.


Please e-mail submissions (in PDF format) to: