Final call for papers TAROS 2021 (submit until 28/5/2021)


September 8-10, 2021

“Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems” (TAROS) is the longest-running
UK-hosted international conference on Robotics and Autonomous Systems
(RAS). It is aimed at the presentation and discussion of the latest
results and methods in autonomous robotics research and applications.
TAROS offers a friendly environment for robotics researchers and
industry to take stock and plan future progress. It welcomes senior
researchers and research students alike, and specifically provides
opportunities for research students and young research scientists to
present their work to the scientific community.
In 2021 the conference will be hosted by the Lincoln Centre for
Autonomous Systems. Given the state of the pandemic, we are planning
for a hybrid event, with scope for in-person attendance, but allowing
for virtual participation for those who are unable to join us in

Important Dates

  • 28 May 2021 – Submission deadline (5pm BST)
  •  1 Jul 2021 – Review decision notification
  • 30 Jul 2021 – Camera-ready paper submission (5pm BST)

Relevant Research Areas

Contributions are sought in all areas relevant to the overall goal of
the conference, including, but not limited to the following topics:
– Autonomous robots
– Assistive, service and personal robotics
– Aerial robots, space and planetary robotics
– Medical robotics, robots for surgery and intelligent prosthetics
– Humanoid and walking robots
– Soft and flexible robots
– Swarm, collective and field robotics
– Modular reconfigurable robots
– Human-Robot Interaction
– Multimodal interfaces
– Navigation, localisation, map building and path planning,
– Analysis of robot-environment interaction
– Applications development, hardware issues, devices and techniques
– Advanced sensors and actuators
– Advanced materials and techniques
– Autonomous vehicles
– Bio-mimetic, bio-inspired and bio-hybrid robotic systems
– Evolutionary, cognitive and developmental robotics
– Robot communication and language
– Ethical and societal issues in robotics
– Robots in education, arts and entertainment
– Safety, verification and validation for robotic applications
– Learning and adaptation
– Long-term interaction and operation
– Modelling and analysis
This list of topics is not exhaustive. Due to the interdisciplinary
nature of the conference, relevant contributions from other fields
will also be welcome.

Publication Details

TAROS 2021 invites both full papers and extended abstracts. The
proceedings will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes in
Artificial Intelligence series. All contributions will be
refereed. Full papers are invited from researchers at any stage in
their career but should present significant findings and advances in
robotics research; more preliminary work would be better suited to
extended abstract submission.
Full papers (up to 10 pages in LNCS format, including references) will
be accepted for either oral presentation (single track) or poster
presentation. Extended abstracts (up to 4 pages in LNCS format,
including references) will be accepted for poster presentation only.
Submissions MUST be in LNCS format, templates are available from:

TAROS 2021 Organising Committee

General Chairs
Prof Simon Parsons, University of Lincoln
Prof Marc Hanheide, University of Lincoln
Programme Chair
Dr Charles Fox, University of Lincoln (Deputy: Dr Junfeng Gao)
Web Chair
Dr Amir Ghalamzan Esfahani, University of Lincoln
Industry Chair
Prof Mini Saaj, University of Lincoln
Technical Chair
Dr Rob Lloyd, University of Lincoln

Further Information

Up-to-date information will be published at the following address:

For general enquiries email:

TAROS 2021