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IROS Intro, Venue and Theme

The IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) is a premier flagship academic conference in robotics. For over 30-years, IROS has showcased leading-edge research. In hindsight, the work has been seminal, underpinning much of today’s global robotics industries, products and services. IROS continues to be the place to learn future directions and the latest approaches, designs, and outcomes, and network with the world’s leading roboticists.

IEEE Xplore, Page Format Guidelines, Templates and Page Limits

As peer-reviewed archival publications, all accepted papers will be hosted on IEEE Xplore. Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality papers representing original work. Submissions along the theme, as well as all areas of intelligent robots and applications, are welcome.

Please submit papers via the customary Paper Plaza process. 

A. Format Guidelines

B. LaTex Template

C. MS Word Template

Papers should be six pages in length, with up to two extra pages (180EUR charge per extra page). The number of pages includes the references, appendices, etc. A short video (1-minute maximum) can also be attached to your paper to supplement results (see Instructions below).

The IROS Conference Paper Review Board (like ICRA’s CEB) rigorously reviews all submissions and then through the IROS 2021 Senior Program Committee to render acceptance decisions. Best Paper Awards in various categories are also selected by their respective committees. 

Instructions: Authors and Submission Process

All papers must be in English and submitted electronically in PDF (up to 6 MB) format via PaperPlaza. To ensure formatting compliance (e.g. margins, fonts and size) the templates should be used (links provided above).

A 1-minute video (up to 10 MB) can be added to supplement your paper. Videos are not mandatory. Rather it’s an opportunity to augment one’s paper to visibly showcase results. MPG, MPEG or MP4 video formats can be used. One can upload or re-upload their video attachment no later than on March 9, 2021 ( 23:59 PST).

Authors of a paper that has just been rejected by ICRA 2021 can provide, optionally, review info of the (possibly revised) resubmission.  A single PDF file with (1) cover letter (2) full reviews from ICRA 2021 and (3) original rejected paper. The cover letter should summarize the main reasons for rejection and describe the changes (if any) the authros have made or a rebuttal of the original rejection. The three intems above should be put in a single PDF file (separate from the IROS 2021 paper file), and submitted as an attachment. Submission of this attachment is completely on a voluntary basis if the authors decide that the ICRA 2021 review information can help the review of their IROS 2021 paper. One can upload the ICRA-21 attachments  no later than on  March 9, 2021 ( 23:59 PST).


All deadlines are 23:59 PST
March 1, 2021: Deadline for papers submission. Deadline for papers submission has been extended to March 5, 2021
June 30, 2021: Notification of acceptance
July 31, 2021: Final paper submission
September 28 – September 30, 2021: Conference days

RA-L with IROS Option (IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters)

RA-L is a journal following IEEE’s highest standards of IEEE periodicals. This option adds value; one’s RA-L submission has the opportunity to be presented at IROS. More information for this option is found in the link below. Note: The decision of RA-L with IROS Option and decision of RA-L is independent.

Please follow the RA-L submission process on PaperPlaza for IEEE RA-L Submission and select Submission for RA-L and IROS. Please do not follow the IROS 2021 submission process.

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