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Early Bird Fee: £35 Student / £50 Staff 

UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre (ECC)
Tuesday 12th December 2017


The first UK-RAS Conference on ‘Robotics and Autonomous Systems’ (RAS 2017) will be held on Tuesday 12th December 2017 at the UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre (ECC).  The conference will address the synergetic interaction of human and robotic technologies. As robots and agents have begun to enter our everyday lives they begin to do so in an increasingly autonomous way.  These increasing levels of interaction will pose serious challenges to the capability of robots to interact with humans in an increasingly autonomous way.  Interactions could span from having robots carry out “dirty, dull and dangerous” tasks for us in many challenging environments and at varying levels of autonomy, to information-oriented and task-oriented interaction, emotional interaction, and even social interaction.

Robots could accomplish daily tasks when interacting with humans, like personal assistance, child care and education, or senior care, independently or collaboratively. This autonomy makes behaviour less predictable with existing models not currently equipped to capture these types of interactions.  We need a better understanding and models of the principles that not only take situational and task aspects into account but also include detailed user models. We thus encourage contributions that try to tackle this question by focusing on more realistic and life-like scenarios. The conference aims to cover work on recent advances in adaptive robot interaction, machine learning and knowledge acquisition. The conference seeks contributions from a broad range of fields and will cover diverse topics including: human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence, field robotics, hardware modelling and abstraction, task planning, monitoring, robot simulation, multi-robot systems and more.

A sub-theme of the conference is the very significant challenge of ascending the Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), from fundamental academic research to commercial/industrial exploitation. There is still a huge need for fundamental research spread across a wide range of application domains, but as the UK-RAS community matures, showing that the research has a clear path to societal and/or economic benefit, will become more and more important. In order to convey the highly valuable lessons that can be learned by early career researchers attending this event, all of the event’s invited speakers have been asked to present their work in this exciting technology domain in the context of their experiences of traversing the so-called ‘Innovation Pipeline’.

The conference aims to bring together early-career researchers and PhD students in all areas of robotics and autonomous systems research and from all UK-RAS Network Member HEIs*, for an engaging and focused day of single-track presentations, poster sessions and robot demos. The final programme will be the result of a thorough review process to give attendees an opportunity to see the best research in all areas of robotics and autonomous systems. Submissions will be evaluated in terms of their technical quality, novelty, significance, potential impact, and clarity. The program will include invited talks as well as oral and poster presentations. Every effort is being made to keep conference expenses affordable, particularly for student attendees.


Speaker Biographies

Registration Early Bird Fee: £35 Student / £50 Staff 

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Submission and Reviewing

  • RAS 2017 will only accept emailed submissions of PDF files.
  • Paper submissions should be anonymized, no more than 2 pages long (references do not count toward the page limits).
  • All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. Papers will be evaluated on the basis of research originality, excellence, significance and relevance to this theme of RAS 2017.
  • Deadline for Submission: 20th November 2017.

All submissions should be emailed to Marianne Knight ( Late submissions will not be accepted.

Call for Posters and Robot Demos are also invited. 
Deadline for submissions of posters & demos is 24th November 2017.

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Important Dates

23rd October 2017 – Call for papers / Registration Open
20th November 2017-  Paper submission deadline
24th November 2017 – Poster & Robot Demo submission deadline
1st December 2017- Paper & poster & demo acceptance notification
4th December 2017- Registration Close
7th December 2017- Conference

*Network Members HEIs:

Queen’s University Belfast

University of Birmingham

University of Bristol

University of Cambridge

University of Edinburgh

Heriot-Watt University

Imperial College London

King’s College London

University of Leeds

University of Liverpool

Loughborough University


The University of Manchester

University of Oxford

Queen Mary, University of London

The University of Sheffield

University of Surrey

University of Southampton

University of Surrey

University College London

The University of Warwick

University of the West of England

Organised by Professor Tony Pipe (Bristol Robotics Laboratory) & Marianne Knight, UK-RAS Network Manager

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Event date: 
Thursday, December 7, 2017 -
08:30 to 17:30