ROSCon 2022: Call for Proposals

ROSCon is back!

As previously announced, ROSCon 2022 will be held in person in Kyoto October 19th-21st, 2022. The core of the conference is (and always has been) content from the community, and this year, we’re looking for proposals for two different types of content.

Workshops: As in 2019, we will offer workshops on Day 0 of the conference. The goal of the workshops is to provide space for participatory/interactive experiences between the presenter(s) and the attendees and the chance to go more in depth into a subject than a regular talk could allow.

Talks: The standard presentation format is the talk, with the presenter(s) talking live about a specific topic, with a brief question period at the end, fitting into a 10, 20 or 30 minute time slot.

We are also planning panels, keynote speakers and, of course, lightning talks. The conference program will be a combination of single-track and multitrack.

General Content Guidelines:

All topics related to ROS (1 & 2) are invited. Example topics include:

  • New packages / frameworks
  • Insights / improvements for existing packages
  • Case studies on unique ROS deployments / use cases
  • Developments for specific robots, sensors, platforms
  • Competitions / collaborations / initiatives
  • ROS in commercial / research / teaching environments
  • Standards / best practices / development tools

To get an idea of the content and tone of ROSCon, check out the slides and videos from previous years. We cannot offer content that is not proposed! If there is a topic on which you would like to present, please propose it. If you have an idea for an important topic that you do not want to present yourself, please post it for discussion here on Discourse.

Review Criteria

All submissions will be reviewed by the program committee to evaluate:

  • Relevance to the ROS Community - The proposed content should use ROS in a substantial way, but beyond that, the work must also be relevant and compelling to a general ROS audience. Writing a ROS driver for a specific piece of hardware is an excellent contribution to the community, but describing the intricacies of its firmware may not be relevant to this audience. Furthermore, content should be relevant to a global and diverse community.
  • Quality of Content/Impact - We encourage proposals to contain big ideas with high impact. Proposals should have a demonstrable quality as opposed to being purely theoretical.
  • Quality of Presentation - Articulating your ideas clearly and grammatically is a key prerequisite for giving a compelling live presentation.
  • Originality/Novelty - Content should be original and not something that has already been heard before. Will this be the (n+1)th talk on the same topic at ROSCon? Or are you presenting something new?
  • Open Source Availability - Because we are an open-source community, proposals for which the underlying code and other content is available under an open source license have a greater chance of being accepted. It is not a hard requirement, but proposals focused on proprietary systems should contribute in some other way to the community. Promises of future release are difficult to evaluate, so having your content released at the time of proposal submission is preferred.

Additional consideration will be given to balancing the subject matter and duration of presentation.

We encourage proposals from presenters of all backgrounds and experience levels.

Workshop Submission Information

Workshop proposals must include

  • Title (maximum 70 characters)
  • Presenter(s) (name and affiliation)
  • Summary - for public consumption, used in the program schedule (maximum 100 words)
  • Description - outline and goals, for review by the program committee. Describe the intended audience and what resources (if any) would be required. Please be sure to include enough information in your proposal for the program committee to evaluate the above review criteria.

Please submit your workshop proposal via this Google Form. Workshops proposals must be submitted by 2022-05-06. The chosen workshops will be published no later than 2022-06-06.

Talk Submission Information

Talk proposals must include

  • Title (maximum 70 characters)
  • Presenter(s) (name and affiliation)
  • Desired talk length (10, 20 or 30 minute time slot.)
  • Summary - for public consumption, used in the program schedule (maximum 100 words)
  • Description - outline and goals, for review by the program committee. Describe the intended audience and what they can expect to learn. Please be sure to include enough information in your proposal for the program committee to evaluate the above review criteria.
  • Audio abstract - All talk proposals must include a (maximum) one minute recording of the presenter describing the content of the talk. It should be a single-take, responding as if a colleague asked what the talk was about. Please use either the mp3 or ogg file format. Used only for review by the Program Committee (not made public).
  • Key URL/Twitter handles - Optionally include a single link/Twitter handles to be associated with talk in publicity materials.
  • (NEW) In-person vs. remote: We prefer in-person presentations, but we will consider allowing remote presentations as needed.

Submit these files on this website. Talk proposals must be submitted by 2022-06-09. The program will be announced 2022-07-18.

If you have any questions/comments/firmware patches, please email roscon-2022-oc@openrobotics.org

Program Co-Chairs:

Martin Pecka (Czech Technical University in Prague)

Tomoya Fujita (Sony Corporation of America)

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