Recent advances in robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) have been driven in large part due to developments in sensing, control and associated hardware.  The potential for RAS in areas as diverse as driverless cars, search and rescue and healthcare is finally being realised.  However, there remain significant challenges in meeting the desired levels of autonomy and ensuring RAS work seamlessly, reliably and safely in real-world dynamic and uncertain environments.  The aim of this session is to bring together academic and industrial researchers to present recent results in emerging areas in the broad area of control applied to RAS to address these challenges.

We are interested in receiving abstracts and papers in theoretical/algorithmic aspects and applications areas of robotics in the general thematic areas related to the conference including:

  • Control
  • Path planning and optimisation
  • Obstacle avoidance
  • Decentralised planning
  • Verification and validation of autonomous behaviours
  • Simultaneous localisation and mapping
  • Co-operative and swarming robotics
  • Real-time decision making
  • Secure control
  • Vision-based control
  • Estimation

Including applications to:

  • Manufacturing
  • Driverless vehicles
  • Agriculture and mining
  • Field robotics
  • Search and rescue
  • Medical and surgical robotics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Underwater
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Service and personal assistants


To encourage participation and sharing of best practice, we are accepting contributions which are abstract only, that is, there is no need for a full publishable paper although of course you are welcome to write one should you feel this is appropriate for your input. If you would like to contribute to this session please send a title and 2-3 sentences description to Tony Dodd (
For those who wish to make a parallel full paper submission for the proceedings, the relevant code on the PaperPlaza submission site is:


The final format of the session will be determined based on the contributors.