TAROS 2014 - Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems

15th Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems

1st-3rd September 2014, The Library of Birmingham

TAROS (Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems) 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.

IET Public Lecture: 2nd September 18.00 - 20.00

Sethu Vijayakumar (University of Edinburgh) Robots that Learn: The Future of Man or the 'Man of the Future'?
We ask all TAROS attendees to also register if attending the IET Public Lecture. There is no cost to register for the public lecture.


Claudia and Henrietta Nehmzow have given a prize for best student paper at TAROS-14 in memory of the late Prof. Ulrich Nehmzow (1961-2010), a founder and leading light of the TAROS conference series

TAROS 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. As in previous years, all accepted papers will be included in the printed proceedings. Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to a companion journal issue of Robotics and Autonomous Systems(TAROS-11 RAS special issue, TAROS-09 RAS special issue).

TAROS is a platform for robotics researchers with a wide range of interests from the UK, Europe and worldwide. TAROS welcomes paper submissions on a wide range of topics related to the principles and practice of robotics.

TAROS 2014 is being hosted by the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham and will be held at the new Library of Birmingham building. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)are sponsoring an invited public lecture (speaker tba), in addition to plenary speakers (tba). Springer UK are sponsoring the Best Paper Prize. 

The TAROS 2014 proceedings are to be published in the Springer LNCS series.

TAROS 2014 invites both full papers and extended abstracts. 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 will be accepted for either oral presentation (single track) or poster presentation. Extended abstracts will be accepted for poster presentation only. 

Submissions of papers are invited in, but not limited to, the following topics and related areas:

  • Advanced applications of autonomous robots (industrial and research) 
  • Advanced materials and techniques
  • Advanced medical robotics, robots for surgery, assistive robotics, Service robotics
  • Applications development, hardware issues, devices and techniques, advanced sensors and actuators
  • Autonomous assembly robotics, Autonomous vehicles
  • Bio-mimetic and bio-inspired robotics, Bio-hybrid robotic systems, Evolutionary robotics
  • Cognitive robotics, Developmental robotics, Personal robotics, Robot communication and language
  • Ethical and societal issues in robotics, Robots in education, the arts and entertainment
  • Flying robots (unmanned- and micro- air vehicles), Space and planetary robotics
  • Humanoid robotics, Human-Robot interaction and interfaces, Legged robots
  • Safety, Verification and Validation for Robotic Applications
  • Swarm robotics, Collective robots, Field robotics
  • Learning and adaptation, Long-term interaction and operation, Intelligent prostheses
  • Modelling and analysis of robot models, Modular reconfigurable robots
  • Navigation, localization, map building and path planning, Analysis of robot-environment interaction
  • Robot autonomy including energy self-sufficiency, Robot control architectures, Robot vision, sensing and perception

Contact: organiser@taros.org.uk