RSS 2015 Symposium: Frontiers of Robotics

Robotics: Science & Systems (RSS) is a single-track conference covering all major areas of robotics. It was started at MIT in 2005. Over the past decade, RSS has grown to become the one of the most selective robotics conferences.

The RSS 2015 organization committee will convene at Rutgers University to select the accepted papers. As part of this meeting, we will hold a symposium in which the committee members will give short, high-level talks introducing their own research. The topics will cover a broad range, from fundamentals of robotics research, including planning, learning, manipulation, perception, mapping, human-robot interaction, to real-world robotic systems. All speakers are leading experts of their fields, and the presentations will provide a glimpse of the frontiers of robotics research today.

The symposium will be open to the local research community, and the presentations should be accessible to a general audience.


Mar 27, 2015


Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center


  • David Hsu, RSS 2015 Program Chair
  • Kostas Bekris, RSS 2015 Area Chair


9:00 - 10:30 AM

Planning & Control

  • Reasoning for High-Level Goals and Stochastic Systems
    Lydia Kavraki, Rice University
  • Planning for Information Gathering
    David Hsu, National University of Singapore
  • Sampling-based Motion Planning with Temporal Logic Constraints
    Calin Belta, Boston University
  • Control of Quadrotors in Unstructured Environments
    Paolo Robuffo Giordano, CNRS


  • Manipulation in Human Clutter
    Kostas Bekris, Rutgers University
  • Toward Aerial Manipulation using Quadrotors
    Dongjun Lee, Seoul National University
  • Manipulation and Part Shape Variations
    Frank van der Stappen, Utrecht University
  • Looking, Grasping, Interacting
    Danica Kragic, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

10:30 to 10:45am


10:45 - 11:45 AM

Perception & SLAM

  • Beyond geometric SLAM
    Ian Reid, University of Adelaide
  • Differential Path Tracing
    Gabe Sibley, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Have I been here before? Robust Place Recognition over Time
    Jose Neira, Universidad de Zaragoza


  • Motor Skil Learning
    Jan Peters, TU Darmstadt & MPI Intelligent Systems

Human-Robot Interaction

12:00 -1:00 PM


1:00 - 2:00 PM

Robots in the Real World

  • Challenges for Self-Driving Vehicles
    John Leonard, MIT
  • Computing Motions for Medical and Assistive Robots
    Ron Alterovitz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Exoskeleton Robot Control
    Jun Morimoto, ATR
  • Algorithmic Field Robotics
    Geoff Hollinger, Oregon State University
  • Motion Planning For Robots In The Real World
    Kris Hauser, Duke University
  • Design of Low Cost Robot Systems
    Mark Yim, University Of Pennsylvania