Welcome to the RSS Foundation!

The RSS foundation is the governing body behind the Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) conference.  The foundation was started and is run by volunteers from the robotics community who believe that an open, high-quality, single-track conference is an important component of an active and growing scientific discipline. 

All papers published at RSS are available free of charge on the RSS proceedings web site.

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RSS 2019 in Freiburg, Germany and RSS 2020 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR (August 2017)

The RSS foundation is happy to announce that after MIT in 2017 and CMU in 2018, RSS wiill go back to Europe!  RSS 2019 will be held in Freiburg, Germany and Antonio Bicchi will be the program chair.  In 2020 RSS will go back to the USA: It will be held at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR.  We don't know the program chair for 2020 yet, we'll announce that next year.


RSS 2017 moves to MIT in Boston, Massachusetts, USA (June 2016)

At the board meeting in Ann Arbor, MI, the board decided to hold RSS 2017 at MIT in Boston, rather than in Istanbul.


RSS 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey and RSS 2018 at CMU  (August 2015)

The RSS foundation board is happy to announce that after Ann Arbor, MI, RSS will be going to Istanbul for 2017, followed by CMU in Pittsburgh, PA in 2018. The program chair for RSS 2017 will be Siddhartha Srinivasa!


RSS 2016 in Ann Arbor, MI (March 2015)

RSS 2016 will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA from June 18 to 22.  Workshops will be held on the 18th and 19th of June.


RSS Best Systems Paper Award in Memory of Seth Teller (February 2015)

The RSS foundation has created a new award to entice the submission of outstanding work on robotic systems and to commemorate our colleague and friend Seth Teller.


RSS 2015 in Rome (August 2014)

RSS 2015 will take place in Rome, from July 13 to 17.


RSS 2014 at Berkeley with record attendance (July 18, 2014)

With over 900 registrants, RSS 2014 broke all records.  Twice as many people as ever before attended RSS.  The winners of the best paper awards are listed here.

Indexing on Inspec (March 14, 2014)

The RSS proccedings are now indexed on Inspec, one of the major indexing databases. This will make it easier for people to find your work and increase its impact and citation numbers.

RSS Twitter Feed (January 10, 2014)

The RSS Foundation now has a Twitter feed, in addition to the Facebook group!

Happy Holidays! (December 25, 2013)

The RSS Foundation wishes all roboticists Happy Holidays and a successful and exciting new year!


Updates to the Review Process (December 6, 2013)

An Open Letter to the Community has been posted here by the RSS Foundation. To implement the spirit of the letter and encourage both systems papers and exciting, early-stage ground-breaking work, several changes have been implemented. For RSS 2014, references will not be counted towards the 8 page limit of papers and the rebuttal has been reintroduced. Additionally, the review and rebuttal forms have been amended to include questions relevant to systems papers, encourage reviewers to identify the positive contributions of papers, prompt reviewers to comment on the potential of early-stage work, and ask reviewers to explain the reasoning that led to their scores. The review and rebuttal forms can be found in RSS review from and RSS rebuttal form. Authors should also check the very detailed instructions posted here


Indexing of RSS Proceedings (November 27, 2013)

Stef Williams from the RSS foundation is working on having the RSS conference proceedings indexed in the major publication databases.  Inspec will index the RSS proceedings starting from 2012.  Older proceedings will be added at a later point in time; they have an indexing backlog and give priority to more recent years.  Stef is also working on getting RSS proceedings indexed on Scopus.  The evaluation process takes some time, so please stay tuned.  We will update you here...