RSS 2023 Workshop

Experiment-oriented Locomotion and Manipulation Research

July 10, 2023 | Daegu, South Korea

The workshop aims to address challenges in robotic locomotion and manipulation research in real world by providing a comprehensive overview of experiment-oriented approaches. Topics covered include hardware design and computation models including practical know-hows. Participants will discuss how to design experiments to accurately evaluate robotic locomotion and manipulation performance. By the end of the workshop, participants will have gained a deeper understanding of experiment-oriented approaches.

The organizers strongly believe that a workshop is an appropriate forum for approaching this topic, as it facilitates direct access to experts in the field and face-to-face discussions.


The ability of robots to operate effectively in unstructured and dynamic environments depends heavily on their robotic locomotion and manipulation skills. However, achieving these skills is often challenging due to the complexity and coordination required for many tasks. Despite the significant amount of research on this topic, many research papers still remain in a simulation world, which often fails to capture the diversity and complexity of real systems and their environments.

To address these challenges, our workshop seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of approaches that ensure high performance on real systems. The following topics will be covered:

Hardware Design: The use of transparent actuation, simple mechanisms, and low-noise sensors can facilitate accurate and simple modeling, which can then be translated to better sim-to-real transfers. We will discuss how to design and combine good hardware components for high-performance robots.

Analytical Methods: Good algorithms must account for uncertainties in both the robot and the environment model, producing robust control outputs that avoid risks and guarantee maximum expected performance. Model parameter estimation and online adaptation are also critical to increasing performance on real systems. We will discuss the existing analytical algorithms that explore these possibilities.

Data-driven Methods: Both simulation-based training methods and direct hardware training have shown impressive performance on real-legged robots and robot arms. They can employ detailed and accurate physics simulation, account for uncertainties in the model, and adapt to dynamic environments. We will present the latest breakthroughs in data-driven approaches for legged robots and manipulation.


We solicit 3-4 page extended abstracts (page counts do not include references). Submissions can include original research, position papers, and literature reviews that bridge the research areas for this workshop. Submissions will be reviewed, and selected based on technical content and ability to positively contribute to the workshop. All accepted contributions will be presented in interactive poster sessions. All accepted contributions will be featured in the workshop as spotlight presentations.

The following list contains some areas of interest, but work in other areas is also welcomed:

  • Novel transparent hardware design including sensor placement, system identification, and design optimization
  • Safe and/or contact-aware control methods under physical interactions
  • Integrated task and motion planning methods for real-world applications
  • Learning and transfer approaches including Sim2Real, Real2Sim, and meta transfer learning methods
  • Accurate and repeatable experimental evaluations

We will accept papers in the official IEEE templates (LaTeX and Word). Submissions must meet page restrictions (3-4 pages for extended abstracts), but can include additional pages as long as those pages only contain references. Reviewing will not be double blind. Please do not anonymize the submission.

Papers and abstracts should be submitted through the following link:

Important Dates

(deadlines are "anywhere on earth")

May 5
Workshops call for contribution
June 5
Extended abstract submission deadline
June 19
Notification of acceptance
July 3
Camera ready deadline for full paper
July 10


All accepted contributions will be presented in interactive poster sessions. We strongly recommend adhering to the following poster size:

Potrait configuration: 32 inch (width) x (40 inch height)

We derived this size from the following data. Each poster stand has a usable area of 74 inch (width) x 38 inch (height). This area will be split among two posters appearing side by side. Unfortunately, RSS organizers have notified us of limited availability of stands and space. Hence we kindly urge the presenters to adhere to the specified dimensions.

Note that the poster session will take place in a different room from the main workshop. This room is available from 2.00 p.m to 7.00 p.m. The presenters should setup soon after lunch and be near their stands. Please check the schedule for the room number and the timings.

Contributions selected for spotlight presentations should prepare a 5 minute talk. This will be followed by 1 minute of audience questions. During this time the next presenter should set up. All presenters should check in during the first coffee break and verify display settings. Please check the schedule for the presentation order.



Workshop: TBD

Poster: TBD

Time Topic Speaker
09:00 - 09:15am Introduction Organizers
09:15 - 09:45am TBD Jie Tan
09:45 - 10:15am TBD Deepak Pathak
10:15 - 10:30am Spotlight Talks I
10:30 - 11:00pm Coffee break + Poster Session
11:00 - 11:30am TBD Haewon Park
11:30 - 12:00pm TBD Jaeheung Park
12:00 - 13:30pm Lunch
13:30 - 14:00pm Spotlight Talks II
14:00 - 14:30pm TBD Christian Ott
14:30 - 15:00pm TBD Tucker Hermans
15:00 - 15:30pm Coffee break + Poster Session
15:30 - 16:00pm Spotlight Talks III
16:00 - 16:30pm TBD Rohan Paul
16:30 - 17:00pm TBD Tapomayukh Bhattacharjee
17:00 - 17:30pm TBD Shuran Song
17:30 - 18:00pm Panel Discussions (TBD) Invited Speakers

Tentatively accepted speakers


Christian Ott, Technischen Universität Wien & German Aerospace Center (DLR)


Jie Tan, Google Brain Robotics


Hae-Won Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology


Deepak Pathak, Carnegie Mellon University


Rohan Paul, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi


Tapomayukh Bhattacharjee, Cornell University


Shuran Song, Columbia University


Jaeheung Park, Seoul National University


Tucker Hermans, University of Utah


Organizing Committee


Daehyung Park

School of Computing

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology


Jemin Hwangbo

Mechanical Engineering

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology


Minjun Kim

School of Electrical Engineering

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology