Call for Special Forums


IROS 2019 is willing to host several Special Forums in order to exchange innovative ideas, points of view and discuss issues around different approaches on robotics and related fields. We are particularly interested in forums that discuss non-technical societal issues of robotics such as robotic society, robo-ethics, new jobs and employment, national/regional policies, regulations, citizens, culture, etc. The duration for each Special Forum will be 90 minutes. We are open to different proposals and themes that may be of broad interest for IROS 2019 attendees.

Important Dates






Special Forums submission deadline





Notification of acceptance

Tuesday - Thursday

5 - 7



Special Forums

* All deadlines are 23:59 PST

Proposals must be submitted via PaperPlaza and the following points addressed:

  • A proposed title for the Special Forum.
  • A brief 3-4 paragraph summary for the Special Forum explaining the goal of the Forum and the themes to be discussed.
  • A proposed format for the Special Forum (time, presenters…).
  • A list of presenters with names, affiliations, a short biography and topic.

A Microsoft Word Template is available for preparation of your proposal. Upon acceptance, the organizers will be required to provide an abstract and a dedicated website for their Special Forums.

For any enquiries concerning IROS 2019 Special Forums, please send email to [email protected].

Special Forum Co-Chairs


Sergej Fatikow, University of Oldenburg, Germany
H. Andy Park, Rethink Robotics, USA
Hong Qiao, Institute of Automation, CAS, China
Danwei Wang, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, Singapore

Special Forum Members


Fumihito Arai, Nagoya University, Japan
Kevin Lynch, Northwestern University, USA
Bradley Nelson, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Allison M. Okamura, Stanford University, USA
Hesheng Wang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Dong Sun, City University of Hong Kong, China