Call for Contributions

RSS 2022 Workshop
Toward Robot Avatars: Perspectives on the ANA Avatar XPRIZE Competition

New York City, USA
July 1, 2022

We are now soliciting contributed talks and demos for the Toward Robot Avatars Workshop at RSS 2022. Submissions are welcome to address all aspects of robotics research related to developing robotic avatars, even not directly related to the ANA Avatar XPRIZE Competition. The workshop will be held in-person in New York City at the end of the RSS 2022 Conference, but accommodations will be made for virtual participants to join as well.

Submission deadline: May 20, 2022  June 10, 2022
Notification: May 27, 2022  June 17, 2022
Workshop date: July 1, 2022


All submissions should be emailed to rssavatarxprize@gmail.com. Paper submissions should be submitted as a PDF in 2+n format (at most 2 pages of content and n pages of references). Demonstration submissions should provide a short (150- 250 word) text description and a URL to a video showing the operation of the intended system.

Short paper contributions should describe avatar research, either on component technologies or integrated systems. We are interested in all aspects of robotic avatar research, including telerobotics, haptics, tactile sensing, robot hands, VR/AR, and human robot-interaction.

We are also interested in short position papers that will address following open-ended topics:

● What research problems need to be solved before avatar technology can achieve a compelling remote experience for everyday users?

● Is the avatar model of teleoperation, i.e., extreme immersion and transparency, the best model for implementing teleoperated robots? Does autonomy play a role, and if so, how can it be integrated with direct teleoperation?

● How should developers of the robotics aspects of avatar technology relate and integrate with other fields of intense commercial and research interest, such as VR/AR, telecommunications, and IOT?

● How close is avatar technology to commercialization? What technical and business barriers remain?

● Is a competition, e.g., in the style of XPRIZE, the best mechanism for inspiring the community to engage necessary R&D to further avatar technology?

All short paper will be made available on the workshop website, and authors will present a short talk (5-15 minutes, duration TBD) during the workshop.

Demonstration submissions will propose a technology shown at a demonstration session during the workshop, either live or a recorded video. Demonstrators may choose to allow audience members to participate with their technology, if desired.

For inquiries please send an email to s.bazzi@northeastern.edu