The IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions gathers participants from academia and industry working in the field of autonomous robotics and related areas. It is organized within the 16th Portuguese Robotics Open, a RoboCup - sponsored local event. The conference will be held at the NERBA in Bragança, Portugal, on May 4-6, 2016 and it is promoted Polytechnic Institute of Bragança and Portuguese Robotics Society.

The conference is aimed at exploring and discussing the latest trends in research and technology in the fields of robotics and related areas.

Contributions from researchers, industry and outputs from collaboration between industrial and academic R&D units are welcome.

We look forward to welcome you in May 2016 in Bragança, Portugal.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

José Lima

Call for Papers

Paper Submission

Submit your paper here.

Full Paper

Six pages in the standard IEEE format are allowed for each paper, including figures. The price for each extra page is 60€.

Final version of the papers must be written in English following these IEEE guidelines.

Authors must remove their names from the submitted papers, and should take reasonable care not to indirectly disclose their identity. Three program committee members will be assigned to review each paper. Acceptance will be based on the paper's significance, technical quality, clarity, relevance and originality.

Accepted papers will be scheduled for presentation, which requires that at least one of the authors should register at the Conference and present the paper.

Similarly to previous editions, a special section in a specialized journal will be set up to accommodate the publication of extended versions of selected papers. Therefore, authors of the best conference papers will be invited to submit an extended contribution to be published in a special issue of the Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, from Springer or in a special section of Industrial Robot and Sensor Review, from Emerald Group Publishing.


Oral Presentations
15 minutes are allocated per oral presentation for regular papers plus 5 minutes for questions and answers.

Poster Session and Short Presentation 3 minutes are allocated per short oral presentation plus poster presentation in the conference poster presentation sessions. The posters should have A0 or A1 size - portrait.

No-show policy

If the authors of an accepted paper, either for oral presentation or poster, do not show up at the conference, the respective paper will be excluded from the official proceedings and from IEEE Xplore.


  • Agricultural Robotics
  • Applications of Autonomous Intelligent Robots
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomous Robotic Systems
  • Computer Vision and Image Processing
  • Control Architectures and Programming
  • Cooperative Perception
  • Cooperative Planning and Task Allocation
  • Dexterous Manipulation and Grasping
  • Educational Robotics
  • Entertainment Robots
  • Evolutionary Robotics
  • Humanoid Robotics
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Localization, Mapping, and Navigation
  • Locomotion and Actuation Systems
  • Multi-Robot Coordination
  • Multi-Robot Systems
  • Planning, Reasoning and Modeling
  • Recognition and Tracking
  • Robot Learning
  • Robotic Competitions
  • Robotic Simulation
  • Sensors and Sensor Integration
  • Swarm Robotics
  • Underwater Robotics


The registration is closed

The registration fee for IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions is:

 Before Apr 17After Apr 17
SPR/IEEE Member250€300€
Student (SPR/IEEE)150€200€
Extra paper100€150€
Extra page60€ -


The registration fee allows to upload 1 paper. Extra papers for the same author should be paid separately.

Registration fee includes:
  • One paper registration
  • Conference proceedings
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunches
  • Participation certificate / Presence certificate
  • Social Program

The Portuguese Robotics Open (Festival Nacional de Robótica) registered participants and all students with a valid student card may attend the conference for free without proceedings, lunches and social program.



Name: Polytechnic Institute of Bragança
Bank: Agência de Gestão da Tesouraria e da Dívida Pública – IGCP, E.P.E. (Via TARGET)

IBAN: PT50 0781 0112 00000007883 90
Subject: Robotica 2016

Please send the due amount free of any bank charges.

Important Dates

SubmissionFeb 29, 2016
NotificationApr 10, 2016
RegistrationApr 17, 2016
Camera ReadyApr 20, 2016
ConferenceMay 04-06, 2016


Steering Committee

António Paulo MoreiraFEUP/INESCTECPortugal
Carlos CardeiraISTPortugal
Luís AlmeidaFEUPPortugal
Luís Paulo ReisUMinhoPortugal
Manuela VelosoCarnegie Mellon University USA
Minoru AsadaOsaka University Japan
Nuno LauUAveiroPortugal
Ren LuoNational Taiwan University Taiwan


Organizing Committee

Bernardo CunhaUAPortugal
José LimaIPB/INESCTECPortugal
Manuel SilvaISEPPortugal
Paulo LeitãoIPB Portugal


Program Committee

Adrian BurlacuRomania
Ahmet SekerciogluAustria
Ali MarjoviSwitzerland
André Scolari ConceiçãoBrazil
Andreas NuechterGermany
Andreas WitschGermany
Andreas BirkGermany
Angel SappaSpain
Anibal MatosPortugal
Anis KoubaaSaudi Arabia
Antonio BanderaSpain
António ValentePortugal
Antonio MoralesSpain
António Pedro AguiarPortugal
Antonios GasteratosGreece
Arnoud VisserNetherlands
Brígida Mónica FariaPortugal
Bruno Siciliano Italy
Carlos CarretoPortugal
Cristina SantosPortugal
Daniel D. LeeUnited States of America
Daniele NardiItaly
Denis WolfBrazil
Edson PrestesBrazil
Elena MessinaUnited States of America
Enrico NatalizioFrance
Fabio BonsignorioItaly
Fernando RibeiroPortugal
Gabriel OliverSpain
Gerald SteinbauerAustria
Gerhard KraetzschmarGermany
Gerhard NeumannGermany
Giorgio ButtazzoItaly
Giovanni MuscatoItaly
Gurvinder VirkSweden
Hans Du BufPortugal
Hugo CostelhaPortugal
Huimin LuChina
Ivan PetrovićCroatia
Jan FaiglCzech Republic
Jana TumovaSweden
Jesus SavageMexico
João FabroBrazil
Jose Luís AzevedoPortugal
Jose Luis Blanco ClaracoSpain
Josemar Rodrigues de SouzaBrazil
Jun OtaJapan
Klaus DorerGermany
Levent HakinTurkey
Lino MarquesPortugal
Luis GomesPortugal
Luis MerinoSpain
Luis Seabra LopesPortugal
Manuel A. ArmadaSpain
Marcelo BeckerBrazil
Marcelo PetryBrazil
Marco SimõesBrazil
Marco DorigoBelgium
Mário CamposBrazil
Nieves Pavón-PulidoSpain
Oscar MozosUnited Kingdom
Pablo Gonzalez-de-SantosSpain
Paulo GoncalvesPortugal
Paulo MenezesPortugal
Pedro U. LimaPortugal
Raul MoraisPortugal
Reinaldo BianchiBrazil
Robin SoetensNetherlands
Rodrigo VenturaPortugal
Rui RochaPortugal
Stefan MayGermany
Tariq SattarUnited Kingdom
Tiago NascimentoBrazil
Valeria LoscriFrance
Veysel GaziTurkey
Vitor SantosPortugal


Invited Speaker: Rainer Bischoff, KUKA’s Corporate Research department, Augsburg - Germany
Talk: Designing robot competitions with a benefit for the industry

Abstract: The talk will give insight in how KUKA maintains its leadership in industrial and professional service robotics technology and innovation through collaboration with research institutes and academia, and in particular, by helping to design robot competitions. Competitions in robotics are an excellent vehicle for advancing the state of the art and evaluating new algorithms and technologies in the context of a common problem domain. However, there is no regular and established process of technology transfer of research projects to actual applications of industrial and commercial impact. To seize the opportunities of competitions, several EC projects were launched that specified benchmarking challenges and methods and that suggested ways of evaluating the performance of single modules, subsystems and functions of integrated systems. This talk will present results of ongoing and recently finished projects and shed light on best practices at KUKA in designing and executing competitions with a benefit for the robotics industry and the factory of the future.

Biography: Dr. Rainer Bischoff is Head of KUKA’s Corporate Research department, responsible for research and technology development preceding product development. Dr. Bischoff received his „Doktor-Ingenieur“ degree from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology for his contributions towards the development of personal robots. He serves as Vice-President Industry of euRobotics AISBL – the European Robotics Association he helped to create to unite European roboticists and to engage in a public-private partnership with the European Commission. For leadership and outstanding contributions to the cooperation of academia and industry, and for managing and promoting significant technology transfer in the area of industrial and service robotics he was granted the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award in 2012. In 2015, he received the IROS Toshio Fukuda Young Professional Award for his technical contributions to the personal robotic assistant HERMES and his effort in uniting the European Robotics Community.

Social Program

2016, 5th May - Castle Visit and Conference dinner
A guided tour to the origins of the city of Bragança will take place in the citadel. The focus will be on the Castle, the walls and the nearby monuments "Domus Municipalis", "Pelourinho" and "Santa Maria Church".

2016, 6th May - Environmental Cruise of the International Biological Station on Lake Sanabria
This visit takes place aboard of the first Wind-Solar Catamaran, also certified zero emission, zero effluent, zero waste and zero decibel sound on noise ambient. The visit to the underwater world of this glacial lake will be guided by biologists-divers with underwater cameras and radio communication.


The following hotels are recommended by the organization.

Hotel Ibis

This hotel is located at 5.0 km from Robotica 2016 venue.
(+351) 273 302 520

Price of the hotel per night (breakfast included):
39,50€ per single room
46,00€ per double room

Hotel Estalagem Turismo

This hotel is located at 2.9 km from Robotica 2016 venue.
(+351) 273 324 204 / 273 310 700

Price of the hotel per night (breakfast included):
30,00€ per single room
45,00€ per double room
60,00€ per triple room
75,00€ per bungalow (2 persons)

Hotel São Lázaro

This hotel is located at 5.9 km from Robotica 2016 venue.
(+351) 273 310 070

Price of the hotel per night (breakfast included):
30,00€ per single room
40,00€ per double room
60,00€ per triple room

Hotel Santa Apolónia

This hotel is located at 1,8 km from Robotica 2016 venue.
(+351) 273 313 219 / 273 312 073

Price of the hotel per night (breakfast included):
33,00€ per single room
43,00€ per double room

To guarantee these fees, booking should be done directly by the participants through the email mentioning the participation in “Robótica 2016”, until April 15th.


The meeting will take place in NERBA place.

Name: Nerba - Associação Empresarial do Distrito de Bragança
Address: Av. das Cantarias, 5300 Bragança – Portugal
GPS Coordinates: 41.7794528,-6.7798504,21



From Porto/Lisbon

There are many daily connections from Porto, Lisbon and other major cities to Bragança.
The following bus companies operate to and from Bragança:

From Zamora (Spain)

Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays - 15h45 (departure) - 18h00 (arrival)

Wednesday, Saturday and Monday - 5h00 (departure) - 6h00 (arrival)

Operated by Socintarbus. Previous reservation is required.

Car Rentals

Major car rental companies operate in Portugal. Cars can be rented at airports and major cities in the country.
For road information visit:



TRÁS-OS-MONTES, region designated as "Wonderful kingdom" by the Portuguese author Miguel Torga.

The district of Bragança is located in Trás-os-Montes, in the northeast of Portugal, an attractive region known for its traditions, handicraft, gastronomy and its landscape. The regions located in the north part of the district, more cold and highest in altitude, are known as Terra Fria Transmontana and present a landscape dominated by plateaus and mountains, with deep and narrow valleys. More to the south, we find the region known as Terra Quente Trasmontana, of milder climate, marked by the Douro river and the valleys of its tributary rivers. In this region you can visit the Natural Park of Montesinho, the International Douro Park or the Protected Landscape of Azibo, where you can be marvel at the scenery with a diverse flora and fauna.

Those who visit the northeastern of Portugal have the opportunity to discover an ancient culture whose roots are lost in Pagan antiquity, with its traditional festivities such as the Boys' Festivity ("festa dos rapazes"), the Caretos and the war dances of Pauliteiros accompanied with rhythmic music from bagpipes. You can also admire the traditional handicrafts, including works with copper, leather and wood, weaving, basketry and the famous decorative masks.

You will also have the opportunity to taste the gastronomic delights typical from this region, especially the traditional "alheira", the typical beef steak known as "posta à Mirandesa", lamb from Montesinho, trout fish, game meat (partridge, wild boar, and hare) and the "Folar de Bragança" prepared with bread-like dough and a variety of different meat.

In the city of Bragança, there are several monuments and museums you can visit. Do not miss a walk in the castle, passing by the Watchtower, the "Domus Municipalis", a singular building in the Iberian Peninsula in Romanesque architecture, and several religious monuments.

Take a quick look at the video and see the "wonderful kingdom" that is waiting for you!