TAROS 2017 will be held in Guildford, University of Surrey, 19th – 21st July 2017.

17th Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS-16) took place on 28th-30th June 2016

The University of Sheffield, U.K., hosted by Sheffield Robotics



TAROS (Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems) is aimed at the presentation and discussion of the latest results and methods in autonomous robotics research and applications. TAROS offers a friendly environment for robotics researchers and industry to take stock and plan future progress. TAROS 2016 will be held at the University of Sheffield and will include an academic conference, industry exhibitions/talks, robot demonstrations and other satellite events.

TAROS welcomes senior researchers and research students alike, and specifically provides opportunities for research students and young research scientists to present their work to the scientific community.

As in previous years the TAROS 2016 proceedings will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series and all accepted papers will be included in the printed proceedings.

TAROS is a platform for robotics researchers with a wide range of interests from the UK, Europe and worldwide. TAROS welcomes paper submissions on a wide range of topics related to the principles and practice of robotics.  Submissions of papers are invited in, but not limited to, the following topics and related areas:

  • Advanced applications of autonomous robots (industrial and research)
  • Advanced materials and techniques
  • Advanced medical robotics; Robots for surgery; Assistive robotics; Intelligent prostheses
  • Applications development, hardware issues, devices and techniques, advanced sensors and actuators
  • Autonomous assembly robotics; Modular reconfigurable robots; Evolutionary robotics
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Bio-mimetic and bio-inspired robotics; Bio-hybrid robotic systems
  • Cognitive robotics; Developmental robotics
  • Ethical and societal issues in robotics; Robots in education, the arts and entertainment; Personal robotics
  • Field robotics
  • Flying robots (unmanned- and micro- air vehicles); Space and planetary robotics
  • Humanoid robotics
  • Human-robot interaction and interfaces
  • Legged robots
  • Learning and adaptation
  • Long-term interaction and operation
  • Modelling and analysis of robot models
  • Navigation, localization, map building and path planning; Analysis of robot-environment interaction
  • Robot autonomy including energy self-sufficiency; Robot control architectures; Robot vision, sensing and perception
  • Robot communication and language
  • Safety, verification and validation for robotic applications
  • Service robotics
  • Swarm robotics; Collective robots

Paper Submission

Paper submissions are now closed, and accepted authors have been notified


TAROS 2016 will be hosted by Sheffield Robotics, in the Pam Liversidge Building






Posters will be presented in two sessions at TAROS 2016.  There will be an opportunity for authors to present a single-slide, 3 minute (strict maximum) explanation of their work on Tuesday 28th June (4:20-5:00pm), and a dedicated session for delegates to view posters on Wednesday 29th June (12:10-1:00pm), when at least one author should be available to answer questions.
The TAROS Best Poster Prize is sponsored by Sheffield Robotics, and will be awarded during the final session on Thursday 30th June.

Poster format:

A0 size, portrait orientation (no onsite printing services available)


Registration is now open, with ‘Early bird’ registrations closing 3rd June 2016.

Early bird fees are:
£90 student, £150 non-student

After 3rd June:
£130 student, £210 non-student

(£50 additional for the conference dinner, which will take place at the fabulous Kelham Island Museum)

Click HERE for registration.

We are pleased to announce that the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Robotics and Mechatronics TPN will once again be sponsoring a public lecture as part of the TAROS conference. Registration for this lecture will open soon, and we hope our delegates will be able to join us.

Prof Angelo Cangelosi

Director of the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems, Plymouth University
“Developmental Robotics for Embodied Language Learning”

Tuesday 28th June, with a drinks reception from 6pm.
The Diamond, The University of Sheffield

Please note that registration is essential, and separate to TAROS registration, and you can register HERE


For suggested hotels in Sheffield please click HERE.

The conference will be held in the Pam Liversidge Building, close to the city centre.

Student accommodation is also available, a 25-30 minute walk (or a short bus journey) away.  The cost is £44.00 per person, per night for bed and breakfast, single en-suite room.  Please click HERE for further details.

A number of sponsored prizes are available this year, and we thank our sponsors for their generosity:

  • Best Student Paper Prize
    In memory of the late Prof. Ulrich Nehmzow (1961-2010), a founder and leading light of the TAROS conference series
  • IET Robotics and Mechatronics TPN Prize for the most promising robot application
  • Springer Best Paper Prize
  • TAROS Best Poster Prize – sponsored by Sheffield Robotics

In addition to these prizes, the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network have kindly sponsored one of our invited speakers.


Many thanks to our Programme Committee for their prompt and thorough reviews.  We are pleased to have completed the review and acceptance process, and the Programme Chairs are currently finalising the running order.

Steering Committee

Prof Mark Witkowski
Prof Chris Melhuish

Conference Chairs

Prof Tony Prescott
Prof Jacques Penders

Academic Conference Programme Chairs

Dr Lyuba Alboul
Dr Dana Damian
Dr Jonathan Aitken

Local Organisers

Louise Caffrey – Contact email: l.caffrey@sheffield.ac.uk
Dr Daniela Dybalova
Dr Iveta Eimontaite
Dr James Law
Dr Ana MacIntosh
Dr Ekaterina Netchitailova

Programme Committee

Jonathan M. Aitken University of Sheffield, UK
Lyuba Alboul Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Rob Alexander University of York, UK
Ronald Arkin Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Robert Babuska Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Martin Beer Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Nicola Bellotto University of Lincoln, UK
Giuseppe Carbone Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Dana Damian University of Sheffield, UK
Alessandro Dinuovo Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Clare Dixon University of Liverpool, UK
Tony Dodd University of Sheffield, UK
Stephane Doncieux ISIR, France
Marco Dorigo Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Matthew Dunnigan Heriot-Watt University, UK
Mustapha Suphi Erden Heriot-Watt University, UK
Richard French University of Sheffield, UK
Antonios Gasteratos Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
Dan Gladwin University of Sheffield, UK
Roderich Gross University of Sheffield, UK
Dongbing Gu University of Essex, UK
Heiko Hamann University of Paderborn, Germany
William Harwin University of Reading, UK
Alan Holloway Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Roberto Iglesias-Rodriguez University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Yaochu Jin University of Surrey, UK
Mike Jump University of Liverpool, UK
Maarja Kruusmaa Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Haruhisa Kurokawa National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
Fred Labrosse Aberystwyth University, UK
Stanislao Lauria Brunel University, UK
James Law University of Sheffield, UK
Mark Lee Aberystwyth University, UK
Marco Leo Institute of Optics, Italy
Raul Marin Jaume I University of Castellon, Spain
Owen McAree University of Sheffield, UK
Chris Melhuish University of Bristol, UK
Antonio Neves DETI-IEETA-University of Aveiro, Portugal
Jacques Penders Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Tony Prescott University of Sheffield, UK
Rob Richardson University of Leeds, UK
Marcos Rodrigues Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Barbara Webb University of Edinburgh, UK
Myra Wilson Aberystwyth University, UK
Alan Winfield University of the West of England, UK
Mark Witkowski Imperial College London, UK
Ulf Witkowski South Westphalia of Applied Sciences, UK
Masaki Yamakita Tokyo Tech, Japan

Industrial Perspectives on the V&V of Autonomous Systems Workshop – Friday 1st July 2016

The EPSRC Network on the “Verification and Validation of Autonomous Systems”, www.vavas.org, together with the EPSRC funded project “Towards More Autonomy for Unmanned Vehicles: Situational Awareness and Decision Making under Uncertainty” are organising this workshop.

Organised by: Wen-Hua Chen (Loughborough) – Michael Fisher (Liverpool) – Nikos Pronios (Innovate UK)

Venue and registration:

The workshop will be held in Sheffield, in the Pam Liversidge Building, and is associated with the TAROS conference. The workshop is free, but participants should register HERE.

For further details, including a full programme, please go to the main V&V workshop page (LINK).


Kindly sponsored by:IET logo