2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

The 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) took place at Vancouver, BC, Canada September 24–28, 2017. This year, IROS celebrated its 30th anniversary! For this occasion, the organizers collected photos and videos from the IROS community, and these mementos were later showcased during the conference. Besides the anniversary, this year’s meeting focused on the emerging challenge of human-robot collaboration. This focus was emphasized by the conference main theme: “Friendly People, Friendly Robots”. 

This conference has seen the biggest attendance in the history of IROS, with over 2700 people registering for the event. Not only the registrations, but the paper submissions have also seen an all-time height, with 2164 paper submitted and eventually 970 accepted. Besides the main track, 39 workshops were organized along with 3 robotics competitions. From the many statistics available, it is worth noting that IROB's focus on Medical Robotics was very strong, being the 3rd most often occurring keyword in publications.

From the Antal Bejczy Center for Intelligent Robotics (IRob), Tamás Haidegger and Dénes Á. Nagy presented their work on standardization and ontology based surgical subtask automation, respectively. The presentation on Ontological subtask automation presented our initial work on how workflow analysis and Surgical Process Modeling can be used in high level procedure planning for automation. This work presented our ongoing research effort to bridge the gap between individual research projects, and aims to create a modular structure for automation.

As a last surprise from the organizers, Jorge Cham, the author of PhD Comics was invited for a special plenary. Whoever is not familiar with his work, should quickly pick up on reading (http://phdcomics.com/)!