International Conference on Social Robotics

ICSR Robot Design Competition 2015

Can a robot interaction be more natural and friendly? Could a human be emotionally attached to a robot and vice-versa? How will be the interaction between human and robot look like in future? What kind of interactions are best suitable for integration into our society?

The International Conference on Social Robotics 2015 welcomes conceptual idea or practical demonstrations as submissions to the robot design competition, which will be held during the conference. The competition is open to all disciplines and centers on the theme of ‘companionship’ in social robotics. We are looking for ideas for creating future robots that people will want to spend time with in a social sense, and the benefits that such robots may give to society or individuals.

This year the robot design competition welcomes applicants from any background and in whatever format best suits your idea and your practice. Submissions may include posters, videos, prototypes, models, puppets, performances, sculpture etc. The only constraint is that your idea can be presented to the conference audience in a busy room during an hour long session.

Each submission will need to be accompanied by a (maximum) 2 page summary including a concise abstract/synopsis of a maximum of 50 words. 10 submissions will be initially selected for presentation at the conference during an interactive session. Following the presentation, conference attendees will vote for the top three entries, all of whom will receive certificates and prizes provided by our sponsors.

Whatever your background or experience, this competition is a great way to meet and present your work to an international robotics research audience.

Submission information

Submit your robot companion design in a format suits your idea to If your application is physical, performative or otherwise unsuitable to submit via in this way, please send details to the email above and we will arrange the appropriate means to receive it. Please note that we are unable to cover transport or accommodation costs for shortlisted presenters.

Deadline for applications: 21 September, 2015, 23:59 GMT (extended deadline)

Notification for shortlisted applicants: 28 September, 2015