Call for Papers Deadline: Special Issue on AI for Long-Term Autonomy

On 8 Nov, 2017

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AI for Long-Term Autonomy

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit your research papers to the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (IEEE RA-L) Special Issue on "AI for Long-term Autonomy”.

All accepted papers of this Special Issue will be presented at the forthcoming 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Madrid, Spain. Please visit the official webpage of the Special Issue at:


Autonomous systems have a long history in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics. However, only through recent advances in technology has it been possible to create autonomous systems capable of operating in long-term, real-world scenarios. Examples include autonomous robots that operate outdoors on land, air, water, and space, and indoors in offices, care homes, and factories. Designing, developing, and maintaining intelligent autonomous systems that operate in real-world environments over long periods of time, i.e. weeks, months, or years, poses many challenges. The proposed Special Issue will focus on such challenges and on ways to overcome them using methods from AI.


The Special Issue is motivated by the success of the Workshop on “AI for Long-Term Autonomy”, organized by the Guest Editors at the ICRA’16 conference on 16 May 2016 ( The quality of the speakers and number of attendees (ca. 200) were very encouraging. In the absence of published proceedings of the Workshop, the important contributions presented there could be missed by a wider public. The Special Issue encourages contributions by other attendees of the workshop and the wider scientific community working on related issues in AI for long-running robotic systems.

The workshop was endorsed by the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Representations for long-term, large-scale data
  • Reasoning about environmental change
  • Long-term mission planning and exploration
  • Perception and state estimation in dynamic environments
  • Lifelong learning and adaptation* Experience-based decision making
  • Verification of long-term autonomous systems
  • Field trials of long-running robotic systems in diverse application domains


8 November 2017 – Special Issue Call Publication
17 February ​2018  Special Issue Submission Opens
24 February​​ ​2018 (same as RAL/IROS)  Special Issue Submission Closes
21 May​ ​​2018 – First Decision Communicated to Authors
25 July​ ​2018  Final Decision Communicated to Authors
23 August ​2018  Accepted RAL Papers appear on Xplore

Guest Editors

Tom Duckett portrait
Tom Duckett
AI for Long-Term Autonomy
University of Lincoln
Lincoln, England, UK
Marc Hanheide portrait
Marc Hanheide
AI for Long-Term Autonomy
University of Lincoln
Lincoln, England, UK
Nick Hawes portrait
Nick Hawes
AI for Long-Term Autonomy
University of Oxford
Oxford, England, UK
Lars Kunze portrait
Lars Kunze
AI for Long-Term Autonomy
University of Oxford
Oxford, England, UK
Gabe Sibley portrait
Gabe Sibley
AI for Long-Term Autonomy
University of Colorado
Boulder (CO), USA

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