RA-L Paper Awards


Each year, the RA-L Senior Volunteers (EiC, Deputy EiC, and Senior Editors) nominate and vote for the Best Paper(s) published online in the previous calendar year. The announcements are made at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation awards event. The winners and honorable mentions of the “RA-L Best Paper Award” for each previous year are listed below.



P. Florence, L. Manuelli, and R. Tedrake, "Self-Supervised Correspondence in Visuomotor Policy Learning," in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 492-499, 2020. (Online publication: 28 November 2019)

Y.-J. Kim, J. Yoon, and Y.-W. Sim, “Fluid Lubricated Dexterous Finger Mechanism for Human-Like Impact Absorbing Capability,” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters , vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 3971-3978, 2019. (Online publication: 22 July 2019)

T. Kislassi and D. Zarrouk, "A Minimally Actuated Reconfigurable Continuous Track Robot," in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 652-659, 2020. (Online publication: 11 December 2019)

N. Kuppuswamy, A. Castro, C. Phillips-Grafflin, A. Alspach, and R. Tedrake, “Fast Model-Based Contact Patch and Pose Estimation for Highly Deformable Dense-Geometry Tactile Sensors,” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 1811-1818, 2020. (Online publication: 19 December 2019)

T. Ort, K. Murthy, R. Banerjee, S. K. Gottipati, D. Bhatt, I. Gilitschenski, L. Paull, and D. Rus, "MapLite: Autonomous Intersection Navigation Without a Detailed Prior Map," in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 556-563, 2020. (Online publication: 19 December 2019.


Honorable Mentions: 

C. Della Santina and Daniela Rus, “Control Oriented Modeling of Soft Robots: The Polynomial Curvature Case,” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 290-298, 2020. (Online publication: 26 November 2019)

G. Shan, Z. Zhang, C. Dai, X. Wang, L.-T. Chu, Y. Sun, “Model-Based Robotic Cell Aspiration: Tackling Nonlinear Dynamics and Varying Cell Sizes,” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Lettersvol. 5, no. 1, pp. 173-178, 2020. (Online publication: 11 November 2019)

J.-B. Weibel, T. Patten, and M. Vincze, “Addressing the Sim2Real Gap in Robotic 3-D Object Classification,” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 407-413, 2020. (Online publication: 12 December 2019)

S. Zhou, H. Zhao, W. Chen, Z. Miao, Z. Liu, H. Wang and Y.-H. Liu, “Robust Path Following of the Tractor-Trailers System in GPS-Denied Environments,” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 500-507, 2020. (Online publication: 29 November 2019)

S. Itadera, E. Dean-Leon, J. Nakanishi, Y. Hasegawa, G. Cheng, “Predictive Optimization of Assistive Force in Admittance Control-Based Physical Interaction for Robotic Gait Assistance,” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 3609-3616, 2019. (Online publication: 15 July 2019)



Winner: B. Penin, P. R. Giordano, and F. Chaumette, "Vision-Based Reactive Planning for Aggressive Target Tracking While Avoiding Collisions and Occlusions," in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 3725-3732, Oct. 2018.

Honorable Mention: R. Calandra, A. Owens, D. Jayaraman, J. Lin, W. Yuan, J. Malik, E. H. Adelson, and S. Levine, "More Than a Feeling: Learning to Grasp and Regrasp Using Vision and Touch," in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 3300-3307, Oct. 2018.

Honorable Mention: A. R. Vidal, H. Rebecq, T. Horstschaefer and D. Scaramuzza, "Ultimate SLAM? Combining Events, Images, and IMU for Robust Visual SLAM in HDR and High-Speed Scenarios," in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 994-1001, April 2018.

Winner:  C. Garcia Cifuentes, J. Issac, M. Wüthrich, S. Schaal and J. Bohg, "Probabilistic Articulated Real-Time Tracking for Robot Manipulation," in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 577-584, April 2017. doi: 10.1109/LRA.2016.2645124

Winner:  T. Bartelds, A. Capra, S. Hamaza, S. Stramigioli and M. Fumagalli, "Compliant Aerial Manipulators: Toward a New Generation of Aerial Robotic Workers," in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 477-483, Jan. 2016.

Winner:  M. C. Yip and D. B. Camarillo, "Model-Less Hybrid Position/Force Control: A Minimalist Approach for Continuum Manipulators in Unknown, Constrained Environments," in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 844-851, July 2016.

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