The Technical Committee on Model-Based Optimization for Robotics is happy to announce that after the successful event held in Summer 2020, we are organizing the TC Poster Session and Networking Event to support our community this Fall in October.

 TC Poster Session and Networking Event 2022

Our TC will hold a virtual poster session and networking event on Friday, October 7th, 9:30-11:30 AM EST (13:30-15:30 GMT). This event serves as an opportunity for our community to gather and discuss our research. By holding the event virtually, we hope to gather people from across the world! Given the success of our previous edition in 2020, the event will be held on, More details about the actual format will be announced closer to the event via email and on our website stay tuned!

If you plan to participate in the TC event with a poster, please register here (link). Posters covering recent conferences and journals, and/or other work in progress are encouraged. Excitingly, there will also be a Best Poster Award associated with the event! The award consists of $ 250 that can be used within 2022 (December 31) for expenses eligible to be reimbursed by IEEE (e.g. travel, meals). The award will be selected at the end of the event.


Poster Registration and Submission: September 26th (link)

Event Registration: Not required, link provided via email in the week of October 7th

Hope to see many of you at the TC Poster Session and Networking Event with interesting posters and discussions!

TC on Model-Based Optimization for Robotics Best Paper Award 2021

Thank you all for the overwhelming response to the call for nominations for the 2021 TC Best Paper Award. We have had a few delays in the process, so thanks to all the nominees for their patience. We are now happy to announce the finalists and winners of the 2021 edition!

Winners (two winners were selected per our best paper award rules, as there was a tie):

  • Fast UAV Trajectory Optimization Using Bilevel Optimization With Analytical Gradients (W Sun, G Tang, K Hauser)
  • Efficient Multicontact Pattern Generation With Sequential Convex Approximations of the Centroidal Dynamics (B Ponton, M Khadiv, A Meduri, L Righetti


  • Stabilization of Complementarity Systems via Contact-Aware Controllers (A Aydinoglu, P Sieg, VM Preciado, M Posa)
  • Robot-Safe Impacts with Soft Contacts Based on Learned Deformations (N Dehio, A Kheddar)

A special thanks goes to our jury members (Christian Ott, Dongheui Lee, Scott Kuindersma, Aaron Johnson, Alessandro Saccon, Jaeheung Park), who have been doing the lion’s share of the effort in helping us arrive at a winner.

Congratulations once again to the winners!



The Special Issue "Online Motion Planning and Model Predictive Control" of the journal Advanced Robotics is open for submission!

The SI is organized by Yuichi Tazaki, Kobe University; Kensuke Harada, Osaka University; Masaki Murooka, CNRS-AIST JRL, IRL; Adrien Escande, CNRS-AIST JRL, IRL.

The topics of the SI include: 

  • Motion planning and trajectory generation of various types of robots (e.g., humanoids, mobile robots)
  • Motion planning for robotic manipulation and assembly, multi-contact motion planning
  • Linear, nonlinear, and stochastic model predictive control
  • Optimization algorithms for motion planning and model predictive control
  • Integration of motion planning with perception and control, failure detection and replanning

Submission deadline: May 31st, 2022

To submit, and for further information, please refer to:


Call for Expressions of Interest for the role Junior Co-Chairs. The IEEE RAS TC on Model-Based Optimization for Robotics is seeking expressions of interest from those interested in becoming Junior Co-Chairs. 

The role of the Junior Co-Chairs will be to assist with, and in some cases lead, the ongoing and future activities of the TC. Junior TC Co-Chairs will also be considered natural candidates to serve as Co-Chairs when the TC Co-Chairs rotate. Typically, Junior Co-Chairs will be early career researchers (e.g., senior PhD students or PostDocs), though we welcome all expressions of interest. 

We are looking for keen and active researchers and practitioners from industry, government, or academia, especially those who actively participate in the RAS community (for example, attending conferences). 

Expressions of interest outlining your motivation for becoming involved, together with a CV, should be submitted through the form If you have any questions about the role, please feel free to reach out to the Co-Chairs at



Thanks to many for participating in this year's TC Best Paper Award process. We are pleased to announce our winner and finalists. 

The 2020 TC on Model-Based Optimization for Robotics Best Paper Award goes to... 


Learning Quadrupedal Locomotion over Challenging Terrain

Joonho Lee, Jemin Hwangbo, Lorenz Wellhausen, Vladlen Koltun, Marco Hutter


We would also like to acknowledge our TC Best Paper Award Finalists: 

Theodoros Stouraitis, Iordanis Chatzinikolaidis, Michael Gienger, Sethu Vijayakumar


Yanran Ding, Abhishek Pandala, Chuanzheng Li, Young-Ha Shin, Hae-Won Park


Many congratulations to all of the winners and finalists! A special thanks also goes out to our jury (Michele Focchi, Kensuke Harada, Kris Hauser, Abderrahmane Kheddar, Vincent Padois, and Quang-Cuong Pham) for their assistance in this process. 

We look forward to recognizing the great work of our TC with another round of awards next year.


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