[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] ICRS 2020 Workshop: Robotics Graduate Programs: What, How, Why?

Bill Smart smartw at oregonstate.edu
Fri Mar 6 10:12:22 PST 2020

Robotics Graduate Programs: What, How, and Why?
A full-day workshop at ICRA 2020
June 4th, 2020

Workshop web page: https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://robot.neu.edu/icra2020-workshop-gradprograms/__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!6nN5q_K0moiHVNrDGxpHCEGr1b0wLKjFdDf9p6_8qB8OaDrTX6Cp3GLRppxFxt8oCYDtIEtT$ 

More and more universities around the world are offering classes and degree
programs in robotics or autonomous systems.  However, there is currently no
formally-defined notion of what the core of graduate education in robotics
should be. This workshop will address this head-on, bringing together
researchers and educators who have been offering robotics classes and
degrees for a while, those who are just starting to offer them, and those
who are planning to offer them in the future.  It will present a broad
survey of the current state of robotics graduate education at a number of
institutions around the world and will provide ample opportunity for
interaction and brainstorming on what a modern graduate curriculum in
robotics should look like. Expected outcomes of the workshop include the
development of a body of knowledge for a graduate program in robotics and
an understanding of depth and breadth tradeoffs. The workshop will comprise
invited talks from established programs, contributed talks from newer
programs, and short presentations from current and recent graduate students
on their experiences.  The ultimate goal of the workshop is to generate a
document that will serve as a foundation roadmap for graduate education in
robotics in the future.


We are soliciting three types of contributions: (1) long papers describing
established robotics programs (6 pages); (2) short papers describing
emerging or planned programs, or elements of robotics education within
other disciplinary degree programs (4 pages); and (3) short papers
describing student experiences with formal robotics education (2 pages).
All contributions should be submitted via EasyChair, at

Long papers:  These papers should describe established robotics programs
that have been active for a while.  Ideally, these papers will provide: (1)
a summary of the overall structure of the program, the required elements,
and ; (2) some statistical information about the student body and applicant
pool; (3) an overview of the major program milestones; (4) a discussion of
how students are evaluated as they progress through the program, and the
standards (if any) that they are expected to meet (such as publication
rate); and (5) a discussion of what works well, what has worked less well,
and any plans for the future.  This is not an exhaustive list, and we
encourage authors to structure the papers as they see fit, and to discuss
the elements of their programs that they think are most important.

Short papers:  These papers should describe emerging or planned robotics
programs, and elements of robotics education that are within other
disciplinary degree programs (such as mechanical engineering or computer
science).  Ideally, the paper should provide: (1) a description of the
robot-specific elements of the program, and how they interact with the
disciplinary requirements and content; (2) some statistical information
about the student body and applicant pool; (3) a discussion of what has
worked well, what has worked less well, and any plans for the future.  In
particular, we would welcome a discussion of whether or not there are plans
to grow the program into one offering degrees in Robotics, rather than in a
sub-discipline, and of the perceived pros and cons of such a move.  As with
long papers, contributors should not feel constrained by this list, and
should discuss the elements of their programs that they think are most

Even shorter papers:  These papers should describe the experiences of the
consumers of robotics education.  Ideally, the paper should provide: (1) a
brief description of the robotics educational experiences of the authors;
(2) a discussion of what elements of this eduction proved to be most useful
post-graduation; (3) a discussion of what was missing in the education - is
there something that could have been in the program that would have better
prepared you for a career in robotics; and (4) any suggestions "from the
field" on how we can improve robotics education in general.

All contributed papers will be reviewed by the organizing committee.
Accepted authors will be invited to present the key elements of their
papers at the workshop, and we will make available the contributed papers
on the workshop web page.

Bill Smart, Oregon State University
Taskin Padir, Northeastern University
Fredrik Heintz, Linköping University
Cindy Grimm, Oregon State University

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