18th Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS) Conference

The University of Surrey hosted the 18th Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS) Conference from the 19 - 21 July 2017.

The full programme

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TAROS is the longest running UK-hosted international conference on Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS), which is aimed at the presentation and discussion of the latest results and methods in autonomous robotics research and applications.

TAROS offers a friendly environment for robotics researchers and industry to take stock and plan future progress. It welcomes senior researchers and research students alike, and specifically provides opportunities for research students and young research scientists to present their work to the scientific community.


  • Best Paper Prize sponsored by Springer
  • Best Student Paper Prize in memory of the late Prof. Ulrich Nehmzow
  • Best Robotics Demonstration Prize sponsored by IET
  • Best Poster Prize sponsored by UK-RAS Network


As in previous years, the TAROS 2017 proceeding was published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series. Furthermore, selected papers published in the proceedings were invited to submit an extended version to the Special Issue on “Autonomous Robotics” within the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems.