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Call For Papers

10th International Robotic Sailing Conference                                      IRSC   2017 8th Sep 2017

World Robotic Sailing Championship                                                    WRSC 2017 4th –7th Sep 2017

University College of Southeast Norway (USN)

IRSC 2017 is pleased to invite paper submissions.

Important Dates

Full Paper Submission:                                                                            May 12th

Notification of Acceptance:                                                                      June 12th

Submission of Camera Ready Paper:                                                     June 30th

Conference Date:                                                                                      September 8th

Proceedings published by Springer.

IRSC/WRSC2017 General Chair:                                                           Marius Tannum, USN

IRSC 2017 Programme Chair:                                                                Kjell Ivar Øvergård, USN

Robotic Sailing

Robotic sailing offers the potential of long range and long term autonomous wind propelled, solar or wave-powered carbon neutral devices. Robotic sailing devices could contribute to monitoring of environmental, ecological, meteorological, hydrographic and oceanographic data. These devices can also be used in traffic monitoring, border surveillance, security, assistance, goods transport, and rescue.


The dependency on changing winds and sea conditions presents a considerable challenge for short and long term route and stability planning, collision avoidance and boat control. Building a robust and seaworthy sailing robot presents a truly complex and multi-disciplinary challenge for boat designers, naval architects, systems/electrical engineers and computer scientists.


Since 2004, competitions such as Sailbot, World Robotic Sailing Championship and Microtransat have sparked an explosion in the number of groups working on autonomous sailing robots.

Despite this interest, there are still many unsolved challenges to build truly autonomous sailing robots that can operate reliably in open waters.



The International Robotic Sailing Conference (IRSC) provides researchers with the opportunity to present and exchange ideas on their work on autonomous surface marine robotics. IRSC proceedings present the cutting edge of work in a variety of fields related to robotic sailing. IRSC 2017 conference proceedings will be published by Springer.



WRSC2017 is organised in conjunction with IRSC2017 and includes a series of short distance racing, navigation and autonomy challenges. The competition will propose tasks such as station, speed in different conditions, accuracy, obstacle avoidance, target tracking, endurance and cooperation. Previous IRSC/WRSC events have been hosted in Portugal (2016), Finland (2015), Ireland (2014), France (2013), Wales (2012), Germany (2011), Canada (2010), Portugal (2009) and Austria (2008).


Paper Submission Topics

IRSC 2017 welcomes paper submissions on a range of topics around autonomous surface marine robotics (especially sailing robots), including but not limited to:


· Applications of autonomous marine robots

· Sensors and actuators for autonomous sailing

· Hardware and software organisation

· System development and validation

· Route planning, navigation and optimisation

· Control architectures and algorithms

· Mechanical design and advanced materials

· Collision avoidance, boat-to-boat communication

· Machine learning and adaptation

· Energy and power management

· Robotic boats in teaching

· Legal issues for autonomous vessels

· Modelling, simulation, control and stability analysis

· Naval architecture

· Marine engineering

Paper Submission Process

All submissions and reviews for the IRSC2017 conference is facilitated via the online EasyChair system, which enables authors to submit abstracts and papers and to receive peer review from Programme Committee members. In order to use the EasyChair system, you will need to set up an EasyChair account if you do not already have one. Refer to the step-by-step guide to using EasyChair for IRSC2017 abstract submission.



Full paper submission

Submission of full papers (deadline May 12th 2017) via EasyChair will follow acceptance of abstracts. Full papers may be up to 8 pages in length, including figures.  

Please adhere to the paper template guidelines.


Further Information

For further information, contact Marius Tannum or Kjell Ivar Øvergård.

Submission of full papers via EasyChair will follow acceptance of abstracts.


Full papers may be up to 8 pages in length, including figures.  


Please adhere to the paper template guidelines.

Proceedings are published by Springer.

Programme Committee

Kjell Ivar Øvergård                    University College of Southeast Norway (programme committee chair)

Cedric Pradalier                        GeorgiaTech Lorraine
Fabrice Le Bars                         École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA) Bretagne, France
Jose Carlos Alves                      Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Diedrich Wolter                         University of Bremen, Germany
Benedita Malheiro                    Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal
Alexander Schlaefer                 Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
Noureddine Bouhmala            University College of Southeast Norway
Oren Gal                                   Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Michael Schukat                       National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Paul Miller                                 US Naval Academy, United States of America 
Colin Sauze                               Aberystwyth University, Wales, United Kingdom
Halvor Schøyen                        University College of Southeast Norway
Jan Kåre Bording                     University College of Southeast Norway
Kostia Roncin                            École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA) Bretagne, France
Jorge Cabrera                           Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Ole Blaurock                             Fachhochschule Lübeck, Germany
Erik Maehle                               University of Lübeck, Germany
Anna Friebe                              Åland University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Bjørn-Olav Holtung Eriksen   Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Andreas Flaåten                       Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Nuno A. Cruz                            Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Benoit Clement                         École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA) Bretagne, France

Roland Stelzer                          Happylab GmbH, Austria


Please check back for detailed comference program.

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