The 2018 International Robotic Sailing Conference will be held on August 31st and September 1st 2018, at the University of Southampton.

Important Dates

Full paper draft submission: 22nd of May
Reviewers’ response: 10th of June
Final print version submission: 26th of June
Conference: 31th of August to 1st of September


Paper Submission Topics

IRSC 2018 welcomes paper submissions on a range of topics around autonomous surface marine robotics, especially sailing robots.

This year’s IRSC theme is ‘Situational Awareness’, so we especially invite submissions applying this theme on related topics:

  • failure detection
  • obstacle avoidance
  • collaboration with other vessels
  • interaction with other parties in the marine environment

Further submission topics include, but are 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

Program Committee

  • Nick Townsend, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Sophia M Schillai, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Thomas Klyver, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Nuno Cruz, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
  • Anna Friebe, Åland University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Paul Miller, US Coast Guard Academy
  • Colin Sauze, Aberystwyth University, Wales, United Kingdom
  • Benedita Malheiro, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal
  • Oren Gal, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Ole Blaurock, Fachhochschule Lübeck, Germany

Organizing committee

  • Sophia M Schillai, University of Southampton
  • Nick Townsend, University of Southampton


Submission of full paper drafts for review (deadline May 22nd 2018) via Easy Chair. Full papers may be up to 8 pages in length, including figures.