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

Update:  IRSC 2018 goes open access

Over the last months we have been reviewing publishing options with the goal of making your academic work more accessible to the public and further improving IRSC visibility.
We can now announce that the IRSC proceedings publisher will be either CEUR-WS or the University of Southampton. With both publishing options the proceedings will receive unique identifiers (URN or ISBN+DOI), ensuring cite-ability for your work.
This move also allows us to relax our submission process. The new submission dates are now listed in the Important Dates.

Important Dates

Full paper draft submission: June 18th
Reviewers’ response: July 12th
Final print version submission: July 30th
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
  • Alexander Schlaefer, Technische Universität Hamburg

Organizing committee

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


Submission of full paper drafts for review (deadline June 18th 2018) via Easy Chair. Full papers may be up to 8 pages in length, including figures.

Please use our template for your final submission: paper-template-IRSC2018