FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

(last updated Jun. 08, 2022)

Q. Will IROS 2022 be virtual?

A. (08/06/2022 Answer:) Affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the IROS 2020 and 2021 were successfully held online, so we have not gathered in person for two years. We recognize the importance and value of the onsite meetings, which bring us together to meet physically, especially for newcomers to the IROS community. The IROS 2022 organizing committee then decided to hold the IROS as a traditional in-person conference. Virtual attendance will also be an option for those who have travel restrictions by their organization or do not feel comfortable participating in large gatherings, with the recognition that the conference cannot be experienced fully while remote. We will strive to make the in-person event fruitful and memorable while following safety precautions as warranted.

Q. Is there an abstract submission, or not?

A. (11/12/2021 Answer:) The IROS conference only accepts FULL paper submission and never accepts abstract submission.

Q. Will you extend the deadline of paper submission?

A. (19/02/2022 Answer:) The submission deadline will not be extended. Please follow the submission deadline on our official website.

Q: Are authors allowed to link to external (anonymized) supplementary material (containing, e.g., additional technical background, proofs of theorems, additional experimental details of user study)?

A. (17/02/2022 Answer:)
1. Reviewers are not required to consider/review external material — the paper should be self-contained. Reviewers are advised not to click on links that could reveal their identity. (Given IROS’s single-blind review process, it is the identity of the reviewer, not the author, that is withheld.)

2. Authors should not use external links to avoid the page limits or avoid paying extra page charges. (They should not move items that were in the paper while under review to external links in order to have a shorter final version of the paper.) If the ideas/results are so complex and detailed that they cannot be contained in 6-8 pages, authors should consider that the conference may not be the appropriate venue for the work.

3. For the final version of an accepted paper, authors should make sure that any links will persist. For example, a link to a GitHub repository is preferred to code posted on a student’s university website.

Q. Can I make changes to my submitted paper after the deadline?

A. (04/03/2022 Answer:) IROS authors cannot make changes to their submitted manuscripts past the submission deadline.