Paper Submission

August 28-31, 2023

Paradise Hotel, Busan, Korea

Robot Design Competitions

Important Dates

* All deadlines are 23:59:59 Pacific Time

Submission Deadline: June 10, 2023

Notification of Acceptance: June 20, 2023

Final versions Submission: June 30, 2023

For the 32nd IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2023, we are inviting submissions to the Robot Design Competition. Building upon this year’s conference theme of Designing a New Bridge for H-R-I, participating teams will develop interactive robotic objects that enhance any level of H (health, happiness, and hope), R (recovery and reconnection), and/or I (interface and interaction). We encourage participants to identify and focus on a particular interaction context, develop their own interactive robotic objects, and create scenarios that illustrate how their robots fit within the lives of the humans involved.


Initial Submissions: Robot Design Competition participants should prepare an initial submission and email it to by the deadline date of 10 June 2023. Creating and emailing an initial submission is how teams enter the competition, and indicate that they’re working on a project.

Each team’s initial submission should be a 2-4 page pictorial, following the call template open format (A4), that includes:

  • Project title and authors (names, affiliations, and email addresses).

  • An abstract of 150 words or fewer.

  • A brief description of the design context, the people involved, and the activities in which they, and the interactive robotic object, will engage.
    The description can be technical and/or behavioral, but should allow the Chairs to evaluate the proposed or ongoing project.

  • One or more rough or refined representative images of the interactive robotic object, which can include hand-drawn sketches, digital renderings, CAD models, and/or photographs.

Click the link below to download a template for initial Submission

Final Submissions: Teams whose submissions are accepted should submit a final version of 2-4 page pictorial to the Robot Design Competition Chairs via email ( by 30 June 2023, updated to reflect the team’s progress to that date. The final version should follow the call template open format (A4).

Click the link below to download a template for Final Submission


Winners will be announced at the end of the conference during the closing ceremony. A jury of RO-MAN community luminaries will select winners in 2 categories. There will be 2 awards, with winners in each category (A: Design process, and B: Final designs) receiving a $500 prize.

Contact Information

Competitions Chair, Sonya S. Kwak, Maria Luce Lupetti, David Sirkin at