Image credits (clockwise from top left): MBARI, Carnegie Mellon University, NASA/JPL, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Freiburg, TU Wien (Vienna), University of Oxford

Autonomous systems have a long history in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics. However, only through recent advances in technology has it been possible to create autonomous systems capable of operating in long-term, real-world scenarios. Examples include autonomous robots that operate outdoors on land, air, water, and space, and indoors in offices, care homes, and factories. Designing, developing, and maintaining autonomous systems that operate over long periods of time, i.e. weeks, months, or years, poses many challenges. In this workshop we will focus on such challenges for autonomous intelligent systems in long-term scenarios.

Related to this workshop are previous events that have been held at major robotics conferences (e.g. ICRA, Long-term Autonomy 2011-2014) and events on AI and Robotics

The aim of the AI for Long-term Autonomy (AI-LTA) workshop is to bring researchers from the AI and Robotics communities together to exchange ideas and discuss problems in the context of long-term autonomous systems.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Suitable representations for long-term, large-scale data
  • Reasoning about environmental change
  • Long-term mission planning and exploration
  • State estimation in dynamic environments
  • Lifelong learning and adaptation
  • Context-dependent decision making
  • Verification of long-term autonomous systems

Call for Contributions

We invite extended abstracts and short papers of 2-4 pages in the standard ICRA conference format. Submissions should describe AI techniques which are applied to problems relevant to autonomous systems in long-term scenarios. 

Submissions will be judged based on relevance to the workshop topics, technical quality, and novelty.

Authors of accepted papers are expected to give a lightning talk (2 minutes) and to present a poster at the workshop. A few selected papers will be presented by 20-minute talks.

Please send all inquiries and submissions to ailta.icra2016@gmail.com

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: 15 March 2016  5 April 2016 (UTC-12)
  • Notification of acceptance: 20 April 2016
  • Camera ready paper: 29 April 2016
  • Workshop: Monday, 16 May, 2016

Workshop Date and Location

WhenMonday, 16 May, 2016 (full-day) (cf. Program)

WhereStockholm Waterfront Congress Center, in downtown Stockholm (see Google maps): Room A2 (cf. floor plan). 

Please note: The poster sessions will take place in Room M1 (outside A1) during the coffee breaks (i.e. 10:20 and 15:20).

Intended Audience

The target audience are academic researchers and industry professionals who are interested in AI-based and robotic systems that operate in long-term, real-world scenarios. The workshop will include presentations from leading experts in the field who will present the state-of-the-art of AI-based robotic systems that operate outdoors on land, in water and in space in indoors in everyday human environments.

Workshop Format

Full-day workshop with different types of events: invited talks, paper presentations, lightning talks, poster sessions, and a panel discussion. Several invited talks from experts in Robotics and AI will provide the main structure of the day. Between the invited talks we will schedule a number of selected paper presentations of accepted papers. Moreover, authors of accepted papers will each give a lightning talk and present a poster during two poster sessions. The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion featuring the invited speakers (cf. Program).


Please send all inquiries and submissions to ailta.icra2016@gmail.com

This full-day workshop is supported by the IEEE Technical Commitee on Cognitive Robotics and the STRANDS project.