Robotics Retrospectives

RSS 2020 Workshop - July 12th 2020

Retrospectives Workshop @ RSS 2020

A venue for self-reflection in robotics research

The RSS Retrospectives Workshop is about reflecting on robotics research. In addition to publishing meta-analysis papers on the state of the field, this workshop will kick-start the exploration of a new kind of scientific publication, called retrospectives.

The idea for this workshop was inspired by the Machine Learning Retrospectives Workshop @ NeurIPS.

What is a retrospective?

A retrospective is written about a single paper, by that paper’s author, and takes the form of an informal blog post. The purpose of a retrospective is to answer the question:

“What should readers of this paper know now, that is not in the original publication?”

The overarching goal of retrospectives is to do better science, increase the openness and accessibility of the robotics field, and to show that it’s okay to make mistakes. We are accompanying the workshop with the open-source release of a retrospectives platform on GitHub, which will host retrospective submissions going forward after ICRA 2020.

How do I submit?

There are two tracks for submissions to the workshop:

  1. Retrospectives track. This is for submitting retrospectives about your own past papers. They can include new perspectives on the work since publication, a discussion of the strengths and limitations of the work, or acknowledgement of errors in the original manuscript. The goal is to be as open and honest about your past work as possible.
  2. Meta-analysis track. We also encourage the submission of meta-analyses of a small set of related papers (not necessarily your own). This can include observations of recent trends, a discussion of changes to the ‘common knowledge’ in the field, or something else. The goal is to spark discussion about how we do research.

To submit to the Retrospectives track, go to

For some inspiration, you can find retrospectives accepted the NeurIPS retrospectives workshop here.

Submissions can be from any subfield of robotics or related fields of interest to the Robotics community, including Computer Vision, Machine Learning or others. The main goal of the workshop is to widen what is publishable in Robotics, and to introduce researchers to more public reflections of their work as part of an ongoing effort to disseminate scientific knowledge more effectively and openly.