Scaling Robot Learning

ICRA 2022 Workshop | May 27, 2022


With an increased adoption of thousands of robots in various industries comes the question of how to better deploy physical robots “at scale”. In this workshop, we are specifically interested in the challenges connected to “scaling” machine learning for robotic applications. This includes topics on both the algorithmic advancements (self-supervised learning, lifelong learning, multi-task learning, etc), and the systems side (data-acquisition at scale, distributed training, real-world challenges in deploying and maintaining a fleet of thousands of robots). The goal of this workshop is to bring together experts from different communities, industry and academia, to discuss challenges and explore new directions towards scaling robot learning.

The workshop will consist of invited talks, spotlight presentations, a poster session and  interdisciplinary panel discussions. We aim to improve the communication across a diverse set of scientists who are at various stages of their careers. Instead of the common trade-offs between attracting a wider audience with well-known speakers and enabling early-stage researchers to voice their opinion, we encourage each of our senior presenters to share their presentations with a PhD student or postdoc from their lab. We also ask all our presenters - invited and contributed - to add a “dirty laundry” slide, describing limitations of their work. We expect this will aid further discussion in poster and panel sessions in addition to helping junior researchers avoid similar roadblocks along their path.

The focus topics for our workshop include, but are not restricted to:

Thanks everybody for participating!

Invited Speakers 

Dieter Fox

U Washington / Nvidia

Jeannette Bohg


Kendra Byrne

Robotics @ Google AI

Stephanie Tellex

Brown University

Yuning Chai


Sean Wilson

Georgia Tech

Andy Marchese

Amazon Robotics

Thanks for Participating!

Live Streams

Poster Sessions Gather.Town:                                                                                              Youtube Recordings:


Submit your questions for the panel discussions here:


Friday,  27th of May, Easter Time

Room: 108B

8:30 - 8:35 Welcome organizers

8:35 - 9:00 Invited Talk 1 (Dieter Fox)

9:00 - 9:25 Invited Talk 2 (Andy Marchese)  

9:25 - 9:45 Spotlight Sessions

9.45 - 10:15 Contributed Papers Discussions

10:15 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:25 Invited Talk 3 (Jeannette Bohg)

11:25 - 12:10 QA + Panel 1 (Dieter Fox, Andy Marchese, Jeannette Bohg)

13:00 - 13:25 Invited Talk 5 (Kendra Byrne)

13:25 - 13:50 Invited Talk 6 (Stephanie Tellex)

13:50 - 14:45 Spotlight Sessions:

14:45 - 15:15 Contributed Papers Discussions

15:15 - 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:25 Invited Talk 7 (Yuning Chai)

16:25 - 16:50 Invited Talk 8 (Sean Wilson)

16:50 - 17:35 QA + Panel 2 (Kendra Byrne, Stephanie Tellex, Yuning Chai, Sean Wilson)

17:35 - 17:45 Award & Concluding remarks

Accepted Papers

Best Paper Award

Best Paper Award Finalists

Poster Instructions

Call for Contributions

We encourage participants to submit their research in the form of a single PDF. Submissions may be up to 4 pages in length, including figures, excluding references and any supplementary material. Please use the ICRA conference template. Accepted papers will be presented in a poster session and selected papers as spotlight talks. All submitted contributions will go through a single blind review process. The contributed papers will be made available on the workshop’s website. However, this does not constitute an archival publication and no formal workshop proceedings will be made available, meaning contributors are free to publish their work in archival journals or conference.

Google is sponsoring a Best Paper Award of $1,000 to be shared by all authors of the awarded paper.

Submission Website:

LaTeX Template:

Important Dates


Wolfram Burgard

TU Nuremberg

Roberto Calandra

Facebook AI Research

Raia Hadsell


Oier Mees

University of Freiburg

Andy Zeng

Google Research

For further information please contact us at icra22-srl(at)