About IFRR

The goal of IFRR is to promote the development of robotics as a scientific field establishing the theoretical foundations and technology basis for its ever expanding applications, with emphasis on its potential role to benefit humans. The Foundation was formally established in 1986 following the success of a series of pioneering symposia that were conceived to provide the emerging community with a forum entirely devoted to all areas of robotics research.

The First International Symposium of Robotics Research (ISRR) was initiated and organized by Mike Brady and Richard Paul with the financial support of the Systems Development Foundation and the scientific contribution of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR). The First Symposium was convened in Bretton Woods (New Hampshire, USA) in August 1983 in a format where the number of participants was deliberately limited to encourage meaningful technical and personal interactions.

The success of the First Symposium brought a strong commitment to pursue in the same spirit the organization of ISRR as a financially self-sustained series of Symposia around the world. Participants were brought together from across all areas of robotics to assess and share their views about the field and its future directions. The Second Symposium was organized by Hideo Hanafusa and Hirochika Inoue in Kyoto (Japan) in August 1984, and the Third Symposium was organized by Olivier Faugeras and Georges Giralt in Gouvieux (France) in October 1985.

The international dimensions of the Foundation were reflected in the the broad composition of its Board of eighteen officers, equally distributed across the regions of Asia-Australia, Europe, and North America. In the years since, ISRR was organized successively by Robert Bolles and Bernard Roth in Santa Cruz, California (1987); Hirofumi Miura and Suguru Arimoto in Tokyo, Japan (1989); Takeo Kanade and Richard Paul in Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania (1993); Georges Giralt and Gerd Hirzinger in Herrshing, Germany (1995); Yoshiaki Shirai and Shigeo Hirose in Shonan, Japan (1997); John Hollerbach and Daniel Koditschek in Snowbird, Utah (1999); Ray Jarvis and Alex Zelinsky in Lorne, Australia (2001); Raja Chatila and Paolo Dario in Siena Italy (2003). The upcoming Twelth Symposium is being organized by Rodney Brooks, Hugh Durrant-Whyte and Sebastian Thrun.

As one of robotics pioneering Symposia, ISRR has established over the past two decades some of the most fundamental and lasting contributions in the field. In recent years the symposium greatly benefited from wider participation through the inclusion of open submissions and from an increased emphasis on technical programs with more coherent thematic sessions. Through closer cooperations and coordination with other robotics conferences, societies, and publications, IFRR continues to expand its effort to promote the development and dissemination of research within our growing robotics community.

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