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Call for Papers: Sustainable Robots by Design - Going Beyond TRLs

Updated: Jan 20

We are pleased to invite researchers, academics, and industry professionals to submit contributions for the workshop on "Sustainable Robots by Design - Going Beyond TRLs," which will be held in conjunction with the 15th edition of the European Robotics Forum, to be held from 13-15 March 2024 in Rimini, Italy.

Workshop Theme: Sustainable Robots by Design - Going Beyond TRLs

This session builds on the success of previous editions focused on “Sustainability and Social Robotics," aiming to propel the discourse further into the integration of sustainability principles within the design and development of robotic systems. The objective is to move beyond Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) and explore the challenges and opportunities of creating robots that are not only sustainable in their operations but also actively contribute to sustainability goals from their inception.

Topics of Interest

  • Sustainable Robotic Design spectrum (hardware, shape, software, behavior,...)

  • Sustainable Applications of Robots (on ground, underwater, space, ...)

  • Aspects to be considered beyond TRL

  • Social Responsibility in Robotics

  • Societal Impact of Circular Economy and Robotics

  • Long-Term Sustainable Deployment of Robots

  • Case Studies and Success Stories

  • Policy and Standards for Sustainable Robotics

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: Jan. 31, 2024

  • Acceptance Notification: Feb. 10, 2024

  • Workshop Date: March 15, 2024

Submission: Please send your contributions via email (subject: Sustainable Robots by Design Submission ERF2024) to

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit original research papers or case studies related to the workshop theme. Please use the standard Springer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics (SPAR) format, available at this link with Latex and Word templates and must not exceed 5 pages (including References). All submissions will undergo a peer-review process.


All submissions will undergo a peer-review process.

Accepted contributions will be published in the indexed Springer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics (SPAR) with Series Editors: Bruno Siciliano, Oussama Khatib.

In order to be published, accepted papers need to be presented at the  ERF 2024 insight session for the workshop as a short pitch and poster presentation.

We look forward to your contributions in advancing the discourse on sustainable robots by design. Join us in shaping the future of robotics with a focus on environmental and social responsibility.

Workshop Description

Building on the success and insights gained from the previous editions of the workshops series in ERF on "Sustainability and Social Robotics," this edition represents a natural progression in the series, aiming to further explore and implement the principles of sustainability within the realm of robotics design to ensure more sustainable applications in social space to outer space. The previous workshops highlighted the duality of sustainability and societal applications in social robotics, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive approach. In our upcoming workshop, we will take these discussions to the next level by focusing on how to integrate sustainability into the design and development of robotic systems across various Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) and how to think beyond TRLs based demonstrations. We will delve into the key challenges and opportunities in creating robots that are not just sustainable in their operations but are sustainable and supporting sustainability goals from the very inception of their design. Our objective is to foster collaboration among experts, researchers, and stakeholders to set new standards and best practices for the creation of environmentally and socially responsible robots, addressing the outcome of the previous year while paving the way for a more sustainable future in robotics.

Main research questions discussed in the workshop

  • How to achieve sustainability by design?

  • What are the real practical aspects of having a sustainable robotics solution?

  • The roadmapping and community building around sustainable robots and the challenges. What are the frontiers of sustainability? 

Intended Outcome: The workshop intends to bring together recent developments in sustainable robotic technology and applications. Participants will engage in discussions on common interests, share success stories, and present use cases. The collaborative environment is expected to result in the creation of a roadmap or white paper outlining key considerations, challenges, and recommended best practices for sustainable robotics design.


Amit Kumar Pandey

Franziska Kirstein

Sharath Chandra Akkaladevi 



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