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ICRA 2023 Welcome Reception

Date: Monday 29th May - 17:30-20:00

Location: ICC Capital Hall, ExCeL London.

Tickets: Inclusive with all full conference registrations. Attendees are able to purchase 1 accompanying person ticket for £30.00 (incl. VAT). 

Refreshments: Attendees will receive 2 complimentary drinks vouchers, and canapes will be served.   

Dress Code: Casual

ICRA 2023 Social Event / 40 Years of International Robotics Celebration

Date: Wednesday 31st May - 18:30-23:00

Location: Entrance N9, ExCeL London.

Tickets: Inclusive with all full conference registrations. Attendees are able to purchase 1 accompanying person ticket for £85.00 (incl. VAT). 

Refreshments: Attendees will receive 2 complimentary drinks vouchers, and light food will be served. 

Dress Code: Smart casual

During the Social Event we will celebrate 40 Years of International Robotics

  • 40th IEEE International Conference of Robotics and Automation
  • 40 years of the International Journal of Robotics Research
  • 40 years of the International Foundation for Robotics Research

40 years of innovation, 40 years of breakthroughs, 40 years of shaping the future. Congratulations to the robotics community on this extraordinary milestone! Here's to four decades of pushing boundaries and revolutionising the way we interact with technology.

To help us celebrate, we will be joined by the following: 

Antonio Bicchi - Editor, International Journal of Robotics Research, University of Pisa/IIT, Italy

Wayne Book - ICRA 1984 Local Arrangement Chair, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Sir J. Michael Brady - ICRA 1984 Session Chair, Founding Editor, International Journal of Robotics Research, University of Oxford, UK

John M. Hollerbach - Editor Emeritus, International Journal of Robotics Research, University of Utah, USA

Oussama Khatib - President of the International Foundation for Robotics Research, Stanford University, USA

Marc Raibert - ICRA 1984 Program Committee, Chairman, Boston Dynamics, USA

Wesley Snyder - ICRA 1984 Program Committee, North Carolina State University, USA

Russell Taylor - ICRA 1984 Program Committee, Johns Hopkins University, USA

ICRA 2023 Students Farewell Drink

Date: Thursday 1st June - 18:45-23:00

Location: The Fox, Warehouse K, 2 Western Gateway, London E16 1DR (Custom House Entrance of the ExCeL)

Tickets: Tickets will be available to collect from the registration desk from 12:00 on Wednesday 31st May. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. 

Refreshments: Light food and drinks will be available.

Dress Code: Casual

RAS Social Events

Social Hour hosted by RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC)

Date: Sunday, 28th May - 18:30-20:00


Docklands Suite

Crowne Plaza London Docklands

Royal Victoria Dock, Western Gateway, London

Join the RAS Student Activities Committee’s Social Hour to meet fellow student attendees, grab a snack and beverage, and make networking easier at the conference. Attending a conference as a student can be overwhelming, particularly if you are without an advisor, lab mates, or colleagues. Attending the SAC Social Hour before the conference starts will give you the opportunity to connect with others, which makes it easier to engage in thoughtful conversations on the future of robotics and automation during the remainder of the conference.

There is NO CHARGE for this event, however space is limited. Please REGISTER in advance.

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Town Hall

Date: Monday 29th May - 16:00- 17:30

(Directly AFTER the conclusion of the first day of Workshops/Tutorials and IMMEDIATELY BEFORE the Welcome Reception)

Location: ExCel ICC Theatre

Calling all Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) members, and those interested in learning more about the RAS! We want to connect with YOU at the upcoming RAS Town Hall. RAS leaders will be present to discuss current initiatives and future programs, and to hear your voice on what you think should be the priorities of RAS and our community.

RAS has many new initiatives in the works for our members:

  • A significantly expanded member support program to provide travel and registration support to authors and contributors of our flagship conferences
  • Expanded in-person and online career fairs and services to connect employers with members seeking careers in robotics and automation
  • The launch of a new journal, Robotics and Automation Practice, to engage our growing community of practitioners
  • Empowering our Technical Communities (TCs) with greater autonomy and financial support
  • Restructuring our conference programs to better respond to the needs of our rapidly growing and evolving community

The second half of the Town Hall will be devoted to a conversation on new educational initiatives and feedback from our community on our current publications and paper review practices:

  • Development of online educational content, from certified core curricula to advanced courses
  • Improving our review process: reducing review loads, improving technical quality of the reviews, alternative review models
  • Our journal-to-conference publication model as well as other publication models

Other topics for discussion are highly welcome; please submit them in advance HERE.

All in-person attendees of the Town Hall will be provided with newly designed RAS T-shirts!

The Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) oversees all activities related to the organisation of IEEE-RAS conferences and IEEE journals on robotics. The RAS Executive and Administrative Committee is composed of world leading scientists who devote some of their free time to keep our community striving.

WIE Luncheon: The Role of Culture in Building Diverse Robotics Teams

Date: Tuesday, 30th May, 13:45 – 15:00

Location: ExCel Room 17 (ICC Capital Suite)

Join us for an interactive panel discussion and networking.

Expert panellists will share insights on the importance of culture in creating more diverse teams. Plus, network with other roboticists and explore potential collaborations. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to connect with others and drive positive change.


  • Katja Mombaur, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Yukie Nagai, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Radhika Gudipati, Ocado Technology, United Kingdom

The goal for this event is to be more than a luncheon with women. All are encouraged to participate and enjoy the discussion.

There is NO CHARGE for this event, however space is limited. Please REGISTER in advance.

For questions, please contact:

Reviewers Happy Hour hosted by the RAS Young Reviewers Program (YRP)

Date: Tuesday, 30th May, 18:30 - 19:30

Location: ExCel Room 27 (South Gallery)

  • How often do you receive shallow and poorly written reviews for your papers?
  • Have you ever doubted the right way to review somebody else's work?
  • Do you really know everything about the review process of the conference/journal where you would like to submit your contribution?

If these questions sound familiar to you and you would like to gain deeper knowledge about related topics, join the Young Reviewers Program Reception!

The objective of the Young Reviewers Program is to assist and guide RAS members toward the best practices in peer review of scientific papers. This event is intended to provide the community with information about RAS's review process and suggest the best guidelines for reviewing a scientific paper.

Both Senior Reviewers who believe that we never stop learning and Young Reviewers willing to dive into the world of peer review are welcome to drop by, grab a drink, and join us!

There is NO CHARGE for this event, however space is limited. Please REGISTER in advance. More information about the event may be found here:

RAS Lunch with Leaders (LwL) — for Students and Young Professionals

Date: Wednesday, 31st May, 13:45 - 15:00

Location: ExCel Room 17 (ICC Capital Suite)

As a student or young professional attendee, you will meet and interact with distinguished RAS leaders from academia and industry. The event will feature informal roundtable discussions over lunch, which allows participants to receive career advice, gain insight into the

future, or simply engage in general conversation to get to know pioneers in the field.

Don’t miss out on this chance to elevate your networking experience and make meaningful

connections with figures in the world of robotics and automation.

There is NO CHARGE for this luncheon, however space is limited. Please REGISTER in advance.

RA Society Awards Ceremony and ICRA 2023 Awards Ceremony

Date: Thursday, 1st June, 13:45 – 15:00

Location: ICC Auditorium

The Awards Ceremony is open to ALL conference attendees. Please come and celebrate with your friends and colleagues.