RiTA 2021 – a PeerJ Conference Collection in collaboration with the 9th International Conference on Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications

Following on from our successful partnership with the 8th International Conference on Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications (RiTA 2020) – publishing the Collection “Advances in Computational Learning for Robotics” – PeerJ Computer Science is again teaming up with the RiTA conference series to publish a new Conference Collection based around research presented at RiTA 2021.


The 9th International Conference on Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications (RiTA 2021) will be held on December 16-17, 2021 at KAIST in Daejeon, Korea. It will be a hybrid conference with both in-person attendance and virtual access. RiTA conferences highlight robot intelligence technology and bring together researchers to share their recent results, helping to form a strong community of professionals.

The theme for RiTA 2021 is  “Robotics for the new normal”. We are now living in the era of COVID-19. While the pandemic poses a new threat to our daily lives, it could also be a catalyst for robotics researchers to develop intelligent robotic systems that can be used across many applications within our society. At the same time as the need for robotics technology is growing, we have also seen rapid advancements in robot intelligence and its applications to real hardware systems. Autonomous perception, cognition, and decision-making at a level rivalling human or animal intelligence is not just a dream anymore thanks to new tools utilizing artificial intelligence, control theory, optimization, and robot vision. Coupled with improved hardware design and increased computing performance, this advanced robotic intelligence is being rapidly implemented with impressive experimental demonstrations. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of robotics, it is of the utmost importance that we promote the sharing and disseminating of new ideas and results among researchers to further accelerate these advances.

As with RiTA 2020, PeerJ will again sponsor an award for the Best 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) presentation at RiTA 2021. The winner will receive a free publication in a PeerJ journal (subject to peer review) and a feature about their research on our blog.  

Conference Collection

The RiTA 2021 PeerJ Computer Science Conference Collection will publish recent advances in robot intelligence and their applications in robot hardware systems. It will serve as a means of highlighting state-of-the-art results and novel contributions from researchers across the diverse fields of robotics. We hope to encourage a rapid and wide dissemination of knowledge that will bring broad academic interest and societal impact.

Authors wishing to be included should first submit an abstract via the Conference Collection homepage before the deadline of 29th April 2022. Submissions can be made by any researcher that presented at or attended the RiTA 2021 conference, either virtually or in-person. Abstracts will be assessed for scope by RiTA 2021 organisers and PeerJ Computer Science editors Prof. Hae-Won Park and Prof. Hyondong Oh. Abstracts approved as in scope will be given instruction on how to complete a full submission to the collection.

A full submissions of a conference paper will need to be an extended version with at least 50% new content.

The topics of this collection include, but are not limited to:

  • Machine learning
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Decision making
  • Reasoning and inference
  • Perception
  • Navigation and SLAM
  • Dynamics and control
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Manipulation
  • Swarm and multi-robot systems
  • Optimization in robotics
  • HW/SW for robot computing

We also welcome submissions related to robotic systems, such as:

  • Healthcare and medical robots
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Aerial robots
  • Marine robots
  • Service robots
  • Industrial robots
  • Defence robots
  • Soft robotics
  • Biomimetic robotics

Authors should review the submission instructions for PeerJ Computer Science before submitting and should note that, if accepted for publication, they will be required to pay either an Article Processing Charge ($1195) or for a PeerJ Lifetime Membership (a one-off payment for lifetime publishing privileges – starting at just $399).


Are you organising a conference in the future? If so, a free PeerJ Conference Collection could be a great way to promote your meeting and preserve the research presented. Email communities@peerj.com for more information.


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