The 12 th International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics

Founded in 1994, the International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR) is a prestigious biannual meeting of international researchers presenting the latest advances in algorithms for robotics. WAFR is a single-track workshop devoted to recent advances on algorithmic problems in robotics. The workshop proceedings will be published in a hardcover volume in the Springer STAR series, and selected papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Robotics Research.

The focus of WAFR is on the design and analysis of robot algorithms from both theoretical and practical angles. The topics of interest are very broad. We encourage papers on fundamental algorithmic issues, such as complexity, completeness, machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, and new programming paradigms, to name a few. We also encourage papers on applications of robot algorithms to important or new domains, such as manufacturing, legged locomotion, distributed robotics, human-robot interaction, surgical robots, intelligent prosthetics, and brain-controlled robots. Furthermore, robot algorithms are being applied in domains beyond the traditional scope of robotics, e.g., computational biology, computer animation, sensor networks, etc. Papers on these topics are also welcome.

The 2016 IEEE International Conference on Simulation, Modeling, and Programming for Autonomous Robots (SIMPAR) will be held just before WAFR in San Francisco, from Dec. 13-16.

Timeline and important dates

Jul 13: Abstract Submission
Jul 17: Initial Paper Submission
Sep 8: Acceptance Notification
Sep 26: Early Registration Deadline (EXTENDED)
Oct 30: Final Manuscript


Please note that the event is limited to 200 participants. Registrations include admission to technical sessions, the conference kit, the conference proceedings, catered lunch, coffee breaks, and the banquet. Early registrations are available now. To register, follow the link below:


Early Registration: $800
Early Student Registration $700
Regular Registration: $1000
Regular Student Registration $900


The Exploratorium, SAN FRANCISCO

The conference will be held at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. The Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. Their mission is to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide through creation of tools and experiences that help one become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits, a website with over 50,000 pages of content, film screenings, evening art and science events for adults, plus much more. They also create professional development programs for educators, and are at the forefront of changing the way science is taught. They share their exhibits and expertise with museums worldwide.


Pier 15
(Embarcadero at Green St)
San Francisco, CA 94111

Directions and Parking Information

Past Workshops

WAFR 1994
WAFR 1996
WAFR 1998
WAFR 2000
WAFR 2002
WAFR 2004
WAFR 2006
WAFR 2008
WAFR 2010
WAFR 2012
WAFR 2014