The focus of the MRS conference is on all aspects of multi-robot and multi-agent systems. We encourage high-quality papers from a broad range of topics in this area, ranging from design and analysis of algorithms to systems. Papers should contribute novel results that clearly advance the state-of-the-art, and should include analytical and/or experimental evaluation appropriate to the work. We would like to see the best of multi-robot and multi-agent research represented at MRS 2021. The fields of interest include the following general fields, but are not limited to:

  • Modeling and Control of MRS/MAS
  • Discrete Planning, Routing, Multi-Robot Path Finding, Task Assignment
  • Distributed Optimization and Distributed Algorithms
  • Nonlinear Control, Lyapunov Methods, Optimal Control
  • Continuous Planning, Trajectory Optimization, Informative Planning
  • Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, General Learning, General AI
  • Distributed Perception, Vision, Mapping, SLAM
  • Estimation, Filtering, Bayesian Methods, Target Tracking
  • Robustness, Formal Methods, Network Resilience
  • Human-Multi-Robot Interaction
  • Micro/Nano Scale Systems
  • Bio-Inspired Systems and and Swarm Intelligence

Paper format

The page limit for each submission is 8+references. The entirety of the paper material, excluding references, must fit into 8 pages, i.e., text, figures, tables, acknowledgements, etc. There is no page limit for the bibliography or references section. Papers exceeding the (8+references) page limit at the time of submission will be returned without review. Accepted submissions will be invited to be part of oral presentations at the conference venue.

Double Blind Submission

Reviewing for MRS 2021 will be double blind, so authors should not be listed on the title page and reasonable anonymity should be maintained in the paper. Authors are asked to take particular care when referencing their own work – careless use of self citations can easily violate the requirements for double blind reviewing and this will result in papers being rejected.

Video submission

We strongly encourage authors to submit a video clip to complement the submission. Detailed Video submission guidelines for contributed paper submissions:

  • File size: 10MB
  • File extension check and correction: mpeg, mp4, mpg
  • Maximum duration in seconds: 180 sec.

A video that was NOT originally submitted to a contributed paper will NOT be accepted at a later date in the final paper submission, after the peer-review of the paper is completed.

For the submission please visit this page, choose the MRS option and follow the instructions there. Templates are also available.

The conference proceedings will be submitted to the IEEE Xplore® digital library (see the proceedings of the previous MRS 2019 here).

Multiple Submissions

Submissions that are identical (or substantially similar) to versions that have been previously published, or accepted for publication, or that have been submitted in parallel to other conferences are not appropriate for MRS and violate our dual submission policy.

Exceptions to this rule are the following:

  1. Submission is permitted for a short version of a paper that has been submitted to a journal, but has not yet been published in that journal. Authors must declare such dual-submissions either through the paper upload submission form, or via email to the Editor-in-Chief. It is the authors’ responsibility to make sure that the journal in question allows dual concurrent submissions to conferences.
  2. Submission is permitted for papers presented or to be presented at conferences or workshops without proceedings, or with only abstracts published.
  3. It is acceptable to submit to MRS work that has been made available as a technical report (or similar, e.g. in arXiv) without citing it.

None of the above should be construed as overriding the requirements of other publishing venues.


MRS is intolerant of plagiarism. Submitted papers are expected to contain original work executed by the authors with adequate, proper and scholarly citations to the work of others. It is the job of the authors to clearly identify both their own contribution(s) and also published results / techniques on which they depend or build. MRS reviewers are charged to ensure these standards are met. In cases of alleged plagiarism, the program chair will be guided by Section 8.2.4 Allegations of Misconduct as laid out by the IEEE in this document.

Important Dates

Paper Submission DeadlineMay 17, 2021
Video Submission DeadlineMay 23, 2021
Notification of AcceptanceJuly 30, 2021
Submission of Final PapersAugust 30, 2021
Deadline for Early Bird RegistrationSeptember 13, 2021
Deadline for Regular RegistrationOctober 22, 2021
Deadline for Virtual RegistrationOctober 29, 2021
Conference DatesNovember 4-5, 2021

Final Paper Submission

Paper acceptance is made with the understanding that at least one author will attend (either in person, or virtually) and also present the paper at the conference.

The authors should revise the manuscript by respecting the improvements detailed in the reviewers’ comments and submit the final, revised manuscript. Electronic submission of the final version of the manuscript and all the necessary forms are due by August 30.

Please note that all final versions of papers are limited to eight (8) pages, excluding references. Authors are expected to follow the format of the conference templates, papers that fail to do so can not be included in IEEE Xplore®. It is also required that the authors agree with the standard terms specified as per the IEEE Online Copyright Transfer form. The reviewers’ comments can be found on the RAS Papercept portal apart from the decision notification email. Please ensure all the information describing the paper, for instance the title, abstract and author list is correct.