One thing that we have learned during the pandemic is how much we all miss in-person interaction, scientific discussions, and professional networking. And while this may be true for many senior members of our community, there is now a growing number of young researchers that have never attended ICRA nor met their future colleagues.
Given the need to bring the robotics community together we are confirming that ICRA 2022 will be held in person unless the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the City of Philadelphia cancels all in-person events, which appears to be very unlikely at this time. We are assembling an exciting scientific program around the Future of Work theme, stimulating plenaries and keynotes, engaging forums, numerous corporate exhibits and partnerships, fun competitions, and outstanding workshops and tutorials. ICRA 2022 will strengthen existing relationships and create new ones.
While the ongoing pandemic is expected to improve by the time of the conference, our community’s wellbeing is extremely important to us and our goal is to host a safe and rewarding in-person conference. For full details on the steps we are taking, please visit our Health and Safety hub. Philadelphia currently requires vaccination for all indoor dining, including at the Convention Center. Please check back here frequently for updates so that you know what to expect when you arrive in Philadelphia.
Of course, some of you will not be able to attend ICRA in person due to personal, travel or medical reasons. Therefore, we will also have a remote registration option that will provide remote access to ICRA contributions. More details are forthcoming. In addition, we are planning on providing free access to all ICRA video presentations after the conference.
It is time to get together again. We are looking forward to welcoming you in person, in three dimensions, to ICRA in May.
Vijay Kumar, ICRA 2022 General Co-Chair
George J. Pappas, ICRA 2022 General Co-Chair
Hadas Kress-Gazit, ICRA 2022 PC Chair
Welcome message from the conference Chairs
As the flagship conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, ICRA will bring together the world's top researchers and most important companies to share ideas and advances in our field. Many important developments in robotics and automation have historically been first presented at ICRA, and in its 39th year, ICRA 2022 promises to take this trend one step further. As the practical and socio-economic impact of our field continues to expand, robotics and automation are increasingly taking the center stage in our lives and will play an important role in the future of work and society, an important focus of this conference.
Holding ICRA 2022 in Philadelphia reflects a fantastic confluence between the rapid growth in our field, the increasing impact of robotics societally, the recognition of robotics as a priority in the US, and the growth of Philadelphia as a hub for new technologies.
Philadelphia also happens to be a very special city for visitors who want to do networking and scientific outreach in a welcoming, historic, and culturally vibrant context. The first capital of the US, Philadelphia is one of the oldest major cities in North America with many historic sites, such as Independence Hall, where the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed, and the Liberty Bell, the nation’s symbol of freedom. Philadelphia provides an exceptional and accessible culinary and cultural experience, with top restaurants, museums and theaters all within walking distance of the conference venue.
It has been a while since we all gathered together in-person. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Philly, the City of Brotherly Love, in the post-pandemic era. We are confident that you will find this experience very rewarding...just be prepared to feel a bit sad when you remember that you cannot stay forever.
George J. Pappas and Vijay Kumar
ICRA 2022 General Chairs