Call for Competition

ICSR 2021 Robot Design Competition

The design and development of various kinds of robots, and their intelligence and behavior have been evolving continuously. The new era of robotics is witnessing the increasing release of new innovative robots with a diverse set of applications. Especially, the past couple of years have provided more recognition to robots and their importance in various domains of life. 

How can social robots be part of our life, enrich our life experience, assist, serve and entertain us? Where is the new generation of these social robots heading? What are the innovative societal applications? What impact are they capable of making? What are the key enabling technologies that are being improved? How do we see greater involvement of such friendly and social robots in education, healthcare, and various other sectors? 

An equally prominent question of how social robots can support us during and after pandemics? How can they help in ensuring that physical distancing is not leading to social distancing and even social isolation and loneliness? 

If you have a solid idea/working prototype, send your entries to the flagship ICSR 2021 Robot Design Competition. Irrespective of your background or experience, this competition is a great way to present your work to an international multidisciplinary R&D community as well as representatives from robotics and AI companies, and get their valuable feedback, and above all get recognized. We also encourage cross-disciplinary experts/teams to bring some impactful solutions for the betterment of society.


Each submission should have a (maximum) 2 page summary including a concise abstract/synopsis of a maximum of 50 words. Additionally a single link of related video can be included (maximum duration of the video is 3 minutes). Competition chairs, with the help from experts and reviewers, will select the finalists. 

ICSR this year will be held in hybrid mode (virtual and physical). Each finalist is supposed to present their entry at a dedicated session in the conference, which will be evaluated by the Jury of peers. Finalists will also get the opportunity to virtually exhibit during the conference (optional).

Email your submission to Dr. Amit Kumar Pandey, and Dr. Ruud Hortensius at with the subject line starting with: [ICSR 2021 Competition]


  • Submission deadline: 3 October, 2021
  • Notification: 20 October, 2021

Extended submission deadline: 11 October, 2021 (no further extension)
For already submitted entries: if the authors would like to, they can update their entries by the extended deadline, with the subject line [ICSR 2021 Competition Submission Update].


This year, cash prizes and certificates will be awarded in the following categories:

      • Innovation in software, applications and interaction modalities
      • Innovation in hardware, design and interfaces
      • Covid 19 innovative response (this is a special category, depending upon the kind and number of entries)

All the submissions will be considered for both the categories. For the entries to Covid 19 innovative response category, authors are required to indicate in their entry the relevance with this category.