CDT student conference 3rd-4th June 2019

Welcome to the third annual student conference held jointly with the Robotics CDTs in Bristol (FARSCOPE), Edinburgh (RAS) and Oxford (AIMS). This year we are delighted to be hosting the conference in exotic, wind-swept Edinburgh across the two universities which form the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics.

The event is free to attend for students and staff of the three CDTs. Lunch, coffee and conference dinner are all included. Accommodation in student halls will be provided, with your host institution being billed directly for the cost.

A small number of places are also available for non-CDT PhD students from any UK institution (select the "Other Student" option when registering). These places do not come with accommodation provided.

For further information and to register please see our Eventbrite page.

The conference will take place on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th of June. Due to the distance, it is anticipated that attendees will arrive in Edinburgh on Sunday, 2nd June when we plan to organise a free professional tour of Edinburgh in the afternoon/evening for non-locals who wish to see the city (details to be confirmed).

The first day of the conference, hosted in the University of Edinburgh's Informatics Forum, will consist of selected student talks and posters, a talk from a keynote speaker, and a tour of the facilities. A conference dinner will follow in the evening.

The second day will be hosted at Heriot Watt University (with coach travel arranged for those in provided accommodation) and will consist of smaller workshop/tutorial events as well as opportunities to see the facilities. Day 2 will finish by 4pm to allow for travel home for those who don't wish to stay a third night.

Registration & submission of abstracts


Please register via Eventbrite


Attendees are encouraged to submit abstracts for inclusion in the conference. These should be 1-2 pages in length and should be uploaded to EasyChair by Wednesday 20th February.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Committee and selected for presentation as a poster, 15 minute talk, or both by Wednesday 20th March. The authors of selected abstracts will then also be asked to provide a camera-ready version by Sunday 31st March for inclusion in conference proceedings hosted on

The opportunity is also available to propose content for the workshops/tutorials portion of the second day. Whether you want to arrange a more in depth discussion of a special interest area or teach an important topic to newer students, we can support you with the facilities required. The process for these proposals is the same as for abstracts, and the committee will work with event organisers after they have been selected to finalise details. Feel free to get in touch with us if you'd like to discuss an idea further before then.

Guidelines for talks and posters


The abstracts should be 1-2 pages in length (double column, IEEEconf) and should be submitted in pdf format no later than Wednesday 20th February. Please do not use page numbers.

The deadline for camera-ready abstracts is Sunday 31st March.

Please submit via EasyChair


All posters should be of A1 size in either portrait or landscape. The authors of accepted posters are asked to present their poster during the poster session (see Programme).


Please find the details of programme for the talks (Day 1) and workshops (Day 2) here:


Important dates/deadlines

Wednesday 20th February

Submission of abstracts (1-2 pages). Upload via EasyChair

Sunday 10th March

Notification of acceptance

Sunday 31st March

Submission of camera-ready abstracts

Sunday 31st March

Deadline for conference registration (no registration fee) via Eventbrite

Sunday 2nd June

City tour around Edinburgh

Monday 3rd June

Selected student talks and posters at the University of Edinburgh

Tuesday 4th June

Workshops and Tutorials at Heriot Watt University


Conference Venues

Day 1 - Monday 2nd June 2019

Informatics Forum

University of Edinburgh

10 Crichton Street

Edinburgh EH8 9AB

Day 2: Tuesday 3rd June 2019

Robotarium Seminar Room

Earl Mountbatten Building

Gait 2

Heriot-Watt University

Edinburgh EH 14 4AS

Conference Dinner:

Vittoria on the Bridge, 19 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN


If you have any queries about this conference, please feel free to contact a member of the organising committee.  Contact details are as follows:

James Garforth -  james.garforth (at)

Eli Sheppard - ems7 (at)

Kai Yuan - kai.yuan (at)