12th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space - i-SAIRAS 2014

i-SAIRAS 2014 June 17-19, 2014, Montréal, Canada
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June 17-19, 2014

12th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS) 2014

John H. Chapman Space Centre
6767 Route de l'Aéroport
Saint-Hubert, Quebec J3Y 8Y9
Telephone: 450-926-4800

To get to the John H. Chapman Space Centre

General Information

The i-SAIRAS is organized every two years by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the German Aerospace Agency (DLR), the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

i-SAIRAS is the primary gathering event for the international community of professionals working on the application in space of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation and Robotics (A&R).

The conference venue changes continent (North America, Asia and Europe) every time it is held. The previous meetings took place in Kobe (Japan, 1990), Toulouse (France, 1992), Pasadena (US, 1994), Tokyo (Japan, 1997), Noordwijk (the Netherlands, 1999), Montreal (Canada, 2001), Nara (Japan, 2003), Munich (Germany, 2005), Hollywood (US, 2008), Sapporo (Japan, 2010) and Turin (Italy, 2012).

i-SAIRAS 2014 is the 12th in this series of international symposia. The symposium will take place at the CSA's headquarters in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada (just outside Montreal) from June 17-19, 2014.

The official language of the symposium will be English.

Objectives of the Workshop

i-SAIRAS 2014 seeks papers on:

  • In-space/in-orbit demonstration of robotics and AI systems
  • Field work using autonomous systems and space robotics concepts in terrestrial analogues
  • Laboratory demonstration of advanced AI/robotics concepts for space missions
  • Technology transfer to and from terrestrial applications

The main topics to be covered during the symposium include (but are not limited to):

Artificial intelligence for space systems

  • Spacecraft autonomy: Onboard software for mission planning and execution, resource management, fault protection, science data analysis, guidance, navigation and control, smart sensors, testing and validation, and architectures;
  • Mission operations automation: Decision support tools (for mission planning and scheduling, anomaly detection and fault analysis), innovative operations concepts, data visualization, secure commanding and networking.

Robotics and automation for space systems

  • Robotics technologies for space missions including mobility, manipulation, end effectors and tools, sensing and robot vision, navigation, control, robot-friendly payload design, support equipment and ground segments;
  • Technology for space laboratory automation, payload control systems, data communications, imaging, user interfaces, tele-presence and tele-operation;
  • Application scenarios (e.g. planetary and asteroid exploration, space-based assembly, inspection and servicing, external and internal payload tending, human-robot interaction), programmatic and utilization aspects.

Download the Call for Papers

Abstract Submission Period is now closed.

Dates, Time and Location

Date Where Road map

June 17-19, 2014

John H. Chapman Space Centre
6767 Route de l'Aéroport
Saint-Hubert, Quebec J3Y 8Y9
Telephone: 450-926-4800

To get to the John H. Chapman Space Centre

Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submission

Notification of acceptance

Publication of preliminary program

Registration opens

Submission of full papers

Deadline for early registration

Deadline for hotel reservations at special rates


June 17-19, 2014

Technical Visit (McGill Centre for Intelligent Machines)

Registration Fee

  • Registration before May 15, 2014: $650
  • Registration on or after May 16, 2014: $750
  • Student registration: $450

Registration Form

Registration includes the following:

  • Full access to the sessions
  • One copy of the Book of Abstracts
  • One electronic copy of the Proceedings
  • Coffee breaks during the Symposium
  • Poster Session Cocktail on June 17, 2014
  • Symposium Dinner on June 18, 2014
  • Technical visit to the McGill Centre for Intelligent Machines on June 20, 2014

Click here for online registration.

Workshop Program

Click here for the preliminary program

The final program will be posted in May 2014.

Instructions to Authors

Abstract Submissions

Two-page abstracts are to be submitted as a single PDF file using the i-SAIRAS 2014 LaTeX or MS-Word templates for Abstract Submissions.

Visit the Website for abstract submissions.

Paper Submissions

Final papers are to be submitted as a single PDF file. Page size is US Letter. Papers should be limited to six to eight pages. Paper format is dictated by the following LaTeX or MS-Word templates for Paper Submissions.

Instructions on final paper submission PDF document - 58 Kilobytes (KB).

Visit the Website for paper submissions.

Travel and Accommodations


Montreal is accessible via the Montreal-Trudeau Airport, which serves several international destinations.

A shuttle bus line runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, between the airport and the central bus station, which is conveniently linked to the Montreal metro via the Berri-UQAM station. It is also possible to take a taxi for a flat rate of approximately $40 between the airport and downtown Montreal.


Special rates for i-SAIRAS 2014 participants have been negotiated with the Novotel Montreal Centre Hotel. Reservations must be made by May 15, 2014, after which date the rooms will be available to the public at the going rates.

Please mention the group name, i-SAIRAS 2014, when making your reservation, and indicate whether the reservation is for the rate with or without breakfast. Note that changes between the rates with or without breakfast will not be accepted after check in.

Rates (excluding tax)
RoomFootnote 1 Single Double Triple Quad
Without breakfast $129 +taxes $129 +taxes $154 +taxes $179 +taxes
With breakfastFootnote 2 $145.50 +taxes $162 +taxes $203.50 +taxes $245 +taxes
Contact Information

Novotel Montreal Centre Hotel
1180 Rue de la Montagne
Montreal, Quebec

  • For more information regarding the hotel, visit www.novotel.com
  • To make a reservation:
    • By phone: 514-871-2138 or 866-861-6112 (Canada and US).
    • By fax: 514-861-6470.
    • Online:

Shuttle Service

A shuttle bus service has been arranged between the Novotel Montreal Centre Hotel and the CSA. The shuttle bus schedule will be posted at a later date.

Social Event

(Credit: Marc Loiselle)

(Credit: Aéropixel)

A dinner cruise on the St. Lawrence will take place on June 18 for all conference participants. Boarding on the Cavalier Maxim is planned for 6 p.m.

Canadian science-fiction author Robert J. Sawyer will be the keynote speaker during the banquet.

A limited number of additional banquet tickets may be available at cost. Please contact us for information.

Organizing Committees

International Executive Committee


  • Erick Dupuis, Ph.D.
    Head, Exploration Robotics, Space Exploration


  • Bernd Sommer, Dipl. Phys., MSE
    Head Automation and Robotics for Space Applications


  • Gianfranco Visentin
    Head, Automation and Robotics Section


  • Hiroshi Ueno
    Deputy Manager for Systems Engineering
  • Takashi Kubota, Ph.D.
    Professor, Institute for Space and Astronautical Systems


  • Richard J. Doyle, Ph.D.
    Manager, Mission Software, Computing, and Networking Program Office, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • Richard Volpe, Ph.D.
    Manager - Mobility and Robotics Systems Section, JPL
  • Dave Lavery
    Program Executive for Solar System Exploration, Science Missions Directorate, NASA Headquarters

Local Organizing Committee

  • Conference Chair
    Erick Dupuis, Ph.D.
    Head, Exploration Robotics, Space Exploration CSA
  • Conference Co-Chair
    Greg Dudek, Ph.D.
    Professor and Director, School of Computer Science, McGill University
  • Logistics Coordination
    Lisa Gilbert
    Space Exploration Development, CSA
  • Laurena Deligny
    School of Computer Science, McGill University

Contact Us

For more information, please contact us at isairas2014@asc-csa.gc.ca.


Footnote 1

Room rates include high speed Internet access.

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Footnote 2

The with-breakfast rate includes one (1) buffet breakfast at the restaurant; room service breakfast is not included.

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