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

Leacock Building
McGill University
855 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T7

To get from the hotel to the conference site

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 McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from June 17-19, 2014.

Presentations, papers and articles will be presented in English. Bilingual staff will be available on site to welcome participants and for logistics. Services in French are available upon request for participants who are registered in the conference. If you wish to request such services, please advise the organizers at least two weeks prior to the event.

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

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June 17-19, 2014

Leacock Building
McGill University
855 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T7

To get from the hotel to the conference site

The Leacock building is at 17 minutes walking distance from the Novotel Montreal Centre hotel.

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 (CSA)

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 CSA on June 20, 2014

Website for online registration.

Workshop Program

Preliminary program

Detailed program of the symposium

Instructions to Authors

Instructions for Electronic Presentations

All electronic presentations must be turned in on USB Memory Key to the conference staff at the electronic presentations desk. Presentations will be tested for compatibility and transferred to the computers in the proper rooms for the technical sessions by the conference staff.

Presentations must be turned in at least two sessions prior to the session in which they will be presented.

Presenters will not be allowed to use their own laptop computers.

Poster Boards

Posters will be displayed on free-standing panels, which will be shared by two posters. The dimensions available to each individual poster are as follows:

Poster Size: 36 inches high by 44 inches wide (90 cm high by 110 cm wide)

Posters should be designed to be attached to the panels with velcro, which will be provided.

The posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference so you are welcome to display your poster at the earliest available opportunity after your arrival.

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 banquet on June 18. A shuttle bus service will also be provided between the Novotel Montreal Centre Hotel and the CSA for the technical visit on June 20. The shuttle bus schedule will be provided in the conference program that will be handed to participants upon arrival.

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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