ACRA 2021

ACRA2021 – December, Melbourne, VIC

This year, the Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA) will be jointly organised by the Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA) and Monash University. Since it is first edition in 1999, the conference has travelled all around Australasia and this year it will be held in Melbourne. Further details will be posted here about the conference soon.


The conference will run from Monday 6 December to Wednesday 8 December. While we plan for an in-person conference, we will be sensitive to the developments of COVID-19 and make provisions to host the event online, if necessary.

ACRA 2021 Committee

Honorary Chair

  • Elizabeth Croft, Monash University

General Chair

  • Elahe Abdi, Monash University

Technical Program Chair

  • Dana Kulic, Monash University

Technical Program Co-Chair

  • Denny Oetomo, University of Melbourne
  • Jonathan Roberts, Queensland University of Technology
  • Will Brown, Queensland University of Technology
  • Sarath Kodagoda, University of Technology Sydney

Program Chair

  • TJ Chin, University of Adelaide

Program Co-Chair

  • Leimin Tian, Monash University
  • Pauline Pounds, University of Queensland

Publicity Chair & Webmaster

  • Wesley Chan, Monash University

Publicity Co-Chair

  • Dana Rezazadegan, Swinburne University of Technology

Industry Chair

  • Saeid Nahavandi, Deakin University

Industry Co-Chairs

  • Chao Chen, Monash University
  • Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay, CSIRO

Finance Chair

  • Teresa Vidal Calleja, University of Technology Sydney

Finance Co-Chair

  • Hoam Chung, Monash University

Local Arrangements Chair

  • Michael Burke, Monash University

Local Arrangements Co-Chair

  • Pamela Carreno-Medrano, Monash University

Call for Papers

Dear robotics community,

We would like to cordially invite members of industry and academia to participate and/or submit a paper to the 2021 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA). This year ACRA is being jointly organised by the Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA) and Monash University Robotics. The conference will take place in Melbourne, with the event hosted at Monash Clayton campus. The conference will happen between 6-8 December 2021.

ACRA is the premier Australasian conference on robotics and automation. With Melbourne as a major hub for robotics, ACRA 2021 will continue to bring together researchers, engineers, academics, students, practitioners, organisations and industries to discuss the current state of the art of research and advancement of technology in areas of Robotics and Automation, including (but not limited to):

  • Mechatronics systems and design
  • Vision for robotics
  • Field robotics
  • Aerial robotics
  • Underwater and marine robotics
  • SLAM
  • Agricultural robotics
  • Industrial robots and automation
  • Service robotics
  • Control systems
  • Motion and path planning
  • Healthcare robots
  • Soft robotics
  • Smart materials
  • Machine learning for robotics
  • Human-machine interaction
  • Robotics perception

Submissions must be original, unpublished work containing new and interesting results that demonstrate current research in areas relevant to Robotics and Automation. All full papers submitted to ACRA 2021 will undergo a peer-review process. Each manuscript will be reviewed by at least two reviewers who will give detailed comments. If the submission is accepted, the authors will be required to submit a revised (“camera-ready”) version that takes into account this feedback. All papers are reviewed using a single-blind review process.

Important Dates

  • Conference dates: 6-8 December 2021
  • Submission of full papers by: 20 September 2021
  • Notification of acceptance by: 1 November 2021
  • Camera-ready submission by: 15 November 2021

While we plan for an in-person conference, we will be sensitive to the developments of COVID-19 and make provisions for online synchronous presentations, if necessary. 

For more information, please check ACRA 2021 webpage. Please note that the information on this page is still being updated.


Best Regards,

Dr Elahe Abdi (General Chair) – [email protected]

Prof Dana Kulic (Technical Program Chair) – [email protected]