The 20th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines will be held within the premises of Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal, during 11 – 13 September 2017.

CLAWAR 2017 will feature technical and social programs. The technical program will comprise plenary, regular and special/invited sessions. All articles submitted for inclusion in the conference will be peer reviewed before acceptance. It is envisaged that all accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings, to be published by World Scientific Publishing Company, as well as on CD/flash drive, subject to registration of at least one author for presenting the work. A selection of presented papers will also be recommended for possible publication in reputable international journals. CLAWAR 2017 will also feature a Climbing Robot Competition.


Original contributions are invited in all areas relevant to mobile robotics, covering climbing, walking, flying robots with assistance and service provided to humans and machines. The conference will cover analysis (modelling and simulation) techniques, design approaches, and practical applications and realisations of developed robotic systems. Support technologies for realisation of such systems, associated economic, ethical and social considerations are integral part of the conference theme. Human interaction, including exoskeletons, prostheses and orthoses as well as service robots forms an increasingly active and important pertinent area. A non-exhaustive list of topics and activities can be found in the sequel.

Topics of Interest

We warmly welcome contributions of papers targeting the conference scope, which includes but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Agricultural robots
  • Assistive robots
  • Autonomous robots
  • Biologically-inspired systems and solutions
  • Biomedical robots
  • Construction
  • Co-operative robot systems
  • Domestic robots
  • Education
  • Emergency & rescue operations
  • Entertainment
  • Flexible manoeuvring systems
  • Flexible manipulators
  • Flying robots
  • Guidance and navigation
  • Helping the elderly and the disabled
  • Human-Machine/ Human-Robot interaction
  • Hybrid locomotion
  • Innovative actuators and power supplies
  • Innovative design of CLAWAR
  • Innovative sensors and sensor networks
  • Inspection
  • Intelligence and learning for CLAWAR
  • Legged locomotion
  • Manipulation and gripping
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical robotics
  • Micro and nano robots
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Nature-inspired systems and solutions
  • Perception and situation awareness
  • Performing and creative arts robots
  • Personal care robots
  • Petrochemical applications
  • Planetary exploration
  • Planning and control
  • Positioning and localisation
  • Reconnaissance
  • Rehabilitation and function restoration
  • Robot ethics
  • Robot safety
  • Rural robots
  • Security
  • Sensor fusion
  • Service robots
  • Robot regulation and standardisation
  • Social robots
  • Space robots
  • Sport and exercise robots
  • Surveillance
  • Swarm robotics
  • Tele-operated robots
  • Tele-presence and virtual reality
  • Underwater and sea robotics
  • Wheeled locomotion

Submission of Papers

The technical program of the conference will feature Regular Papers, Special Session Papers, and Poster presentations. Authors are invited to submit their full draft papers in PDF format using the URL ( or from the paper submission page of the conference web-site by the indicated deadline for consideration for inclusion in the relevant category (special/regular paper). Please note that you should first register to create an account on the system, if not done so yet, before submitting your contribution.

All papers will be peer reviewed before acceptance, and all accepted papers (subject to registration) will be published in the conference proceedings. Final accepted papers will be limited to 8 pages in length in the prescribed style and format given in the paper submission web page.

A selection of presented papers will also be recommended for possible publication in reputable international journals.