2nd CfP: RSS 2020 Workshop on “Closing the Reality Gap in Sim2Real Transfer for Robotics”

We kindly invite you to the 2nd workshop on “Closing the Reality Gap in Sim2Real Transfer for Robotics”, which is scheduled to take place 
virtually on Sunday, July 12 in conjunction with RSS 2020.

Important updates:
For more information, please check out our website https://sim2real.github.io/ and see below.

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*2nd Workshop on Closing the Reality Gap in Sim2real Transfer for Robotic*

Website: https://sim2real.github.io/

When & where: Sunday July 12 (full day), RSS 2020 (virtual)

Important dates

Submission Deadline: June 19th, 2020 AoE time (UTC-12)
Notification of Acceptance: June 26th, 2020
Camera ready submission: July 3rd, 2020
Workshop: July 12, 2020 (full day)


Physical simulation is an important tool for robotic manipulation. While simulation has been well-established for robotics education and integrated robot software testing for a long time, only recently the robotics community has made significant progress in transferring manipulation capabilities learned in simulation to reality, a concept termed Sim2Real transfer.

Sim2Real refers to the concept of transferring robot skills acquired in simulation to the real robotic system. Sim2Real draws its appeal from the fact that it is less expensive, safer and more informative to perform experiments in simulation than in the real world. Yet, Sim2Real faces significant challenges.

In this workshop, we invite subject matter experts to debate the state-of-the-art and the impact of Sim2Real on robotics. The workshop will primarily consist of debates focussed on controversial key topics and a virtual poster session.

Invited Speakers

- Chris Atkeson (Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University)
- Anca Dragan (UC Berkeley)
- Dieter Fox (University of Washington and Nvidia Research)
- Ken Goldberg (UC Berkeley and UCSF)
- Abhinav Gupta (Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University)
- John Leonard (MIT)
- Karen Liu (Georgia Tech)
- Jan Peters (Technische Universität Darmstadt, MPI for Intelligent Systems)
- Shuran Song (Columbia University)
- Peter Welinder (OpenAI)
- Martha White (University of Alberta)

Debate Topics

The workshop will follow a debate-based format. Each debate will focus on a key - rather controversial - statement regarding Sim2Real, and will be discussed by two proponents and two opponents of that statement. Each debate consists of short introductory pitches by the two sides, providing an opportunity to presenters to also highlight their work, followed by a moderated discussion. The three debate topics are:
  1. Why sim2real? - "Investing into Sim2Real is a waste of time and money“
  2. What is sim2real? - "Sim2Real is old news. It’s just X (X=model-based RL, X=domain randomization, X=system identification, ...)"
  3. How to sim2real? - "For successful sim2real transfer, there is no alternative to accurate simulation.“

Call for Contributions

Participants are invited to submit extended abstracts (maximum 2 pages in length, excluding references). We encourage justified position papers (wrt. to the aforementioned debate points) as well as sim2real-related entries.

Accepted abstracts will be given the opportunity to record a short pitch video, and receive a poster presentation slot during the live Q&A session of the virtual workshop.

Submissions must not exceed 2 pages in length, excluding references. Submissions must be in PDF following the IEEE style available from:

Submissions must include a short abstract. The extended abstract should go in the main section of the template and the short abstract in the abstract section.

Submission website: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/SIMREALRM2020/Submission/Index


- Sebastian Höfer, Amazon Robotics AI
- Kostas Bekris, Amazon Robotics AI and Rutgers University
- Ankur Handa, NVIDIA Robotics
- Juan Camilo Gamboa, McGill University
- Florian Golemo, Mila / Element AI
- Melissa Mozifian, McGill University

Contact Information

Email: sim2real@sebastianhoefer.de
Website: https://sim2real.github.io/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sim2realaiorg