Call for Papers

2021 the 4th IEEE International Conference on Unmanned Systems (ICUS 2021), co-sponsored by IEEE and Chinese institute of Command and Control, will be held from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17, 2021, in Beijing, China. 

The conference proceedings will be submitted to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library for inclusion and being indexed by EI. And so far, all three previous conference proceedings have been included in IEEE Xplore Digital Library and indexed by EI.


Over the years, unmanned systems, represented by unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles, unmanned surface ships, unmanned subsurface systems and robots, are developing rapidly, and have become a new growth pole and key support area of the global economy. Especially, unmanned systems are developing rapidly enabled by artificial intelligence.

This trend will be reflected in ICUS 2021 in various topics of interest under the theme “Unmanned Systems Innovation and Development in the Intelligence Age”. This conference will serve as a forum for scientists, engineers and practitioners to discuss related issues on unmanned systems.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • 1.Unmanned space system

  • 2.Unmanned aerial system

  • 3.Unmanned ground system

  • 4.Unmanned surface system

  • 5.Unmanned underwater system

  • 6.Robotic system

  • 7.Bionic unmanned system

  • 8.New concept unmanned systems

  • 9.Cooperation between manned and unmanned systems

  • 10.Antagonistic game for unmanned systems

  • 11.Anti-unmanned systems technology

  • 12.Unmanned system dynamics

  • 13.Unmanned system security and protection

  • 14.Human-computer interaction for unmanned system

  • 15.Unmanned system navigation and path planning

  • 16.Unmanned system modeling and simulation

  • 17.Networks and communications for unmanned system

  • 18.Multi-source information fusion for unmanned system

  • 19.Unmanned driving

  • 20.Artificial intelligence and its application in unmanned systems

  • 21.Unmanned System Application in such fields as agriculture, public security, transportation, disaster mitigation and relief, etc.

Important Dates

Deadline for manuscript paper submission:

Jun. 20, 2021  July 5, 2021

Notification of acceptance:

Aug. 23, 2021

Submission of camera-ready:

Sept. 05, 2021

Deadline for early bird registration:

Sept. 17, 2021


Oct. 15-17, 2021

Writing Requirements

Ⅰ. Full Paper

  1. Prospective authors must write full papers using one of the given IEEE templates, Microsoft word A4 or LaTeX

  2. Full papers should describe original, unpublished research results on the above or related topics.

  3. Each Full paper had better not exceed 6 pages, including tables, figures and references. Each full paper can be up to 8 pages, but the extra pages, i.e., the 7th and 8th pages, will be additionally charged.

  4. Multiple submission and plagiarism are prohibited. All full papers will be submitted to IEEE CrossCheck for plagiarism check, and the similarity must not exceeed 15%.

  5. It is the author's responsibility to make sure that the submitted paper does not contain any confidential and/or sensitive contents.

Ⅱ. Extended Abstract

  1. The primary purpose of extended abstract is to share excellent research results at the conference, and even published content can be submitted.

  2. Authors should write extended abstracts in English using the corresponding template given below.

  3. An extended abstract should not exceed 4 pages.

Submission and Publication

  1. Both full papers and extended abstracts should be submitted through the conference online submission system before July 5, 2021.

  2. After registered and presented at the conference, accepted full papers will be included in the conference proceedings, submitted to IEEE Xplore for inclusion and being indexed by EI.

  3. Please be advised that IEEE requires all authors intending to publish in the IEEE Xplore® digital library must provide a transfer of copyright. 

  4. After registration, accepted extended abstracts can also be presented at the conference, but their copyrights will not be transferred, and they will not be included in the conference proceedings. Nor will they be submitted to IEEE Xplore and indexed by EI.

  5. Registration fee for extended abstract is the same as that for full paper.

  6. Accepted papers will be removed from conference proceedings if they are not presented at the conference.

Paper  Templates

1. Template for Full Paper

2. Template for Extended Abstract