Our mission is to support members of the RSS community with children in their lives and enable their increased participation in RSS. RSS is committed to facilitating the participation in the conference by parents and families. We recognize that it can be tough to balance professional travel with kids, and we want to offer families options to make things work.

Caregivers and Children

For families who bring their children along with their own caregiver, Boston is a wonderful destination for families and kids. Below is a list of suggested activities that are easily accessible from Kendall Square, the T stop closest to the conference venue. We are creating a signup for for caregivers who wish to be connected with each other to organize group activities. Caregivers and kids are welcome at all RSS events and are welcome to partake in all the food. We will provide a “kids table” at the poster sessions that will have kid-friendly activities such as coloring books, robot-centered activities and toys.

We will also have a lab tour of MIT focused on kids, that will include “hands on” demos of Baxter and the Aibo robot puppy, that you can sign up for at the registration desk.

Parent Networking

We will have a lunch networking event for parents at RSS, whether or not you are bringing your kids. Anyone who has an interest in kids and robotics is welcome to attend.

Lactation Rooms and Changing Tables

MIT has several lactation rooms available on campus. We are also providing lactation rooms at Kresge (the conference venue) and the Stata Center (the workshop venue). Please contact the conference organizers if you have questions or need additional resources.


Stefanie Tellex, Brown University
Cynthia Matuszek, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Maya Cakmak, University of Washington
Hadas Kress-Gazit, Cornell University
Matt Walter, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago