WAFR 2022

The 15th International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics will be held on June 22-24, 2022 at the University of Maryland, College Park

Registration Live Streaming


Early Rate
(on or before May 15)
Full Rate
(May 16 - June 15)
Regular $650 $750 $850
Student $450 $550 $650

The registration fee includes attendance to program sessions, meeting materials, lunches, refreshment breaks, and banquet dinner. For an additional fee, registrants can purchase an additional ticket to attend the banquet dinner on June 23.

Letters of invitation for visa applications will be available to registered participants. For all questions related to registration, please contact wafr22registration@umd.edu.

Student Travel Grants

We are pleased to offer, via generous support from NSF, a limited number of travel grants for students at US institutions. The purpose of these grants for student travel is to enable U.S. students, who otherwise might be unable to attend the WAFR conference, to present their work and forge connections with colleagues from around the world.

Awarded students will receive reimbursements for qualified travel expenses (registration, lodging, airfare, etc) in accordance with the policies of the National Science Foundation and Texas A&M University. Specific grant amounts will be determined based on the availability of funds and the number of accepted applicants. The maximum amount eligible for reimbursement will be tentatively $500.

Applications for these travel grants are now closed.

Local Guide

This map has some of our favorite local coffee shops, restaurants, and other important venues in and around College Park!

Google Maps Link to Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Parking, and More!

Restaurants (links in the map above)

  • Stamp Union (Food Court right across from the conference venue)
  • Looney's Pub
  • The Board and Brew (Food, Board Games, Coffee)
  • The Hall CP
  • College Park Grill
  • Burtons Grill & Bar of Riverdale Park
  • Taqueria Habanero
  • Tacos a la Madre
  • Potomac Pizza - College Park
  • sweetgreen
  • Blaze Pizza
  • Insomnia Cookies
  • Marathon Deli
  • Nando's PERi-PERi
  • CAVA

Restaurants in DC

Most of these places are only 20-30 minutes Uber or metro ride away and feature the best of DC food scene

Cafes (links in the map above)

  • Vigilante Coffee College Park (Coffee, Espresso)
  • Breakpoint Cafe (Serves Starbucks coffee and food)
  • Starbucks
  • Jidong TEA
  • Moge Tee
  • Stamp Union (The Coffee Bar)
  • NuVegan Cafe - College Park

More Resources

Conference Venues

The technical sessions will be held in Room 1224 of the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. The ESJ building is a short ~8 minute walk from The Hotel.

The opening reception will be held in the lobby of the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering (IRB). The IRB building is right across the street from The Hotel.

The banquet will be held at the Smithsonian Institution Building, popularly known as the "Castle" in Washington DC. Shuttles will be provided from the ESJ building and The Hotel to reach the Castle. The shuttles will also provide transportation back to The Hotel after the banquet. Participants can also choose to take an Uber/Lyft/taxi or ride on the green/yellow line of the metro to travel to the national mall.


  • Shuttle-UM provides a free bus service (number 104) between the campus and the College Park metro station. Here’s the map and timesheet (live status may not be available): College Park Metro (104) Schedule
  • The Regents’ Drive Garage and Campus Drive at Math Slip are the closest stops to the conference venue.
  • Metrobus run by WMATA provide connectivity to parts of College Park, Metro Stations, and Washington D.C.: Metrobus | WMATA

The status of the buses can be tracked on Google Maps or Nextbus app. The payment can be made through SmartTrip or cash.


  • Green and Yellow lines connect College Park to D.C. and the stations can be easily reached by Shuttle-UM and Metrobus: College Park-U of Md | WMATA

The payment can be made through SmartTrip.

Ridesharing Apps

  • The city of College Park is located 9 miles from Downtown D.C. inside the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) and is easily accessible by ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft.

Personal Mobility


  • The Regents’ Drive Garage is the closest visitor parking garage to ESJ.
  • The Hotel has a parking garage and surface parking lots for visitors.


There are two WiFi networks on campus that visitors can use.

  • Eduroam: anyone with an eduroam account should directly be able to connect.
  • umd-guest: Instructions for connecting to this network are given here. 


We have organized a special group rate at The Hotel at the University of Maryland. The group rate is available for reservations from Tuesday June 21st to Friday June 24th (four nights total) at $169.00 per night (exclusive of taxes). Reservations must be made by May 23rd to avail the group rate. Please make your reservations at the earliest before the room block is sold out.

The Hotel at the University of Maryland is right across the street from the main entrance of campus and a short 6 minutes walk from Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center where the main conference will take place.

You can make your reservations online using this link. You can also call the Hotel’s Reservations Center, 301-277-7777, and avail the group rate using the code "2022 WAFR (Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics) RB."

The Hotel at UMD

The Hotel at UMD

Local Map

Local Map

Getting to UMD

The Washington Metropolitan area is served by 3 international airports: Baltimore-Washington International Airport between Baltimore and D.C. (BWI), Ronald Reagan National Airport Downtown D.C. (DCA) and Dulles International Airport in Virginia (IAD). BWI is located 25 miles from the UMD campus, DCA 16 miles and Dulles 37 miles. Visitors landing at DCA can take the Metro green line to College Park and then board the free UMD shuttle to campus. The College Park metro station is one mile away from campus. Arrivals at Dulles and BWI require a taxi or a van pick-up.

The city of College Park is located 9 miles from Downtown D.C. inside the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) and is easily accessible by car (2 miles from 495 to UMD) and metro. The green and the yellow metro lines connect College Park to greater Washington metropolitan area. There are two Amtrak stations near College Park, New Carrollton Station in Maryland and Union Station in DC. The MARC train connects College Park to the North-East corridor (Baltimore - Philadelphia – New York City – Boston).

Airports near UMD