[robotics-worldwide] [Journals] Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) Special Issue with ICRA 2019 Conference Option

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[robotics-worldwide] [Journals] Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) Special Issue with ICRA 2019 Conference Option

Dear Colleagues,

I invite you to submit your research to the Robotics and Automation Letters
(RA-L) Special Issue on

Soft Haptic Interaction: Modeling, Design, and Application

The special is organized by Matteo Bianchi, Hongbin Liu, and Van Ho, and  is
proposed *as RA-L Conference option (for ICRA 2019).*

Authors must be willing to present at ICRA 2019 if their paper is accepted
by ICRA 2019 program committee.

More information can be found here:


and below

Best regards

Matteo Bianchi

Topical  Area

Recently, material softness has become a key ingredient not only for the
development of soft robots that can adapt with the environment during
grasping and locomotion but also for the realization of efficient soft
haptic devices, including soft tactile sensors and soft haptic displays.
With the avenue of soft haptics research, we have observed a revolution in
all the design stages, including material choice, control and actuation,
where morphology (characterized by geometrical and mechanical properties)
could serve as a computational mean to ensure a successful interaction with
the surrounding. This has determined a paradigm shift in haptics from
principle-oriented to embodiment-oriented norms. Indeed, so far traditional
haptic devices attempted to seek for novel haptic principles with fixed
structure and functions; on the contrary, soft haptic devices quest for
reliable structures that are adaptive with respect to different interactive
tasks through variable morphology. Under this regard, bio-inspiration or
bio-aware design principles could help to devise new system architectures.
More specifically, soft haptic devices should detect not only their
internal states of deformation, but also be aware of their own body in
interaction with its environment. This represents also a key challenge in
soft robotics, where interdisciplinary studies in materials science,
electro-mechanical design, modeling, perception, and so on, need to be
carried out to tackle this interesting issue. This is not surprising: soft
haptics and soft robotics are strongly related each other. Indeed, soft
haptic devices are ultimately integrated in soft-bodied robots, e.g. within
the paradigm of soft manipulation, where adaptable yet robust robotic hands
search for tactile sensors that can share their same structural properties,
without altering their intrinsic deformability.

For all the reasons above, we believe that soft haptics is now mature to be
defined as a new science, with specific and distinct features that deserve
a comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach. This special issue aims to
contribute to lay down the technological and theoretical foundations of
soft haptics, reporting recent advances in the field, that encompass
transdisciplinary researches, which include: 1. Science of functional
materials, modeling of soft-sensorized bodies, morphological optimization;
2. Novel fabrication methods, integration of sensing and actuating
elements, active sensing; and 3. Specific applications of soft haptics in
soft-bodied robots for interactive tasks such as soft grasping, locomotion,
and human-machine interfaces. Such research is not only relevant to
academic community, but also has immediate and potentially high impact in
many practical areas such as telerobotics, medical devices, and advanced
human-human and human-robot communication through wearables, among the

Specific topics of interest are listed below:

   - Morphological computation in haptics
   - Reconfigurable structures for sensing, haptic display
   - Modeling of soft-sensorized bodies
   - Novel functional materials and application in haptics
   - Double sensing of internal deformation and external tactile perception
   - Animal, plant-inspired tactile sensing systems
   - Fabrication of shape-changing haptic devices
   - Tactile perception for soft robots in grasping, locomotion, and

Conference Option

This special issue is proposed as RA-L Conference option (for ICRA 2019).
Authors must be willing to present at ICRA 2019 if their paper is accepted
by ICRA 2019 program committee.

   - Special Issue Call for Papers: 21 August 2018
   - Special Issue Submission Opens: 21 August 2018
   - Special Issue Submission Closes: 10 September 2018 (same as RA-L/ICRA)
   - First Decision Communicated to Authors: by 5 December 2018
   - Final Decision Communicated to Authors: by 8 February 2019
   - Accepted RAL Papers appear on IEEE Xplore: by 27 February 2019
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