[robotics-worldwide] [Journals] "Visual Perception for Micro Aerial Robots" Special Issue at Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems

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[robotics-worldwide] [Journals] "Visual Perception for Micro Aerial Robots" Special Issue at Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems

George Nikolakopoulos
Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems

Special Issue on: “Visual Perception for Micro Aerial Robots”


---- Introduction

During the last decades, aerial robots have emerged from a concept to a leading-edge technology with the enormous potential to become a valuable tool in multiple applications, in terms of human life safety and task execution efficiency. So far, the commercial use of aerial robots is mainly restricted within the photography-filming industry, but its growth is rapid, investing nowadays in applications that require autonomous inspection and environmental interaction. The vision of integrating aerial robotic platforms in the industrial process is in its infancy, with quite a few open challenges remaining. One of the backbone functionalities that these platforms should possess to enable and support such tasks are advanced perception capabilities. Specifically, from a scientific point of view, reliable localization, navigation, mapping and object perception are topics that have received a lot of attention, but still require further developments to reify aerial robot autonomous inspection and physical interaction.

---- Thematic Scope

The purpose of this special issue is to address theoretical and application-oriented problems in the general area of visual perception for micro-aerial robots and to identify and provide key perception solutions that meet the real-time constraints posed by aerial vehicles, following recent advances in computer vision and robotics. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

·   Vision-based control and visual servoing
·   Visual navigation, mapping, and SLAM
·   Cooperative perception using multiple platforms
·   Vision-assisted floating-base manipulation
·   Deep Learning for visual perception
·   Object recognition, tracking, semantic and 3D vision techniques
·   Fusion of vision with other sensing systems, e.g., laser scanner
·   Advanced visual sensors and mechanisms (event-based, solid state sensors,  LiDAR,  RGB-D, time-of-flight cameras, etc.)
·     Aerial robot applications on key enabling perception technologies
·     Model predictive control for vision-based autonomous navigation
·     Reinforcement learning for visual perception

---- Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should describe original and previously unpublished results which are currently not considered for publication in any other journal. All the manuscripts shall be submitted electronically at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.editorialmanager.com_jint_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=-zMXkdLaKLEAGHdh5iEhY298loPyaJ4NSteqqiaURGM&s=rnNUA88_96EOIJqae29dSw3DOQfAZmsjmNuWILQGq9s&e=, and will undergo a peer-review process.

---- Additional Information

For further details, please, consult the Journal website at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.springer.com_engineering_robotics_journal_10846&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=-zMXkdLaKLEAGHdh5iEhY298loPyaJ4NSteqqiaURGM&s=uDYnp_xRLRB0WxWRUx8vWSapXLEdqR6TwXcOp8To9TY&e= or contact the Guest Editors.

---- Important Deadlines

Manuscript Submission:                 22nd of October 2018
First decision after review:           28th of January 2019
Final acceptance decision:             26th of March 2019

Guest Editors

George Nikolakopoulos
Head of Robotics Team
Luleå University of Technology
Luleå, Sweden

Andreas Nüchter
Robotics and Telematics
University of Würzburg
Germany

Pantelis Sopasakis
KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
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George Nikolakopoulos
Professor for Robotics and Automation
Head of the Robotics Team
Control Engineering Group
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering
Luleå University of Technology
SE-97187 Luleå, SWEDEN
Email: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>
Tel:0046(0)920-49 1298
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