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[robotics-worldwide] [journals] Call for papers: IEEE RA-L + ICRA Special Issue on "Aerial Manipulation"

Prof. Vincenzo Lippiello
Dear colleagues,


The submission window of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (IEEE
RA-L) Special Issue on "Aerial Manipulation" is approaching (1-10

Authors submitting their work to such Special Issue will have the
opportunity to present their work at the forthcoming ICRA 2018 conference in
Brisbane, Australia (see the details below).


Please, visit the official webpage of the Special Issue at




Motivations and Objectives



The introduction of aerial manipulation can be helpful especially in

those industrial and service applications that are considered very

dangerous for a human operator. For instance, think to a task of bridge

inspection, high-voltage electric lines inspection and fixing-up, rotor

blade repairing and so on. These tasks are both unsafe and

expensive, since the performance of professional climbers and

specialists is requested. An unmanned aerial manipulator might indeed

assist the human operator in these jobs or, at least, in the most

hazardous and critical situations. Grasping an object during the flight

with a UAV (equipped with only a gripper) poses several problems due to

the under-actuation of the aerial vehicle, its unstable dynamics, and

the coupling effects given by the presence of the object. The bigger the

carried payload, the bigger should be the capacity of the single

employed UAV. However, the sole gripper is not enough to obtain a

complete evolution from passive into active tasks of the unmanned aerial

vehicles: mechanical structures mounted on the UAVs are then essential

to perform more complex actions. Therefore, an aerial manipulator might

be an efficient solution providing an aerial vehicle with the capability

of performing dexterous manipulation tasks. Nevertheless, like the

presence of a carried object creates coupling effects in the dynamic

model of the system, a mounted robot arm provides even more issues since

its dynamics depends on the actual configuration state of the whole system.


The Special Issue will thus cover several aspects spanning from the

mechatronic design of novel aerial manipulator, to the use of sensors

necessary to accomplish the sought tasks, and the use of motion planning

and control techniques. This may also be a great opportunity to stir the

current idea of aerial robotics that is too much conceived as simple

inspection and sensing applications. Aerial manipulation is a great

research challenge and this might be a chance to collect the most recent

results of the field to enhance the autonomy requested to fulfill the

addressed tasks.



List of topics



The list of topics include, but it is not limited to:


- Control of aerial manipulators

- Control of UAV in contact with the environment

- Motion planning of aerial manipulators

- Perception in aerial manipulation

- Mechatronic design of aerial manipulators



Important dates



- Special Issue Submission opens: September 1, 2017

- Special Issue Submission closes: September 10, 2017

- First Decision Communicated to Authors: December 5, 2017

- Final Decision Communicated to Authors: February 8, 2018

- Accepted RA-L Papers appear on IEEE Xplore: February 27, 2018



Guest Editors



Vincenzo Lippiello (Università di Napoli Federico II)

Fabio Ruggiero (Università di Napoli Federico II)

Anibal Ollero (Universidad de Sevilla)



Organization of the submitted papers



Papers are six-page long in two column IEEE format, including figures

and reference. Up to two extra-pages (at fee) are allowed.

Links to multimedia material are welcome.

RA-L is an electronic-only journal. The final version provided by the

authors will be rapidly posted on IEEE Xplore: submitted manuscripts

will be either published within February 27, 2018 or rejected.



Submission of the papers



In order to submit the paper:

- Go the RA-L PaperCept site  <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ras.papercept.net_journals_ral&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=f1Rx4eJqjIOMqOadZica0cVcHtNoPB52C2Bz11MZP40&s=DvCm2bux5H3OpM5KTe6Qswt8Hk4RztCKOY5UcrDwrg4&e=>

- Log-in and select to submit a new paper to IEEE RA-L.

- From the drop-down menu, select "Submission for RA-L and ICRA Special
Issue on Aerial Manipulation"

- Follow the instructions to submit your material.

More information can be found at the following link:




Information about IEEE RA-L + ICRA 2018



All the information about the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters can

be found at the following link:  <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ieee-2Dras.org_publications_ra-2Dl&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=f1Rx4eJqjIOMqOadZica0cVcHtNoPB52C2Bz11MZP40&s=vbzMcI5duVcmFhCDCnNvxi9IjpYBpmiu9NRRHUSR8P8&e=>

To recap, the scope of this journal is to publish peer-reviewed articles

that provide a timely and concise  account of innovative research ideas

and application results, reporting significant theoretical findings and

application case studies in areas of robotics and automation.


All the papers submitted to such RA-L Special Issue will undergo a

regular RA-L review.

Results of the first review round by the Letters Editorial Board will

also be used by the ICRA 2018 Editorial Board, which will decide the

program of the Conference.

Notice that the final decision on publication on RA-L and presentation

at the Conference are completely independent.

More details about RA-L submission with conference option can be found

at the following link:



The International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is the

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society's flagship conference and is a

premier international forum for robotics researchers to present their

work. ICRA 2018 will be held on 21-25 May 2018 in Brisbane, Australia:

 <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.icra2018.org&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=f1Rx4eJqjIOMqOadZica0cVcHtNoPB52C2Bz11MZP40&s=IJyWrrKKgX81la2faoL8NjVC4J97ZO4sc5HvdiA4udA&e=> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.icra2018.org&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=f1Rx4eJqjIOMqOadZica0cVcHtNoPB52C2Bz11MZP40&s=IJyWrrKKgX81la2faoL8NjVC4J97ZO4sc5HvdiA4udA&e=.






Our Special Issue is supported by

- IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial




On behalf of the Guest Editors,


Vincenzo Lippiello


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