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[robotics-worldwide] [journals] Early submission for the Special Issue on Floating-base (Aerial and Underwater) Manipulation

Matteo Fumagalli-2
Dear colleagues,

we are happy to announce that we already started reviewing papers submitted to the special issue on  "Floating-base (Aerial and Underwater) Manipulation”, to be published on the Robotics and Automation Magazine.

This is an opportunity for you to receive an accelerated reviewing process, compared to the planned schedule for the SI.
By doing an early submission, you may expect an early notification of acceptance for publication in RAM.

Only after all the reviews will be collected, a decision will be taken regarding the publication of your paper on the Special Issue or on a regular issue.

Please visit the following link for details on the Special Issue:

        Special Issue on Floating-base (Aerial and Underwater) Manipulation

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine seeks articles for a Special Issue on Floating-base (Aerial and Underwater) Manipulation.

During the last 20 years, underwater robots have been widely used as a tool for mapping the seafloor using optical and acoustic sensors, with applications to offshore sites inspection, marine geology, underwater archaeology to mention but a few. At the same time, aerial robots are also limited to monitoring and surveillance applications, and research has mainly focused on topics such as perception and navigation. However, a large number of applications exist that go beyond the survey capabilities, and the possibility of manipulating objects with these two challenging technologies could open up an entire set of new applications.

Both underwater and aerial robots are floating-base robotic systems, and this fact makes their control different from classic ground mobile manipulators. From a research perspective, topics and issues such as coordinated control of the whole floating manipulator system, safe interaction with the environment, disturbance rejection, object perception from a floating base, are still important challenges to be solved.

This special issue will provide up-to-date results and novel advanced solutions for floating manipulation, both from the point of view of aerial and underwater fields. In particular, this issue aims to bring together two communities that have so far operated in parallel but without too much interaction, despite the similarities between the two fields.

The topics of interest for paper submissions include, but are not limited to:
Design of aerial or underwater manipulation systems
Underwater/aerial hands and grippers
Mechatronics of manipulators optimized for floating operation
Coordinated control of floating base and manipulator
Cooperative control of multiple floating manipulators
Perception and precise localization for floating manipulation
Physical interaction of floating base manipulators
Techniques for assisted remote manipulation
Learning techniques for floating manipulation
Motion planning of floating manipulators
Fault tolerant approaches for floating manipulators
Any other key enabling technology for floating manipulation

Deadline for paper submission:  15th December 2017
Final notification for publication on SI: August 2018
Expected publication: December 2018

Guest Editors:
Matteo Fumagalli, Aalborg University, Denmark
Enrico Simetti, University of Genova, Italy

Submission guidelines:

On behalf of the Guest Editors

Best regards,

Matteo Fumagalli

Assistant Professor
Aalborg University of Copenhagen
Room 2.1.100
A.C. Meyer Vaenge 15,
2450, Copenhagen, Denmark

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