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

Enrico Simetti-2
Dear colleagues,

we are pleased to invite you to submit your research papers to the
upcoming special issue on "Floating-base (Aerial and Underwater)
Manipulation”, to be published on the Robotics and Automation Magazine.

Please visit the following link for details:

           Special Issue on Floating-base (Aerial and Underwater)

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

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

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

The topics of interest for paper submissions include, but are not
limited to:
Design of aerial or underwater manipulation systemsUnderwater/aerial
hands and grippersMechatronics of manipulators optimized for floating
operationCoordinated control of floating base and manipulatorCooperative
control of multiple floating manipulatorsPerception and precise
localization for floating manipulationPhysical interaction of floating
base manipulatorsTechniques for assisted remote manipulationLearning
techniques for floating manipulationMotion planning of floating
manipulatorsFault tolerant approaches for floating manipulatorsAny other
key enabling technology for floating manipulation
Deadline for paper submission:  15th December 2017
Final notification: 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,


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