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

Matteo Fumagalli-2
Dear colleagues,

this is a reminder about the call for papers of the 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) 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 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,


Matteo Fumagalli

Assistant Professor
Robotics, Vision and Machine Intelligence Lab (RVMI)
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Aalborg University
A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen

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