[robotics-worldwide] Special Issue on Network Robot Systems (Robotics and Autonomous System Journal)

Alberto Sanfeliu sanfeliu at iri.upc.edu
Thu Feb 15 23:57:15 PST 2007


The last decade has witnessed unprecedented interaction between 
technological developments in computing and communications,
which have led to the design and implementation of robotic and 
automation systems consisting of networked vehicles, sensors
and actuators systems. These developments enable researchers and 
engineers not only to design new robotics systems but also
to develop systems that could have not been imagined before. Now, there 
is a need for a unifying paradigm within the robotics
community to address the design of these networked automation systems.

The name Networked Robots (NR) was created in May 2004 within the IEEE 
RAS Technical Committee, as a consequence of
the preliminary work on Internet-based tele-operated robots initiated in 
2001, and its expansion to reflect a broader set of
problems and applications. There are several definitions of NRS, coming 
from US and Japan, but a simple and comprehensive
definition of NRS is:

“A Network Robot System is a group of artificial autonomous systems that 
are mobile and that make important use of wireless
communications among them or with the environment and living systems in 
order to fulfil their tasks”.

Network Robot Systems (NRS) call for the integration of several fields: 
robotics, perception (sensor systems), ubiquitous
computing, and network communications. Some of the key issues that must 
be addressed in the design of Network Robot Systems
are cooperative localization and navigation, cooperative environment 
perception, cooperative map building, cooperative planning
and planning for cooperation, human-robot interaction, network 
tele-operation, and communications.

The topic Network Robot Systems transcends “conventional” robotics, in 
the sense that there exists for these type of distributed
heterogeneous systems, an interrelation among a community of robots, 
environment sensors and humans. Applications include network
robot teams (for example for space applications), human-robot networked 
teams (for example a community of robots that assist people),
robots networked with the environment (for example for tasks on urban 
settings or rescue) or geminoid robots (a replication of a
human with own autonomy and being partially tele-operated through the 

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- human robot symbiosis
- networked environing sensing/actuation
- distributed environing system
- interaction between human and environing components
- networked human-robot interaction
- coordination and cooperation among multiple types of robots
- self-configuration of a network robot system
- monitoring and self-repair of a network robot system
- network robot platform
- security for network robot systems
- socially situated network robots
- applications of network robot systems

First Call for papers: 15 February 2007
Paper submission deadline: 15 May 2007
Revised notification: 10 September 2007
Final paper submission: 22 October 2007
Final decision notification: 16 November 2007

Expected contributions should be around 12 pages long. Submissions have 
to be sent to the Guest Editors (sanfeliu at iri.upc.es;
hagita at atr.jp, asaffio at aass.oru.se) in electronic form (PDF files). The 
Guest Editors will first evaluate all manuscripts.
Manuscripts meeting the minimum criteria are passed on for peer review, 
to be accomplished by two external experts. The method
of review in this special issue will employ single blind review, where 
the referee remains anonymous throughout the process.
The Guest Editors board is responsible for the final decision to accept 
or reject the articles, based on the recommendations of
the reviewers. Accepted papers will have to be sent to the Guest Editors 
electronically, both as source files (LaTex, MS Word,
including all original Figures/Tables and References) and in printable 
version (PDF). Please follows the instructions in

• Alberto Sanfeliú, Technical University of Catalonia, Spain, 
sanfeliu at iri.ups.es
• Norihiro Hagita, ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication 
Laboratories, Japan, hagita at atr.jp
• Alessandro Saffiotti, Örebro University, Sweden, asaffio at aass.oru.se

- Research Atelier on Network Robot Systems, http://turina.upc.es/nrs
- Japan Network Robot Forum, http://www.scat.or.jp/nrf/English/
- IEEE RAS Technical Committee, 

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