[robotics-worldwide] Autonomous Robots, special issue in "Control of Locomotion: From Animals to Robots"

Auke Jan Ijspeert auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch
Thu Dec 18 08:25:59 PST 2008

Dear colleagues,*

*We invite manuscripts on robot locomotion control for the following 
special issue of Autonomous Robots, a journal with the second highest 
impact in robotics according to the ISI citation index (1.413). Deadline 
for submission: April 1, 2009. More information below.

Best regards,

Auke Ijspeert, Paolo Dario, and Sten Grillner
Autonomous Robots, special issue in "Control of Locomotion: From Animals 
to Robots"*

Autonomous Robots website: http://www.springer.com/10514

Guest editors: Auke Ijspeert (EPFL, Switzerland), Paolo Dario (SSSA, 
Pisa, Italy), Sten Grillner (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden)

The locomotion skills of current robots are still far behind those of 
animals in terms of energy efficiency, flexibility, and agility in 
complex unstructured terrains. The goal of this special issue of 
Autonomous Robots is to capture the state of the art in locomotion 
control in biorobotics. We seek articles that present interesting 
examples of interactions between biology and robotics, in particular 
articles that demonstrate how inspiration from the animal kingdom can 
help improving locomotion skills in robots, and/or that illustrate how 
robots can be used as scientific tools in animal motor control, e.g. to 
test hypotheses about neural circuits and/or biomechanical principles in 
invertebrate and vertebrate animals. All aspects of locomotion will be 
considered including materials, actuators, sensors, control, and 
learning. In particular, the special issue aims at exploring how these 
different aspects can collectively be designed to improve the locomotor 
skills of future robots capable of moving in unstructured and partially 
unknown terrains.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
• neuro-mechanical coupling
• central pattern generators
• compliant robots
• passive and dynamic walkers
• swimming robots
• crawling robots
• walking robots
• jumping robots
• gait transitions
• motor learning

*Important dates*
• Paper submission deadline: *April 1, 2009*
• Notification to authors: July 1, 2009
• Camera ready papers: October 1, 2009

*For any additional information, please contact  auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch

Autonomous Robots website: http://www.springer.com/10514
PDF version of the CFP: 

Prof Auke Jan Ijspeert 
SNF (Swiss National Science Foundation) Assistant Professor
School of Computer and Communication Sciences, EPFL

EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Station 14
CH 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Office: INN 237     Tel: +41 21 693 2658,    Fax: +41 21 693 3705
www: http://birg.epfl.ch             Email: Auke.Ijspeert at epfl.ch

Adjunct Assistant Professor,
Department of Computer Science, University of Southern California

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