[robotics-worldwide] *DEADLINE EXTENDED* CFP: Autonomous Robots - Special Issue on Autonomous Mobile Manipulation

Charlie Kemp charlie.kemp at bme.gatech.edu
Sun Dec 21 18:45:19 PST 2008

Due to a large number of requests, we have decided to extend the 
deadline for this call.


Call for Papers on

  Autonomous Mobile Manipulation

for a special issue of the journal

  Autonomous Robots


Research in autonomous mobile manipulation seeks to develop mobile 
robotic systems that autonomously perform manipulation tasks in 
unstructured environments. Such robotic systems could have a profound 
impact on many application areas of societal, economic, and scientific 
importance, including domestic assistance, healthcare, flexible 
manufacturing, automated supply chain management, planetary exploration, 
and emergency services.

The development of robotic systems for autonomous mobile manipulation is 
inherently interdisciplinary. Successful systems are likely to require 
new approaches and innovations involving multiple areas of robotics, 
such as perception, control, mechanisms, motion planning, manipulation, 
navigation, human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence, and 
machine learning.

This special issue seeks to capture the state of the art in autonomous 
mobile manipulation. Special attention will be given to novel approaches 
validated on real robots that address challenges arising from complex 
problem domains. Each submission should clearly explain how its 
contribution is important to autonomous mobile manipulation. We 
especially encourage submissions that include empirical validation using 
a real mobile manipulator operating in an unstructured environment.

Relevant Topics Include

 - Approaches to perception
 - Grasping and dexterous manipulation
 - Motion planning and control
 - Hardware designs for increased performance and/or safety
 - Human-robot interaction
 - Multi-robot systems
 - Learning and reasoning
 - Navigation
 - Architectures for system integration
 - Applications with empirically demonstrated success

Given the breadth of related research, this is only a partial list of 
appropriate topics.  We encourage authors interested in submitting work 
from other areas to contact the guest editors.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline:     January 22, 2009 ***EXTENDED***
Date of publication:           Summer of 2009


Submissions to this special issue should be made through the journal's 
web site:


During the online submission process, please select article type "SI: 
Mobile Manipulation".

Guest Editors

Oliver Brock
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Charlie Kemp
Georgia Tech


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