[robotics-worldwide] IEEE RAM - Special Issue on Software Engineering for Robotics

Davide Brugali brugali at unibg.it
Tue Feb 19 15:17:58 PST 2008

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IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
Special Issue on
Software Engineering for Robotics

Deadline : June 1st 2008

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM) seeks articles for this 
special issue, scheduled for publication in March 2009.
Software Engineering techniques and methodologies are ubiquitously 
applied in many application domains, such as factory automation, 
telecommunications, automotive. The synergy between Robotics and 
Software Engineering is strategic. Their mutual benefit is to make it 
possible to build and evolve new software systems as integration of 
reusable building blocks. The keyword is "system" and the robotic field 
is a good and challenging example of these systems: heterogeneous 
structures where properties are emerging from the interaction of 
constituent parts. In this scenario, Software Engineering techniques and 
methodologies play a key role, as they are the tool to capture the 
fundamental elements of a robot application and their interaction patterns.

The proposed special issue is intended to publish contributions on 
Software Engineering models, methods, and tools in the design of robot 
software systems with their applications to industrial and experimental 

In particular, the special issue will focus on

* Analysis of issues and challenges in the development of software
systems (applications, frameworks, middleware), that make the
robotic domain similar/different to other application domains
(e.g. automotive, factory automation)
* Identification of recurrent concepts, aspects, and requirements in
robot software development, that may lead to the definition of
standard / common / unified architectures
* Documentation of software models that lead to reusable robotic
software design and that may enable measures and procedures to
evaluate software quality factors
* Software environments and tools that simplify the design,
implementation, and reuse of robot software architectures.
* Case studies of successful software development for real robotic
* Experience reports on using commercial (e.g. Microsoft Robotics
Studio) or open-source (e.g. Player/Stage) software tools.

To establish coherence between the papers, submissions must address the 
following points, where relevant:

* Where does the work fit in the development of software for robotics?
* What problem/deficit/need does it address?
* What other work has been done in this area, and why is this
contribution important?

Articles must be of a nominal length of eight pages each. As an 
indication, a “typical” 8 page magazine article contains 4000-5000 words 
(including 10 references) plus 5 equations and 7 figures. Submissions 
are peer-reviewed. All manuscripts should include a title page 
containing the title of the paper, full names and affiliations, 
electronic addresses, an abstract, and a list of keywords. The 
contacting author should be clearly identified.

Submission instructions can be found at the following address: 

Submission deadline: June 1st, 2008.
Authors notification: October 1st, 2008
Issue date: March 2009.


Davide Brugali (point of contact)
Dept. of Computer Science and Mathematical Methods
Università degli Studi di Bergamo
V.le Marconi, 5, 24044 Dalmine, Italy
E-mail : brugali at unibg.it

Tetsuo Kotoku
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
1-1-1 Umezono, #32815, Tsukuba, Ibakaki 305-8568 JAPAN
E-mail : t.kotoku at aist.go.jp

Erwin Prassler
Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Fachbereich Informatik
Grantham-Allee 20, 53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany
E-mail: erwin.prassler at fh-bonn-rhein-sieg.de

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