[robotics-worldwide] CFP: Autonomous Mobile Manipulation

Oliver Brock oli at cs.umass.edu
Thu Jul 17 10:35:52 PDT 2008

          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

 - 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:     December 15, 2008
  Notification to authors:       March 15, 2009
  Camera ready papers:           April 15, 2009
  Date of publication:           Summer of 2009


Submissions to this special issue will be made through the journal's web
During the online submission process, please select article type "SI:
Mobile Manipulation".

Guest Editors

Oliver Brock
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Charlie Kemp
Georgia Institute of Technology

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