[robotics-worldwide] CFP Elsevier Mechatronics Journal Special Issue: Design and Control Methodologies in Telerobotics

Nikhil Chopra nchopra at umd.edu
Fri Jan 16 06:00:35 PST 2009

Dear Colleagues,

We invite manuscripts on *Design and Control Methodologies in Telerobotics*for
the following special issue of Elsevier Mechatronics Journal. The deadline
for the
 submission is June 30th, 2009. You can find more information below:

Despite of the fact that telerobotics was one of the first applications of
it still poses several challenges to the robotics community.  A proper
design of
the whole telerobotic system has a big impact on its usability and also
the possibility of reproducing multi-modal feedback from the remote
A human-centered design of the system can exploit the user perception
to maximize the feeling of telepresence in a telerobotic system. The problem
improving the design of telerobotic systems is still open and it represents
an area of
active research.

Furthermore, the problem of controlling a telerobotic system is of paramount
and a predominant strategy has not emerged yet. Varying environment and
human operator
impedance is only one of the challenges in this context.  The possibility of
using packet
switched  communication channels (e.g. the Internet) for joining master and
slave devices
increases the flexibility of telemanipulation systems, however the  innate
control problems
associated with telerobotics become harder due to the unreliability (time
delay and packet loss)
of the communication medium. The purpose of this special issue is to publish
the latest work
about design and control methodologies in telerobotics. The topics of
interest include,
but are not limited to, the following:

•       Design of telerobotic systems

•       Control strategies for stabilizing bilateral teleoperators

•       Conceptual frameworks for evaluating transparency in teleoperation

•       Analysis and control of teleoperation systems over packet switched

•       Human factors in design and control of teleoperation systems

•       Control of multimodal teleoperation systems

•       Experimental validation and comparison of control methodologies for

•       Control of semi-autonomous telerobotic systems

Articles must be based on original research, although extended
versions of conference papers may be acceptable if they contain
new material. Complete articles should be submitted by the deadline
of June 30th 2009. Papers will be subject to the full review process,
with decisions expected by September 30th 2009. The tentative publication
date is May, 2010.

Submission Instructions

All manuscripts should follow the general guidelines for authors of
Mechatronics. Manuscripts should not have been published or be under
consideration at other journals. Please submit your paper electronically to
"Elsevier Mechatronics Journal"  by selecting the "Special Issue: Design
Control Methodology".

Guest Editors

C. Secchi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia,
Italy),cristian.secchi at unimore.it
N. Chopra (University of Maryland, USA), nchopra at umd.edu
A. Peer (Technische Universität München), Angelika.Peer at tum.de

Best Regards

Cristian Secchi, Angelika Peer and Nikhil Chopra

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