[robotics-worldwide] Call for Papers - IEEE-TRO Special Issue on Robotic Sense of Touch

Ravinder Dahiya Ravinder.Dahiya at iit.it
Wed Jun 16 08:08:39 PDT 2010

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Dear All,

As the submission deadline for the Special Issue on "Robotic Sense of Touch",  IEEE Transactions on Robotics is approaching you are encouraged to submit your recent results to this special issue. For details, please see the call for papers below:


Call for papers
IEEE Transactions on Robotics,
Special Issue on Robotic Sense of Touch



Future robots will be expected to work closely and interact safely with humans as well as real-world objects. Among various sensing modalities needed for this purpose, the sense of touch is particularly important.
Unlike other senses (e.g. vision, audio), it involves complex physical interaction, and plays a fundamental role in estimating properties such as shape, texture, hardness, material type and many more. The sense of touch provides action related information, such as slip, and helps in carrying out actions, such as rolling an object between fingers without dropping it. 

For a long time, the robotics community has emphasized the need for touch/tactile sensing in robots. Many innovative intrinsic and extrinsic touch sensors using different modes of transduction have been reported in literature. Touch sensing structures such as electronic skin, that are flexible, conformable, stretchable and thus suitable for covering large body parts of robots, are being increasingly investigated. The effective integration of such sensors and structures on various robotic platforms will allow researchers to develop new cognitive algorithms involving touch information from large areas. In addition to robotics, such structures will also help understand human interaction with the environment.
Researchers working in the academy or industry are invited to submit papers to this Special Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO) on the theoretical, technological and experimental aspects of design, development, and validation of novel robotic touch sensing systems, their integration with robots, and the effective utilization of touch information.  


- Robotic Intrinsic/Extrinsic touch sensing systems.
- Intrinsic/Extrinsic touch sensor technologies.
- Large area skin/wearable skin technologies and architectures.
- System level integration of touch sensors/arrays/skin on robot's body.
- Human/biological inspired touch sensing technologies.
- Whole body sensing.
- Safe interaction with touch sensing. 
- Real world interaction with multiple sensory modalities (involving touch).
- Touch/Tactile sensing in Robotic tasks (exploration, manipulation, recognition, imaging, etc.)
- Touch/Tactile sensing in applications (humanoids, biomedical, MIS, etc.)
- Experiments on robots utilizing touch information. 
- Touch sensing and perception.
- Touch sensing and cognition.  
- Touch sensing based control algorithms and methods.
- Modeling and simulation techniques of contact (soft/hard) phenomena.
- Software for processing touch information.
- Humans' real world interaction and large area contact information.
- The lessons from biological touch studies for robotic tactile sensing.

Important Dates:

April 1, 2010:			Call for Papers
Aug. 1, 2010:			Deadline for Paper Submission
Nov. 15, 2010:			Completion of First Review
Feb. 15, 2011:			Completion of Final Review
June 2011 (tentative):		Publication

Guest Editors:

Dr. Ravinder S. Dahiya, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy.(ravinder.dahiya at iit.it; dahiya at fbk.eu)
Prof. Giorgio Metta, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy.(giorgio.metta at iit.it)
Prof. Giorgio Cannata, University of Genova, Italy.(giorgio.cannata at unige.it)
Prof. Maurizio Valle, University of Genova, Italy. (maurizio.valle at unige.it)

Submission and Review of Papers:

Author information is available at the T-RO web site http://www.ieee-ras.org/tro. Submissions should go to T-RO PaperCept at http://ras.papercept.net/journals/tro. T-RO considers also accompanying multimedia material. Papers submitted to the Special Issue undergo the usual T-RO review process.

For any question related to this special issue, feel free to contact the guest editors.

(on behalf of guest editors)

Ravinder S. Dahiya, PhD
Marie Curie Fellow,
Bio-MEMS, Center for Materials & Microsystems
Fondazione Bruno Kessler, 
Via Sommarive 18, Trento 38123, Italy.
Tel. +39 0461 314 497
Fax. +39 0461 314 537 

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