[robotics-worldwide] Call for Papers: Special Issue "Biomimetic Sensors, Actuators and Integrated Systems" - Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220)

Trung Dung Ngo dungnt at es.aau.dk
Mon Apr 4 04:02:22 PDT 2011

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Special Issue "Biomimetic Sensors, Actuators and Integrated Systems"*

Website: http://www.mdpi.com/si/sensors/biomim_sens_actuat/

Deadline: September. 15. 2011

Guest Editors: Trung Dung Ngo and Frank Nickols


It is well known that biological organisms have evolved via natural

selection over unimaginable epochs of time. Such organisms serve as an

awesome, rich and virtually endless inspirational source for scientific

researchers. The wide ranging and diverse principles of biological

organisms can be copied, mimicked or adapted by engineers in the design

and innovation of engineering systems. Two particular areas for which

there is still much to be discovered are firstly from the ingenious

sophistication of animal and vegetable sensors together with their

biological signal processing and secondly the locomotion dexterity of

moving creatures utilising biological actuators together with their

biological signal control. Biological organisms are masters of

multi-disciplined scientific synergy. For example, on-chip sensors or 
sensor arrays replicating the animal sense are fabricated to provide 
rich sensory inputs for robotic systems. Skeletal muscle tissue is a 
brain triggered, force producing mechanism that draws upon the phenomena 
of physics, chemistry and electricity to ultimately produce activation 
of an ingenious complex nano-mechanical structure.

Studying, replicating and integrating these biological mechanisms into 
man-made devices is providing blueprints for a new generation of

bio-engineering or biomimicking products possessing previously

unattainable abilities. These improvements require the engagement of

scientists and researchers from wide ranging fields of, for example,

biology, engineering, materials science, chemistry, physical science,

zoology, linguistics/communication science and scientific philosophy.

Such work will then enable the synthesis, design, and development of new

technologies through the observation and investigation of living

organisms in nature.

This special issue of Sensors aims at gathering recent research work

that outlines the mechanisms, applications and challenges concerning

biomimetic sensors, actuators, and their integrated systems. Topics in

this issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Design principles, prototyping and development of biomimetic sensors 
and actuators, and bio-inspired integrated systems

- System integration and control of biomimetic sensors and actuators

- Methods, techniques and algorithms of bio-inspired sensor measurement, 
estimation and calibration

- Biomechanics and locomotion control algorithms

- Bio-signal amplification techniques and processing algorithms

- Smart materials and fabrication technologies

- Bio-inspired robotic systems

- Philosophy of biomimetic sensors, actuators, and integrated systems in 
science and applications

- Applications of biomimetic sensors, actuators, and integrated systems


You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline.

Submitted papers should not have been published previously,

nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also

encourage authors to send us their tentative title and short

abstract by e-mail for approval to the editorial office at

sensors at mdpi.com <mailto:sensors at mdpi.com>.

This Special Issue will be fully open access. Open access (unlimited

and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more

frequent citations as indicated by several studies. Open access is

supported by the authors and their institutes. More information is

available at http://www.mdpi.com/about/openaccess/. Article

Processing Charges (APC) are of 1600 CHF per accepted article.

For details see: http://www.mdpi.com/about/apc/.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors before submitting a

manuscript: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sensors/instructions/.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the online manuscript

submission and editorial system at


Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220) is the leading international, peer-reviewed

open access journal on the science and technology of sensors and

biosensors, and is published by MDPI online monthly. Papers

published in Sensors will receive high publicity since the journal is

freely available online. Sensors is covered by leading indexing

services, including the Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of

Science), Chemical Abstracts, INSPEC, Scopus and CAB Abstracts.

The most recent Impact *Factor for the year 2009 is 1.821*.

MDPI publishes several peer-reviewed, open access journals listed at

http://www.mdpi.com/. The Editorial Board members, including

several Nobel Laureates (http://www.mdpi.com/about/nobelists/), are

all leading active scholars. All MDPI journals maintain rapid, yet

rigorous, peer-review, manuscript handling and editorial processes.

MDPI journals have increased their impact factors, see the Editorial

"Continued Growth of the Impact Factors of MDPI Open

Access Journals", http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/15/6/4450/.

In case of questions, please contact the Editorial Office at:

sensors at mdpi.com <mailto:sensors at mdpi.com>

Best regards,

Frank Nickols and Trung Dung Ngo


Dr. Trung Dung Ngo

The More-Than-One Robotics Lab

Department of Electronics Systems

Aalborg University

Fr. Bajersvej 7C

9220 Aalborg, Denmark

E-Mail: dungnt at ieee.org <mailto:dungnt at ieee.org>

Lab: www.morelab.org <http://www.morelab.org>


Dr. Frank Nickols

The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Nanyang Technological University

50 Nanyang, Avenue

Singapore 639798

Singapore (Visiting from University of Brunei Darussalam)

E-Mail: frank.nickols at gmail.com <mailto:frank.nickols at gmail.com>

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