[robotics-worldwide] IEEE Network Magazine - Special Issue on Machine and Robotic Networking (May 2012)

Jung-Min Park millfron at yonsei.ac.kr
Wed Aug 24 00:53:13 PDT 2011


 Call for Papers

 Special Issue on "Machine and Robotic Networking"

 IEEE Network Magazine


The advances in communication networking technologies have been very
successful in academia, industry and consumer markets. “Being connected”
becomes an essential part of our daily life. Recently, we have been also
observing that the communication distance between transmitters and receivers
shrinks in many commercial applications. This includes sensor/RFID networks,
WiFi and near field communication (NFC) devices. Such shortened distance is
mostly caused by the high volume of data demand of users. One other reason
is that the modern communications is not any more for human-to-human (H2H)
information exchange only but also for machine-to-machine (M2M) or
machine-to-human (M2H). The inter-machine distance will be gradually
decreasing in many upcoming applications. This trend adds complexity to the
communication protocols with very high node density and unpredictable
interference in particular in wireless networks.

The machine in M2M or M2H refers to various devices from remote metering
modules to vehicles or small networked robots with communication functions
embedded. M2M applications and use cases currently under consideration by
ETSI, 3GPP, 3GPP2 and IEEE are mainly focused on stationary nodes (machines)
or at least control of node mobility is out of scope of M2M applications.
However, the controllable node mobility willconstitute a core part of M2M
communications. Robotic networks will belong to this class of M2M, where the
position of nodes can be changed to meet the needs of M2M applications.

Independently, in the automatic control and robotics community, there has
been special interest in connecting multiple robots for effectively
achieving the common mission of a group of autonomous robots. This area is
known as networked robotics. The main background of this approach is that
connecting robots with less intelligence would be more beneficial than a
single isolated robot with full intelligence. In particular, there have been
a group of researchers focusing on the behaviours of small animals to mimic
their grouping patterns such as group navigation and communications.

This special issue is dedicated to fundamentals and applications in the
machine and robotic networks. The main emphasis is to introduce and to open
new research horizon to the networking researchers. Those who are currently
investigating protocols for inter-machine data exchange or designing a group
of networked machines (including robots) are potential authors for this
special issue. The comprehensive survey and forecasting of this
inter-disciplinary area with deep insight on research challenges and
business opportunities are also seriously considered.

The special issue encourages authors to submit their papers on the specific
areas, which are not strictly limited to the followings, though:

·         Networking protocol design for machine and robotic networks

·         Distributed algorithm design for machine and robotic networks

·         Resource management for machine and robotic networks

·         Networked robots with special emphasis on networking and
distributed computing

·         Capacity issues in machine and robotic networks

·         Mobility issues in machine and robotic networks

·         Cognitive machine and robotic networks

·         Bio-inspired networking in robotics

·         Design and application issues in M2M and networked robots

·         Business models and use cases for M2M and networked robots

The interested authors are expected to submit their papers confirming to the
guidelines of*IEEE
 http://dl.comsoc.org/livepubs/ni/info/authors.html according to the
following schedule:

All paper processing will be through an online system, which will be
announced later. In the mean time, you may contact the guest editors.

·         Paper submissions: October 15, 2011

·         Notifications to authors: January 15, 2012

·         Final manuscripts: March 1, 2012

·         Publication of special issue: May 2012

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*Guest Editors*

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Seong-Lyun Kim

Yonsei University, Korea

slkim at yonsei.ac.kr

Dapeng Oliver Wu

University of Florida, USA

wu at ece.ufl.edu

Klaus Schilling

Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Germany

schi at informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de

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