[robotics-worldwide] Special issue Robotics and Automation Magazine on Aerial Robotics and the Quadrotor Platform

Robert Mahony Robert.Mahony at anu.edu.au
Mon Dec 19 02:19:00 PST 2011

*Call for papers for a Special issue on Aerial Robotics and the 
Quadrotor platform in the Robotics and Automation Magazine. *

Guest editors: Robert MAHONY, Vijay KUMAR

*Submissions due: January 22, 2012*



Aerial robotics is a growing field with tremendous civil and military 
applications.Potential applications include surveying and maintenance 
tasks, aerial transportation and manipulation, search and rescue, and 
surveillance.The challenges associated with tackling robotics tasks in 
complex, three-dimensional, indoor and outdoor environments brings into 
focus some of the limitations of accepted solutions to classical 
robotics problems in sensing, planning, localisation and 
mapping.Moreover, the fundamental weight and size limitations of flying 
vehicles pose challenges in engineering design as well as efficiency of 
sensing paradigms and control and estimation algorithms. Quadrotor 
aerial vehicles are one of the most flexible and adaptable platforms for 
undertaking aerial research.In the same way that the unicycle configured 
wheeled robot was the testing ground of much of the fundamental work in 
robotic vehicle mobility throughout the 90s, the quadrotor platform is 
set to be a fundamental research platform for aerial robotics research 
in the next five years.This special issue will consist of papers 
describing research on component technologies and papers addressing 
systems design and technological challenges in aerial robotics and in 
respect to the quadrotor platform in particular.The goal of the special 
issue is to provide platform for research into aerial robotics, using 
the quadrotor platform in particular, into the near to medium future.

*Scope, description and more information*

Magazine style articles are sought on all aspects of aerial robotics 
associated with small scale robots interacting in complex three 
dimensional environments.Articles concerning the quadrotor platform are 
of particular interest, however, general work in the field of aerial 
robotics is also sought.Articles that focus on specific flight 
characteristics of non-quadrotor aerial vehicles without addressing a 
clear general principle of relevance to aerial robotics are beyond the 
scope of the issue.Topics of interest include (but are not limited to)

·Aerodynamic modelling and platform design of quadrotors, including; 
vehicle dynamics, physical construction, motors and rotors, power 
systems, flight limitations, etc.

·Avionics and base stations, including; hardware design and 
implementation, firmware, software systems architecture, communications, 

·Proprioceptive sensor suites including, GPS, IMU, dynamic and static 
pressure, etc, and all associated state estimation.

·Exteroreceptive sensing paradigms, including; vision, structured light, 
laser, acoustic, etc, and all associated signal processing algorithms.

·Control algorithms, including; trajectory planning, control 
architecture, imagebased visual servo control, limits of control, etc.

·Simultaneous mapping and localisation, including; general localisation 
algorithms, environment estimation, structure from motion,

·Planning and decision processes, including; search strategies, sensing 
models, decision models, etc.

·Multi-vehicle coordination, including; formation flight, multi-vehicle 
control, synchronisation, etc.

Professor Robert Mahony,
ANU College of Engineering&  Computer Science,
School of Engineering, Blg 115,                      *    *
The Australian National University,
Canberra, ACT, 0200,                                     . *
Tel: 61-(0)2-                           *
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