[robotics-worldwide] Call for papers: IJRR Special Issue on Autonomous Physical Human–Robot Interaction

John Hollerbach jmh at cs.utah.edu
Thu Jun 23 23:11:39 PDT 2011

Call for papers: International Journal of Robotics Research

Special issue: Autonomous Physical Human–Robot Interaction


The design of robots that are able to operate in physical contact with 
humans and directly interact with them in an intuitive
and safe manner has been intensively studied from numerous perspectives. 
Recently, applications that involve physical Human–
Robot Interaction (pHRI) even entered factory floors, making pHRI an 
important topic of current robotics research. The problem
was addressed from the design, control, and motion planning aspects, 
leading to very powerful solutions to the specific subcases
of the general interaction problem; however, the fields were often 
treated separately from each other and a unifying
holistic concept is still lacking. Furthermore, the autonomous execution 
of complex physical interaction tasks remains an open
problem. It especially necessitates the systematic combination of 
higher-level cognitive perception–action loops with underlying
low-level control behavior.

To address these challenges, IJRR invites papers
for a Special Issue on Autonomous Physical Human–Robot Interaction. We 
intend to publish excellent contributions from
disciplines directly or indirectly related to the field of pHRI. This 
includes robot design, interaction control, motion planning,
human–human and human–robot interaction, haptics, learning, autonomous 
control, and behavioral science. We expect that
this special issue will succeed in capturing the current 
state-of-the-art of pHRI and help guide the direction of future research.
Certainly, it will have the potential to lead to fruitful, 
interdisciplinary discussions in the community, to point towards novel
approaches for solving the general interaction problem, and to open up 
new applications of pHRI.

List of Topics

Papers are solicited on all aspects of pHRI and related fields, 
including, but not limited to, the following.

• Design of human-friendly robots.
• Physical human–robot interaction.
• Sensing and actuation principles for pHRI.
• Safety measures and analysis for pHRI.
• Interaction control and strategies in physical cooperation and 
• Learning for pHRI.
• Biologically inspired principles for interaction between humans and 
• Planning and on-line adaptation of human-friendly motion.
• Application and evaluation of physical human–robot interaction in 
complex scenarios.
• Psychophysical and human-factor studies on the best sensory 
combination to interface humans and robots.

Papers must contain high-quality original contributions and be prepared 
in accordance with the International Journal of
Robotics Research standards. Review papers of an excellent quality will 
also be considered. Submitted manuscripts must not
have been published already or be under review for possible publication 
elsewhere. All papers will be reviewed following the
regular reviewing procedure of IJRR.

Manuscript Submission

Upload manuscripts to: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijrr. Under 
“Manuscript Type”, select “Physical HRI”. Instructions for
authors, with information about “Multimedia Extensions”, are available 
on-line at:


Important Dates

• 14 October 2011: Paper submission
• 12 December 2011: Decisions to authors
• 21 January 2012: Submission of revised papers
• 28 January 2012 Completion of final review
• 17 March 2012: Submission of final manuscripts and source files
• Summer 2012: Publication


Sami Haddadin
Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Munchner Straße 20, 81377, Wessling
sami.haddadin at dlr.de

Paolo Robuffo Giordano
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
Dept. Bulthoff
Spemannstraße 44, 72076 Tubingen
paolo.robuffo-giordano at tuebingen.mpg.de

Angelika Peer
Institute of Automatic Control Engineering (LSR)
Technische Universit¨at M¨unchen
Theresienstraße 90/Building N5, 80333 Munchen
angelika.peer at tum.de

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