[robotics-worldwide] Call for papers: IJRR Special Issue on Motion Planning for Physical Robots

John Hollerbach jmh at cs.utah.edu
Tue Nov 29 06:20:22 PST 2011

Call for papers:

The International Journal of Robotics Research

Special Issue:  Motion Planning for Physical Robots

Guest Editors:  Jean-Paul Laumond and Dinesh Manocha

The International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR) invites papers for 
a special issue on Motion Planning for Physical Robots.  Algorithmic 
motion planning has been actively studied in robotics and related areas 
for more than three decades. There is a rich collection of motion 
planning algorithms based on visibility graphs, algebraic methods, local 
or potential field techniques, randomized sampling, handling kinodynamic 
or non-holonomic constraints, etc.  Most of these algorithms have been 
successfully used for CAD/CAM, bioinformatics, computer gaming, and 
other applications. At the same time, advances in manufacturing 
technologies, sensing, and actuator devices have led to the development 
of powerful robots, including humanoid robots, general-purpose, and 
programmable mobile manipulators such as Willow Garage PR2, Kawada HRP2, 
Aldebaran Nao. However, there has been limited use or application of 
motion planning algorithms on these "physical robots" to perform various 

We invite papers that address some of the challenges that arise in terms 
of developing appropriate motion-computation algorithms for current and 
upcoming robot platforms. These may include issues related to dynamic 
constraints, modeling uncertainty, noisy models, partial sensory data, 
and real-time computation of motion strategies on the robotic platform. 
  In terms of scope, we invite authors to submit a paper to this special 
issue that provides evidence that:

1. The motion computed for a given physical robot takes place in a 
challenging real-world environment.

2. The motion has been generated based on truly 3D geometric reasoning. 
We explicitly exclude approaches that only deal with simple platforms, 
such as circular robots navigating in 2D environments.  The emphasis 
should be on tasks performed in 3D environments.

3. The motion execution strategy should be robust.

4. We do not insist that the resulting approaches should be based on 
Voronoi diagrams, sampling-based planners, e.g., PRM or RRT, or 
algebraic/geometric methods.   For example, purely control-based 
approaches are also welcome.

Papers must contain high-quality original contributions and be prepared 
in accordance with IJRR guidelines. All papers will be reviewed 
following the regular reviewing procedure of the Journal.  Please note 
that IJRR has no page limit on papers and is a leader in archival 
publishing of multimedia - data sets, code and videos with papers.


Submissions deadline: 		15 June		2012
Decisions to authors		17 August	2012
Revised versions due		14 September	2012
Final decisions			19 October	2012
Final versions			16 November	2012
Publication			Spring		2013

Manuscript Submission

Instructions for authors, including information about ``Multimedia 
Extensions'', are available at:


Submissions should be uploaded to: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijrr. 
Under ‘Manuscript Type’, select ‘Motion Planning’. Please note that the 
publisher does not provide templates or style files. For the initial 
review process you need only upload a pdf of the complete paper with 
figures and tables integrated in the text, and multimedia files if 
appropriate. For questions concerning submissions email: Jennet Batten, 
Managing Editor, ijrr_man_editor at btinternet.com


Jean-Paul Laumond, LAAS-CNRS, 7 Avenue du Colonel Roche, 31077 Toulouse, 
France;  jpl at laas.fr,  +33(0)561336347

Dinesh Manocha, Department of Computer Science, University of North 
Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3175, USA;  dm at cs.unc.edu, +1(919)962-1749

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