[robotics-worldwide] *Deadline extension*: IJRR Special Issue on Autonomous Physical Human–Robot Interaction

Paolo Robuffo Giordano prg at tuebingen.mpg.de
Tue Oct 18 02:38:38 PDT 2011

Dear colleagues,

due to several requests, the deadline for the submission of papers to 
the IJRR Special Issue on Autonomous Physical Human–Robot Interaction 
has been extended to *October 28th, 2011*.
Note that this deadline is firm and will not be further extended.
Please, find below the call for papers.

Call for papers reminder: 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:


Authors need only upload to http://www.mc.manuscript.com/ijrr a complete 
pdf of their paper for the first stage of the review process.

Please note: ScholarOne Manuscripts accepts PDF files up to version 1.5 
created with Adobe 7.0 or earlier.
The latest version of the pdfTex compiler  (pdfTeX-1.40.11) outputs PDF 
files in a version not currently supported by ScholarOne Manuscripts.

If you have further questions email:
Jennet Batten,
ijrr_man_editor at btinternet.com
Managing Editor, based in Oxford.

Important Dates

• 28 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. Bülthoff
Spemannstraße 44, 72076 Tübingen
paolo.robuffo-giordano at tuebingen.mpg.de

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

Dr. Paolo Robuffo Giordano

MPI for Biological Cybernetics
Dept. Bülthoff
Spemannstraße 44
72076 Tübingen, Germany
Tel: +49-7071-601 211
Fax: +49-7071-601 616
Email: prg at tuebingen.mpg.de
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