[robotics-worldwide] [journals] Deadline extension - Special Issue on Novel Approaches to Design and Manufacture of Fully-Integrated Robotic Mechanisms

Aaron Dollar aaron.dollar at yale.edu
Wed Jul 30 11:34:58 PDT 2014

Hello All - 


After numerous requests, we are extending the deadline of the Special Issue
to Aug. 15. We look forward to your submissions. Original announcement




-          Aaron Dollar, Kyujin Cho, Ron Fearing, and Yonglae Park



The ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics invites papers for a special
issue on /Novel Approaches to Design and Manufacture of Fully-Integrated
Robotic Mechanisms/. The past two decades has seen immense strides being
made in novel fabrication techniques, particularly in additive manufacturing
technologies, also known as "rapid prototyping" and "3D printing", as well
as in novel subtractive techniques such as laser-cutting and
waterjet-cutting. The most practical of these technologies, such as
fused-deposition-modeling (FDM), stereolithography (SLA),
selective-laser-sintering (SLS), and laser-cutting, are currently used
worldwide and are rapidly becoming more widespread and inexpensive.  While
all of these processes enable rapid and easy fabrication of parts with
complex geometries, they are limited in a
number of ways, including a small number of available materials, low
strength of fabricated parts, and are generally only capable of producing
monolithic components.

Fabricating robotic mechanisms - which generally consist of many moving
parts, complicated kinematics, and require the incorporation of actuators,
sensors, power sources, and power and control electronics -
prompts the need for novel manufacturing processes in order to move past the
heterogeneity of current approaches, in which many sub-components are
fabricated separately and then assembled together with fasteners to produce
the full system. As a result, traditionally-fabricated systems are generally
more expensive, heavy, inefficient, and less durable than is desirable. In
order to be able to produce fully-integrated robotic mechanisms that
significantly extend the capabilities of current techniques, novel
approaches to fabricating multi-part and multi-material systems that combine
previously disjoint components and/or enable completely new functionality
must be developed. Ongoing efforts with processes such as Shape Deposition
Manufacturing and origami-inspired folding processes are charting a course
in this general direction, but much work remains to be done.

This special issue seeks a collection of papers that address new methods and
techniques for fabricating robotic mechanisms or sub-systems. Approaches can
be completely new technologies or novel ways of utilizing
existing technologies, but should address some aspect of integrating
multiple sub-components, such as multi-link jointed structures,
multi-material systems, embedded sensors and actuators, and processes
that integrate mechanical structure with electronic components and wiring,
among others. Lessons learned in both development and in
application are pertinent to the discussion, and experimental results are

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
-New techniques for additive and layered manufacturing
-Novel applications and utilization of commercial additive manufacturing
techniques that extend the state of the art
-Approaches that bring together mechanism design, assembly and systems
-Fabrication techniques for soft sensors, actuators, and structures for
robotic structures
-Folding and origami-based techniques for constructing robotic systems
-Processes that closely integrate multiple sub-components, such as
mechanical structure, power, sensing, actuation, or active or passive
electronic components.

Additionally, it is suggested that papers include, in addition to technical
content, discussion of challenges and lessons learned related to their
techniques. Practical demonstration of the technique through
prototype robotic mechanisms is a must, and sufficient detail to allow
others to be able to reproduce the process should be included when possible.

Topics that do not speak to issues related to novel fabrication techniques
for robotic mechanisms are out of scope, including:
-Descriptions of systems fabricated with novel techniques, without in-depth
description of the fabrication technique itself (due to prior publication,
for instance)
-Techniques and demonstrations in single-function components, such as
single-part structures or stand-alone electronics

Authors of prospective papers unsure of whether their topic is within scope
are encouraged to contact the special issue editors to discuss.

*Projected Timelines*

.May 15, 2014 - First call for papers released

.Aug. 1, 2014 - Submission deadline

.Aug. 10, 2014 - Reviewers assigned

.Sept. 10, 2014 - Reviews completed

.Oct. 1, 2014 - Decisions and author notification

.Nov. 1, 2014 - Revisions completed

.Dec. 1, 2014 - Final decisions made

.Jan. 1, 2014 - Final drafts due

*Guest Editors*

.Aaron Dollar (aaron.dollar at yale.edu <mailto:aaron.dollar at yale.edu>) -
John J. Lee Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials
Science, Yale University

.Kyu-Jin Cho (kjcho at snu.ac.kr <mailto:kjcho at snu.ac.kr>) - Associate
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University

.Ron Fearing (ronf at eecs.berkeley.edu <mailto:ronf at eecs.berkeley.edu>) -
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of
California, Berkeley

.Yong-Lae Park (ylpark at cs.cmu.edu <mailto:ylpark at cs.cmu.edu>) -
Assistant Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University



Aaron M. Dollar

John J. Lee Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials

Yale University

office: (203) 436-9122

aaron.dollar at yale.edu



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