[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CFP: Special Issue on Continuum Robots and Manipulation

Jing Xiao xiao at uncc.edu
Wed Jun 18 05:28:43 PDT 2014

Call for papers: Advanced Robotics

Special issue: Continuum Robots and Manipulation

Continuum robots are usually defined to be those featuring “continuous 
backbone structures”, i.e. structures without the skeletal design of 
traditional rigid-link robot manipulators. In this sense
continuum robots are “invertebrate-like”, as opposed to the 
“vertebrate-like” nature of traditional robots. The main feature of 
continuum structures is their inherent smoothness. Instead of bending at 
discrete points (joints, or “elbows”) along the “backbone”, they can – 
in theory – smoothly bend anywhere along their structure. Almost all 
continuum robot designs exhibit significant compliance, i.e. they
inherently present a  rather than “stiff” interface to the environment. 
As such, two functions in particular define the potential advantages of 
continuum robots: safe operation in congested environments and whole arm 
manipulation under imprecise and uncertain conditions. There has been a 
growing interest in research of continuum structures and continuum 
manipulation in the last decade. However, many technical challenges 
remain before continuum robots can be widely used in applications.

We invite papers for this special issue to address the many fundamental 
challenges related to continuum robots and manipulation, from design, 
kinematics, and dynamics, to sensing, planning, and control. We also 
invite papers focused on applications of continuum robots, from outdoor 
field operations, to indoor tasks in cluttered structures, to medical 
applications. Topics include but are not limited to:
- Design of continuum robots
- Kinematics and dynamics
- Planning and control
- Sensing-based on-line adaptation
- Application-oriented methodology or technology
- Performance evaluation

Both high-quality original papers and review papers will be considered. 
All papers will be reviewed following the reviewing procedure of 
Advanced Robotics.

Instructions on Submission:

The full-length manuscript (either PDF file or MS word file) should be 
submitted by August 15, 2014 to the office of Advanced Robotics, the 
Robotics Society of Japan through the homepage 
(http://www.rsj.or.jp/advanced_e/submission). Instructions to the 
Authors and the sample form of the manuscript are available at the 
homepage. Please send another copy to the guest editors 
(iwalker at clemson.edu, xiao at uncc.edu, motiyama at iit.tsukuba.ac.jp) for 
submission confirmation.

Important Dates:

•August 15, 2014: Paper submission
•November 1, 2014: Decisions to authors
December 15, 2014: Submission of revised papers
•March 15, 2015: Final Decision
July 2015: Publication


Ian Walker
Clemson University

Jing Xiao
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Hiromi Mochiyama
University of Tsukuba

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