[robotics-worldwide] [Journals] CFP - Special Issue on Design and Manufacture of Fully-Integrated Robotic Mechanisms, ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics

Aaron Dollar aaron.dollar at yale.edu
Mon May 19 09:50:05 PDT 2014

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 essential. 


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 integration

-          Fabrication techniques for soft sensors, actuators, and
structures for robotic structures

-          Folding and origami-based techniques for constructing robotic

-          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) - John J. Lee Associate
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Yale University

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

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

.         Yong-Lae Park (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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