[robotics-worldwide] [journals] IEEE T-ASE SI on Networked Cooperative Autonomous Systems - 2nd CfP

Lorenzo Sabattini lorenzo.sabattini at unimore.it
Fri May 23 06:21:07 PDT 2014

Dear colleagues,

you are cordially invited to submit a paper for the special Issue on 
Networked Cooperative Autonomous Systems of the IEEE Transactions on 
Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE).

Deadline for the submission is August 1st, 2014.

Below you can find the call for papers.

Recent advances in networked cooperative autonomous systems offer the 
potential to significantly improve quality for
manufacturing and other industrial applications. Advances in embedded 
processor, sensor, communication and networking
technology in the last few decades have accelerated interest in 
networked cooperative autonomous systems, multi-robot systems and 
distributed sensor networks for applications such as manufacturing, 
logistics, process monitoring and enhanced situational awareness, plant 
safety, inspection, security, and rescue operations. The advances that 
have made individual autonomous systems more practical have enabled the 
research on and the development of cooperative systems, where 
capabilities are expressed by the team rather than by a super-capable 
individual. This is especially relevant in complex tasks that require 
capabilities that are varied in both quantity and difficulty, such as 
goods transportation, distributed assembly, vehicle coordination 
strategies, and infrastructure inspection. Moreover, one of the main 
advantages of having a cooperative system instead of a super-capable 
individual is in the increased reliability due to redundancy. 
Performance metrics may be used to evaluate the increases in quality 
(including reliability, efficiency, and reduced costs) achievable 
through use of networked cooperative autonomous systems.

Despite the many worldwide R&D efforts focused on networked cooperative 
autonomous systems, with lots of experimental
implementations in tamed laboratory environments (e.g. Robot Soccer), 
there are few examples of successful full-scale deployments of these 
systems in real-world application environments. Specifically, pioneering 
applications of networked cooperative autonomous systems can be found 
for goods delivery in the logistics departments of a few large companies 
(see, for instance, systems developed by Kiva). Other preliminary 
successful applications are in the field of mining, where the Australian 
research agency CSIRO has promoted the deployment of multi-robot 
systems, even though these systems are not completely autonomous.

The central theme of the special issue will be real world applications 
of networked cooperative autonomous systems. This theme is strongly 
interdisciplinary, involving competencies from several science fields 
such as: sensor networks, distributed information and 
control/coordination systems (including cloud robotics), and systems 

The special issue aims to publish original, significant and visionary 
papers describing innovative applications in the field of
networked cooperative autonomous systems. Although valuable theoretical 
achievements are highly desirable, applied results are highly 
encouraged, with experimental validation on real networked cooperative 
autonomous systems, or on highly realistic simulation environments.

Submissions of scientific results from experts in academia and industry 
worldwide are strongly encouraged. Topics to be covered include, but are 
not limited to:
- Industrial applications of networked cooperative robots and autonomous 
systems: multi-vehicle systems for logistics,
infrastructure inspection, cooperative transportation, task assignment 
for multi-robot systems, decentralized traffic management
- Interaction with networked cooperative autonomous systems: 
Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI) for networked
cooperative robot systems, teleoperation of networked systems, 
coexistence of inter-robot cooperation and remote
- Sharing information among multiple autonomous systems: cooperative 
data fusion, semantic representation of the
environment, cooperative decision making, exploration for mapping and 
enhanced situational awareness, mobile-ad-hoc-
networks (MANET) and communication efficiency, cloud computing
- Heterogeneous networked cooperative autonomous systems: cooperation of 
robots with physical and/or behavioral
differences, heterogeneous cooperative sensing
- Coordination schemes for networked cooperative autonomous systems: 
centralized and distributed architectures,
coordination mechanisms like voting, auction, consensus, or 
game-theoretic and bio-inspired approaches
- Evaluation of the effectiveness of networked cooperative autonomous 
systems on quality: benchmarking methods,
definition of performance indices, measurement and evaluation strategies

More information: 

Important dates
- August 1, 2014: paper submission deadline.
- December 1, 2014: completion of the first round review.
- March 1, 2015: completion of the second round review.
- May 1, 2015: final manuscripts due.
- July 2015: tentative publication date.

Guest editors
Lorenzo Sabattini, Dept. of Sciences and Methods for Engineering 
(DISMI), University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Frank Ehlers, Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Ships and Naval Weapons, 
Naval Technology and Research (WTD 71), Germany
Don Sofge, Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence 
Naval Research Laboratory, USA

Lorenzo Sabattini
DISMI - University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Via G. Amendola 2, Pad. Tamburini - 42122 Reggio Emilia - Italy
tel. (+39) 0522 522666
fax. (+39) 0522 522609
e-mail: lorenzo.sabattini at unimore.it
web: http://www.arscontrol.org

More information about the robotics-worldwide mailing list