[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CFP for Biosystems Engineering Special Issue on Advances in Robotic Agriculture for Crops

Amir Shapiro ashapiro at bgu.ac.il
Wed Oct 15 07:12:47 PDT 2014

*Call for Papers **‐** Biosystems Engineering Special Issue on "Advances in
robotic agriculture for crops"*

Robotic agriculture can be traced back to mid‐1980s, when research on
robots for fruits harvesting flared up in Japan, Europe and USA. Since
then, impressive advances have been obtained in robotic sensing and
perception, navigation and planning, actuation and manipulation, cognition
and learning, communication and cooperation among robots and with humans.

All this enables the robots to face quite complex tasks even in a
heterogeneous environment, disclosing the possibility of their introduction
in a wide extent of agricultural operations. Robotics advances can give a
contribution in tackling some of the issues ahead of agricultural
production such as: optimizing the use of inputs by selective delivering at
very high precision; maximize product quality while keeping high yield;
preserving the natural resources on the long term; conducting repetitive,
intensive operations with a decreasing labour force; extending working time
and production timeliness.

It is our pleasure to invite you to consider a Special Issue of Biosystems
Engineering on "Advances in robotic agriculture for crops" for publishing
your latest research and development in this area.

In case of your interest, please send us (by email) a *tentative title *and
a *short summary* (100‐300 words) of your possible contribution *by
November 10, 2014*.

If your proposal looks appropriate for this Special Issue of Biosystems
Engineering, you will be formally invited to submit a full paper to be peer
reviewed. Please, be aware that manuscripts must present original,
unpublished contributions. If some of the research has already been
published in conference proceedings, a paper may still be considered for
the Special Issue provided the submission has been considerably extended
and improved in termsof methods, experiments or analyses, and discussion –
please include a reference to the conference paper.

*Final manuscripts need to be submitted between January 1 and February 28,
2015 *to be considered for this Special Issue. The planned publication date
is summer 2015.

We look forward to hear from you,

Amir Shapiro (Ben‐Gurion University of the Negev, Israel) ashapiro at bgu.ac.il

Roberto Oberti (University of Milano, Italy) roberto.oberti at unimi.it

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