[robotics-worldwide] [journals] JFR Special Issue on the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

Matthew Spenko mspenko at iit.edu
Fri Aug 7 12:06:35 PDT 2015


*ANNOUNCEMENT OF SPECIAL ISSUE ON THE DARPA ROBOTICS CHALLENGE FINALS*
*Journal of Field Robotics (JFR)*

*INTRODUCTION*
The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) was a world-wide contest focused on the
design and semi-autonomous control of highly dexterous humanoid robots
operating in unstructured environments.  The competition aimed to spark
significant growth in the technical capabilities of humanoids, particularly
for application to humanitarian, disaster relief, and related operations.
More information, including a list of competitors, is located at
www.theroboticschallenge.org.

The DRC is similar in spirit to the previous DARPA Grand and Urban
Challenge autonomous vehicle races, which received world-wide attention and
initiated major R&D investment in the area of “self-driving cars,” a topic
with broad commercial and societal implications.

The DRC was structured in three stages: an initial simulation-based
“virtual challenge,” which was held in June, 2013, followed by the DARPA
Robotics Challenge Trials in December, 2013, and concluding with the DARPA
Robotics Challenge Finals in June, 2015.

*AIM OF SPECIAL ISSUE*
This special issue aims to serve as a scientific repository of developments
by DRC competitors, describing their innovative advances in hardware and
software design and development.  *Contributors are highly encouraged to
emphasize the unique aspect(s) of their systems while focusing on the
robot’s experimental performance and an analysis of lessons learned*.
While treatment of detailed topics is also welcome (e.g. design of a novel
mechanism or control algorithm), all contributions *MUST *include
experimental results derived from practical implementations.

Note that this special issue will focus on reports from the DRC Finals held
in June 2015.  A previous special issue focused on results from the DRC
Trials held December 2013.  Also note that due to the large number of
competitors, submissions will be limited to one per team.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

   - System architectures (both hardware and software)
   - Detailed hardware design solutions
   - Supervisory control architectures and algorithms for guiding high-DOF
   systems
   - Feedback control methods for mobility over uneven terrain, grasping,
   and manipulation
   - Low-bandwidth communication methods
   - Novel robotic sensory approaches, and methods for providing sensory
   feedback to the human operator
   - Human factors considerations, and operator interface design approaches
   - Ethical considerations and implications of robotics for disaster relief
   - Experimental testing methodologies, and analysis of results from field
   trials

*IMPORTANT DATES*

   - June 5 & 6, 2015 -- DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals
   - June 13, 2015 -- Paper submission opening
   - October 1, 2015 -- Paper submission deadline
   - January 4, 2016 -- Notification of review results
   - March 1, 2016 -- Final manuscript deadline
   - May 1, 2016 -- Target publication date


*SPECIAL ISSUE CO-EDITORS*

   - Matthew Spenko, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA (corresponding
   co-editor: mspenko at iit.edu)
   - Karl Iagnemma, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
   - Steve Buerger, Sandia National Labs, USA

*JOURNAL OF FIELD ROBOTICS EDITOR*

   - Sanjiv Singh, Carnegie Mellon University

For further information about the aims and scope of the JFR, see:
www.journalfieldrobotics.org.

--
Matthew Spenko
Associate Professor
The Robotics Lab
Illinois Institute of Technology
http://robots.iit.edu
312.567.3452


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