[robotics-worldwide] [Journals]: CFP: Special Issue in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics - From Plants and Animals to Robots

Barbara - IIT barbara.mazzolai at iit.it
Thu Dec 17 08:16:59 PST 2015


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Call for papers: BIOINSPIRATION & BIOMIMETICS

Special Issue on “FROM PLANTS AND ANIMALS TO ROBOTS: MOVEMENTS, SENSING, 
AND CONTROL”
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AIMS AND SCOPE:

We invite submissions to Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 
(http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-3190) of original research articles as 
well as review articles that will bring new results in bioinspired 
robotics by taking models from the animal and plant kingdoms.
Robots today need to operate in a variety of scenarios, being able to 
cope with uncertain situations and showing an effective behavior in our 
natural environments. In this scenario a strong relationship between 
nature and technology plays a major role, with the winning approach of 
evaluating natural systems to abstract principles for new designs. Such 
biological principles usually originate from animal models for robots 
that can walk, swim, crawl, or fly. In latest years researchers have 
started to study the plant kingdom identifying models for developing new 
technological solutions in robotics. Plants are able to move, control, 
sense, but they do so differently from animals or other living beings. 
In parallel to the animal paradigm in which a function is often related 
to an organ or compartment, plants are networked, decentralized, 
modular, redundant, and resilient.
In this vision we invite contributions in three major areas of interest 
in robotics: movement, sensing and control. Movement, usually ascribed 
to animals, is also pertinent to plants that move in a very efficient 
way. New actuators, mainly based on soft materials, with muscle and not 
muscle-like features, fall in this framework. Innovative sensing 
strategies, techniques and materials are addressed, in particular (but 
not solely) related to touch that is needed for robots to locate and/or 
assess object properties for intelligent exploration. Finally, animal 
and plant control strategies - with and without brain - can inspire new 
methodologies for robot adaptive movements.

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SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Articles can be submitted as soon as they are ready. The submitted 
articles will be listed as they are accepted. Final deadline for 
submission is May 31, 2016.
Author's guidelines can be found at 
http://ioppublishing.org/img/landingPages/guidelines-and-policies/author-guidelines.html

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GUEST EDITORS

Barbara Mazzolai barbara.mazzolai at iit.it
Lucia Beccai lucia.beccai at iit.it

Center for Micro-BioRobotics (mbr.iit.it)
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (www.iit.it)
Pontedera (PI), ITALY
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