[robotics-worldwide] [journals] Special Issue on Robotics in the Developing World

M. Bernardine Dias mbdias at ri.cmu.edu
Mon Dec 21 10:41:04 PST 2015

Call for Journal Papers:
International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (IJARS): Special Issue 
on Robotics in the Developing World 
*Please note that, despite being an open access journal, IJARS has 
generously agreed to waive all author fees for this special issue, so 
selected articles will be published at no cost to the authors.

Important Dates:

   * Paper submission: February 15, 2016
   * First review results: April 15, 2016
   * Second submission: May 15, 2016
   * Acceptance/rejection notice: June 30, 2016
   * Camera-ready version: Jul 15, 2016
   * Special issue publication: August/September, 2016


The scope of this special issue is to highlight and advance knowledge on 
the current status of robotics in the developing world. Interest in 
robotics is increasing in many parts of the world, and developing 
countries are no exception. From research projects aimed at developing 
novel robotic systems for unique challenges, to education and outreach 
programs that use robotics to enhance students' interest in STEM fields, 
the collection of robotics projects in developing countries provides a 
fascinating panorama of the potential impact robotics can have around 
the world. Interesting questions that arise in this space include:

What are key applications of robotics in the developing world?
Does robotics have a role to play in addressing specific development 
What are the characteristics of robotics platforms most suitable for use 
in developing regions?

This special issue invites original papers highlighting robotics work in 
the developing world, spanning a wide range of categories, including but 
not limited to research, education, outreach, academic work, industry 
work, governmental work, and NGO work. Overview papers on the 
development and current status of robotics within a particular 
developing region, or papers discussing particular robotics projects in 
the developing world, are invited for submission. High quality papers 
with experimental results relevant to a developing country are 
especially valuable.

The topics to be covered include, but not limited to:

   * relevant applications of robotics in the developing world
   * current trends and future directions of robotics in developing 
   * opportunities and challenges of robotics work in developing countries
   * opportunities for "south-south" as well as "north-south" collaboration

Guest Editors:

   * M. Bernardine Dias, mbdias at ri.cmu.edu, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
   * G. Ayorkor Korsah, akorsah at ashesi.edu.gh, Ashesi University College,
   * Chinwe Ekenna, chiekenna at gmail.com, Texas A&M University, USA
   * Alaa Khamis, alaakhamis at gmail.com, University of Waterloo, Canada
     and Suez University, Egypt
   * Thrishantha Nanayakkara, thrishantha at gmail.com, King's College
     London, UK

M. Bernardine Dias, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor, Robotics Institute

Founder and Director, TechBridgeWorld Research Group

Carnegie Mellon University

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