[robotics-worldwide] [journals] Extension - IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM) Special Issue on Soft Robotics and Morphological Computation

Andre Rosendo andre.rosendo at eng.cam.ac.uk
Mon Nov 2 10:47:13 PST 2015


Hello everyone,

I would like to announce the *extension of the deadline* for the 
*Special Issue on Soft Robotics and Morphological Computation*. The 
*IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM)* seeks articles for 
publication on this issue on September 2016. A brief introduction of the 
field, the topics, timeline and the guest editors can be found below.

Introduction
Soft robotics and morphological computation are two recent exciting 
trends in robotics that are expected to provide novel approaches and 
high-impact applications. The use of soft and deformable materials in 
robotics system is crucial to deal with uncertain task and environments 
such as locomotion in rough terrains, grasping and manipulation of 
unknown and unstructured objects. Soft robots can be characterized by 
elastic and deformable bodies, a large number of degrees of freedom, the 
use of unconventional functional materials, and the involvement of 
intrinsic passive dynamics. All of these properties could provide 
significant advantages to adaptability of robotic systems if they are 
treated properly. The research field of morphological computation, on 
the other hand, explores the concepts and theories of computation in 
physical systems, where we investigate how motion control processes can 
be distributed over informational and physical dynamics. It has been 
previously shown that, by properly designing the dynamics, physical 
systems such as soft robotic grippers can benefit from simplified 
control architectures and improved overall performances. The special 
issue of “Soft Robotics and Morphological Computation” in IEEE Robotics 
and Automation Magazine (IEEE-RAM) aims to summarize the state of the 
art of soft robotics and morphological computation research areas, and 
to provide a venue for the fruitful collaborations between these two 
research fields. The desired outcome of this special issue is to develop 
a general consensus about the scientific goals, perspective and 
challenges of the two research fields, as well as high impact applications.

Topics
We invite review/position papers of topics related to soft robotics, 
morphological computation and the intersection between the two fields.
The topics include but not limited to:
• Artificial skin and stretchable sensors and electronics
• Bio-inspired or biomimetic robots based on passive dynamics and 
unconventional materials
• Continuum robots, flexible robots, reconfigurable robots
• Functional materials, morphologies, and assembly for adaptive robotic 
systems
• Modeling and simulation of soft bodied robots and structures
• Natural computation, unconventional computation for adaptive robotic 
systems
• Physical human-robot interactions based on soft technologies
• Wearable robotics

Timeline
Deadline for Paper Submission: *December 1st 2015 *
Review Completion and Acceptance Notification: February 28th 2016
Final Submission: June 2016
Publication: September 2016

Guest Editors
Fumiya Iida (University of Cambridge), Cecilia Laschi (Scuola Superiore 
Sant'Anna), Dario Floreano (EPFL), Robert Wood (University), Surya 
Nurzaman (Monash University), Andre Rosendo (University of Cambridge)

Inquiries about this special issue should be sent to Andre Rosendo      
(andre.rosendo   (a t]   eng .cam.ac.uk)

-- 
Dr. Andre Rosendo
Research Associate
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge
http://mi.eng.cam.ac.uk/Main/ALM87



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