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

M. Bernardine Dias mbdias at ri.cmu.edu
Tue Nov 24 20:49:49 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 challenges?
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 countries
  * 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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