[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CFP: Special Issue on Human-oriented Approaches for Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics (Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Elsevier)

Beckerle, Philipp beckerle at ims.tu-darmstadt.de
Mon Jan 4 07:08:04 PST 2016


Robotics and Autonomous Systems: Special Issue on Human-oriented Approaches for Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics



Paper submission: April 1st to June 1st 2016
Final notification: January 1st 2017
Expected publication: April 1st 2017


Assistive and rehabilitation robotics receive an increasing research interest due to the capabilities of the proposed devices in evaluation, augmentation, and high repeatability. Although some promising designs can fulfill complex tasks, there are still open issues due to the limitation in technology, but also the insufficient knowledge about the human. Thus, assistive and rehabilitation robotics research and application require human-oriented approaches since the devices incorporate with humans. The consideration of technical and human aspects is crucial and techniques from human sciences should be considered besides engineering methods. The consideration of aspects such as safety, functionality, effectiveness, and acceptance requires the collaboration of disciplines like design, mechatronics, computer science, biomechanics, neuroscience, and psychology.

The special issue gathers knowledge from the disciplines mentioned above with respect to human-oriented approaches in assistive and rehabilitation robotics. With that it contributes to revealing goals considering the human and challenges emerging from this and finally fosters the elaboration of a systematic framework that covers human issues in development and operation. Contributions should emphasize on human-oriented approaches for application in robotic interventions and analysis as well as robot design and control.

Possible topics are:

  *   Technical developments (design, control, sensors, actuators, user interfaces, etc.)
  *   Investigations of the neural and psychological background
  *   Definition of safety, functionality, effectiveness, and acceptance requirements
  *   Methodical approaches to human-oriented design
  *   Structured assessment of intervention effectiveness in user studies
  *   Applications in prostheses, exoskeletons, and other wearable robotics


The contributing authors will have to submit their papers through the Elsevier Editorial System EES indicating the submission to the special issue.


Philipp Beckerle -- Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institute for Mechatronic Systems in Mech. Eng., beckerle at ims.tu-darmstadt.de

Gionata Salvietti -- University of Siena, Siena Robotics and Systems Lab, salviettigio at dii.unisi.it

Ramazan Ünal

Fulvio Mastrogiovanni -- University of Genova, Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and Systems Engineering, fulvio.mastrogiovanni at unige.it

Dr.-Ing. Philipp Beckerle
Head of Human-Mechatronics Synergy research
Chief engineer

Institute for Mechatronic Systems in Mechanical Engineering
Otto-Berndt-Straße 2
64287 Darmstadt

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eMail: beckerle at ims.tu-darmstadt.de

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