[robotics-worldwide] [journals] Submission window is open for the IEEE RA-L Special Issue on "Control and Motion Planning for Nonprehensile Dynamic Manipulation"

Fabio Ruggiero fabio.ruggiero at unina.it
Thu Jul 20 14:43:21 PDT 2017

Dear colleagues,

submission window for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (IEEE 
RA-L) Special Issue on "Control an Motion Planning for Nonprehensile 
Dynamic Manipulation" is now open (!)
Please upload your manuscript *before July 30*.

In order to submit your work, please follow the next steps.

- Log in into the RA-L PaperCept website 
- Click "Submit a new paper to IEEE RA-L"
- From the drop-down menu, select the Special Issue: Control and Motion 
Planning for Nonprehensile Dynamic Manipulation
- Follow the upcoming steps to complete the submission

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Please, visit the official webpage of the Special Issue at 

Please find below the call for papers of the Special Issue.

Motivations and Objectives

The robotic manipulation problem aims at finding a set of suitable 
controls to lead the configuration of an object to a desired pose.
However, can we do such an action only by grasping? In truth, thanks to 
the high dexterity of the human hand, a manipulation task can be 
achieved also in nonprehensile –the object is not grasped –and dynamic 
–dynamics is exploited to control the motion– ways.
The state of the art of robotic manipulation is still rather far from 
the human dexterity in the execution of complex motions, such as in 
nonprehensile dynamic manipulation tasks. This may reduce the 
opportunities for wide adoption of robots within human co-habited 
environments.  Nonprehensile manipulation is considered as the most 
complex category of manipulation, requiring adhoc controllers and 
specialized hardware. Since the object is not caged between fingertips, 
the part is moved exploiting its dynamics, and it is possible to 
increase the workspace by throwing and catching the object. As examples, 
think of a juggler, or a pizza maker or even of a surgeon pushing away 
organs, arteries, or making sutures. In several industrial applications, 
it is not directly possible to manipulate the object through 
firm/fine/precise manipulation, therefore only nonprehensile 
manipulation is allowed (e.g., using vibratory platforms). In case of 
deformable objects, for instance, the related tasks become even more 
The control design must carefully take into account dynamic models of 
both the robot and the object, posing thus new challenges in high-speed 
sensing, motion planning and control.

This Special Issue aims at collecting the latest results achieved by the 
researchers working in motion planning and control of robots for 
nonprehensile dynamic tasks involving manipulation. Moreover, people 
working on hybrid and switching dynamical systems may find several 
points in common with the subjects addressed within the letters 
submitted to such Special Issue.
The sought ambition is to provide the groundwork to stir the current 
idea of robot manipulation that is still too much conceived as simple 
pick-and-place applications.
This might be the starting point within the research community to arise 
future discussions regarding possible expectations, open-topics, 
longterm goals and enhance collaboration among research teams.

List of topics

The list of topics include, but it is not limited to:

- Nonprehensile dynamic manipulation
- Nonlinear control of hybrid dynamic systems
- Impedance and force control in robotic dynamic manipulation tasks
- Motion planning for nonprehensile robot manipulation

The SI will cover both motion planning and control aspect to achieve the 
object manipulation in a nonprehensile way. Moreover, the shared 
connections with other similar control problems, like piece-wise smooth 
and impacting systems are welcome.

Important dates

- Special Issue Submission Opens: July 20, 2017
- Special Issue Submission Closes: July 30, 2017
- First Decision Communicated to Authors: October 24, 2017
- Final Decision Communicated to Authors: December 28, 2017
- Accepted RA-L Papers appear on IEEE Xplore: January 16, 2018

Guest Editors

Fabio Ruggiero (Università di Napoli Federico II)
Vincenzo Lippiello (Università di Napoli Federico II)
Bruno Siciliano (Università di Napoli Federico II)

Organization of the submitted papers

Papers are six-page long in two column IEEE format, including figures 
and reference. Up to two extra-pages (at fee) are allowed.
Links to multimedia material are welcome.
RA-L is an electronic-only journal. The final version provided by the 
authors will be rapidly posted on IEEE Xplore: submitted manuscripts 
will be either published within January 16, 2018 or rejected.

Information about IEEE RA-L

All the information about the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters can 
be found at the following link: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ieee-2Dras.org_publications_ra-2Dl&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=9qD6chS1cLrn47NKs4i2AN714ItTrEwoiTVVW0EFuJY&s=1l9FyKrFuP65xY3gFnaRjhFBTnhqfrnGeFuZ0s_S-SM&e= .
To recap, the scope of this journal is to publish peer-reviewed articles 
that provide a timely and concise  account of innovative research ideas 
and application results, reporting significant theoretical findings and 
application case studies in areas of robotics and automation.


Our Special Issue is supported by
- IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Algorithms for Planning and Control of 
Robot Motion
- IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Robotic Hands, Grasping and Manipulation

On behalf of the Guest Editors,

Fabio Ruggiero

Eng. Fabio Ruggiero, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Affiliated to the ICAROS center

Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
University of Naples Federico II
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