[robotics-worldwide] [journals] Call for Papers: IEEE Transactions on Robotics Special Issue on Aerial Swarm Robotics

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IEEE Transactions on Robotics

Call for Papers, Special Issue on Aerial Swarm Robotics

Guest Editors:
Prof. Soon-Jo Chung, Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
Prof. Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Aditya Paranjape, Imperial College London, London, UK
Prof. Philip Dames, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Prof. Shaojie Shen, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong

Aerial robotics has been one of the most active areas of research within
the robotics community, and recently there has been a surge of interest in
aerial swarm systems. This IEEE T-RO special issue reflects on advances in
aerial robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles, and aims to put together a
cohesive set of research goals and visions towards realizing fully
autonomous aerial swarm systems. In the near future, our airspace will be
shared by a large number of aerial robots and autonomous aircraft,
performing complex tasks that would be not possible for a single ground
robot. A number of technological gaps need to be bridged in order to
achieve full autonomy and reliable and safe operation of swarms of aerial
robots. The papers selected for this special issue will represent the most
promising ideas to address such research issues in modeling, design,
control, sensing, planning, and computation of aerial swarms, with an
emphasis on enhanced scalability, adaptability, robustness, and autonomy.

Contributions must have a direct connection to the central themes of the
special issue: swarms of aerial robots flying in a three-dimensional (3-D)
world. Each contribution should emphasize how to address challenges in
transitioning from 2-D to 3-D in areas such as SWaP (size, weight, and
power), swarm coordination or collaboration, and use of 3-D vehicle
dynamics. Topics of interest include the following:
- Aerial swarming: modeling, design, and control
- Motion planning, guidance, and control of distributed aerial systems
- Algorithmic innovation enabling control of large-scale swarms of aerial
- Novel system-level or hardware design concepts for aerial swarms
- Distributed sensing or estimation techniques leveraging aerial swarm
- Real-world results and lessons learned from testing state-of-the-art
- Real-time optimal control, planning, and decision making for aerial
- Scalability, stability, and robustness issues in distributed aerial
- Planning and control using vision-based sensing
- Traffic control of swarms of drones in indoor or outdoor environments
- Human-swarm interaction
- Long-term autonomy of aerial swarms
- Research issues in large-scale deployment of aerial swarms
- Enabling applications using aerial swarms
- Verification and validation of multi-agent systems and algorithms
- Decentralized planning and its applications to aerial swarms

Interested authors are encouraged to contact the special issue editors with
an abstract of their paper to confirm that their submission is within the
scope of the special issue. Abstracts should be sent via email to
sjchung at caltech.edu, vijay.kumar at seas.upenn.edu, a.paranjape at imperial.ac.uk,
pdames at temple.edu, and eeshaojie at ust.hk.

Important Dates:
Call for Papers: February 24, 2017
Deadline for Initial Paper Submission: May 31, 2017
Notification of First Round Decision: September 1, 2017
Deadline for Revised Paper Submission: October 1, 2017
Target Publication Date: February 2018

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