[robotics-worldwide] [journals] Call for papers: IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (IEEE RA-L) Special Issue on Learning and Control for Autonomous Manipulation Systems: the Role of Dimensionality Reduction

Pietro Falco pietro.falco at tum.de
Tue Oct 31 08:56:53 PDT 2017

Dear Colleagues,
due to the large number of requests, we decided to extend the submission
deadline (November 21, 2017) for the IEEE RA-L Special Issue on “Learning
and Control for Autonomous Manipulation Systems: the Role of Dimensionality

Please, visit the official webpage of the Special Issue at


The special issue presents a hot topic in robotic manipulation that is how
to merge learning and control strategies to provide autonomy to robotic
systems. This is a fundamental problem for robotic manipulation and it
touches different functional system levels based on both visual and tactile
perception and also affects the mechanical design of the robot parts that
move and interact with the environment. The anthropomorphism contemplated in
the mechanical design encourages the inspiration of learning techniques and
control from the functioning of the human being. This implies the
involvement of a large research community not only in the field of robotics
but also the community of neuroscientists. The problem is highly
multi-disciplinary, and different approaches from control theory, machine
learning, and artificial intelligence, will be compared and possibly

The topic of this Special Issue was the subject of a full-day workshop
“Learning and control for autonomous manipulation systems: the role of
dimensionality reduction”, organized at ICRA 2017 by the guest editors. The
large attendance (among 80-100 participants), the quality of the speakers,
and the relevance of the addressed topics of research have been key elements
for the success of the workshop. The Special Issue wants to collect an even
broader scope of contributions, and make them available in archival format.

Dimensionality reduction in anthropomorphic design

 Mechanical and motor synergies

 Perceptual and sensorimotor synergies

 The role of dimensionality reduction in learning strategies

 The role of dimensionality reduction in control strategies


IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Robotic Hands, Grasping, and Manipulation

GUEST EDITORS               

Fanny Ficuciello(University of Naples Federico II)

Pietro Falco (Technical University of Munich)

Sylvain Calinon (Idiap Research Institute)



Special Issue Call Publication: August 1, 2017

Special Issue Submission Opens: November 11, 2017

Special Issue Submission Closes: November 21, 2017

First Decision Communicated to Authors: February 15, 2018

Final Decision Communicated to Authors: April 21, 2018

Accepted RAL Papers appear on Xplore: May 10, 2018


On behalf of the Guest Editors,
Pietro Falco


Dr. Pietro Falco
Marie Curie Fellow
Technische Universität München
Department of Human-centered Assistive Robotics Karlstraße 45, 5. OG. 80333
phone: +49(89) 289-26885
pietro.falco at tum.de

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