[robotics-worldwide] [journals] Special Issue on Floating-base (Aerial and Underwater) Manipulation

Enrico Simetti enrico.simetti at unige.it
Fri Sep 29 03:16:13 PDT 2017

Dear colleagues,

we are pleased to invite you to submit your research papers to the 
upcoming special issue on "Floating-base (Aerial and Underwater) 
Manipulation”, to be published on the Robotics and Automation Magazine.

Please visit the following link for details:

           Special Issue on Floating-base (Aerial and Underwater) 

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine seeks articles for a Special Issue 
on Floating-base (Aerial and Underwater) Manipulation.

During the last 20 years, underwater robots have been widely used as a 
tool for mapping the seafloor using optical and acoustic sensors, with 
applications to offshore sites inspection, marine geology, underwater 
archaeology to mention but a few. At the same time, aerial robots are 
also limited to monitoring and surveillance applications, and research 
has mainly focused on topics such as perception and navigation. However, 
a large number of applications exist that go beyond the survey 
capabilities, and the possibility of manipulating objects with these two 
challenging technologies could open up an entire set of new 

Both underwater and aerial robots are floating-base robotic systems, and 
this fact makes their control different from classic ground mobile 
manipulators. From a research perspective, topics and issues such as 
coordinated control of the whole floating manipulator system, safe 
interaction with the environment, disturbance rejection, object 
perception from a floating base, are still important challenges to be 

This special issue will provide up-to-date results and novel advanced 
solutions for floating manipulation, both from the point of view of 
aerial and underwater fields. In particular, this issue aims to bring 
together two communities that have so far operated in parallel but 
without too much interaction, despite the similarities between the two 

The topics of interest for paper submissions include, but are not 
limited to:
Design of aerial or underwater manipulation systemsUnderwater/aerial 
hands and grippersMechatronics of manipulators optimized for floating 
operationCoordinated control of floating base and manipulatorCooperative 
control of multiple floating manipulatorsPerception and precise 
localization for floating manipulationPhysical interaction of floating 
base manipulatorsTechniques for assisted remote manipulationLearning 
techniques for floating manipulationMotion planning of floating 
manipulatorsFault tolerant approaches for floating manipulatorsAny other 
key enabling technology for floating manipulation
Deadline for paper submission:  15th December 2017
Final notification: August 2018
Expected publication: December 2018

Guest Editors:
Matteo Fumagalli, Aalborg University, Denmark
Enrico Simetti, University of Genova, Italy

Submission guidelines:

On behalf of the Guest Editors
Best regards,


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