[robotics-worldwide] [journals] Frontiers Research Topic on SPORT ROBOTICS

MUSCOLO GIOVANNI GERARDO giovanni.muscolo at polito.it
Thu Nov 22 23:55:32 PST 2018

Frontiers in Robotics and AI

Research Topic:
Sport Robotics: A New Challenge

About this Research Topic:
Sport is good for body, mind and spirit. Sport requires
learning, repetition and memorization, encourages teamwork
and enhances problem-solving skills and social
reciprocity, reduces pressure and stress. Sport teaches
accountability, dedication, leadership and socialization.
Can sport profit from robotics? Is robotics effective for

E-sports (acronym used for electronic sports) are a form
of competition using video games which could be added to
the Olympic program as an official medal sport in 2024. In
these contests, robotics and roboticists could give a big
contribution to the sport society. We think that robotics
could be part of this evolution. Sport robotics is a new
research field and a new challenge aiming at merging
physical activity and machines for a higher daily quality
of life.

This Research Topic aims at modelling, designing, and
developing novel breakthrough robotics, mechatronics
systems and devices for sport practice. The goals of the
research topic are fourfold:

1) conceiving and developing novel robotic and mechatronic
systems for personal sport practice. The expected impact
of this point is to obtain robots that interact with
humans in sport competitions (e.g. playing with him/her as
partner in a match or like competitor) or for helping
him/her to practice sport (e.g. increasing performances
during personal sport training).

2) helping human in classical sport competition to prevent
injuries, measure the performances and reduce human
uncertainty during score evaluations. The expected impact
is to have a more efficient system able to control and
assist athletes, team sport members, coaches, sport
societies, and sport federations.

3) helping people with reduced mobility (i.e. aged,
disable, injured athletes) to approach and practise sports
and/or to increase skillfulness during fitness practice.
This goal is aimed at conceiving and optimizing
technologies for all-inclusive sport activities.

4) open-up a novel breakthrough challenge to include
robots in novel sport concepts. This goal proposes novel
sports or novel sport concepts using robots or human-robot
athletes. Super-humans are here conceived as a symbiotic
human-machine interaction to overcome human limits in

The proposed Research Topic may include, but is not
limited to:

•	Sport Robotics
•	Sport Mechatronics
•	Sport Mechanics
•	Sport Biomechanics and Robotics
•	Bio-Mechatronics
•	Robotics Design in Sport Applications
•	Sport Engineering
•	Sport Dynamics
•	Sport Bionics
•	Engineering Design for Sport Applications
•	Theoretical and Applied Mechanics for Sport Practice
•	Robotics and Mechatronics for Sport
•	Mechanical Design for Sport Technologies
•	Technologies for Sport Applications
•	Control of Robotics Devices for Sport
•	Wearable Robotics for Sport
•	Soft Robotics for Sport
•	Humanoid Robotics for Sport Applications
•	Sport Combats with Robots
•	Sport with Robots
•	Rehabilitation Robotics for Sport
•	Assistive Robotics for Sport
•	Robotics Exoskeletons for Sport Applications
•	Mobile Robotics for Sport
•	Computer Vision in Sport
•	Technologies for Adaptive Sports
•	Robotics for Sport All Inclusive
•	Prosthetic robotics Design
•	Wheelchair Modelling and Control
•	Robotics for sport therapy

Targeted applications range from all type of robots
conceived for sport applications (soft robots, rigid
robots, humanoids, legged robots, exoskeletons, wearable
robots, rehabilitation robots and other robot devices).
All article types are accepted.

Human-Robot Athletes, Sport Robotics, Sport Mechatronics,
Sport Biomechanics and Robotics, Adaptive Sport

Important Dates:

November 2018 - Call announcement

17 Aprile 2019 - Manuscript submission deadline

Please note that the revision process will start
immediately after the manuscript submission, therefore
accepted papers may appear online also before the
submission deadline.


Authors interested in contributing to this special issue
are advised to submit their papers via the dedicated
submission site:


Giovanni Gerardo Muscolo
Assistant Professor of Applied Mechanics
DIMEAS-Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Politecnico di Torino.
Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24, 10129 Torino, ITALY
Phone: +39 0110906896
Email: giovanni.muscolo at polito.it

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