[robotics-worldwide] [journals] "FRONTIERS in Robotics and AI" Research Topic/Special Issue on "Shape Changing Robotic Structures and Interfaces" | Deadline: 19 April 2019

Wurdemann, Helge h.wurdemann at ucl.ac.uk
Tue Feb 5 00:16:27 PST 2019

Dear All,
Shape-changing robotic structures and shape-changing interfaces (as known in the Human-Computer Interaction community) are transforming systems that physically change shape exploiting 21st century robotics, including soft robotics, reconfigurable mechanisms, but also hinges on research areas such as modelling, control and material science. The design and fabrication process makes use of elements found in the field of reconfigurable mechanisms or soft material robotics or in a combination of both. Change in physical geometry can add new capabilities to these systems making them ideal for application in areas such as healthcare, production, homecare, autonomous vehicles and for interfaces with computers and machines.

The Frontiers in Robotics and AI - Research Topic on "Shape Changing Robotic Structures and Interfaces" invites full journal papers based around three key themes: (1) The technologies involved in shape-change, including soft, modular and reconfigurable robotics, smart materials, and actuation systems; (2) the design of shape-changing systems, including their key application areas, and their industrial and interaction design; and (3) current and future application areas.

List of topics
* Merging soft robotics and reconfigurable mechanisms: state of the art, current research efforts
* Design: basic architectures, optimization, scaling
* Haptic interfaces
* Controllability, stability of shape-changing devices
* Future direction of development in shape-changing systems
* Stiffness-controllable robotic structures
* Dynamic interaction modeling
* Shape-changing sensing systems
* Growing robot technologies
* Advanced functional materials for shape-, colour-changing robots
* 3/4D printing and fabrication 
* Multi-material rapid prototyping/3D printing
* Smart and active materials
* Emerging fabrication techniques for shape changing systems
* Adaptive sensor morphology and morphological computation
* Modelling and simulation techniques of shape-changing robots

More details can be found here: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.frontiersin.org_research-2Dtopics_8768_shape-2Dchanging-2Drobotic-2Dstructures-2Dand-2Dinterfaces&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=EGYERTQoziX4bykVVMPfAncCKZq79vxQL83NrVX0dNw&s=dnkWajXm_m-ygyf5_7B0OVpv0OP8RxbAtmMewFyz7WM&e= | Deadline: 19 April 2019

We look forward to your contribution!

With kind regards,

The Topic Editors
Dr Anne Roudaut, University of Bristol, UK 

Dr Helge Wurdemann, University College London, UK 

Prof. Kaspar Althoefer, Queen Mary University of London, UK 

Dr Van Ho, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Nomi, Japan 

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