[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CFP: Robotics in Extreme Environments, Frontiers in Robotics and AI

Manuel Giuliani Manuel.Giuliani at brl.ac.uk
Thu Mar 21 09:13:40 PDT 2019

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Important Deadlines:
- 20 May 2019, Abstract Submission
- 18 September 2019, Full Manuscript Submission
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Dear colleagues,

we just opened a special topic on Robotics in Extreme Environments at 
Frontiers in Robotics and AI. Please consider sending your work on this 
topic. You can find the topic description below.

With kind regards,
Manuel Giuliani

The development and deployment of robotics technology in extreme 
environments, such as for nuclear inspection and decommissioning, 
offshore energy and maintenance, space exploration and deep mining, has 
received considerable attention in recent years. In all of these areas, 
robots are required to reduce the risks associated with operations 
staff, typically by removing the requirement for people to enter the 
hazardous environments and to increase productivity in high consequence 
and cluttered facilities. There has been significant effort in robotics 
research in this area, for example to make robotic systems able to 
survive in the presence of high levels of radiation and toxic 
substances, to operate at extreme pressures and temperatures, and to 
complete tasks safely in unstructured environments. Although the above 
mentioned domains vary in the requirements of the robotic systems that 
are deployed within them. For example, the robotic requirement for 
underwater applications will differ to those required for deployments in 
nuclear facilities or space applications, there are many cross-domain 
challenges that researchers in robotics in extreme environments are 
working on.

The goal of this Research Topic is to bring together excellent research 
that has been completed in the field of robotics in extreme 
environments. Contributions to the Research Topic are sought in all 
areas relevant to extreme robotics including, but not limited to:

  - Advanced remote sensing and monitoring to measure physical 
properties and detect events or changes in extreme environments.
  - Reconstruction of active scenes and meaningful datasets with 
visualisation from multimodal signals.
  - Autonomous mobility and navigation technologies to explore unknown 
extreme environments.
  - Self-healing and radiation-hardened systems.
  - Human-robot interfaces for remotely operating robots in extreme 
environments, including AR/VR/MxR immersive technologies.
  - Safe switching between levels of autonomy for human-in-the-loop 
  - Failure-safe, long-term, autonomous operation in space or underwater.
  - Grasping technologies for validated grasping of sensitive materials.
  - Novel designs and applications of soft and/or foldable robotic devices.
  - Human factors for using robotic devices in extreme environments.
  - Verification and validation of robotic systems in extreme environments.

This Research Topic encompasses a wide range of state-of-the-art 
technologies and multidisciplinary approaches in robotics and AI 
research based on different use-case scenarios in extreme environments. 
It is also expected that this will promote optimal integration of 
systems from different fields of science and technologies and provide 
insights into how robotics systems in extreme environments should to be 

Topic Editors:
Chie Takahashi
University of Cambridge

Manuel Giuliani
University of the West of England, Bristol

Barry Lennox
University of Manchester

William R Hamel
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Rustam Stolkin
University of Birmingham

Claudio Semini
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Prof. Manuel Giuliani
Professor in Embedded Cognitive AI for Robotics

Bristol Robotics Laboratory
University of the West of England, Bristol
T Block, Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol BS16 1QY

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