[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CfP: Special Issue on Robotic In-Situ Manufacturing, Structural Assembly and Servicing (Frontiers in Robotics and AI: Space Robotics)

Tsiotras, Panagiotis tsiotras at gatech.edu
Wed Mar 18 15:12:46 PDT 2020

The new Research Topic on "Robotic In-Situ Manufacturing, Structural Assembly and Servicing" is now accepting submissions to appear in the Frontiers in Robotics and AI: Space Robotics.

Submission Deadlines

Abstract Due: 15 July 2020
Manuscript Due: 15 November 2020

Description: This Research Topic is devoted to papers dealing with robotic manufacturing, assembly, and servicing utilizing in-situ resources, especially for space robotic applications. The ability to utilize in-situ resources will enable the construction and maintenance of large-scale assets at significantly reduced cost. Ground-based examples include large infrastructure (buildings, particle accelerators, solar farms) or undersea structures (oil platforms, laboratories, habitats).  Achieving in-situ fabrication using cooperative, mobile robots is also a major goal of several terrestrial and orbital construction projects including large in-space assemblies (space telescopes, commercial platforms, transportation hubs).

Major challenges include mobility, precise manipulation, localization/mapping, and adaptability to uncertainties in the environment. The capacity to process raw materials in remote environments is key for on-orbit, lunar, and planetary applications. Large ground-based facilities built in inaccessible locales could also benefit greatly from in-situ robotics for inspection and servicing, and likely would necessitate a multi-robot scalable solution.

The aim of this Research Topic is to provide a forum to researchers across a variety of disciplines to identify common themes, formulate problems, and share promising technologies for autonomous large-scale construction, servicing, and assembly robots. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Robotic In-Space Manufacturing and Material Manipulation
• In-process inspection, repair, verification and validation
• In-situ sensing and relative navigation
• Dexterous robot manipulation and mobile platforms
• Robotic tools, tool drive system and mating mechanisms
• Modular/Cooperative servicing interfaces and systems
• Modular Mechanical, Power, and Data Interfaces
• Robotic Assembly Joining Technology
• Terrestrial and Lunar Surface Manipulator System
• Actuation for Long Reach In-Space Manipulation
• Multi-robot/multi-agent cooperative systems or operations

Details of this special issue and submission guidelines can be found in the link below:


Guest Editors:

Craig R. Carignan, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, United States
Giacomo Marani, West Virginia University Research Corporation, Morgantown, United States
Mini C. Saaj, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, United Kingdom
Joshua D. Vander Hook, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) La Cañada Flintridge, United States
Renaud Detry, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), La Cañada Flintridge, United States

Panagiotis Tsiotras, PhD
Specialty Chief Editor, Frontiers in Robotics and AI: Space Robotics
David and Andrew Lewis Chair and Professor
Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Adjunct)
Associate Director, Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines
Georgia Institute of Technology,  Atlanta, GA 30332-0150, USA

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