Call: “Intelligent Control of Mobile Robotics” special issue of Electronics

Call for Papers

Electronics: Special Issue on “Intelligent Control of Mobile Robotics”
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Deadline for paper submission: May 31, 2021

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to submit contributions to a special issue on “Intelligent Control of Mobile Robotics” to be published in Electronics.

Since the first experiments with Shakey at the Artificial Intelligence Center of Stanford Robotics Institute, the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics fields have been intimately connected. Several movies ranging from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis to Alex Garland’s Ex Machina have helped to cement this tie in the collective imagination. Indeed, the two are often seen as a single field: All robots are intelligent, and all intelligent devices are robots.

Such integration, however, has shown to be quite challenging, leading AI and Robotics to be developed as distinct research lines. Indeed, in real practice, and despite some early attempts to put them together, these two fields have worked in isolation for many years. Only recently has the combination of reliable and flexible robotic platforms and powerful AI techniques begun to lead to a new interest in integrating AI and Robotics, enabling intelligent mobile robots systems to get out of the lab and be used in commercial applications.

The aim of this Special Issue on “Intelligent Control of Mobile Robotics” is to provide an overview of this wide field. It should be of interest to the AI, Robotics, and Control communities. We welcome papers focusing on intelligent mobile robotics systems, architectures, and applications. Autonomous robotics systems, intelligent and reliable control techniques, vision and natural language processing algorithms for mobile robots or social and ethical research exploring relations between people and these new companions or co-workers fall within the scope of this Special Issue. Papers with experiments on real robots are preferred, but works in simulation are also welcome. Both theoretical and practical papers are welcome.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • AI in mobile robotics
  • Deliberation in mobile robotics
  • Machine learning for mobile robotics
  • Intelligent control approaches for mobile robotics
  • Mixed-initiative planning and adjustable autonomy
  • Autonomous robot systems
  • Path and trajectory planning
  • Mobile multi-robot systems and human-robot teaming
  • Formal methods for robot planning and control
  • Social mobile robotics
  • Behavior transparency and explainability
  • Real-world robotic applications

Manuscripts should be submitted online at Prospective authors may send an abstract to check if it fits the scope of the special issue. All submitted papers will be reviewed following the standard reviewing procedures for the journal. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website.

Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292; CODEN: ELECGJ) is an international peer-reviewed open access journal (APC 1500 Swiss Francs) indexed by the Science Citation Index (Web of Science, 2019 Impact Factor: 2.412), Inspec (IET) and Scopus (2019 CiteScore: 1.9).

Please do not hesitate to contact the guest editors if you have any questions.

Dr. Angel García-Olaya – Website
Computer Science Department, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés (Madrid), Spain
Interests: artificial intelligence; automated task planning; robotics for space and underwater exploration; social assistive robotics

Dr. Andrea Orlandini – Website
Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology, National Research Council of Italy, 00185 Roma, Italy
Interests: artificial intelligence; planning and scheduling; knowledge representation and reasoning; socially assistive robotics; collaborative robotics

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