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RAM Special Issues

Call for Papers

Special Issue on Replicable and Measurable Robotics Research

Deadline for Paper Submission: 10 November 2014 - EXTENDED TO 10 December 2014
Publication Schedule: September 2015

There are a number of issues in robotics, related to performance measurement, methods for the objective comparison of different algorithms and systems, the possibility itself to replicate published results.

We are now at a point where it is possible to give concrete directions for experiment planning, execution, and reporting, allowing objective performance comparisons and potentially affecting the content of obtained results, not only their 'production process'.  The key point to allow replication and comparison of results is having adequate data support: all the data necessary to repeat a given experiment. This will be the very first well-structured example of a publication in robotics, which will list a series of replicable and objectively measurable results.

Contributed papers reporting about experiments, benchmarking methods, challenges and competitions are solicited. They need to include results on real robots and be described in such a way to allow their replication. In particular challenges and competitions might be needed to compare intelligent or system level behaviors and capabilities. We seek papers on challenges and competitions describing real world events with real robots and designed as robotics ‘replicable experiments’.

Scope, Description and Information
Contributions from ANY area of Robotics and Automation are sought, under the condition that they are ‘replicable’.

The topics include but are not limited to:
• Experiments in Robotics;
• Benchmarking methods;
• Challenges and Competitions;
• Examples of Good Practice;
• Evaluation of Experimental Robotics Work;
• Relationship between benchmarking and replication of experiments with robots;
• Comparison of experimental methodology in neurosciences/ neurophysiology and in Robotics;
• Comparison of experimental methodology in neurosciences/ neurophysiology, in AI and Robotics;
• Comparison of experimental methodology in Biology and in Robotics; • Success metrics in Robotics;
• Well grounded experimental methods to compare artificial and natural systems, and their interaction

Any application area of Robotics and Automation can be considered, such as: Aerial Robotics, Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics, Medical Robotics, Industrial robotics, Prosthetics and Exoskeletons, Wearable Robotics, Marine Robotics, and more.

RAM allows the attachment of extended materials (e.g. datasets, software tools, experimental protocols, code and or hardware identifiers, open source software, open source hardware designs, etc.), accompanying the submission of a paper. Instructions on the preparation of this material can be found on www.ieeeras. org/ram/for_authors. Extended materials will appear side-by-side to the accepted paper in the electronic version of the Special Issue within IEEE Xplore.

Call for papers June 2014
Submission deadline: 10 November 2014 - EXTENDED TO 10 December 2014
First Review: 6 February 2015
Final Review: 20 May 2015
Publication: September 2015

Guest Editors:

Fabio Bonsignorio, Institute of Biorobotics, Scuola Superiore S. Anna. Pisa, Italy and CEO and founder of Heron Robots. (Corresponding guest editor)
John Hallam, Maersk Institute, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
Angel P. del Pobil, Robotic Intelligence Laboratory, University Jaume I, Castellon, Spain.



Call for Papers

Special Issue on Bioinspired Motor Control for Articulated Robots

Deadline for Paper Submission: 15 March 2015
Publication Schedule: December 2015

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine seeks articles for a Special Issue on Bioinspired Motor Control of Articulated Robots. The use of bioinspired solutions for controlling articulated robots is considerably increasing. Particularly, the idea of generating movements out of the combination of a subset of basic primitives is very promising for simplifying both learning and control of complex movements in articulated robots.

The scientific challenges related to the use of bioinspired approaches, and specifically motor primitives, for controlling articulated robots can be grouped in the following main topics: learning and adaptivity, smooth rejection of disturbances and stabilization, coordination of multiple (redundant) joints, computational complexity and modularity, and optimality principles for motor planning and execution.

The scope of this special issue encompasses articles that address one or more of the aforementioned challenges related to the use of Bioinspired Motor Control of Articulated Robots. Application scenarios include (but are not limited to):

• Humanoid robotics,
• Bipedal walking robots,
• Multi-legged robots,
• Animaloids,
• Swimming robots,
• Prosthetics,
• Exoskeletons and active orthoses for motion assistance and rehabilitation.

Theoretical work will be considered provided that there is a clear focus on possible applications and long-term impact on robotics and automation. Articles shall provide clear evidence of the advantages of the proposed bioinspired control solutions with respect to state-of-the-art approaches.

Call for papers: November 2014
Deadline for paper submission: 15 March 2015
First review: August 2015
Final review: September 2015
Publication: December 2015

Guest Editors:
Nicola Vitiello, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Auke Ijspeert
, Biorobotics Laboratory at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL (Switzerland), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Stefan Schaal, Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California (USA), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Proposing a Special Issue

 If you have an idea for a special issue please submit a proposal with the following details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Each Special Issue proposal (2-3 pages max) should typically include:A. A summary explaining the scope, maturity, and significance of the proposed theme in general, and also with specific reference to the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (RAM) scope  (i.e. why do you expect the Special Issue will attract papers that fit well into RAM). This proposal may include a summary of what authors may reasonably be expected to submit papers, pointers at other publications or conferences that might constitute evidence of “maturity,” a list of people who might be invited to submit papers, and other similar material. The primary intent of this summary should be to provide the editorial team with a clear rationale for choosing this topic. One important aspect is to demonstrate that no other journals in the robotics and automation field are already running special issues on same or very similar topic. Authors of proposals should be cautioned against actually pre-inviting papers. B. A proposed call for papers (1 page) including the topic, a short rationale for the topic, and a proposed timeline (submission date for papers and the issue date) - dates, of course, may get modified before the call is published). The call for papers shall adequately take into account the RAM scope and the type of papers that are typically published on the magazine (real world robotics, deployment to application of basic findings, etc.) C. (Optional) Suggestions for who might edit the special issue. If the proposed Guest Editor(s) is an author of the proposal, a short bio-sketch should be included with the proposal, together with a listing of who else might be an appropriate choice. In any case, a short (1-2 sentence) explanation of why each candidate would be a good choice should be included.