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Special Issue on Human-Centered Automation

A special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering.

Introduction

The growing prevalence and scope of automation is evident not only large-scale infrastructure (nextGen transportation systems, aircraft flight management systems, smart grid technologies), but also in small-scale and consumer products (Google Car, the PR2, Nest). Automation encompasses not only simple, repetitive tasks, but also many sophisticated functionalities. However, even in systems in which automation has replaced functionality previously performed by humans, the human is still a central player. As automation becomes “smarter” and more ubiquitous, it is paramount that the human interact with the controlled systems in a safe and efficient way, to help prevent problems in human-automation interaction. In recent years, advances have been made in understanding the behavior of systems with humans and automation: techniques have been developed to enhance situational awareness, to develop a common operating picture across multiple users, and to build predictive models of human behavior in different contexts. However, significant work remains to be done in the development of core scientific and engineering principles in human-automation systems. Analysis and design principles and metrics are needed to guide the design of human-centered control paradigms for semi-autonomous systems. The central heme of the proposed special issue is tools and methods for the design and analysis of human-centered automation systems. Articles in the special issue will focus on generalizable techniques for human-centered automation, as opposed to narrow case studies. Applications may be within or across a wide range of disciplines and physical scales, including biomedical devices, driver assistance systems, aircraft flight management systems, smart buildings, decision aids in supervisory systems, air traffic systems, and others. 

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Novel contributions are sought that may include, but are not limited to:


  •  the design and validation of computational models of a system which integrate models of the human with models of autonomous and semi-autonomous systems, such as systems which infer intent of a human operator;
  • the design of systems which ease the exchange of information between humans and autonomous systems; 
  • the analysis and prediction of potential conflicts between the human and the automation; 
  • the design of autonomy to accommodate varying levels of human experience, training, and acuity; 
  • the analysis of information asymmetry in collaborative, semi-autonomous systems; 
  • the design of autonomy for off-nominal conditions, such as multiple sensor failures, human error, or other cascading events; 
  • the design of autonomy to support systems with multiple humans; 
  • the design of autonomous systems which are “self-aware”, so that humans are prompted to intervene when required;

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline February 2015
Acceptance notification September 2015
Tentative publication date January 2016

 

Paper Submission

All papers are to be submitted through the Manuscript Central for T-ASE at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/t-ase. All manuscripts must be prepared according to the IEEE T-ASE publication guidelines and will be reviewed following the standard IEEE T-ASE review process. 


Guest Editiors

Meeko Oishi
Assistant Professor
Electrical & Comp. Eng.
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131 
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Dawn Tilbury
Assoc. Dean of Research & Grad. Ed.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan
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Claire J. Tomlin
Charles A. Desoer Chair
Professor, Elec. Eng. & Comp. Sciences
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720
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Special Issue on Home Automation: A Human-Centered Perspective

A special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering.

Introduction

Smart homes, as a part of home automation, are expected to be intelligent and human-aware. The recent Google acquisition of Nest Labs (https://nest.com/), which designs and manufactures sensor-driven, WiFi-enabled, self-learning, programmable thermostats and smoke detectors, is evidence for the potential huge market of smart home technologies in the next decade. At the same time, human-centered computing (HCC) research aims to understand the increasingly coupled relationships between people and computing. HCC research has been accelerating in recent years due to the emergence of mobile devices such as smartphones/mobile tablets, wearable sensors and computers, as well as distributed environmental sensors. Understanding human beings and their contexts can help develop truly smart homes in many ways. For example, using small wearable sensors integrated into clothing or attached to human subjects and intelligent signal processing algorithms, it is possible to obtain the wearer’s status such as activity, gesture, location, emotion and physiological conditions. Such human-awareness can facilitate natural human robot interaction, behavioral monitoring, health monitoring, energy management, wearable robots for rehabilitation, etc., which can be part of a smart home system.The main objective of this special issue is to collect key research papers on the state-of-the-art of human-centered computing and its potential applications in smart homes.

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Topics explored in this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Human behavioral understanding (including anomaly detection) through wearable or environmental sensors
  • Indoor human localization through wearable or environmental sensors
  • Innovative wearable sensing and computing systems or prototypes
  • Human health monitoring through wearable sensing and computing
  • Affective computing for human-robot interaction and human-appliance interaction
  • Gesture recognition for human-robot interaction and human-appliance interaction
  • Brain computer interfacing for human-robot interaction
  • Wearable robots for rehabilitation or walking assistance
  • Innovative use of smartphones or mobile tablets for smart homes
  • Cloud-based data processing for human-awareness in home automation
  • Building energy management and home comfort management (thermal, visual and air-quality comfort, etc.)
  • Privacy and security issues in home automation
  • Theoretical foundations in human-centered computing
  • New applications of human-centered computing for smart homes

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline 1 December 2014
Completion of the first round review 1 April 2015 
Author rebuttal  1 May 2015  
Final Decisions 1 June 2015 
Final manuscript due 1 August 2015
Tentative publication date 1 October 2015

 

Paper Submission

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Guest Editiors

Weihua Sheng, Associate Professor
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK74078, USA
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Yoky Matsuoka, Ph.D
Vice President of Technology
NEST Labs, Palo Alto, CA, USA
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Yongsheng Ou, Professor
Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen, China, 518055
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Meiqin Liu, Professor
College of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027,
China.
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Fulvio Mastrogiovanni, Professor
Robotics Engineering, University of Genova, Via Opera Pia 13
Genova, Italy, 16145
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Special Issue on Cloud Robotics and Automation

A special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering.

Introduction

Cloud Robotics and Automation is attracting increased interest from academia, governments, and industry worldwide. General Electric’s “Industrial Internet” aims to create a “convergence of machine and intelligent data” across industries.  Germany’s “Industry 4.0” project and IBM’s “Smarter Planet” initiative are closely related. The “Internet of Things” project considers the potential where many passive physical objects such as boxes and pills have processors and/or unique RFID tags. The “RoboEarth” project is pioneering the idea of a World Wide Web for robots.


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This Special Issue addresses the potential of the “Cloud” (Internet) to enhance automation and robotics for manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, logistics, security, agriculture, and many related industries by improving performance in at least five ways: 1) Big Data: indexing a global library of maps and object data; 2) Cloud Computing: parallel grid computing on demand for automation; 3) Open-Source/Open-Access: humans sharing code, data, algorithms and hardware designs; 4) System Learning: machines sharing parameters, control policies and outcomes; and 5) Crowdsourcing/call centers: offline and ondemand human guidance for evaluation, learning and error recovery.  

  • Scalable parallelization: How can parallel grid-based computing on demand change the current paradigm in automation science? How can parallelization schemes scale with the size of automation infrastructure?
  • Effective load balancing: Balancing operations between local and cloud computation. Where should we compute for sensing, planning and actuation?
  • Knowledge bases and representations: Reuse and interoperability of databases. How should online knowledge bases be shared and grow?
  • Collective learning: How can an automation infrastructure search for relevant data? How can robots share and learn from experienced outcomes?
  • Infrastructure/Platform or Software as a Service: To what extent can existing cloud technologies be adapted for automation and robotics? What algorithmic or technical advances are needed to allow systems to use the powerful computational, storage, and network infrastructure of data centers?
  • Internet of Things: What advances complement the IoT’s sensor technologies with a physical layer for actuation? As sensors are finding their way into more Fault diagnosis and prediction for the whole production lines Prognosis and heath management for the whole production line
  • Integrated and collaborative fault tolerant control
  • Big Data: Data, collected and/or disseminated over large, accessible networks can enable decisions for classification problems or reveal patterns.
  • Wireless communication, security and privacy issues: How can cloud-based automation be robust to latency, bandwidth limits, network failures and attacks?
  • System architectures: What architectures optimize trade-offs between content aggregation and caching vs. accessibility and scalability vs. response time for automation and robotics applications?
  • Open-source, open-access infrastructures: Algorithms and interfaces that introduce human feedback in automation through crowdsourcing. How can human guidance be used for evaluation, learning, and error recovery?

Important Dates

Call for Papers October 24, 2013
Deadline for Paper Submission March 20, 2014
First Review July 01, 2014
Final Review November 01, 2014
Publication April 2015


Guest Editors

Dr. Javier Civera

Lead Guest Editor
University of Zaragoza

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Dr. Matei Ciocarlie
Google Inc.

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California, United States

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Dr. Alper Aydemir
NASA/JPL

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Dr. Kostas Bekris
Rutgers University

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Dr. Sanjay Sarma


MIT Guest Editor

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Massachusetts, United States

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Ninth IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) 2013

A special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering.



Introduction

The ninth annual IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE 2013) was held on August 17-21, 2013, at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. IEEE CASE represents the flagship automation conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and constitutes the primary forum for cross-industry and multidisciplinary research in automation. The conference theme is Automation in Practice. Its goal is to provide a broad coverage and dissemination of foundational research in automation among researchers, academics, and practitioners.

This special issue is by invitation only. It will contain fuller treatments of some of the outstanding papers presented at CASE 2013.



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The 2013 Edition of IEEE CASE covers the topics from Foundations of Automation; Agriculture; Life Sciences; Health Care; Automation in Meso, Micro and Nano-scale; Manufacturing Automation; Discrete Event Systems; Scheduling and Optimization; Mechatronics; Laboratory Automation; Sustainable Production; Logistics and Supply Chain Management; Networked and Control Systems; to Power and Energy Systems; Smart Buildings; Big Data and Data Mining; Industrial Informatics; and other Emerging Topics in Automation.

Important Dates

Call for Papers (invitation only) September 27, 2013
Deadline for Paper Submission February 1, 2014
First Review March 31, 2014
Final Review June 30, 2014
Publication October 2014

Special Issue on Automation in Green Manufacturing

A special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering

Introduction

There has been growing interest in green manufacturing worldwide, which has attracted substantial efforts from researchers in both academic and engineering communities. Green manufacturing deserves efficient production of green technology products, and energy efficient and environmentally friendly manufacturing process and system. To achieve this, automation is an essential component. In recent years, significant advancements in technology, the fast growing economy and rapidly changing market have generated numerous opportunities for innovation. At the same time, many new challenges have emerged in order to apply and implement these innovations. Such opportunities and challenges have substantially expanded the scope of automation. The goal of automation is to provide efficient scientific and engineering solutions for green manufacturing. The central theme of this Special Issue is emerging opportunities and future directions in automation for green manufacturing, where information technology based modeling, analysis, control and optimization are the focus areas. The purpose is to show the state-of-the-art research and applications in the general area of automation in green manufacturing, by bringing together researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry, to address the significant advancement, expose the unsolved challenges, present the needs for integration with new technologies, and provide visions for future research and development. This special issue aims to publish original, significant and visionary automation papers describing scientific methods and technologies with both solid theoretical development and practical importance. Submissions of scientific results from experts in academia and industry worldwide are strongly encouraged.

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Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to the following topics in green manufacturing:

  • Design of equipment/robotics/processes for green tech products (solar panels, batteries, motors, wind turbines, fuel cell, etc.) manufacturing
  • Automatic control in green tech products manufacturing
  • Logistics, service and supply chain management of green tech products
  • Factory modeling, analysis & evaluation in green tech products manufacturing
  • Algorithms for planning, scheduling and coordination for green tech products manufacturing
  • Process control and yield enhancement for green tech products manufacturing
  • Mobile and wireless applications in green tech products manufacturing
  • Inventory management for green tech products manufacturing
  • Quality monitoring and control for green tech products manufacturing
  • Efficient energy saving and management systems in manufacturing
  • Emission/VOC reduction in manufacturing
  • Real-time control to reduce energy consumption in manufacturing
  • Automation and robotics for re-manufacturing
  • Inventory control and scheduling for re-manufacturing
  • Automation for waste management and recycling in manufacturing
  • Lifecycle evaluation automation in manufacturing
  • Planning and scheduling to optimize energy usage in manufacturing facilities
  • Predictive maintenance and service for green manufacturing
  • Manufacturing system design and operation for sustainability
  • Integrated modeling of energy and environmental factors with production performance

Important Dates

Call for Papers March 05, 2011
Deadline for Paper Submission August 01, 2011
First Review December 31, 2011
Final Review April 01, 2012
Publication January 2013

 

Guest Editors

Jingshan Li

General Motors Reseach & Development Center
Madison, WI, United States
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Masaru Nakano

Japan
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Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
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Stephan Biller

United States
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Tao Zhang

Tao Zhang

Spansion Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN), Submicron Development Center
Sunnyvale, CA, United States
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Bengt Lennartson

Goteborg, Vastra Gotaland, Sweden
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