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Transactions on Robotics (T-RO)

The IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO) publishes fundamental papers on all aspects of robotics, featuring interdisciplinary approaches from computer science, control systems, electrical engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, brain and cognitive sciences, biology, and related disciplines. Robots and intelligent machines and systems are critical in a wide range of areas: industrial applications; service and personal assistants; surgical operations; space, underwater, and remote exploration; entertainment; safety, search, and rescue; military applications; agriculture applications; and intelligent vehicles. We welcome all contributions that represent major advances in the state-of-the-art in robotics research.


  • Call for Papers:
    Special Issue on "Movement Science for Humans and Humanoids: Methods and Applications"

    Over the past three decades, computationally efficient techniques for the analysis, simulation, and optimization of articulated bodies have been developed by the robotics and mathematical communities. With recent advances in computational power and improved algorithms, these techniques are being applied to increasingly complex structures like the human body. More generally, the use of robotics formalisms for quantitative human motion analysis and synthesis is enabling new applications in, e.g., medical diagnosis, monitoring and feedback during rehabilitation and sports training, animation, ergonomic analysis and design, and improved rehabilitation and assistive robots and devices. At the same time, methods initially developed for human motion analysis in other fields like biomechanics, neuroscience, computer graphics, and computer vision are increasingly being used in robotics, in topics ranging from human-robot interaction to imitation learning.

    This special issue seeks submissions describing novel work synthesizing multidisciplinary techniques for human and humanoid motion analysis, synthesis, and control. Topics of interest include:

    - Kinematic and dynamic modeling and analysis of the human body
    - Dynamic parameter estimation and optimum experimental design
    - Optimal control of human and humanoid motions
    - Inverse optimal control for identification of objective functions during human motor control
    - Motion recognition, segmentation, modeling, and analysis
    - Quantitative analysis methods for rehabilitation and sports training
    - Robotics techniques for animation
    - Neuromuscular control
    - Musculoskeletal dynamics
    - Rehabilitation robotics
    - Human motion analysis and understanding for imitation learning and human-robot interaction
    - Human-inspired control algorithms for robots
    - Model-predictive control for movement science
    - Human movement informing the design and control of assistive devices, exoskeletons and prostheses
    - Robotics-based motion synthesis

    Contributions must have a central connection to robotics; pure psychomotor or biomechanics studies are outside the scope of this special issue. Interested authors are encouraged to contact the special issue editors with an abstract of their paper to confirm that their submission is within the scope of the special issue. Abstracts should be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Important Dates:
    First Call for Papers: March 1, 2015
    Deadline for Initial Paper Submission: August 1, 2015
    Decisions for First Round Review: October 15, 2015
    Deadline for Revised Paper Submission: December 15, 2015
    Target Publication Date: February or April 2016

    Guest Editors:
    Dana Kulic, University of Waterloo
    Katsu Yamane, Disney Research
    Gentiane Venture, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
    Emel Demircan, University of Tokyo/Stanford University
    Katja Mombaur, University of Heidelberg

  • IEEE Open Access - Authors can request open access for their articles for $1750

  • New Members of the Editorial Board - T-RO welcomes the following new associate editors:
  •  Articles

    King-Sun Fu Best Transactions on Robotics Paper Award

    • The award for 2014 has been given to the paper,
      "Catching Objects in Flight"
      by Seungsu Kim, Ashwini Shukla and Aude Billard, 
      Volume 30, No. 5, Page(s): 1049 - 1065, 2014, [Xplore Link].
    • Past winners:
      • 2013: "Robots Driven by Compliant Actuators: Optimal Control under Actuation Constraints"
        by  David J. Braun, Florian Petit, Felix Huber, Sami Haddadin, Patrick van der Smagt, Alin Albu-Schäffer, Sethu Vijayakumar
        Volume 29, No. 5, Page(s): 1085 - 1101, 2013, [Xplore Link].
      • 2012: "Reinforcement Learning With Sequences of Motion Primitives for Robust Manipulation"
        by Freek Stulp, Evangelos Theodorou, and Stefan Schaal,
        Volume 28, No. 6, Page(s): 1360-1370, 2012, [Xplore Link].
      • 2011: "Human-Like Adaptation of Force and Impedance in Stable and Unstable Interactions"
        by Chenguang Yang, Gowrishankar Ganesh, Sami Haddadin, Sven Parusel, Alin Albu-Sch¨aeffer, Etienne Burdet,
        Volume 27, No. 5, Page(s): 918- 930, 2011, [Xplore Link].
      • 2010: "Design and Control of Concentric-Tube Robots"
        by Pierre E. Dupont, Jesse Lock, Brandon Itkowitz and Evan Butler,
        Volume 26, No. 2, Page(s): 209 - 225, 2010, [Xplore Link].