Call for Papers: IEEE Transactions on Robotics Special Issue on Movement Science for Humans and Humanoids

Call for Papers: IEEE Transactions on Robotics
Special Issue on Movement Science for Humans and Humanoids: Methods and Applications
Paper Submission deadline: 1 August 2015

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

Call for Papers: 1 March 2015
Deadline for Initial Paper Submission: 1 August 2015
Decisions for First Round Review: 15 October 2015
Deadline for Revised Paper Submission: 15 December 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

posted 9 March 2015

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