Call for Papers: RAM Special Issue on Humanoid Robots

We are pleased to invite you to submit your research to the upcoming special issue on "Humanoid robot applications in real world scenarios”, to be published in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine.


Humanoid robotics is a key challenge due to the inherent complexity of locomotion, balancing and interaction with humans or unknown environments. Striving to overcome these difficulties, companies, international competitions and research projects have highlighted the potential of bipedal technologies and demonstrated how it is now approaching the level of maturity required for autonomous operation in unstructured environments.

An increasing number of companies and research institutes are now developing middle- and large-size humanoid robots for different purposes. International projects aim to use these bipeds as human coworkers for industrial manufacturing and warehouse tasks, or tele-operated for inspection and intervention in hazardous environments. These scenarios require advanced locomotion and interaction capabilities which are being addressed, not only with classical stiff position control, but also with advanced compliant torque/force control.

This special issue on humanoid robot applications in real world scenarios will make the research community aware of the latest and upcoming trends in this field, which is becoming increasingly appealing to industrial companies, including actors that were not previously involved in robotics.


The special issue will target papers in the following research areas:
- real applications and use case scenarios of humanoid bipedal robots
- humanoid hardware design for harsh environments
- whole-body multi-contact planning and control for real world applications
- loco-manipulation strategies in dynamic environments
- agile motion generation and control of humanoid robots
- performance benchmarking for bipedal robots
- success stories of humanoid technologies

Guest Editors will select those contributions that apply humanoid robotics technology with clear practical applications.


The deadline to submit a paper for the special issue are:
15 March 2019: submission deadline
12 May 2019: first decision communicated to authors
22 June 2019: revised paper submitted/start of the second round of review
20 August 2019: final acceptance decision communicated to authors
with the final publication in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine December 2019 issue.


Detailed timeline and further information can be found at the special issue web page.

Submission guidelines can be found at information for authors web page.
We look forward your participation!


Enrico Mingo Hoffman, Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy,
Nikos G. Tsagarakis, Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy,
Luis Sentis, University of Texas at Austin, Austin (TX), USA,
Francesco Ferro, PAL Robotics, Barcelona, Spain,
Stéphane Caron, CNRS-UM LIRMM, Montpellier, France,

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