RAM Call for Papers: Special Issue on Extended Reality in Robotics

Aim and Scope

Extended reality (XR), which combines the real and the virtual worlds, is greatly enhancing interaction possibilities between robots and humans, leading to a paradigm shift where the two entities can intuitively cooperate to perform a shared-target task. Many XR devices are essentially performing the same spatial perception tasks as mobile robots (e.g., visual simultaneous localization and mapping) and thus XR provides an opportunity for robots and the humans using these devices to colocalize through a common understanding of their space, which also enables easier human-robot interaction.

Extended reality interfaces can be realized through Augmented Reality (AR), where an operator’s perception of the real world is enhanced through the superimposition of virtual objects and information, Virtual Reality (VR), where the operator is immersed in a 3D virtual world, or Mixed Reality (MR), where the user can both see and interact with digital content that is superimposed over the real world. A key enabler of human-robot collaboration is the colocalization and shared spatial intelligence that AR and MR can provide. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted an unprecedented need for immersive platforms that can facilitate safer working conditions through tele-robotics control. Healthcare workers, for example, can use XR technologies to enable intuitive collaboration for remote perception and control, such as diagnosis, treatment planning or patient monitoring. In this context, research efforts have received a significant push towards realizing fascinating promises in several application fields, with extended reality being a prime contender to offer immersive experiences, even from remote locations. For instance, they can enable immersive remote inspection in dangerous environments.

This special issue will explore recent advances in AR, VR and MR for human-robot interactions in different application fields (e.g., healthcare, manufacturing, inspection in hostile environments, education, entertainment and retail). This is a unique opportunity to present recent results in this research field and discuss further possible target applications and development opportunities.


Augmented reality in robotics

Virtual reality in robotics

Mixed reality in robotics

Human-robot interaction

Industrial robotics

Medical robotics

Agricultural Robotics

Remote Maintenance Robotics

Space robotics

Situation/ context awareness

Remote control



April 2021 - Call for papers

15 July 2021 - Submission deadline

15 September 2021 - First decision to authors

30 October 2021- Resubmission

1 December 2021 - Final decision

15 December 2021 - Final manuscripts upload

20 December 2021 - Guest editorial due

March 2022 - Publication


Guest Editors:

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Elena De Momi

Politecnico di Milano

Milan, Italy



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Mark A. Minor

University of Utah, USA



 Paul Chippendale 2

Paul Chippendale 

Fondazione Bruno Kessler




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Mahdi Tavakoli

University of Alberta




 GiovanniRossini 1

Giovanni Rossini





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Jeffrey Delmerico

Microsoft Mixed Reality and AI Lab




 Antonio Frisoli 2

Antonio Frisoli

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA)

Pisa, Italy

e-mail: antonio.frisoli@santannapisa.it

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