IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics & Bionics

The IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics (T-MRB) is published under the joint sponsorship of

IEEE RAS Logo 2    IEEE Robotics & Automation Society

EMB 2    IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

 

AIMS AND SCOPE

The IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics (T-MRB) is a quarterly Green Open Access (see details in Information for Authors) multi-disciplinary journal aimed at publishing peer-reviewed papers and focused on innovative research ideas and medical application results, reporting significant theoretical findings and application case studies in the areas of medical robotics and bionics.

The IEEE T-MRB publishes non-incremental results on innovative systems able to support prevention, diagnosis or treatment of human diseases. Such systems can be based on robotics and automation technology-related paradigms (e.g. surgical robots, devices for physical and cognitive rehabilitation, supporting systems for independent living, etc.) on bionics paradigms (e.g. medical systems which mimic living organisms or technologies that intimately interact with the human body), or the combinations of them, e.g. robotic artificial organs and other active implantable devices featuring direct interfaces to the human body. In addition, T-MRB promotes works investigating mechanisms and principles observed in nature in order to unravel scientific issues, and to exploit them to develop innovative bionic technologies for medical applications. 

Main journal topic include:

  • Surgical Robotics;
  • Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics;
  • Bionic Prostheses;
  • Sensory Substitution;
  • Artificial/Bioartificial Bionic Organs;
  • Medical Biomimetic Technologies.

The journal also welcomes survey and commentary papers providing: critical, systematic review of research areas and trends within its scope; evidence-based studies on early clinical validation of robotic or bionic technologies, and contributions on ethical, social, economic, and organizational aspects concerning robotics and/or bionic solutions for medical and healthcare applications.

Submissions are OPEN!

We invite authors to submit their manuscripts via ScholarOne Manuscripts Central at the following link: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tmrb-ieee. 

Detailed information for Authors are available online.

NEWS

Current Special Sections

HSMR 2021 – The 13th Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2021

Guest Editors: Maarja Kruusmaa, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, Alberto Arezzo, University of Torino, Italy, and George Mylonas, Imperial College London, UK.

Submissions are closed.

Publication date: Volume 4, Issue 2 (May 2022)

 

SURGICAL VISION, NAVIGATION, AND ROBOTICS

Guest Editors: Luo Xiongbiao, Xiamen University, China,  Danail Stoyanov, University College London, UK, Nobuhiko Hata, Harvard University, USA, and Alejandro F. Frangi, University of Leeds, UK, and KU Leuven, Belgium.

Senior Guest Editors (providing experienced support and editorial oversight): Russell H. Taylor, Johns Hopkins University, USA, and Terry M. Peters, Western University, Canada.

Submissions are closed
Publication date: Volume 4, Issue 1 (February 2022)

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Interaction Sensors for Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery

This Special Section aims at presenting contributions on sensors for monitoring and rendering physical interaction to increase perception in surgical robotics, such as, for example, force/torque, contact, proximity, virtual sensors and their corresponding feedback devices. This Special Section will contribute to clarify the field, help defining the promising technologies and their applications, and list the progress in using interaction data to simplify surgery tasks. Interaction among sensors and new haptic devices for increasing perception in surgeons are others interesting aspects included in the topics of the special issue/section. 

Topics include, but not limited to:

  • Force/Torque Sensors for Surgical Robotic Instruments; 
  • Force Feedback, Estimation and Measurement; 
  • Optical Fibre Sensors;
  • Tactile and proximity Sensors;
  • Vision and Virtual Sensors; 
  • Design of Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) Load Cell for Surgery; 
  • Strain Gauges and Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG); 
  • Multi-Axis Force Platforms and Stewart Platform; 
  • Suture Tensile and Tool-Tissue Interaction; 
  • Smart Instruments and Tissue Palpation; 
  • Flexure Hinge and Force Decoupling. 
  • Modelling, Control and Design of Micro Force/Torque Sensors; 
  • Machine Learning and AI for Sensory data Analysis and Validation; 
  • Disposable Sensors and Sterilization; 
  • Design of Haptic Devices with Force and touch rendering for Telesurgery;
  • Interaction Among Sensors for Perception in Robotic Surgery.

Manuscripts must be submitted on-line, through the IEEE submission procedure, available at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tmrb-ieee. 

Authors should follow the regular procedure to submit a paper to T-MRB and they must clearly specify in the cover letter that the submission is intended for possible inclusion in the Special Section entitled “Interaction Sensors for Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery”.

Guest Editors: Prof. Paolo Fiorini, University of Verona, Italy, and Dr. Giovanni Gerardo Muscolo,  University of Verona, Italy. 

Deadline for papers submission: July 15, 2022

Publication date: Volume 5, Issue 1 (February 2023) 

 

Forthcoming Special Sections

ICAR2021 - 20th International Conference on Advanced Robotics

ICAR is one of the most established robotics conferences in the world. This Special Section will deliver an overview of the state-of-the-art research on Medical Robotics and Bionics presented in ICAR2021. The best papers will be encouraged to submit and extended version of the work presented in the Conference.

Topics include, but not limited to: 

  • innovative systems able to support prevention, diagnosis or treatment of human diseases;
  • robotics and automation technology-related paradigms (e.g. surgical robots, devices for physical and cognitive rehabilitation, supporting systems for independent living, etc.); 
  • bionics paradigms (e.g. medical systems which mimic living organisms or technologies that intimately interact with the human body); 
  • mechanisms and principles observed in nature.

Manuscripts must be submitted on-line, through the IEEE submission procedure, available at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tmrb-ieee. 

Authors should follow the regular procedure to submit a paper to T-MRB and they must clearly specify in the cover letter that the submission is intended for possible inclusion in the Special Section entitled on 20th International Conference on Advanced Robotics - ICAR2021.

Guest Editors: Alícia Casals, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain, and Marko Munih, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Deadline for papers submission: February 28, 2022

Publication date: Volume 4, Issue 3 (August 2022) 

 

PAST ISSUES

2021 (Volume 3)

  • Volume 3 Issue 1 (February 2021). Full Regular Issue Papers
  • Volume 3 Issue 2 (May 2021). Includes a Focused Section on Bionic Organs and Tissues. Guest Editors: Prof. Leonardo Ricotti, Prof. Ellen Roche, and Prof. Toshinori Fujie.
  • Volume 3 Issue 3 (August 2021). Includes a Special Section on BioRob2020. Guest Editors: Prof. Sunil Agrawal, and Prof. Ellen Roche.
  • Volume 3, Issue 4 (November 2021). Includes a Special Section on CRAS2020. Guest Editors: Prof. Alícia Casals, Dr. Albert Hernansanz, Prof. Arianna Menciassi, and Prof. Emmanuel Vander Poorten.

2020 (Volume 2)

2019 (Volume 1)

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