Special issue on Robotic Sense of Touch

A special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics.


Future robots will be expected to work closely and interact safely with humans as well as real-world objects. Among various sensing modalities needed for this purpose, the sense of touch is particularly important. Unlike other senses (e.g. vision, audio), it involves complex physical interaction, and plays a fundamental role in estimating properties such as shape, texture, hardness, material type and many more. The sense of touch provides action related information, such as slip, and helps in carrying out actions, such as rolling an object between fingers without dropping it.

Researchers working in the academy or industry are invited to submit papers to this Special Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO) on the theoretical, technological and experimental aspects of design, development, and validation of novel robotic touch sensing systems, their integration with robots, and the effective utilization of touch information.

Scope, Description, and More Information

Download the call for papers for the T-RO Special Issue on Sense of Touch.

Author information is available here. Regular and short papers (in PDF) for this Special Issue should be submitted through T-RO Papercept at ras.papercept.net/journals/tro. In the first step of the submission procedure, select the appropriate Paper Type under the 'Special Issue' category. Specify then in the 'Cover Note' field that the paper is intended for the Special Issue on Rahabilitation Robotics.

T-RO considers also multimedia material (typically, videos) accompanying the submission of a paper. Instructions on the preparation of this material can be found on the Information for Authors page. Multimedia will appear side-by-side to the accepted paper in the electronic version of the Special Issue within IEEE Xplore.

T-RO Editor Wan Kyun Chung is supervising this Special Issue.

To submit a paper, go here.

Important Dates

Call for Papers April 01, 2010
Deadline for Paper Submission August 01, 2010
First Review November 15, 2010
Final Review February 15, 2011
Publication June 2011


Guest Editors

Ravinder Dahiya

Guest Editor
Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Bio-MEMS, Center for Materials and Microsystems

Ravinder Dahiya

Italy Tento, Italy
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Maurizio Valle

Guest Editor
Università di Genova, DIBE

Maurizio Valle

Italy Genova, Italy


Giorgio Metta

Guest Editor
Italian Institute of Technology, RBCS

Giorgio Metta

Italy Genoa, Italy



Giorgio Cannata

Guest Editor
Università di Genova, DIST

Giorgio Cannata

Italy Genoa, Italy


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