Smart Robotics for Manufacturing

in Special Issue   Posted on March 22, 2021 

Information for the Special Issue

Special Issue Call for Papers:

Smart Robotics for Manufacturing

Currently, we are in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution where emerging information and communication technology such as smart sensors, Internet of Things, cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, cyber-physical systems have been shaping many fields, including manufacturing. In this context, smart manufacturing as a means to satisfy increasing individualized requirements and enhance the competitiveness of the manufacturing industry has been the common goal to achieve for many countries.

Rapid developments in technology allows product customization, which spawn increasingly individualized requirements. In this circumstances, customization and flexibility become essential requirements for manufacturing. Industrial robots, which can accomplish a wide range of tasks such as assembly and welding, are key equipment to realize smart manufacturing. Industrial manufacturing has been relying on robots for decades. Especially, with the help of emerging artificial intelligence technology such as deep learning, deep reinforcement learning, and transfer learning robots are endowed with learning and mimetic abilities. At the same time, using actuators, sensors, vision systems, and advanced software, robots can collect and analyze data from their environment and act on the environment in real time. An AI-enabled robots that can learn from its environment and experience and build on its capabilities based on that knowledge can be regarded as a smart robot. With strong learning and perceptive abilities, smart robots can play a key role in meeting the new requirements for the manufacturing industry. Smart robots can not only work on highly repetitive tasks but also learn new methods, knowledge, and skills from their experience, collaborate with human workers, and even make critical decisions by themselves. In this context, there is a need for setting up a special issue on smart robotics for manufacturing to reflect the latest advances in theory, technologies, and applications.

Scope of the Special Issue

The purpose of this Special Issue (SI) of the Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing is to provide a forum for publishing original and high-quality research articles on smart robotics and related enabling technologies for manufacturing applications such as machining, assembly, and welding so as to advance academic research, technology development, and industrial applications of smart robots for manufacturing purposes. Focusing on the theme of smart robotics for manufacturing, topics of interest of this SI include, but are not limited to,

  • Robot intelligence
  • Robot learning
  • Robot linguistics
  • Robot cognition
  • Robot vision
  • Semantics and knowledge for robots
  • Robot motion and planning in factories
  • Robot digital twins
  • Robot sensors and actuators
  • Robot design, development and control
  • Big data analytics for robots
  • AR and VR in smart robotics
  • Security and safety when working with industrial robots
  • Fault diagnosis and predictive maintenance for robots
  • Cloud robotics
  • Multi-robot systems
  • Smart robotics for human-robot collaboration
  • Software and platform for smart robotics
  • Robots for smart logistics
  • Robot perception and awareness

Guest Editor

Dr. Yongkui Liu — Xidian University

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Prof. Lihui Wang — KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Dr. Sotiris Makris — University of Patras

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Prof. Jörg Krüger — Technical University of Berlin

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Important Dates

• Submission opening on August 1, 2021

• Submission closing on December 31, 2021

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