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Industrial Robot Journal – Call for Papers – 2019 Themed Volume

For 2019 we have highlighted six technology themes for which we are particular keen to attract contributions, and these can be submitted at any time. 

Technology Themes

Robots for environmental monitoring
The importance of environmental monitoring has never been more evident. Whether this be long-term slowly changing effects such as global warming, or the resultant dramatic weather conditions such as floods and hurricanes, or the monitoring of pollution levels - we need to be ever vigilant for events that can occur anywhere on Earth. Robots can be our eyes in the sky, and on land and sea.

Rehabilitation robots
These are designed to help people recover from stroke, spinal-cord injury, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other neurological impairments.  They give the patient a rich force-feedback experience; aiding the patient (e.g. zero-gravity mode and gentle nudges) where needed and challenging the patient with specially formulated games that leverage the brain's plasticity to rewire itself.
In addition to neurological rehabilitation this theme also includes aids for assisting the recovery from physical injuries.

Vision guided welding robots - low volume and one-off applications
Welding robots are very well established in the automotive industry where they are used for repetitive high volume tasks, however they are not yet fully utilised in low volume and one-off applications.  This theme is for the research and application of welding robots that can use machine vision and other sensor technologies to undertake welds with minimal programming and that can be deployed easily away from the factory floor.  Typical applications include the shipbuilding and construction industries.

Robots for inspection and NDT
This theme includes both static and mobile robots for inspection of structures and assemblies, both as part of original manufacture and also for routine inspection throughout the life of the structure.  Typical applications include the nuclear and petrochemical and electricity supply industries and the inspection of aircraft and bridges etc.

Warehouse Robotics
These robots are used for the collection of assorted products from within a warehouse either autonomously or in collaboration with a human.  With an emphasis on product handling, acquisition and mobility.

Wearable Robotics / Exoskeletons
The development of ‘Wearable Robotics’ addresses one of the main challenges of an aging society: a loss of mobility and physical ability in general. The adoption of novel active wearable robotic devices, either for worker support, daily assistance or clinical rehabilitation, requires new approaches to ultimately enable efficient treatments and better facilitation of movement for individuals who perform physical labor or face a loss of their motor abilities. This thematic area is primarily addressed at researchers and practitioners interested in Wearable Robotics for Assistive, Rehabilitation and Worker-support applications and in new perspectives in this field. It will provide a unique opportunity for academics and professionals from industry to contribute to the latest advances in these fields of wearable robotics.

Manuscripts should be submitted online via Manuscript Central:

Please get in touch with any questions

Dr. Clive Loughlin – Editor, Industrial Robot