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Robot Control for Industrial and Service Applications

Special issue call for papers from Assembly Automation

Robotics has been an important research topic in both the field of automation and that of control. The sustaining demand from the industrial automation as well as space applications and due to the lack of labor forces renders the research and applications of robotics to be a hot topic again. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) study World Robotics 2016, there were about 1,631,600 operational industrial robots by the end of 2015. This number is estimated to reach 2,589,000 by the end of 2019. To help excavate the potential of robots both in industry and daily routine, optimizing control schemes is an imminent task. Among various aspects related to robotics, robot control plays a very significant role in ensuring the success and reliability of robotic applications. Accuracy and repeatability are usually two measured parameters that are used to evaluate the performance of a robot, which inevitably makes a positional error and that could be a problem for the process. Moreover, the repeatability of a robot is different in different parts of the working envelope and also changes with speed and payload.

To address such challenges, this special issue intends to focus on some recent development of robot control and to enhance our study and concentration on the fundamental problems in robot control, either from a research perspective or from a commercialization and application perspective.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Motion control of robot manipulators, mobile robots, aerial robots/vehicles, and space robots.
  • Teleoperation of robotics · Distributed control of networked robots
  • Visual servoing of robots
  • Advanced nonlinear control of robots, e.g., adaptive control, learning control, and robust control
  • Force control and impedance control of robots
  • Dynamic modelling of robots and space robots
  • Advanced control of robots with link and/or joint flexibility
  • Controller architecture for industrial/commercial robots

Submission Guidelines

Author guidelines, including on formats and length limit, must be strictly followed and can be found on the journal web site at:

Submissions to must be through Scholar-One Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

Key dates

  • Submission deadline: Feb. 28, 2018
  • First Round of Reviews: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Publication date: Jun. 30, 2018 - 33.3

Contact Details:

Please get in touch with the below guest editors if you have any questions.

Hesheng Wang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
[email protected]
Hanlei Wang, Beijing Institute of Control Engineering
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Long Cheng Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Science
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Xuebo Zhang, Nankai University
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