Special Issue "Robotic Actuators"
A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2018)
Dr. Gianluca Palli
University of Bologna DEI - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, Viale Risorgimento 2 40136 Bologna, Italy
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Interests: robotic manipulation; robotic hands; design and control of robotic manipulators; underwater robotics; force/tactile sensors; compliant actuation; mobile manipulation; manipulation of deformable objects
The development of a new generation of intelligent and autonomous robots requires the implementation of a novel class of more compact and powerful actuators with embedded control and sensing technologies. Moreover, other than the classic force and/or displacement output, these new actuators are requested to exhibit more complex bio-inspired behaviours, such as variable stiffness. In other cases, they need to be arranged in complex actuation networks, where the connection topology, antagonism, actuation strategy and self-diagnosis play a crucial role.
On the other hand, the increasing complexity of robots raises the problem of a simple mechanical, electrical and control interconnection between multiple actuators and kinematic structures. Therefore, the introduction of modular, self-organizing actuators capable to detect the kinematics of the structure, generate suitable control strategies and communicate in a fast and efficient way among each other is fundamental.
Although recently several actuators purposely developed for robotics are available on the market, the field of smart robotic actuators faces still a number of fundamental scientific and technological challenges, and the need of standardization in this field is becoming more and more important. Therefore, this Special Issue targets high quality publications spanning the following topics:
- design of novel actuators for robotics
- embedded force, motion and stiffness control
- smart, modular and self-organizing actuators
- sensor integration and miniaturization
- actuation networks
- control and actuation of large DOF bodies
- standards for robotic actuators
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- actuator design
- embedded control
- smart actuators
- sensor integration
- actuation networks
- actuation control
- actuator standardization