Special Issue "Representations and Reasoning for Robotics"


A special issue of Robotics (ISSN 2218-6581).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2015)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Nicola Bellotto
School of Computer Science University of Lincoln Brayford Pool Lincoln, LN6 7TS United Kingdom
Website: http://robots.lincoln.ac.uk/users/nbellotto/
Interests: mobile robotics; machine perception; active vision; sensor fusion; qualitative spatial representation; cybernetics
Guest Editor
Dr. Nick Hawes
School of Computer Science University of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham, B15 2TT United Kingdom
Website: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~nah
Interests: autonomy; robotics; AI; planning; spatio-temporal reasoning
Guest Editor
Dr. Mohan Sridharan
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering The University of Auckland Private Bag 92019 Auckland Mail Centre Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Website: http://www.ece.auckland.ac.nz/people/m-sridharan
Fax: +64 9 373 7461
Interests: autonomous robots; knowledge representation and reasoning; machine learning; computational vision; applied cognitive science
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Daniele Nardi
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica, Automatica e Gestionale "A. Ruberti" "Sapienza" Universita' di Roma Via Ariosto 25, 00185 ROMA Italy
Website: http://www.dis.uniroma1.it/~nardi
Phone: +393478507199
Fax: +39-06-77274106
Interests: cognitive robotics, knowledge representation and reasoning, semantic mapping, human robot interaction, robot soccer

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the field of robotics matures, the development of ever more intelligent robots becomes possible. However, robots deployed in homes, offices and other complex domains are faced with the formidable challenge of representing, revising and reasoning with incomplete domain knowledge about their capabilities, their environments, and how the former interacts with the latter.

Many algorithms have been developed for qualitatively and quantitatively representing and reasoning with knowledge and uncertainty. Unfortunately, research contributions in this area are fragmented, making it difficult for researchers with different expertise to share advances in their respective fields. The objective of this special issue is therefore to promote a deeper understanding of recent breakthroughs and challenges in knowledge representation and reasoning for robots. We are interested in efforts that integrate, or motivate an integration of algorithms for knowledge representation and/or commonsense reasoning, on one or more robots, in different application domains.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Knowledge acquisition and representation
  • Symbolic and probabilistic representations
  • Reasoning with incomplete knowledge
  • Interactive and cooperative decision-making
  • Learning and symbol grounding
  • Qualitative representations and reasoning

We particularly encourage the submission of papers that ground these topics in research areas such as robot perception, human–robot (and multirobot) collaboration, and robot planning.

Dr. Nicola Bellotto
Dr. Nick Hawes
Dr. Mohan Sridharan
Prof. Dr. Daniele Nardi
Guest Editor


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Robotics 2015, 4(2), 223-252; doi:10.3390/robotics4020223
Received: 20 March 2015 / Revised: 29 May 2015 / Accepted: 5 June 2015 / Published: 17 June 2015
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Robotics 2015, 4(2), 169-193; doi:10.3390/robotics4020169
Received: 28 February 2015 / Accepted: 8 May 2015 / Published: 10 June 2015
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Robotics 2015, 4(2), 141-168; doi:10.3390/robotics4020141
Received: 28 February 2015 / Revised: 28 April 2015 / Accepted: 6 May 2015 / Published: 19 May 2015
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Robotics 2015, 4(1), 63-102; doi:10.3390/robotics4010063
Received: 31 December 2014 / Revised: 9 March 2015 / Accepted: 17 March 2015 / Published: 23 March 2015
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