Special Issue "Tactile Sensors and Sensing Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2013
Prof. Dr. Maurizio Valle
Department of Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering, and Naval Architecture, University of Genova, Via Opera Pia 11A, I16145, Genova, Italy
Phone: +39 010 353 2775
Fax: +39 348 305 3884
Interests: tactile sensors; sensor interface electronics; microelectronics and nanoelectronics; sensor networks; embedded systems
Since early 80s, tactile sensing has been an evolving research field involving a strong interdisciplinary effort from researchers in different fields, namely electronics, mechanics, material science, measurement methods, system engineering, robotics and bioengineering, etc. Nonetheless only starting from last decade, the research community has been addressing the topic with a holistic approach putting on the field not only transducers development but also system integration and engineering issues.
In the meanwhile, the number of potential applications has increased very rapidly, e.g., humanoid and industrial robots, health care systems, medical instrumentation and prosthetic devices, augmented reality, human-machine interaction and many others. But established and reliable technologies and systems are still on the way.
In spite of the large and increasing interest and promising applications, tactile sensing is still in its infancy: remarkable examples of tactile sensing systems and technologies have been proposed yet their capability to address specific applications and their extension to other fields is questionable. Many technological and systems issues are still open and require a coordinated and strong effort to effectively address. Open issues involve, e.g., whole body awareness (i.e., large area skin), conformability and stretchability, structured design methodology, maintenance, calibration, system integration, interpretation of tactile data, reliability, fault tolerance and robustness, scalability, effective use of materials, small size and low power consumption, etc.
The special issue aims to provide an overview of current studies and achievements on tactile sensing, paving the way to its effective applications in real world.
Prof. Dr. Maurizio Valle
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sensors is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.
- smart and novel sensing materials
- flexible and conformable sensors and arrays
- sensors electronic interface
- artificial skin
- tactile data processing and interpretation
- system integration
- touch-based Human-Robot Interaction
Article: Measuring Center of Pressure Signals to Quantify Human Balance Using Multivariate Multiscale Entropy by Designing a Force Platform
Sensors 2013, 13(8), 10151-10166; doi:10.3390/s130810151
Received: 3 June 2013; in revised form: 27 July 2013 / Accepted: 1 August 2013 / Published: 8 August 2013| Download PDF Full-text (510 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Application of a Force Sensor to Improve the Reliability of Measurement with Articulated Arm Coordinate Measuring Machines
Sensors 2013, 13(8), 10430-10448; doi:10.3390/s130810430
Received: 8 June 2013; in revised form: 22 July 2013 / Accepted: 8 August 2013 / Published: 13 August 2013| Download PDF Full-text (875 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Force Sensitive Handles and Capacitive Touch Sensor for Driving a Flexible Haptic-Based Immersive System
Sensors 2013, 13(10), 13487-13508; doi:10.3390/s131013487
Received: 8 July 2013; in revised form: 20 September 2013 / Accepted: 24 September 2013 / Published: 9 October 2013| Download PDF Full-text (17302 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: P(VDF-TrFE) Polymer-Based Thin Films Deposited on Stainless Steel Substrates Treated Using Water Dissociation for Flexible Tactile Sensor Development
Sensors 2013, 13(11), 14777-14796; doi:10.3390/s131114777
Received: 15 August 2013; in revised form: 11 October 2013 / Accepted: 23 October 2013 / Published: 30 October 2013| Download PDF Full-text (1050 KB)
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Type of Paper: Review
Title: Flexible Tactile Sensing Based on Piezoresistive Composites: A Review
Authors: Stefano Stassi 1,2, Giancarlo Canavese 2, Valentina Cauda 2 and Candido Fabrizio Pirri 1,2
Affiliations: 1 Center for Space Human Robotics@PoliTo, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, C.so Trento, 21, 10129 Torino, Italy
2 Dipartimento di Scienza Apllicata e Tecnologia, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy
Abstract: The large expansion of the robotic field in the last decades has created a grown interest in the research and development of tactile sensing solution for robot hand and body integration. Piezoresistive composites are one of the widest employed material for this goal. This work provides a review on the different type of composite materials, classified according to the filler type, composition and conduction mechanism. A description of the state-of-the-art of the tactile sensor solutions from the point of view of the architecture, the design and the performance is also reviewed, with a perspective outlook on the main promising applications.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Tactile Sensing Devices Using Distributed Optical Fibre Bragg Grating Sensors
Authors: Chunxiao Yan, Eleonora Ferraris and Dominiek Reynaerts
Affiliation: Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, KU Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 300b, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: Novel tactile sensing devices based on distributed optical Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors are proposed and demonstrated, with great promise in applications where minimum electric presence is required. The devices have multiple optical fibres embedded in various polymer sheets. And each fibre consists of a series of FBGs inscribed in the fibre core. The embedded FBG sensing elements are sensitive to transverse pressure applied onto the polymer sheets. By inputting a broadband optical field, Bragg peaks on the reflected spectrum can be monitored as the sensing signals. A linear sensitivity to transverse pressure of 1.8 pm/kPa is registered for an individual FBG sensing element, based on the shift of the Bragg peaks. Various sensing devices with different types of optical fibres and polymers are implemented and compared. Furthermore, the capability of such devices to realize temperature insensitive pressure sensing is discussed.
Type of Paper： Review
Title: Tactile Feedback at the Feet: History, Technology and Applications
Authors: Stefania Serafin, Francesco Grani, Stefano Trento and Rolf Nordahl
Affiliations: Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark; E-Mail: email@example.com Abstract:
Most of our interactions with objects and technologies are performed using the hands. However, some everyday actions such as walking, running are performed using the feet. It is therefore interesting to investigate whether the feet can be used as a novel input device for human computer interaction. In this paper, we present an overview of different sensors-based technologies used to track the motion of the feet in order to be used as input device. Comparisons are provided between solution based on embedding sensors on a floor or external devices, versus inserting sensors inside the shoes, for example in the insoles. Possible applications in the fields of virtual reality, entertainment and rehabilitation are presented.
Last update: 21 October 2013