Special Issue "Tactile Sensors and Sensing Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (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