Special Issues

Actuators publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Fault-Tolerant Control for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
edited by
submission deadline 30 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6567 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aerial vehicle; fault-tolerant control; flight control system; fault detection and isolation; urban air mobility; actuator and sensor faults
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aircraft Actuators)
Advanced Spacecraft Structural Dynamics and Actuation Control
edited by , Xiangying Guo and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 16068 | Submission Open
Keywords: flexible spacecraft; composite structures; dynamic modeling; nonlinear vibration; active vibration control; attitude maneuver; orbital maneuver; actuation control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aircraft Actuators)
Advancement in the Design and Control of Robotic Grippers submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 10694 | Submission Open
Keywords: design        ; actuation        ; instrumentation        ; real-time control        ; performance evaluation        ; modeling and test
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Actuators and Control of Intelligent Electric Vehicles
edited by , Bo Leng, and Qiangqiang Yao
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 8886 | Submission Open
Keywords: intelligent electric vehicle; in-wheel motor; close-to-wheel motor; electromechanical brake; electro-hydraulic brake; active suspension; steer-by-wire actuator; active steering actuator; rear-wheel steering actuator; four-wheel steering actuator
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Land Transport)
Recent Developments in Precision Actuation Technologies submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4189 | Submission Open
Keywords: actuator; smart material; actuator design; actuator application; actuator control; active vibration control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Precision Actuators)
Design and Control of Agricultural Robotics
edited by Mehrdad R. Kermani
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2523 | Submission Open
Keywords: agricultural robotics; automation technologies; sustainable food production; mechatronic and vision systems in agriculture; autonomous harvesting; sensing technologies; crop health assessment; precision farming; human– robot interaction; field trials; ethics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Magnetorheological Actuators and Dampers submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1583 | Submission Open
Keywords: semiactive control; magnetorheological damper; design; modeling; magnetorheological fluid; damper; actuator
(This special issue belongs to the Section Precision Actuators)
Vibration Control Using Electromagnetic Actuators
edited by , Yefa Hu, and
submission deadline 25 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4249 | Submission Open
Keywords: actuators for magnetic bearings; modeling; simulation; design and identification; advanced control for vibration reduction; hybrid bearing systems; electromagnetic actuator
(This special issue belongs to the Section Miniaturized and Micro Actuators)
Electrohydrodynamic Plasma Actuator for Active Flow Control: From Micropumps to Space Thrusters submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 361 | Submission Open
Keywords: plasma actuators; actuators using ionized gases; ionic wind actuators; EHD plasma propulsion actuators; lifter; electrical aircraft propulsion actuators; electrohydrodynamic flow actuators; EHD-enhanced drying actuators; actuators for electronics cooling; actuators for heat transfer improvement; actuators for boundary layer enhancement; actuators for EHD pumps; actuators for flame; combustion control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aircraft Actuators)
Advanced Technologies in Soft Pneumatic Actuators
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submission deadline 28 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 287 | Submission Open
Keywords: pneumatic actuation; pneumatic control systems; fluidic actuators; soft robotics; compliant actuators
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuator Materials)
Advanced Technologies on the Control Method of Electromagnetic Actuator
edited by , and Haitao Li
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 11015 | Submission Open
Keywords: magnetic bearing; electromagnetic actuator; electromagnetic analysis; electromagnetic compatibility; advanced control theory; signal processing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Control Systems)
New Control Schemes for Actuators—2nd Edition submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3635 | Submission Open
Keywords: intelligent control; real time implementation; nonlinear control; robust control; observer-based control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Control Systems)
Flight Control Systems and Dynamic Simulation for Aerospace Applications submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1959 | Submission Open
Keywords: flight controls; dynamic simulation; aerospace actuators; flight control system digital twin for PHM; simulation; virtual prototyping; virtual test-benches; multiphysics; multidomain and multiscale simulation; model-based design and optimization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aircraft Actuators)
Soft Actuators and Robotics—2nd Edition submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 105 | Submission Open
Keywords: soft robotics; soft actuators; manufacturing methods in soft robotics; topology optimization in soft robotics; modeling and control of soft robotics; AI in soft robotics; soft grippers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Modeling and Control for Chassis Devices in Electric Vehicles
edited by and
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 232 | Submission Open
Keywords: vehicle chassis devices; dynamic modeling and control; state/parameter estimation; coordinated control; fault-tolerant control; ride comfort
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Land Transport)
Advanced Actuation and Control Technologies for Vehicle Driving Systems
edited by and Masakazu Mukai
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6601 | Submission Open
Keywords: actuation technology for vehicles; vehicle dynamics and control; intelligent vehicle; advanced powertrain control technology; advanced motion control applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Land Transport)
Active Flow Control: Recent Advances in Fundamentals and Applications — Volume II
edited by , Xin Wen and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 6403 | Submission Open
Keywords: active flow control; sensors and actuators; control of flow instability; flow separation control; mixing control; turbulence control; flow-induced vibration control; aeroacoustics control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Control Systems)
Recent Advances in Pneumatic Soft Actuators submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 6209 | Submission Open
Keywords: soft actuators; pneumatic muscles; hybrid pneumatic-electrical; design of soft actuators; fabrication of soft actuators; modelling and control of soft actuators
(This special issue belongs to the Section Precision Actuators)
Soft Robotics: Actuation, Control, and Application
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submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1541 | Submission Open
Keywords: soft actuators; soft robots; flexible electronics; strain sensors; artificial muscle; electroactive polymers; compliant mechanism; sensors; tactile sensors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Modeling, Perception and Control of Robotic Systems with Real-World Applications submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 333 | Submission Open
Keywords: automation; computer vision; control systems; cyber-physical systems; machine learning; mechatronics; mobile robotics; motion planning; perception; real-world applications; robot dynamics; robot localization; robot sensing; robotic manipulation; sensor fusion; simulation; soft robotics; swarm robotics; teleoperation; virtual reality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Modelling and Motion Control of Soft Robots
edited by and Runan Zhang
submission deadline 1 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1798 | Submission Open
Keywords: soft actuators; smart actuators; soft robots; controllable robots; control algorithms; modelling; motion control; AI in soft robots
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Advanced Robots: Design, Control and Application—2nd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 10 Aug 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 9667 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Dynamics and Control of Underactuated Systems submission deadline 25 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 798 | Submission Open
Keywords: underactuated systems; motion planning; control of underactuated systems; dynamics of underactuated systems; inverse dynamics; flexible systems; vibration control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Control Systems)
Shape Memory Alloys and Piezoelectric Materials and Their Applications
edited by
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 18886 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuator Materials)
Dynamics and Control of Aerospace Systems submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 14376 | Submission Open
Keywords: system dynamics; system identification; control system design; stability analysis; dynamics and control; aerospace vehicles; experimental investigation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aircraft Actuators)
Soft Robotics in Biomedical Application
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 5321 | Submission Open
Keywords: soft material; designs and fabrications of soft robots; soft actuation; soft sensing; control of soft robotic platforms
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Control of Hydraulic Robotic Manipulators
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submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 118 | Submission Open
Keywords: electro-hydraulic/hydrostatic actuators; energy-efficient solutions; electric vs. hydraulics; modeling and simulations; model-based design; digital twin; optimal and health-aware control; applied AI/machine learning; offshore robotics; assistive technology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Rehabilitation Robots and Assistive Devices: A Special Issue in Honor of Prof. Dr. Rory A. Cooper
edited by Jonathan Duvall, , and Jongbae Kim
submission deadline 15 Sep 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4719 | Submission Open
Keywords: assistive technology  ; wheelchairs  ; rehabilitation engineering  ; assistive robotics  ; accessible transportation  ; accessibility  ; injury prevention  ; activities of daily living  ; seating and mobility  ; usability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Piezoelectric Ultrasonic Actuators and Motors
edited by and
submission deadline 25 Sep 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7962 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Precision Actuators)
Actuators in Robotic Control: Volume II
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submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 14880 | Submission Open
Keywords: variable impedance actuators; soft actuators; elastic actuators; electric actuators; pneumatic artificial muscles; force/torque control; soft robotics; mobile robots; humanoid robotics; wearable robotic system; assitant robotics; upper limb exoskeletons; lower limb exoskeletons
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Actuators and Robots for Biomedical Applications submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 8650 | Submission Open
Keywords: modern robots for medical applications (medical robots); rehabilitation systems (rehabilitation robots); safety issues for human– robot interactions (assistant robots); biomedical devices; intelligent control systems (with artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning); sensing and manipulation; miniaturization (nanorobots); actuation technologies; design
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Medical Instruments)
Recent Advances in the Design Solutions of Electro-Hydraulic Actuators for Mechatronic Systems
edited by Fabrizio Paltrinieri and Matteo Venturelli
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2885 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section High Torque/Power Density Actuators)
Design of Smart Endorobots: Actuators, Sensors and Control Strategies submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1717 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Energy-Efficient Actuation with Focus on Human-Scale and Fluid-Driven Applications
edited by and Mingyi Liu
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1701 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Control Systems)
Advances in Smart Materials-Based Actuators
edited by and Yewei Yu
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1521 | Submission Open
Keywords: hysteresis system; neural network; parameter estimation; robust control; adaptive control; iterative learning control; data-driven control; actuator dynamics and control; innovative robotic actuation systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuator Materials)
Recent Advances in Soft Actuators, Robotics and Intelligence
edited by Brian Byunghyun Kang
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 245 | Submission Open
Keywords: soft technologies; soft robots; cable-driven robots; sensors; soft actuators; mechanisms; control for soft robots; modeling for soft robots; AI algorithm for soft technologies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Recent Advances in the Design, Manufacturing and Control of Soft Actuators
edited by and Yue Zhang
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 186 | Submission Open
Keywords: soft actuator; robotic gripper; soft matter; bio-inspired actuator; position control; torque control; nonlinear control; manufacturing of soft actuator; additive manufacturing of soft materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Control Systems)
Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) Actuators and Their Applications
edited by , and Luis Enrique Moreno Lorente
submission deadline 1 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2301 | Submission Open
Keywords: shape memory alloy actuator; actuator design; control; sensorless actuator; modeling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuator Materials)
Intelligent Control for Pneumatic Servo System
edited by Satoru Shibata and Shenglin Mu
submission deadline 25 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 235 | Submission Open
Keywords: pneumatic servo system; intelligent control; adaptation to parameter fluctuation; compensation of nonlinearity; high-precision positioning control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Control Systems)
Power Electronics and Actuators
edited by Dong Jiang
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 13857 | Submission Open
Keywords: power electronics; actuator; drive; dynamic; power density
(This special issue belongs to the Section High Torque/Power Density Actuators)
Intelligent and Precision Control for Mechatronic/Electro-Hydraulic Systems
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7335 | Submission Open
Keywords: control; mechatronics; electro-hydraulic systems; intelligent control; machine learning; motion control; non-linear control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Control Systems)
Innovative Actuators Based on Shape Memory Alloys submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5530 | Submission Open
Keywords: SMA-based actuators for precise linear or rotary displacement; microactuators driven by SMAs in smart structures; SMA actuators for application in medicine; aerospace; robotics; and micro- and nanorobotics; bistable SMA actuators; multidomain modeling and control of SMA-based actuators; innovative industry applications of SMA-based actuators; innovative methods for the design of SMA actuators; methods for improving the dynamics of SMA actuators; machine learning; numerical and FEM models of SMA actuators; energy harvesting with SMAs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuator Materials)
Advanced Technologies in Soft Actuators
edited by Mahato Manmatha and
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2238 | Submission Open
Keywords: IPMC; EAP; photo and thermally active actuators; magnetoactive actuators; SMA
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Biomechanics, Actuation, and Control Strategies of Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Exoskeletons
edited by Mahdy Eslamy, and
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 286 | Submission Open
Keywords: biomechanics; actuation; control strategies; prosthetics; orthotics; exoskeletons; assistive devices; rehabilitation engineering; human– machine interaction; wearable robotics; bio-inspired robotics; gait analysis; neural interfaces; muscle synergies; kinematics and dynamics; rehabilitation robotics; human motor control; sensor technologies; artificial intelligence; wearable sensors; biomedical engineering; human– computer interaction; haptic feedback; electromyography (EMG); assistive technology; lower limb prosthetics; upper limb prosthetics; neuromuscular control; assistive robotics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Medical Instruments)
Electroactive Polymer (EAP) for Actuators and Sensors Applications
edited by
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 203 | Submission Open
Keywords: capacitance-based sensing; electroactive polymers; EAPs; dielectrics; ionic EAPs; actuators; sensors; large deformation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuator Materials)
Actuators and Robotic Devices for Rehabilitation and Assistance submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 158 | Submission Open
Keywords: rehabilitative robotics; assistive robotics; exoskeleton robots; end-effector robots; device control; device actuation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Medical Instruments)
Bio-Inspired Soft Robotics
edited by
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 127 | Submission Open
Keywords: bioinspired soft mechanisms; bio-inspired actuators; biorobotics; bio-inspired soft robotics; biomimetic soft robots; soft robot control; locomotion of bio-inspired soft robots
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Editorial Board Members’ Collection Series: “MEMS Dynamics and Control” submission deadline 1 Nov 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3294 | Submission Open
Keywords: materials for MEMS and microactuators; processes and fabrication of MEMS devices; modelling and simulation; device principles; micromechanisms; and geometry scaling; characterization and testing techniques for MEMS; dynamics; and control; final applications of MEMS devices and systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Miniaturized and Micro Actuators)
Advanced Actuation, Intelligent Sensor and Precise Manipulation Technology in Human–Robot Interaction
edited by , and
submission deadline 15 Nov 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 13921 | Submission Open
Keywords: microactuation techniques; micro-/nanoactuators; electronic drives; high-power drives; manipulation; sensor; haptic feedback; artificial muscle
(This special issue belongs to the Section Precision Actuators)
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