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Special Issues

Actuators runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build 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 in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Pneumatic Actuators for Robotics and Automation
edited by
submission deadline 30 Nov 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 25492 | Submission Open
Keywords: Pneumatic actuation; Pneumatic control systems; Fluidic actuators; Soft robotics; Compliant actuators
Mechanism Design and Control for Robotics
edited by , and
submission deadline 30 Nov 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6670 | Submission Open
Keywords: Integrated design of mechanisms; Mechanism control; Reconfigurable mechanisms; Deployable mechanisms; Metamorphic mechanisms; Mechanism synthesis; Origami mechanisms; Bio-inspired mechanisms; Compliant mechanisms; Morphing mechanisms
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Smart Materials in Robotics and Actuators submission deadline 30 Nov 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1270 | Submission Open
Keywords: smart materials; soft robotics; actuator materials; 3D/4D printing; addictive manufacturing; shape memory polymers (SMP); magnetorheological fluids (MRF); magnetorheological elastomers (MRE); shape memory alloys (SMA)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuator Materials)
Advanced Theory and Application of Magnetic Actuators submission deadline 15 Dec 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1986 | Submission Open
Keywords: magnetic bearing; maglev traffic; magnetic drive; magnetic vibration isolation; magnetic vibration control; magnetic cross field
(This special issue belongs to the Section Miniaturized and Micro Actuators)
Sensor and Actuator Attacks of Cyber-Physical Systems submission deadline 15 Dec 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2026 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Control Systems)
Recent Advances in Shape-Memory Materials and Actuators
edited by Xiaonan (Sean) Huang and
submission deadline 15 Dec 2022 | Viewed by 136 | Submission Open
Keywords: shape memory actuator; shape memory materials; soft robotics; microrobots; medical robotics; bioengineering; aerospcace engineering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Design and Control of Compliant Manipulators: Volume II
edited by
submission deadline 15 Dec 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4286 | Submission Open
Keywords: compliant mechanisms; flexure hinges; flexible structures; soft robots; cable-driven robots; micro/nano robots; smart materials actuators; electromagnetic actuators; soft actuators; bio-inspired robots; continuum robots; variable-stiffness devices; compliant grippers; MEMS devices; micro/nano-positioning; micro/nano-manipulation; rehabilitation robots; medical robots; biomedical devices; precision instruments; modeling; system identification; motion control; force control; visual servo control; intelligent control; robotics; mechatronics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Intelligent Control and Robotic System in Path Planning
edited by
submission deadline 15 Dec 2022 | 9 articles | Viewed by 10725 | Submission Open
Keywords: path planning; artificial intelligence; obstacle avoidance; image processing; intelligent control; autonomous vehicles; robotic systems; navigation and guidance; SLAM
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Magnetic Bearings: From Theory to Applications
edited by
submission deadline 20 Dec 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4209 | Submission Open
Keywords: active magnetic bearings;   passive magnetic bearings;   self-bearing/bearing-less motors; superconductors; diamagnetic bearings; magnetic levitation; control of magnetic bearings;   applications of magnetic bearings
(This special issue belongs to the Section High Torque/Power Density Actuators)
Advancing Actuators-Based Land Transport Systems: State of the Art and New Technologies submission deadline 20 Dec 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3391 | Submission Open
Keywords: modeling; control; and estimation; fault diagnosis and prognosis; fault tolerant control; classical chassis and modern by-wire systems; sensing; interpreting; and decision makings; navigation; guidance; and control; artificial intelligence
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Land Transport)
Applications of Intelligent Control in Actuators Systems
edited by and Wu Wei
submission deadline 30 Dec 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2084 | Submission Open
Keywords: intelligent control; modeling and analysis; control applications; actuator systems; sensing; nonlinear system
(This special issue belongs to the Section Control Systems)
Piezoelectric Actuators—A Special Issue in Honor of Prof. Dr. Kenji Uchino
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 843 | Submission Open
Keywords: piezoelectric actuators and motors; piezoelectric energy harvesters; piezoelectric transformers; piezoelectric ceramics and polymers; transducer; sensors; smart materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuator Materials)
Actuators for Identification, Vibration Analysis, and Control of Mechatronic Systems submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 909 | Submission Open
Keywords: vibration control; adaptive control; predictive control; system identification; electric vehicles; automotive systems; robotic systems; vehicle suspension systems; power converters; electric motor actuators
(This special issue belongs to the Section Control Systems)
Advances in Pneumatic Actuators 2021-2022
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | Viewed by 413 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Precision Actuators)
Cooperative Microactuator Devices and Systems submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | Viewed by 176 | Submission Open
Smart Dielectric Elastomer Actuator and Sensor Systems submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2725 | Submission Open
Keywords: Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs); Dielectric elastomer sensors; Dielectric elastomer systems; Soft actuators; Robotics; Acoustics; Wearable; Modelling; Control; Simulation; Self-sensing
Advanced Technologies and Applications in Robotics
edited by Jing Wang, , and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1452 | Submission Open
Keywords: robotics; machine learning; neural network; machine vision; human– machine collaborations; smart sensing technology; intelligent system and automation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Modeling, Optimization and Control of Robotic Systems
edited by , and Ammar K. Al Mhdawi
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1068 | Submission Open
Keywords: bio-inspired control systems; fuzzy logic control; humanoid robots; microrobots and micromanipulation; modeling and analysis; multiple mobile robot systems; networked control; nonlinear control design; observer design; robot navigation; localization and mapping; robust control; sensor-fusion-based control; sliding mode control systems; state estimation; state/output feedback; trajectory planning and optimization; underactuated robots
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Advance Control Research for Underactuated Robot Systems
edited by , and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2006 | Submission Open
Keywords: wheeled mobile robots; unnamed aerial vehicle; autonomous underwater vehicle; remotely operated vehicle; network robots; unmanned robots; cranes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Control Systems)
Advances in Piezoelectric Actuators 2022
edited by and Mingsen Guo
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 8469 | Submission Open
Keywords: piezoelectric ceramic; working mechanism; piezoelectric actuator and motor; piezoelectric composite material; piezoelectric sensor; energy harvester
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuator Materials)
Design and Application of Actuators with Multi-DOF Movement
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 10818 | Submission Open
Keywords: novel design of multi-DOF actuators; theory; modeling; and control; experimental methodology; multi-degree-of– freedom movement; manufacturing and processing; 3D printing for multi-DOF actuators; applications in research; industry; and education
(This special issue belongs to the Section Miniaturized and Micro Actuators)
10th Anniversary of Actuators
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1977 | Submission Open
Keywords: DBD plasma actuators; icing mitigation; Thermal effects
Actuators: 10th Anniversary submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | Viewed by 242 | Submission Open
Intelligent Control of Flexible Manipulator Systems and Robotics
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4991 | Submission Open
Keywords: Flexible manipulator systems; Flexible robotics; Vibration control; Robust control; Adaptive control; Neural network control; Fuzzy control; Optimal control; Machine learning; Actuator dynamics and control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Micro/Nano Electromechanical Sensors and Actuators
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1082 | Submission Open
Keywords: microelectromechanical system; nanoelectromechanical system; actuators; sensors; fabrication; IoT; Green & Life Innovation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Miniaturized and Micro Actuators)
Data-Driven Control and Optimization for Autonomous Systems submission deadline 5 Jan 2023 | Viewed by 133 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Control Systems)
New Trends of Plasma Actuators and Reactors
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jan 2023 | Viewed by 278 | Submission Open
Keywords: Plasma actuators; Novel designs; Novel applications; Flow control; Electric propulsion; Antimicrobial; Sterilization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Precision Actuators)
Actuating, Sensing, Control, and Instrumentation for Ultra Precision Engineering
edited by Limin Zhu, , and
submission deadline 15 Jan 2023 | 12 articles | Viewed by 10305 | Submission Open
Keywords: smart materials and actuators for UPE; electromagnetic actuators for UPE; nano-positioning and nano-motion systems; micro– nano robotic and automation systems; micro– nano machining systems; fast tool servo; Scanning probe microscopy technology; micro-force sensing and control; emerging mechatronic systems for UPE
(This special issue belongs to the Section Precision Actuators)
Smart Materials and Applications for Sensors and Actuators submission deadline 15 Jan 2023 | Viewed by 359 | Submission Open
Keywords: piezoelectric sensors; piezoresistive sensors; thermoresistive sensors; magnetoelectric sensors; chemical sensors; device/application development
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuator Materials)
Shape Memory Alloys and Piezoelectric Materials and Their Applications
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jan 2023 | 5 articles | Viewed by 5225 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuator Materials)
Flow Control Actuators and Their Diverse Fluid Dynamic Applications
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jan 2023 | 1 articles | Viewed by 865 | Submission Open
Keywords: flow control; active flow control; passive flow control; modeling and optimization; CFD; flow diagnostics; flow physics
Power Electronics and Actuators
edited by Dong Jiang
submission deadline 31 Jan 2023 | Viewed by 237 | Submission Open
Keywords: power electronics; actuator; drive; dynamic; power density
(This special issue belongs to the Section High Torque/Power Density Actuators)
Active Flow Control: Recent Advances in Fundamentals and Applications
edited by and Xin Wen
submission deadline 31 Jan 2023 | 8 articles | Viewed by 6097 | Submission Open
Keywords: Active flow control; Sensors and actuators; Control of flow instability; Flow separation control; Mixing control; Turbulence control; Flow-induced vibration control; Aeroacoustic control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Control Systems)
Advanced Spacecraft Structural Dynamics and Actuation Control
edited by Dengqing Cao, Xiangying Guo and Shuai Chen
submission deadline 31 Jan 2023 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1654 | 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)
Soft Actuation: State of the Art and Outlook, Volume II- Research Advances
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jan 2023 | Viewed by 70 | Submission Open
Keywords: soft actuators; soft– hard actuators; soft artificial muscles; soft actuator sensors; advanced manufacturing of soft actuators; 3d printing of soft actuators; soft actuator design; bio-inspired design; folding; origami; 4d robots; fabric-embedded soft actuators; simulation of soft functional matter for soft robotics; bio-hybrid actuators and robots; physical AI; material intelligence
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Actuation Solutions for Wearable Robots submission deadline 31 Jan 2023 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4837 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Multifunctional Active Materials and Structures Based Actuators
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jan 2023 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3755 | Submission Open
Keywords: multifunctional actuator/sensors; piezoelectrically actuated devices; active nanocomposites; energy harvesters; nanogenerators; biomedical self-controlled devices; wearable and implantable devices; ecofriendly energies; biocompatible materials and structures; smart materials and structures
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuator Materials)
Magnetic Bearing Actuators II
edited by
submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1090 | Submission Open
Keywords: active magnetic bearings; design optimization; control; sensing; special-environment operations; reduction of hardware
(This special issue belongs to the Section Miniaturized and Micro Actuators)
Dynamic and Control of Legged Robots submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | 1 articles | Viewed by 706 | Submission Open
Keywords: legged robotics; optimal control; whole-body control; model predictive control; dynamic modeling; machine learning; actuator dynamics and control; robust control; state estimation; SLAM; locomotion and manipulation; bionics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Conventional and Micromachined Electromagnetic Levitation Actuators
edited by
submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | Viewed by 171 | Submission Open
Keywords: actuators; micro-actuators; electromagnetic levitation; micro-systems; coils; magnets; stable levitation; modeling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Miniaturized and Micro Actuators)
Designing, Sensing, Instrumentation, Diagnosis, Controlling, and Integration of Actuators in Digital Manufacturing Especially in Aerospace Engineering submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3025 | Submission Open
Keywords: literature survey; virtual reality; artificial intelligence; digital twin; industry 4.0; sustainable technology; smart actuators; system integration; space explorations; sensing and instrumentation; hardware in loop; digital manufacturing; mechatronic systems; embedded controls; predictive controls; modelling and simulation; Internet of Things; big data analytics; data-driven controls; cyber physical systems; robotics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Manufacturing Systems)
Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Actuator for Active Flow Control submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | 8 articles | Viewed by 8131 | Submission Open
Keywords: dielectric barrier discharge; plasma actuators; induced jet; flow control; power supply; alternative current dielectric barrier discharge; nano-second pulse dielectric barrier discharge; power consumption
(This special issue belongs to the Section Precision Actuators)
Actuators in Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics
edited by Xiangrong Shen and
submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | Viewed by 91 | Submission Open
Keywords: actuators; assistive robots; rehabilitation robots; soft robotics; human– robot interaction; muscle actuators; series elastic actuators; actuator control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Robotics)
Design, Control, and Optimization of Powertrain for New Energy Vehicles
edited by and
submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1842 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Land Transport)
Smart Materials for Smart Actuators and Semi-active Components submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | 6 articles | Viewed by 7344 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuator Materials)
Smart Systems for Vibration Damping, Control and Energy Harvesting Based on Piezoelectric Actuators: Latest Findings and Applications
edited by and
submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | Viewed by 184 | Submission Open
Keywords: actuators; active vibration control; passive vibration control; energy harvesting; precision positioning; optimal placement; structural health monitoring
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuator Materials)
Actuators for Haptic Feedback Applications
edited by and
submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | Viewed by 111 | Submission Open
Keywords: haptic actuator; feedback; augmented reality; virtual reality; smart manufacturing; robot
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuator Materials)
Soft Actuators and Robotics submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1743 | 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)
Piezoelectric Ultrasonic Actuators and Motors
edited by and
submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2286 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Precision Actuators)
Active, Semi-active and Passive Vibration Control
edited by and Youngtai Choi
submission deadline 1 Mar 2023 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2022 | Submission Open
Keywords: vibration control; passive; semi-active; active; shock; suspension; damper; absorber; negative-stiffness; 3D printing; multifunctional materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Actuators for Land Transport)
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