Special Issue "Soft Actuation: State of the Art and Outlook"

A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825). This special issue belongs to the section "Actuators for Robotics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Aslan Miriyev

Guest Editor
Materials and Technology Center of Robotics, Empa- Swiss Federal Labs for Materials Science and Technology, Ueberlandstrasse 129, Dübendorf 8600, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK
Interests: soft-material robotics; bio-hybrid robotics; soft actuation; bio-hybrid actuation; soft and structural functional composites; multi-material systems; advanced manufacturing; 3D-printing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Adaptation to rapidly changing global conditions increases the dependence of humanity on advanced technologies. Climate cataclysms, environmental disasters, and epidemics have always been an "exam" for many technological domains. Breakthrough technologies, mature enough for implementation, rapidly find their way to the front line to solve critical issues.

Soft robotics possesses the potential to become such a technological game-changer and help humanity overcome future global challenges. Indeed, the efforts to minimize the exposure of humans to dangerous urgent tasks have significantly increased the demand in robots capable of actively assisting or substituting humans. However, there are still no intelligent adaptive robots, consistently co-working with people beyond the strict execution of pre-programmed tasks- in neither emergencies nor routine.

Several technological limitations have hindered developing such nature-like robots. One of the main gaps has been the lack of reliable soft actuators with characteristics comparable to those of biological muscles. These include high actuation stress and strain, a wide range of actuation frequencies, high energy density and repeatable performance for billions of cycles. On the system level, such actuators should also be compatible with the sensing and computation components of the robot. The bar is high and intensive research is being conducted around the globe to develop advanced soft actuators and unleash the full potential of soft robotics.

Preparing the soft robotics field for next big global challenges requires acknowledging the achievements in soft actuation, admitting its technological gaps and drawing the domain's future development vectors. Currently, when most of the experimental research in various disciplines has been put on hold due to the pandemic circumstances, it might be the most suitable time for this effort.

The Special Issue of Actuators provides a platform for the publication of review articles on the state of the art in various aspects of soft actuation, and offers insight into the future of the domain by publishing solicited perspective and opinion articles. I am cordially inviting you to submit review articles for publication in the "Soft Actuation: State of the Art and Outlook" Special Issue of Actuators.

Sincerely,
Dr. Aslan Miriyev
Guest Editor

How to submit

Please express your interest in submission a review paper to our special issue by email to [email protected] with an attached short pdf document including a cover letter, paper title and paper abstract.

Your application will be evaluated for fitting the scope of the special issue and the Actuators journal and you will receive a confirmation email.

After receiving the confirmation email from us, you are welcome to submit your review article in the journal's electronic submission system by 31 August 2020.

Manuscript Submission Information

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. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short 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 thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Actuators is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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