Special Issue "Aerial Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 December 2021) | Viewed by 16585
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Interests: robotics; aerial manipulation; lightweight and compliant manipulators
Aerial robotics has been consolidated in the last decade as a research topic of interest in a wide variety of areas such as modeling and control, perception and planning, platform design, or aerial manipulation, being an effective technological solution for diverse applications such as inspection and maintenance, search and rescue, transportation and delivery, monitoring and patrolling, or 3D mapping.
The maturity level reached in this field has led to the rise of a number of applications of aerial robots, with the focus on high altitude and difficult access scenarios that cannot be reached easily by human operators. The time, risk, and cost associated with conventional solutions involving the deployment of heavy vehicles and infrastructures motivates the development of aerial robots capable of quickly reaching these workspaces and performing visual or contact inspection operations.
This Special Issue is devoted to aerial robotics for inspection and maintenance, a current trend that relies on recent research results to solve typical problems faced by human operators in their work in different industrial scenarios like power lines, chemical plants, or civil infrastructures. Authors are invited to submit original works describing:
- Intended applications;
- Technological challenges;
- Theoretical fundamentals;
- Methods and techniques;
- Developed prototypes;
- Experimental results.
The papers may describe the application of aerial robots to particular inspection and maintenance tasks, the development of new prototypes and concept designs, or the experimental evaluation of the system performance in terms of usual metrics (operation time, positioning accuracy, reliability). The implementation and validation of perception, control, and planning methods is of special interest to demonstrate the functionalities and capabilities of aerial robots, contributing to increasing the level of automation in the realization of these tasks.
This Special Issue aims to reduce the gap between research results and practical application of a technology that is expected to become commonplace in future inspection and maintenance operations.
Dr. Alejandro Suarez
Dr. Jonathan Cacace
Dr. Matko Orsag
Manuscript Submission Information
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- aerial robotics
- inspection and maintenance
- aerial manipulation
- multirotor control