Special Issue "Robotics Systems and Intelligent Machines for Immediate Deployment in Pandemic Crisis"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Artificial Intelligence".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Roque Saltaren
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Guest Editor
Group of Robots and Intelligent Machines, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ETSI Industriales, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: control; robotics; parallel robots; haptic interfaces and teleoperation; mechanical design; multibody dynamics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The recent pandemic crisis has given rise to a spontaneous and overwhelming demand for technologies and services. Never before has a crisis required a response from our full technological potential at all levels, which has led, in many cases, to the unprecedented saturation and ineffectiveness of hospital and service systems, medical respiration equipment production systems, biological protection suits, medicines, food, disinfection equipment, transport, etc. Robotics is no stranger to the confusion that has arisen from this universal humanitarian crisis. That is why there are several opinions and questions about the role of robotics in similar biological pandemics in the future, taking into account the paradigm of a new type of hospitalization in large areas, with the matrix arrangements of beds and services and the intensity of the vital risks of viral loads.

What types of repetitive activities that health personnel perform in pandemic actions can be robotized effectively? Are today's sophisticated and expensive mobile robots with complex autonomous guidance systems really effective? Are simpler and more integrable robot architectures possible? Can they be mass produced and deployed immediately?

Are high-level control systems based on sophisticated artificial intelligence methods effective and robust against failure? Are the simpler, graphically based AI methods, for example, more adaptable, reconfigurable, and easier to maintain for rapid robot deployment?

The questions above represent just a few of the many queries and possible new approaches emerging from recent experiences in the current pandemic crisis, in response to which robotics researchers are invited to make their contributions in this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Roque Saltaren
Guest Editor

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  • intelligent robots
  • mobile robots
  • artificial intelligence

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