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Special Issue "Robotics, Micronanosensor and Smart Devices for Control"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Luigi Fortuna

Universitá degli Studi di Catania Dipartimento Elettrico Elettronico e Sistemistico, viale A. Doria 6 95125 Catania, Italy
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Interests: robust control; nonlinear science and complexity; chaos; cellular neural networks; softcomputing strategies for control; robotics; micronanosensor and smart devices for control; and nanocellular neural networks modeling
Guest Editor
Dr. Arturo Buscarino

Universitá degli Studi di Catania, Dipartimento Elettrico Elettronico e Sistemistico, viale A. Doria 695125 Catania, Italy
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Interests: nonlinear circuits for energy, distributed networks dyanmics, control of large scale systems, Tokamak and nuclear fusion Control

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last 25 years, we have experienced fast grow in terms of interest regarding robotics and automation. Studies and applications have covered a wide range of topics and applications, including industry, automotive industry, biomedicine, and domotics.

Indeed, the area of robotics does include numerous fields and involves the definition of innovative solutions, especially in the area of mobile micro and nano sensors, necessary to have distributed information, and in the area ofsmart devices to achieve control strategies improving the reliability of the systems. Furthermore, the energy saving problem in robotics is becoming of fundamental importance, in particular for autonomous robots.

This Special Issue will be open to scientists perceiving the importance of integrating new concepts in the optimization of the performance of robotic systems, also from anenergy point of view. This Special Issue covers original research and studies related to the above-mentioned topics, including, but not limited to: Innovative robots; micro and nanorobots control; energy harvesting in robotics and automatic control systems; methods of energy saving in robots; alternative supply in robots; green energy based robots; bio-inspired robots with emphasis on small devices; flying and aerial robots; new materials for biomedical robots; and energy saving innovative controls for sustainable robots.

Prof. Dr. Luigi Fortuna
Dr. Arturo Buscarino
Guest Editors

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  • Micro and nanorobots
  • Energy harvesting in robotics
  • Energy saving in robots
  • Green energy based robots
  • Bio-inspired robots
  • Flying and aerial robots
  • New materials for biomedical robots
  • Sustainable robots

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Open AccessArticle Analytical Measurements and Efficient Process Generation Using a Dual–Arm Robot Equipped with Electronic Pipettes
Energies 2018, 11(10), 2567; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11102567
Received: 10 August 2018 / Revised: 19 September 2018 / Accepted: 24 September 2018 / Published: 26 September 2018
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The continued growth in life sciences is being accompanied by the constantly rising demand for robotic systems. Today, bioscreening and high–throughput screening processes are well automated. In contrast, a deficit can be found in the area of analytical measurements with complex and frequently
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The continued growth in life sciences is being accompanied by the constantly rising demand for robotic systems. Today, bioscreening and high–throughput screening processes are well automated. In contrast, a deficit can be found in the area of analytical measurements with complex and frequently changing processes. Robots undertake not only transportation tasks, but also direct sample manipulation and subsequent analytical measurements. Due to their human-like structure, dual-arm robots perform such processes similar to human operation. Liquid handling is required to transfer chemicals, to prepare standard solutions, or to dilute samples. Two electronic pipettes with different volume ranges (5–200 µL and 50–1000 µL) were integrated into a dual–arm robotic system. The main focus in this publication is the software interface for alternating robot and pipette control as well as the high–level process control system. The performance using a dual–arm robot equipped with electronic pipettes and conventional manual pipettes was determined and compared. The automation system presented is the first integration of a dual-arm robot in analytical measurement processes. Conventional manual laboratory pipettes and electronic pipettes are simultaneously used for liquid-handling tasks. The software control system enables a flexible and user-friendly process generation. Full article
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