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Special Issue "Tactile Sensing Technology and Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2019).
Department of Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunications Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Genova, Via Opera Pia 11A, I16145, Genova, Italy
Interests: electronic/artificial sensitive skin; tactile sensing systems for prosthetics and robotics; electronic embedded systems; internet of things; microelectronics and nanoelectronics
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Tactile sensors acquire tactile information through physical touch; measurands are, for example, temperature, vibration, softness, texture, shape, composition and shear and normal forces. Electronic/artificial skin comprises embedded electronic systems which integrate tactile sensing arrays, signal acquisition, data processing and decoding, and can transmit collated information. Such electronic/artificial skin will become one of the main sensing essentials in prosthetics, bionics, robotics, virtual reality, haptic devices, IoT, etc.
Tactile sensors are basically distributed sensors which translate mechanical and physical variables and pain stimuli into electrical variables. Contact information is further processed and conveyed to a supervising system. Tactile arrays ought to be mechanically flexible (i.e., conformable to the object it is applied to) and stretchable and tactile information decoding must be implemented in real time. The development of artificial tactile sensing is a big challenge as it involves numerous research areas. Application domains include humanoid and industrial robotics, prosthetics, biomedical instrumentation, health care, cyber physical systems, virtual reality, arts, to name but a few.
Recent and relevant achievements in materials and transducers have not yet successfully boosted system developments due to the challenging gaps which still need to be filled at many levels, e.g. data decoding and processing, miniaturization, mechanical compliance, robustness, among others. Tactile sensing has developed rapidly over the past three decades, but has yet to achieve high impact breakthroughs in application domains.
In this Special Issue, we focus on both insights and advancements in tactile sensing with the goal of bridging different research areas, e.g., material science, electronics, robotics, neuroscience, mechanics, sensors, MEMS/NEMS, addictive and 3D manufacturing, bio and neuro-engineering.
We would like to receive commentaries, perspectives and insightful reviews on related topics as well as technological breakthroughs of original works, civil and industrial applications in both short communications and full papers.
Prof. Maurizio Valle
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- Innovative structural and sensing materials
- Manufacturing technology
- Additive and 3D manufacturing
- Novel tactile sensors
- Flexible, conformable and stretchable sensors and arrays
- Electronic interface
- Artificial and electronic skin
- Tactile data processing and interpretation
- Innovative applications
- Haptic devices
- Touch-based human–robot interaction
- Tactile and visual sensing integration
- Tactile Internet
- Tactile sensing in prosthetics, neuro-rehabilitation, neuro and bio engineering, consumer goods, arts, IoT