Special Issue "Autonomous Mobile Robots in Open World"

A special issue of Robotics (ISSN 2218-6581).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Zdzisław Kowalczuk
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Department of Decision Systems and Robotics, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, Gdansk University of Technology, Narutowicza 11/12 80-233 Gdańsk, Poland
Interests: sensor networks, data fusion, monitoring of emotions, data analysis, decision making, human monitoring, diagnostics, modeling, artificial intelligence
Dr. Mariusz Domżalski
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Department of Decision Systems and Robotics, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, Gdanska University of Technology, Narutowicza 11/12 80-233 Gdanska, Poland
Interests: estimation theory; Kalman filtering; distributed systems; stochastic continuous-time modeling; stochastic partial differential equations
Dr. Michał Czubenko
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Department of Decision Systems and Robotics, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, Gdanska University of Technology, Narutowicza 11/12 80-233 Gdanska, Poland
Interests: artificial intelligence; artificial neural networks; fuzzy logic; fuzzy control; psychology; decision making; decision theory; machine learning; emotion recognition; computational models of emotions; affective computing; cognitive systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to submit your papers to this Special Issue of Robotics, "Autonomous Mobile Robots in Open World". This Special Issue aims to introduce the latest research progress in the field of mobile robotics, especially in autonomous contexts. We encourage submissions of conceptual and empirical papers focused robotics in the open world, especially applied to the mapping of open world, perception, decision making and control of autonomous robots. Different types of approaches related to this field are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Zdzisław Kowalczuk
Dr. Mariusz Domżalski
Dr. Michał Czubenko
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Robotics is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Artificial Intelligence in Mobile Robotics
  • Cognitive Robotics
  • Affective Computing
  • Human Robot Interface / Human System Interface
  • Applications of Cognitive Sciences
  • Behaviour-based Robotics
  • Distributed Intelligent Sensors
  • Open World Description, Reasoning, and Mapping
  • Intelligent Systems: Agents and Robots
  • Humanoid Robots
  • Machine Learning
  • Computational and Machine Intelligence
  • Interaction between Human and Robot

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“Hmm, Did You Hear What I Just Said?”: Development of a Re-Engagement System for Socially Interactive Robots
Robotics 2019, 8(4), 95; https://doi.org/10.3390/robotics8040095 - 09 Nov 2019
Abstract
Maintaining engagement is challenging in human–human interaction. When disengagements happen, people try to adapt their behavior with an expectation that engagement will be regained. In human–robot interaction, although socially interactive robots are engaging, people can easily drop engagement while interacting with robots. This [...] Read more.
Maintaining engagement is challenging in human–human interaction. When disengagements happen, people try to adapt their behavior with an expectation that engagement will be regained. In human–robot interaction, although socially interactive robots are engaging, people can easily drop engagement while interacting with robots. This paper proposes a multi-layer re-engagement system that applies different strategies through human-like verbal and non-verbal behaviors to regain user engagement, taking into account the user’s attention level and affective states. We conducted a usability test in a robot storytelling scenario to demonstrate technical operation of the system as well as to investigate how people react when interacting with a robot with re-engagement ability. Our usability test results reveal that the system has the potential to maintain a user’s engagement. Our selected users gave positive comments, through open-ended questions, to the robot with this ability. They also rated the robot with the re-engagement ability higher on several dimensions, i.e., animacy, likability, and perceived intelligence. Full article
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