Special Issue "Advances in Italian Robotics"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Giulio Rosati

Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, Italy
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Interests: industrial robotics, robot and mechanism design and control, cable-driven robots, haptics, rehabilitation robotics, medical robotics
Guest Editor
Prof. Giovanni Boschetti

Department of Management and Engineering, University of Padova, 36100 Vicenza, Italy
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Interests: industrial and collaborative robotics, robot and mechanism design, performance evaluation, cable-driven robots
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Carbone

Università della Calabria, DIMEG Via Bucci Cubo 46C 87036 Rende (Cs), Italy
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Phone: +39 080 596 2746
Interests: robot and mechanism design, humanoid and service robotics, optimization strategies, grasping devices

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, robotics is developing at a much faster pace than ever in the past, both inside and outside industrial environments. Service robotics, surgical and rehabilitation robotics, assistive robotics, and other novel application fields are becoming more and more significant, not only from technological and economical viewpoints, but also in terms of their daily life and social implications. Even the implementation and role of robots in production lines and other traditional frames is being widely revised, since robots are rapidly changing from slave devices to cyber-physical systems in the industry 4.0 framework. In this context, research on robot mechanics, modelling, design, and control is going to play an increasingly central role.

This Special Issue aims at disseminating the latest research achievements, findings, and ideas in the robotics field, with particular attention to the Italian scenario. This Issue will include revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers that have been presented at the 2nd International Conference of IFToMM Italy (IFIT 2018). However, we are also strongly encouraging the submission of additional contributions from researchers working in this field who did not participate to the IFIT 2018 Conference, in order to further widen the field coverage.

Papers are welcome on topics that are related to theory, design, practice, and applications of robots, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Robot design and kinematics
  • Dynamics of robots and multi-body systems
  • Linkages and manipulators
  • Control of robotic systems
  • Trajectory planning and optimization
  • Innovative robots and applications
  • Industrial robotics
  • Collaborative robotics
  • Medical robotics (surgery, rehabilitation)
  • Assistive robotics
  • Haptics
  • Micro-robots
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Service robotics

Prof. Dr. Giulio Rosati
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Boschetti
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Carbone
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 350 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

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Effects of Voltage Dips on Robotic Grasping
Received: 18 February 2019 / Revised: 28 March 2019 / Accepted: 8 April 2019 / Published: 11 April 2019
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This paper addresses the effects of electric power quality on robotic operations. A general overview is reported to highlight the main characteristics of electric power quality and it’s effects on a powered system by considering an end-user’s viewpoint. Then, the authors outline the [...] Read more.
This paper addresses the effects of electric power quality on robotic operations. A general overview is reported to highlight the main characteristics of electric power quality and it’s effects on a powered system by considering an end-user’s viewpoint. Then, the authors outline the influence of voltage dip effects by focusing on robotic grasping applications. A specific case study is reported, namely that of LARM Hand IV, a three-fingered robotic hand which has been designed and built at LARM in Cassino, Italy. A dedicated test rig has been developed and set up to generate predefined voltage dips. Experimental tests are carried out to evaluate the effects of different types of voltage dip on the grasping of objects. Full article
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