Special Issue "Service Robotics against COVID-2019 Pandemic"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Marco Ceccarelli
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IFToMM Representative, LARM2: Laboratory of Robot Mechatronics, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via del Politecnico 1, 00133 Roma, Italy
Interests: mechanism design for robots; grippers and hands; legged walking machines; manipulators; experimental mechanics; machine simulation; history of mechanisms and machines
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Dear Colleagues,

The field of service robotics has developed considerably in recent decades, including solutions in applications and utilities in medical fields and especially in support of surgical medical activities. Today more than ever, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the support of service robotics can result, in many cases, in well-appreciated and consistent help in the fight against the spread of the pandemic and, moreover, in the treatment of patients in very critical conditions due to COVID-19. However, the pandemic still requires considerable efforts from medical personnel and technical support in order to solve critical situations in intensive and sub-intensive care treatments as well as medical treatment in non-hospital and even residential living situations. Service robotics can contribute successfully to these challenges with innovative system solutions and easier procedures for both medical operators and patients. Therefore, in this Special Issue, the purpose of collecting papers focused on service robotics helping in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is intended to give visibility and stimulus to solutions and improvements of robotic service systems with performance suitable for the assistance and support operations of patients and medical operators.

Papers are welcomed in all major areas of R&D and innovation in service robotics helping to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and support treatments against it, including topics such as medical robots and devices, bio-inspired and cognitive robots, visual servicing of robot/human motion and status, human–robot and human–human interactions, cloud robotics for health care systems, and personal robots for patient care assistance. The solicited topics are related to new theories, advanced designs of robot mechanics and control architectures, and the development of intelligent robotic applications in helping in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • novel design and applications of robotic system;
  • advanced robot control;
  • human–robot interfaces;
  • robot vision systems and visual servoing techniques;
  • mobile robots, humanoid and walking robots;
  • bio-inspired and swarm robotic systems;
  • towards micro and nano-scale robots;
  • personal robots for care assistance;
  • medical robots and bionic prostheses;
  • intelligent information technologies for cognitive robots;
  • cognitive robots and emotional intelligence;
  • cloud robotics;
  • ethical, legal, and social issues of service robotics in medical treatment areas.

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Scientific steering committee

Prof. Dr. Chee-Kong Chui

Dr. Filippo Cavallo

Prof. Dr. Marco Franceschini

Prof. Dr. Bernardo Innocenti

Prof. Dr. Min Cheol Lee

Prof. Dr. Ken Masamune

Prof. Dr. Abhilash Pandya

Prof. Dr. Jong-Hyeon Park

Prof. Dr. Shahram Payandeh

Dr. Tarun Podder

Prof. Dr. Girijesh Prasad

Prof. Dr. Achim Schweikard

Prof. Dr. Kevin Warwick

Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Carbone

Prof. Dr. Toshio Fukuda

Prof. Dr. Gursel Alici

Prof. Dr. Seokheun Choi

Prof. Dr. Min Cheol Lee

Prof. Dr. Ken Masamune

Prof. Dr. Giulio Rosati

Prof. Dr. Saïd Zeghloul

Prof. Dr. Dan Zhang

Contact the Guest editor or the journal staff for any query

Prof. Dr. Marco Ceccarelli
Guest Editor

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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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  • service robotics
  • medical robotic devices
  • assisting patient care
  • COVID-19 pandemic

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Smart Cleaner: A New Autonomous Indoor Disinfection Robot for Combating the COVID-19 Pandemic
Robotics 2021, 10(3), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/robotics10030087 - 12 Jul 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic imposes an increasing demand for service robots as a substitute for humans to conduct various types of work in contaminated areas. Such work includes logistics, patient care, and disinfection, which can reduce the risk of human exposure to the highly [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic imposes an increasing demand for service robots as a substitute for humans to conduct various types of work in contaminated areas. Such work includes logistics, patient care, and disinfection, which can reduce the risk of human exposure to the highly contagious and deadly virus. This paper presents the design and development of Smart Cleaner, which is a new cost-effective autonomous indoor disinfection robot. It integrates a wheeled mobile robot platform and a hydrogen peroxide atomization device for automated disinfection operation in the complex indoor environment. Through the system integration of various hardware components and software programming, a prototype of the disinfection robot has been fabricated for experimental investigation. A simulation study of the drymist hydrogen peroxide disinfection model was carried out to understand the diffusion of disinfectant in a room environment. The effectiveness of the developed robot was verified in practical scenarios, such as hospital, hotel, office, and laboratory. The effect of disinfection was validated by a qualified third-party testing agency. Results demonstrate the high efficiency of the developed disinfection robot dedicated to autonomous indoor disinfection work. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Service Robotics against COVID-2019 Pandemic)
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