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Special Issue "Soft Machines: Integrating Sensing, Actuation and Computation"
A special issue of Robotics (ISSN 2218-6581).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
Interests: soft robotics; flexible sensors; flexible actuators; smart polymers; functional hydrogels
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Interests: hydrogel artificial muscles; photochemical systems; composite acctuators; soft 3D printing
Soft machines based on well-integrated sensors and actuators can autonomously change their physical properties and interact with their surroundings in an organic manner. Such machines hold a great potential for biomedical devices, artificial limbs, and cooperative human assistance. Realising this vision requires novel soft, smart hybrid systems capable of sensing, computing, and actuation at micron-scale. Tightly integrating actuation, sensing, and computation into one single system can extend the functionality of traditional smart materials to truly programmable soft machines. This goal can be achieved by: 1) integrating sensing, actuation, and computation through novel smart materials, 2) adapting new fabrication techniques capable of creating hybrid, hierarchical structures.
The aim of this special issue is to present the readers with a concise overview of recent developments and novel approaches in integrating sensing and actuation via new, soft actuators and sensors. The proposed special issue will be dedicated to high-quality research articles and original review papers that highlight recent advancements in smart, functional materials and systems, soft electronics, and the 3D fabrication of hybrid systems.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Integration of sensing and actuation,
- Soft electronics,
- Soft actuators,
- Artificial muscles,
- Hydrogel- and gel-based sensors and actuators,
- Soft sensors,
- Electroactive sensors and actuators,
- Smart textiles,
- Additive manufacturing of soft sensors and actuators, and
- 4D printing of soft materials.
Dr. Michael P.M. Dicker
Prof. Jonathan M. Rossiter
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 1000 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.
- artificial muscles
- soft robotics
- smart materials
- soft sensors
- soft actuators