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Special Issue "Autonomous Human-Aware Intralogistics"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensors and Robotics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Francisco Antero Cardoso Marques
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Guest Editor
NOVA School of Science & Technology. CTS-UNINOVA, 2829-517 Caparica, Portugal
Interests: mobile robotics; human-aware navigation; USV; UAV; intralogistics
Prof. Dr. José Barata
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Guest Editor
NOVA School of Science & Technology. CTS-UNINOVA, 2829-517 Caparica, Portugal
Interests: intelligent manufacturing agent based manufacturing; cyber-physical systems evolvable production system
Dr. Sotiris Makris
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Guest Editor
Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS), Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, 26504 Rio Patras, Greece
Interests: smart intralogistics, robotics; virtual reality; augmented reality; virtual collaborative environments; AI
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Dr. George Michalos
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Guest Editor
Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS), University of Patras, 26500 Patra, Greece
Interests: Industrial robotics; Human Robot Collaboration; Robotic Perception, Machine Learning; Flexible Manufacturing Systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The next generation of autonomous intralogistics robots need to seamlessly interact and collaborate with human operators. Recently, social navigation has been subject of extensive research. However, the specificity of shopfloor logistics operations brings additional challenges. In dynamic shopfloors, human-aware mobile robots need to optimize not only travel time, distance and consider social cues but also take into account task allocation, cycle time, and disturbance of human tasks. Robots should use multimodal perception and communication approaches to obtain and convey explicit and implicit social cues. Their path and motion planning should be heavily influenced by modelling of human behavior.

In order to attain this goal novel technologies and strategies are needed, including shared perception, people detection and tracking, localization and mapping, machine learning, and path and motion planning.  This Special Issue aims to contribute to the state-of-the-art and current applications of human-aware autonomous intralogistics robots, with particular attention to navigation and manipulation. We invite authors to submit original research, new developments, experimental works, and surveys.

Dr. Francisco Antero Cardoso Marques
Prof. Dr. José Barata
Dr. Sotiris Makris
Dr. George Michalos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Path and motion planning
  • Data fusion for mobile robot navigation
  • Sensor networks for mobile robot navigation
  • Human–robot interaction for social navigation and manipulation
  • Human and robot detection and tracking for navigation
  • Adaptive robot navigation and control
  • Autonomous Intralogistics

Published Papers

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