Special Issue "Tactile Sensors and Sensing"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2017).
Interests: tactile sensors; sensor interface electronics; microelectronics and nanoelectronics; sensor networks; embedded systems
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The skin is one of the main organs of the human body and as such it implements many different and relevant functions, e.g. protection of the inner body organs, detection of cutaneous stimuli, etc. In particular, the skin implements tactile sensing which is one of the main functions through which humans can safely interact with the environment and explore their surroundings. Tactile sensing is a complex task which must be accomplished in an effective way (e.g. real-time response, light weight, low power consumption, etc.) all over the body surface. Tactile sensors are basically distributed sensors which translate mechanical variables (e.g. pressure, strain), temperature, humidity and pain stimuli into electrical variables. Contact information is further processed and conveyed to the “brain” (human or artificial). Tactile arrays must be mechanically flexible (i.e. conformable to the object it is to be applied on) and stretchable, e.g., to support joint movements; therefore tactile information processing must be implemented in real time to enable fast responses. Due to its complexity, the development of artificial tactile sensing is a very challenging goal which involves complementary research areas. The numerous application domains include humanoids and industrial robotics, artificial prosthetics, biomedical instrumentation, cyber physical systems, to name a few.
Since the early 1980s, tactile sensing has been a fast evolving research field involving a strong interdisciplinary effort from researchers in different fields, namely electronics, mechanics, material science, measurement methods, system engineering, robotics and bioengineering, etc. Furthermore, over the last decade, the research community has also been addressing the topic with a holistic approach putting not only transducers development into the equation, but also system integration and engineering issues.
In spite of the remarkable progress in tactile sensing systems and technologies, their effectiveness in addressing certain specific applications still requires further development. Technological and systems issues still require investigation and a coordinated and dedicated effort in interdisciplinary fields. Open issues involve, e.g., whole body awareness (i.e., large area skin), conformability and stretchability, structured design methodology, maintenance, calibration, system integration, interpretation of tactile data, reliability, fault tolerance and robustness, scalability, effective use of materials, small size and low power consumption, etc.
This Special Issue aims to provide an overview of current studies and achievements on tactile sensing, paving the way to effective applications in real world.
Prof. Dr. Maurizio Valle
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- Smart sensing materials
- Novel tactile sensors
- Flexible and conformable sensors and arrays
- Electronic interface
- Artificial and electronic skin
- Tactile data processing and interpretation
- System integration
- Touch-based human–robot interaction
- Tactile sensing in prosthetics
- Tactile sensing in neurorehabilitation
- Tactile and visual sensing integration
- Tactile sensing in neuroengineering
- Tactile sensing in consumer goods
- Tactile sensing and arts