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Special Issue "Tactile Sensors for Robotic Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.
Interests: design and modelling of innovative sensors, in particular of tactile solutions, as well as interpretation and fusion of data acquired from the developed sensors; development of models for tactile sensors and algorithms for the tactile data interpretation and for slipping detection and avoidance; modeling and control of smart actuators for active noise and vibration control.
In recent years, tactile sensing has become a key enabling technology to implement complex tasks by using robotic systems. For example, the successful execution of robotic grasping and manipulation tasks is strongly dependent on the knowledge of objects’ geometrical and physical characteristics, especially when objects are deformable and can change their shapes depending on their interaction with the environment. To this aim, the robotic systems are more and more frequently equipped with sensorized grippers, which estimate the object’s features by using tactile sensors. Also, a safe and efficient pHRI (physical Human Robot Interaction) requires the knowledge of interaction forces and contact locations in order to perform cooperation and co-manipulation tasks and to limit damage from accidental impacts. This crucial information can be obtained through direct measurements by using an artificial sense of touch.
It is evident that the number of different contexts in which the sense of touch can be fundamental for the robotic systems of the future is high and growing. The aim of this Special Issue is to present robotic applications for which tactile sensing represents a solution that allows clear improvements for task automation.
This Special Issue invites contributions in the following topics (but is not limited to them):
- Tactile sensor technologies
- Tactile sensor modelling
- Tactile data interpretation
- Robot tactile systems
- Force and tactile sensing
- Grasping and manipulation
- Deformable object manipulation
- Contact modelling
- Dexterous manipulation
- Artificial skin
- Object features recognition
- Slipping detection and avoidance
- Physical human robot interaction
- Human machine interfaces
Prof. Dr. Pirozzi Salvatore
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