This Special Section is intended to provide a platform for sharing and presenting new research and solutions for Reconﬁgurable Parallel Mechanisms (RPMs) in theory, development, and applications.
Over the past twenty years, reconﬁgurable mechanisms have generated great interest worldwide and attracted many researchers. As a ﬁeld of study, mechanisms have evolved from a conventional mechanism philosophy with a ﬁxed topology and ﬁxed structure to encompass a class of mechanisms that vary in topology, structure, and mobility. This evolution has resulted in the development of RPMs with variable degrees of freedom that are mechanically intelligent and capable of adapting to constantly changing conditions. In their various forms, these RPMs meet the growing requirements of healthcare, industries, domestic automation, search, rescue and disaster relief, and planetary exploration.
In order to eﬀectively operate in their reconﬁgurable states, and in working environments, challenges in theoretical kinematics and in design need to be tackled and addressed. These include the design theory, bifurcation, singularity, calibration, morphing, kinetostatics, trajectory and homotopy continuation. The use of the reconﬁgurable parallel mechanisms can be seen in tensegrity, inﬂatable actuators, climbing robots, and transformable mobile robots. The actuation of the reconﬁgurable parallel mechanisms can be seen in using shape memory alloy and various actuation approaches.
With these developments, the 4th International Conference on Fundamental Issues, Applications and Future Research Directions for Parallel Mechanisms / Manipulators / Machines (World Parallel 2020) was held September 9-11, 2020. This prestigious conference, hosted jointly by Queen’s University Belfast and King’s College London, is held once every six years and provides the basis for this Call for Papers.
With the presentations in this Conference, we also note that extended manuscripts of conference papers published elsewhere (including other ASME Conferences) that ﬁt the scope of this Special Section were also welcome. We were also open to new submissions in responding to this Call for Papers.
Focused Section paper submissions are welcome on topics related to aspects of theory, design, and application, including but not limited to:
- Ways of reconﬁguration
- Service robots and unconventional applications
- Mobile manipulation
Special Section Editors
Jian S. Dai,
Department of Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences,
King’s College London, UK,
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
Queen’s University Belfast, UK,
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Laval University,