CALL FOR PAPERS

ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics

Focused Section on Reconfigurable Parallel Mechanisms

This Focused 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 Focused Section are also welcome. We are also open to new submissions in responding to this Call for Papers.

Topic Areas

Focused Section paper submissions are welcome on topics related to aspects of theory, design, and application, including but not limited to:

  • Kinematics
  • Bifurcation
  • Morphology
  • Ways of reconfiguration
  • Singularity
  • Kinetostatics
  • Service robots and unconventional applications
  • Mobile manipulation
  • Manufacturing

Publication Target Dates

Submission window open November 1-25, 2020
Review process December 2020 – March 2021
Final papers due April 2021 for publication online starting May 2021
Print publication August 2021 issue

Submission Instructions

Papers should be submitted electronically to the journal at journaltool.asme.org. If you already have an account, log in as author and select Submit Paper at the bottom of the page. If you do not have an account, select Submissions and follow the steps. In either case, at the Paper Submittal page, select the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics and then select the Focused Section Reconfigurable Parallel Mechanisms. Papers that do not complete the review process within this timeframe or that are outside the scope of the Focused Section may be considered for publication in a regular issue of the journal.

Focused Section Editors

Jian S. Dai, 
Department of Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences,
King’s College London, UK,
jian.dai@kcl.ac.uk 

Yan Jin, 
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
Queen’s University Belfast, UK,
y.jin@qub.ac.uk

Clement Gosselin,
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Laval University,
Quebec, Canada,
clement.gosselin@gmc.ulaval.ca

OCTOBER 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS

ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics

Special Section on Mobile Robots and Unmanned Ground Vehicles

This Special Section is intended to provide a platform for sharing and presenting new research and solutions for Mobile Robots (MRs) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) in field and service applications. In the last few years, the adoption of field robotics has rapidly increased, with many notable examples that have been developed and validated for operations on the ground (of Earth or planets), under the ground, underwater, in the air, or in space. Applications range from agriculture, mining, surveillance, and environmental monitoring, to search and rescue and disaster relief, planetary exploration, and nuclear power plant operations.

Service robots can assist and replace human operators in many dangerous or repetitive tasks, or be used for entertainment, healthcare, and household tasks. They can also be useful for mitigation measures during pandemic-related crises (COVID-19). In this respect, service robots can serve not only as healthcare agents for assistive tasks in hospital and care homes, but they can also be used to maintain social distancing.

In order to effectively operate in their working environments, many challenges need to be tackled and addressed. For example, when operations on uncharted highly irregular terrain are required, an appropriate choice and functional design of the locomotion system is critical. Many options have been investigated, including passive/active articulated suspension systems for wheeled robots, articulated tracked vehicles, and hybrid solutions. Biologically inspired locomotion systems are also notable examples.

Robots are also required to interact with the surrounding environment via mobile manipulators that bring dedicated tools or sensors for proximity measurements. Safe collaborative behaviors are often implemented with human operators or other robotic co-workers.

A service/field robot operates with a high degree of autonomy based on an inbuilt control system which the operator can manually override when required. Navigation strategies are also important especially when long-distance and long-duration missions are involved. In this respect, the adoption of sustainable solutions and renewable energies can increase autonomy. Environment-aware planners can help to develop safe and energy efficient paths towards the intended goal.

For a systematic and comparative analysis of field and service robots, it is important to provide quantitative measures of their performance in the field in terms of traction, climbing and traversability, safety and stability, power consumption, autonomy, and reliance on human supervision. This aspect also calls for the investigation of physics-based multi-body models that capture with high-fidelity the dynamic response of robots, considering the interaction with the operating environment. That can be useful during the design and development stages before field validation of the system.

The effort is inspired by the fifth-year anniversary celebration for the section on Mobile Robots and Unmanned Ground Vehicles at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 2020). However, we note that extended manuscripts of conference papers published elsewhere (including other ASME conferences) that fit the scope of this focused section are also welcome.

Topic Areas

Focused section paper submissions are welcome on topics related to aspects of theory, design, and application, including but not limited to:

  • Agricultural robots
  • Biologically inspired systems and solutions
  • Hybrid and novel locomotion systems
  • Planetary exploration
  • Medical and healthcare robots, with emphasis on the current COVID-19 pandemic
  • Service robots and unconventional applications
  • Mobile manipulation
  • Human-mobile robot collaboration
  • Long-distance, long-duration missions

Publication Target Dates

Paper submission deadline January 15, 2021
Review process January – May 2021
Final papers due June 1, 2021 for publication online
Print publication October 2021 issue

Submission Instructions

Papers should be submitted electronically to the journal at journaltool.asme.org. If you already have an account, log in as author and select Submit Paper at the bottom of the page. If you do not have an account, select Submissions and follow the steps. In either case, at the Paper Submittal page, select the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics and then select the Special Section Mobile Robots and Unmanned Ground Vehicles. Papers that do not complete the review process within this timeframe or that are outside the scope of the focused section may be considered for publication in a regular issue of the journal.

Special Issue Editors

Giuseppe Quaglia, PhD,
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy,
giuseppe.quaglia@polito.it

Renato Vidoni, PhD,
Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy,
renato.vidoni@unibz.it

Giulio Reina, PhD,
Department of Mechanics, Mathematics and Management, Politecnico di Bari, Bari, Italy,
giulio.reina@poliba.it

Tuhin Das,
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA,
tuhin.das@ucf.edu


October 2020