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Special Issue on Wearable Robotics

Call for Papers

Wearable robots have the potential to improve our lives in countless ways. People with weakened limbs can use exoskeletons to augment their strength or to retrain lost motor abilities, thus allowing them to nonetheless successfully perform activities of daily living. Similarly, workers of the future could use wearable robots to manipulate bigger and heavier loads, avoid injuries, and receive augmented feedback to enhance performance. Finally, wearable robots could even be used in sports, allowing wearers to move faster and farther.
Unfortunately, despite extensive research in this area, most wearable robots remain limited to controlled laboratory conditions. This is due to several reasons: insufficiently robust mechanical design and control, excessive weight or power consumption, insufficient evaluations with human subjects, unclear cost-effectiveness and other issues. However, these barriers are not insurmountable, and there are many opportunities for innovative solutions from research groups worldwide.
Papers should follow the standard RAM guidelines. A full peer-review process will be utilized to select papers for the special issue. Submissions should be made through the RAM submission website by May 1, 2019.This special issue aims to bring wearable robots closer to broad real-world adoption by highlighting the latest innovations in the development of robust, intelligent wearable robots and their evaluations in real-world scenarios. It will focus on papers about working systems that are ideally evaluated with human subjects in order to determine the technology’s practical potential and impact on people with disabilities, workers, sportsmen, and others. Papers on stationary wearable robots will not be considered, though papers may be accepted if they describe the transfer of knowledge from stationary to wearable robotic technologies.

Topics of Interest

  • Collaborative control strategies for such wearable robots
  • Reducing power consumption in wearable robots
  • Human subjects evaluations of existing wearable robots in lab and real-world settings
  • Human factors issues in real-world scenarios
  • Impact of wearable robots on human productivity and quality of life
  • Lessons learned when transferring wearable robots to different applications
  • Cost-benefit analyses of wearable robots

Important Dates

  • March 2019 - Call for papers
  • 1 May 2019 - Submission deadline
  • 1 August 2019 - First decisions on manuscripts
  • November 2019 - Final decisions on manuscripts
  • December 2019 - Final manuscripts uploaded
  • March 2020 - Publication
An.Dy has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 731540