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Engineering - Robotics | Aims and Scope: Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems

Aims and Scope: Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems

Aims and Scope

The Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems (JINT) aims at publishing peer-reviewed and original contributed papers, invited and survey papers that promote and disseminate scientific knowledge and information to the readers in the fields of system theory, control systems, bioengineering, robotics and automation, human-robot interaction, robot ethics, mechatronics, unmanned systems, multi-robot teams and networked swarms, machine intelligence, learning, system autonomy, human-machine interfaces, cyber physical systems, and other related areas in which cutting edge technologies have been developed and applied to model, design, build and test complex engineering and autonomous systems. JINT is the only peer-reviewed journal with a focus and emphasis on system ‘intelligence’ and ‘intelligent behavior’ as desirable attributes of system design, which subsequently leads semi- or fully- autonomous systems that operate in dynamic and uncertain environments. Further, as the quest for autonomy and autonomous operation of Unmanned Systems takes center stage in research and development, JINT also aims to publish archive and original papers on ‘design for autonomy’ and on efficient human-machine interfaces that reduce the operator workload. 

Recognizing the importance of Unmanned Systems (or, Unmanned Vehicle Systems, UVS) for both civilian/public domain and military applications, JINT includes a special section in each issue devoted to Unmanned Systems, focusing on all four classes of aerial, ground, sea-surface and underwater vehicles, the common characteristic of which is the absence on-board the vehicle of a human operator. As Unmanned Systems have seen unprecedented levels of growth over the last twenty years, and they are expected to dominate future applications in diverse domains, JINT is at the forefront of reporting scientific breakthroughs in UVS. Thus, the purpose of the special section in Unmanned Systems goes beyond traditional navigation and control challenges, aiming at offering opportunities to publish original research in see-and-avoid, sense-detect-and-avoid systems, robust, resilient and fault-tolerant control systems, prognostics and diagnostics, autonomy, manned-unmanned swarms and robot teams, formation control, and network-controlled systems.

When focusing on unmanned aviation and unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), JINT offers a unique forum and advantage, second to none, because it encourages original contributions referring and related to: unmanned aviation airworthiness; unmanned aviation policies, procedures and regulations; certification issues; operational constraints; UAS safety, security and risk analysis assessment; UAS reliability; operational frequency management; legal, ethical and privacy issues, and, technology standardization. All these topics are of paramount importance, and some of them serve as prerequisites to the timely and orderly integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) into the national airspace.

JINT covers the whole technical spectrum from the birth of an idea at the conceptual level to a potential product development. It publishes original, archival, peer reviewed contributions from the initial concept, to theory, to simulation, to validation and verification, to experimentation, to prototyping, to testing, to implementation and refinement, to final product development and commercialization. It provides a unique forum that bridges gaps between the diverse disciplines of System Theory, Mathematics, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Engineering, extending to the matured field of Soft Computing, as well as to the field of Computational Intelligence and Cognitive Sciences, all necessary components of modern intelligent systems, robotics, unmanned vehicle systems, mechatronics and modern manufacturing. JINT provides a unique medium to present/discuss future directions in advanced control technology and applications, intelligent and autonomous systems, computational intelligence, computational methods for system design, handling and incorporating uncertainty in system design and control, novel and cutting edge technologies as applied to complex systems including mechatronic systems and unmanned vehicle systems.

JINT lays the foundation for a common framework for publication of ideas, derivation and testing of techniques that combine Theory, Science, Engineering and Mathematics, leading to future innovations and novel technologies.

On the theoretical side, papers focusing on intelligent systems engineering, distributed intelligence systems, multi-level systems, intelligent control, multi-robot systems, control, cooperation and coordination of unmanned vehicle systems, biologically inspired robotics and swarms, outlining new concepts and approaches in their related fields are equally welcome.

On the application side, emphasis is given to autonomous systems, industrial robotic systems, multi-robot systems, aerial vehicles, mobile robot platforms, sea-surface vehicles, underwater robots, sensors, sensor-fusion, sensor-based control, focusing on sensory control problems. Papers on real applications of intelligent and robotic systems (mechatronics, manufacturing systems, biomedical systems, underwater, humanoid, mobile/legged robot and space applications, etc.) are most welcome.

The journal aims at bridging the gap between theory and practice, and intends to stimulate interaction between faculty, researchers, engineers and practitioners from academia, industry and government focusing on theoretical and applied research in all areas of intelligent systems and robotics.