Highlights in Robotics & Control 2017

Looking back at the past year to inspire the future

Robotics & Control in 2017

2017 was a year filled with groundbreaking research and technological advances. As we start 2018, we would like to take a look back and reflect on some of the most popular research from 2017, sourced from our Book and Journal portfolio to inspire us for 2018. 

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Executive Editor, Dr. Thomas Ditzinger on Robotics & Control in 2017

 2017 was a year filled with groundbreaking research and technological advances in the area of Robotics & Control. Robots are now on Mars and in oceans, in hospitals and homes, in factories and even on our streets! Robots are fighting fires, making goods and products, and saving time and lives.
I hope you personally had the same rich, challenging, intense, successful and joyful year as our growing Springer Robotics & Control program! As we start 2018, I would like to take a look back and reflect on some of the highlights from our book and journal portfolio. 

In May we published the completely revised and extended second edition of our successful textbook Robotics Vision and Control ...

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...authored by Peter Corke. The book has rapidly developed to be one of Springer’s bestsellers in 2017!

2017 also witnessed the market penetration of the new second edition of our flagship (and community forming) publication in the field: the Springer Handbook of Robotics edited by Bruno Siciliano and Oussama Khatib. In 2017 the Handbook has developed to be Springer’s Nr.1 downloaded English Language publication! One of the main reasons for this big success is the inclusion of a comprehensive collection of multimedia references to more than 700 videos - organized by the video editor Torsten Kröger and his Springer Handbook of Robotics multimedia team in cooperation with Google Inc. The videos can be viewed directly augmented into the text with a smartphone or tablet using a unique and specially designed app and via the Springer Handbook of Robotics Multimedia Extension Portal.

In 2017 we successfully launched the new Springer Proceedings in Robotics (SPAR) book series, which publishes proceedings and post-proceedings of important conferences, symposia and congresses such as the ISRR, ISER, FSR, WAFR or DARS. The new SPAR series is a sister series to our classic and leading monograph series Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (STAR), which has published 122 high quality scientific monographs since 2002.

This summer we celebrated remarkable growth rates of the impact factors of some of our leading journals. The Journal impact factors of Autonomous Robots grew by 75 % from 1.547 last year to 2.706 this year! The International Journal of Social Robotics Impact Factor even grew by 82 percent from 1,407 in last year to now 2.559! Together with our journal Swarm Intelligence, which also has well increased its impact factor (from 2.577 to 3.115) we now have 3 journals in the Thomson Reuters top ten journals list in the Category “Robotics”! 

Another highlight in 2017 has been the successful launch of the new journal Construction Robotics which published its first issue in December 2017 and is currently welcoming new submissions.

October 23-25 we successfully hosted our first SpringerNature International Symposium entitled  Life & Robotics - Understanding Humanity to Inspire Robots Designed to Assist Humans: Knowledge – Design – Interaction – Impact It brought together 20 leading experts in the field in Heidelberg – co-sponsored by KUKA and the Queensland University of Technology. The workshop culminated in a live streamed panel discussion which is now available here.

As every year we participated with a Springer booth in the major conferences in the field, such as the IEEE ICRA Int. Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 29-June 3 in Singapore, the IEEE/RSJ IROS Int. Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Vancouver, Canada, September 24 -28 and the 56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control CDC, Melbourne, Australia, December 12-15.
During the IROS conference we had a very successful and innovative exhibit together with KUKA. A KUKA Robot worked as an autograph machine and signed autograph cards for our Springer Handbook of Robotics editors. Nevertheless, I am happy that it is so far only autographs that the Robots are writing! 

Thank YOU for writing, reading, reviewing and publishing with Springer. We wish you all the best for the New Year and look forward to working with you again in 2018! 

Thomas Ditzinger is Executive Editor Applied Sciences and is responsible for the acquisition and publication of a book and journal portfolio. Tom joined Springer in 2001 and he is based in the Springer office in Heidelberg, Germany. 

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