Calls for papers

With its motto of “Science for Robotics and Robotics for Science,” Science Robotics was launched to cover the most significant advances in robots and their applications. The journal addresses both theoretical advances as well as practical applications of robotics. It promotes communication of new ideas, general principles, and original developments in robotics research and field applications, bearing the quality hallmark of the Science family of journals.

From time to time we will announce special issues; calls for those issues appear below. Presubmission inquiries and expressions of interest should be sent to sciroboteditors@aaas.org. We request that all expressions of interest include article title, author list and affiliations, and abstract (<200 words). Expressions of interest for reviews and research articles should also include a brief outline.

More details on information for authors as well as current and past issues of Science Robotics can be found at http://robotics.sciencemag.org/. Our submission site is located at http://cts.sciencemag.org.

Special Issues for 2019

Special Issue on Computer Vision: From active perception to deep learning

We are pleased to announce a special issue on computer vision: "From active perception to deep learning." Computer vision builds strongly on research in machine learning, and applications of computer vision algorithms have become an integral part of many intelligent products today. We are looking for high-quality, original research papers from all areas of research and development in computer vision and its applications in areas such as robotics, human-robot interaction, surveillance, and autonomous vehicles. We are also interested in articles on data acquisition, machine learning, and training regimes, as well as rigorous testing harnesses for these systems. We are also looking for comprehensive reviews of the state of the art, and short Focus articles to provide snapshots of research for a wider audience.

Read the related Editorial.

Key dates:

  • Deadline for submission of original research articles: 14 January 2019
  • Expected publication of the special issue: Spring 2019

 

Special Issue on Soft Robotics Across Scales

Conventional robotic systems have been designed using rigid materials for precision and predictability. In recent years, a new generation of robots fabricated from soft materials has emerged as an alternative. The natural compliancy of these soft-bodied machines makes them highly adaptable to uncertain environments and complex objects. Soft robotics can also be used in areas such as assistive medical devices, surgical robotics, and wearable/implantable electronics. This special issue aims to bring together researchers from disciplines such as materials science, biomimetics, chemistry, control, and 3D/4D multimaterial printing to explore new fabrications schemes and emerging applications. We are looking for high-quality, original research papers from all areas of soft robotics research with a specific focus on the breadth of scales across which soft robotics research takes place: from nano to macro. 

 Key dates:

  • Deadline for expressions of interest: 8 February 2019
  • Deadline for submission of original research articles: 8 April 2019
  • Expected publication of the special issue: Summer 2019

 

Special Issue on Explainable AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the underpinning technology for many practical robotic systems. However, current AI systems are unable to explain to a human exactly what they perceived, why they learned a certain thing, or why they decided to take a particular action as a result. Humans need to be able to trust these systems to not only take correct action in a situation, but also to have the correct guiding principles as a foundation for their operation; that trust will be difficult to earn if an AI system cannot be explained. Areas of interest for this special issue include (but are not limited to) machine learning and cognitive architectures for explainable AI; reasoning, commonsense, and contextual adaptation; knowledge acquisition and explainability; intelligent, self-explanatory agents; accountability and trust; and legal, ethical, and social considerations. We are particularly interested in original research with real-world applications and tangible robotic embodiment in mind. We are also interested in high quality review/position papers as well as short Focus articles to provide snapshots of research for a wider audience.

  • Deadline for expressions of interest: 18 March 2019
  • Deadline for submission of original research articles: 20 May 2019
  • Expected publication of the special issue: Summer 2019

 

Special Issue on Robotics for Science

We are pleased to announce a special issue on Robotics for Science—how robotics has been used to facilitate basic science research and how it has transformed our approaches toward the investigation of complex phenomena in nature, engineering, and medicine. As noted in our first-ever Editorial, “One of the ambitions of Science Robotics is to root robotics research deeply into basic science.” Conversely, we are also interested in use of robots and robotic platforms to further basic scientific research. Robots have been used in fields such as space, oceanography, biology, drug discovery, and particle physics, and the growing presence of robots in labs ensures that robotics will enhance future research as well. For this special issue, we are interested in original research papers covering novel applications of robotics in all areas of natural sciences, engineering, and medicine. We are also looking for review and short Focus articles covering the topic.

Key dates:

  • Deadline for expressions of interest: 15 April 2019
  • Deadline for submission of original research articles: 24 June 2019
  • Expected publication of the special issue: Autumn 2019

 

Special Issue on Bioinspired and Biohybrid Robots

Bioinspired robotics translates fundamental biological principles into engineering design rules to create robots that perform like natural systems; biohybrid robotics integrates biological material into synthetic structures. Bioinspired/biohybrid robotics can provide solutions for existing needs and give insights into the natural world. We especially welcome work in areas such as muscle-like actuators; self-healing materials; materials that couple sensing, actuation, computation, and communication; synthesis and fabrication of efficient and scalable artificial components; energy storage that matches or approaches metabolic conversion; and models of complex biological systems. We are interested in articles on novel principles of bioinspired and biohybrid systems, as well as those bridging basic science research and physical embodiment of robotics based on these new principles. We are also looking for short Focus articles to provide snapshots of research for a wider audience.

Read a Review on biohybrid robotics and a Perspective on the grand challenges of Science Robotics.

Key dates:

  • Deadline for expressions of interest: 27 May 2019
  • Deadline for submission of original research articles: 28 July 2019
  • Expected publication of the special issue: Autumn 2019