Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics

Special Issue on Networked Robots: Serving the Society

A "networked robot" is a robotic device connected to a communications network such as the Internet or LAN. Communication medium could be wired or wireless. Further, various protocols may be used for each level of the network. Many new applications of networked robots are now being developed ranging from automation to exploration. There are two subclasses of Networked Robots:

1) Tele-operated, where human supervisors send commands and receive feedback via the network. Such systems support research, education, and public awareness by making valuable resources accessible to broad audiences.
2) Autonomous, where robots and sensors exchange data via the network. In such systems, the sensor network extends the effective sensing range of the robots, allowing them to communicate with each other over long distances to coordinate their activity. The robots in turn can deploy, repair, and maintain the sensor network to increase its longevity, and utility.
Networked robots pose a number of technical challenges related to network noise, reliability, congestion, fixed and variable time delay, stability, passivity, range and power limitations, deployment, coverage, safety, localization, sensor and actuation fusion, privacy, security, and user interface design. New capabilities arise frequently with the introduction of new hardware, software, and protocol standards. In this special issue, the research topics are focused on addressing algorithmic and system challenges when the networked robots are used in service applications.

Possible Topics:

  • Communication
    • Variable time delays, packet effects
    • Protocol design for networked robots
    • Security, Privacy
    • Low Latency Video, Tactile
  • Coordination, Algorithms
    • Collaborative, distributed control, formation, swarm intelligence
    • Deployment, localization, mobility
    • Mapmaking and network self-organization
  • Systems and Applications
    • Human interfaces, human-robot interaction
    • Power management
    • Hybrid architectures, interoperability
    • Hardware (sensors, power, size, cost)

Paper Submission:

  • Deadline for paper submission: 15 Mar. 2009 2 Apr. 2009
  • Paper reviews returned to authors: 15 May 2009
  • Deadline for camera ready papers: 15 June 2009
  • Expected journal publication date: July 2009
Authors should submit an electronic copy of their paper using editorial manager system. Click here to submit the paper. Please indicate the paper is for the special issue on networked robots during submission.

Please send inquiries and submissions to:

Dezhen Song,

Special Issue Editors:

  • Nak Young Chong, School of Information Science, JAIST, Japan
  • Norihiro Hagita, ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communicatuon Laboratories, Japan
  • Volkan Isler, Computer Science Dept., Univ. of Minnesota, USA
  • Klaus Schilling, Computer Science Dept., the University of Würzburg, Germany, 
  • Dezhen Song, Computer Science and Engineering Dept., Texas A&M University, USA