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Welcome to the Open Soft Robotics Research Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS

OPEN SOFT ROBOTICS RESEARCH

Submit to PLOS ONE to get your soft robotics research in front of a global, interdisciplinary audience.  

Deadline February 7, 2020

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Guest Editors

Guoying Gu

Shanghai Jiao Tong university
china

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Barbara Mazzolai

istituto italiano di tecnologia
italy

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Matteo Cianchetti

scuola superiore sant’anna
italy

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Dana D. Damian

University of sheffield
UK

Lucia Beccai

Istituto italiano di tecnologia
italy

Aslan Miriyev

Empa-swiss federal laboratories for materials Science and Technology
Switzerland

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Scope & Topics

PLOS ONE is delighted to announce a Call for Papers across all areas of Open Soft Robotics Research. This Collection is aimed at providing an inclusive platform for researchers from a broad range of disciplines, such as Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Computer science, Rehabilitation Medicine and interdisciplinary sciences. 

In particular, we welcome new solutions that have the potential to favourably impact the development of future soft robots, including works focusing on extending their durability, reliability, reproducibility and resilience in challenging environments.

[Soft robotics] provide exciting and promising opportunities for scientists, and multidisciplinary integrations are required to create a new generation of wearable and assistive soft robots that can be used in the real world.

— Dr. Guoying Gu, Guest Editor

From our Guest Editor, Guoying Gu:

Conventional industrial robots with rigid actuation technology have made great progress for humans in the fields of automation assembly and manufacturing. With an increasing number of robots needing to interact with humans and unstructured environments, there is a need for soft robots made of soft materials capable of sustaining large deformation while inducing little pressure or damage when maneuvering through confined spaces.

 

However, design, fabrication, modeling and control of soft actuators, sensors and robots have great challenges because of the inherent large nonlinear behaviors of soft materials. On the other hand, these challenges also provide exciting and promising opportunities for scientists, and multidisciplinary integrations are required to create a new generation of wearable and assistive soft robots that can be used in the real world.

Example Topics

Synthesis and development of new materials

Materials design

Control and automation of soft robots

Soft actuators and sensors

Manipulators

Biomimetics

Soft aerial robotics

Evolutionary robotics

Artificial intelligence and deep learning

Software and programming environments

Soft robot applications

Journal Requirements

In this Collection, we wish to explore with the soft robotics community how to make their results more repeatable and reporting more transparent beyond our general journal guidelines. If custom code is central to your conclusions, the code should be made open source, and ideally put on a repository like Zenodo, Gitlab, Github or Bitbucket. If proposing a new fabrication technique, we encourage the inclusion of step-by-step protocols either within the methods section or posted as a separate protocol, for example on protocols.io. We encourage you to follow these Open Science guidelines, alongside our general publication criteria and submission guidelines for specific study types.

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