Robots and multi-robot teams use communication to facilitate data sharing, coordination, and cooperation with other robots and human users. Real-world communication is often unreliable, expensive, non-ideal, and/or otherwise challenging in a variety of ways. These challenges lead to interesting theoretical and practical ramifications for the design, analysis, and deployment of robotic systems, algorithms, and hardware. This special issue aims to foster a better understanding of the communication challenges faced by robots/teams, and how we analyze them, model them, and overcome their negative effects in practice.
Topics are expected to have well defined assumptions, constraints, or experimental observations that reflect the real-world communication challenges faced by robots/teams, but may come from any sub-field of robotics and be motivated by any robotic problem.
Example topics may include, but are not limited to:
-Communication assumed/observed to be intermittent, lossy, difficult to model, highly asymmetric, partial, blocked, expensive, compressed, encrypted, or non-ideal in other ways.
-Any-Com algorithms (graceful performance declines vs. decreasing quality).
-Robotic systems that adapt to communication constraints.
-Robotic hardware designed to overcome communication issues common in robotics.
-More accurate modeling of real-world communication.
-Overcoming real-world communication constraints in practice (e.g., undersea, air, ground, space environments).
Initial Submission: July 21, 2018
First Decision: October 21, 2018
Revised Papers: November 21, 2018
Final Decision: December 21, 2018
Michael Otte, University of Maryland, USA
Robert Fitch, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Don Sofge, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Authors are encouraged to submit high-quality, original work that has neither appeared in, nor is under consideration by, other journals.
All papers will be reviewed following standard reviewing procedures for the Journal.
Papers must be prepared in accordance with the Journal guidelines: www.springer.com/10514
Submit manuscripts to: http://AURO.edmgr.com
Choose *Robot Communication Challenges* as the article type.