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IJAT Vol.17 No.5, September 5, 2023

Special Issue on The Latest Machine Tool and Manufacturing Technologies

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2023
Editors: Prof. Dr. Hayato Yoshioka, The University of Tokyo, Japan
More details: IJATVol.17No.5CFP_MachineTool.pdf
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Social demands for manufacturing systems are constantly changing with the times. In recent years, environmental and social issues have been compelling these systems to realize high productivity and high quality while reducing energy consumption and helping older operators. To meet these diverse demands, innovative technologies for production systems must be developed. Manufacturing systems are constructed based on various fundamental and innovative technologies.
This special issue focuses on state-of-the-art machine tools and manufacturing technologies to accelerate innovation in production engineering. It includes the following topics.
*Structure and drive systems in machine tools
*CAD/CAM, multi-axes control, and process planning technologies
*Machining processes, tooling systems, and process monitoring technologies
*Scheduling, AI, and information technologies
*Sustainable development, carbon neutrality, and energy consumption technologies
*Other related technologies

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JRM Vol.35 No.5 (Oct. 2023)
Special Issue on “Bio-MEMS”

Submission Deadline: March 20, 2023
Editors: Prof. Shoichiro Fujisawa (Tokushima Bunri University, Japan)
Guest Editors: Assoc. Prof. Katsuya Sato (Tokushima University, Japan)
Prof. Kazuyuki Minami (Yamaguchi University, Japan)
Prof. Kazuaki Nagayama (Ibaraki University, Japan)
Prof. Ryo Sudo (Keio University, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Hiromi Miyoshi (Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Yuta Nakashima (Kumamoto University, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Kennedy-Omondi Okeyo (Kyoto University, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Tasuku Nakahara (Yamaguchi University, Japan)
More details: JRMCFP_35-5.pdf
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“Micro Electro-Mechanical System” (MEMS) is a mechatronics device based on semiconductor integrated circuit manufacturing technology. The development of MEMS devices has realized gyro/accelerometer sensors, pressure sensors, and flow sensors that are small enough to be installed in smartphones.
On the other hand, when we look at biological tissues, cells and intracellular microstructures, which are the basic constituent units, are microns or sub microns in size. Therefore MEMS technology is essentially a very powerful tool for researchers who want to manipulate and measure these minute biological components because it matches their scale.
MEMS technologies applied to medicine and life science are called Bio-MEMS, and in recent years, many Bio-MEMS devices and technologies including micro fluidic devices for cell culture, manipulation, and measurement, and lab-on-a-chip devices for chemical reactions and analysis on MEMS devices, have been developed and resulted in very impressive research results.
This Special Issue on “Bio-MEMS” cordially invites you to contribute your papers on a wide range of themes related to Bio-MEMS technology, from fundamental MEMS technology and device development to its applications to experiment and measurement using MEMS devices.

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JRM Vol.35 No.4 (Aug. 2023)
Special Issue on “Design of Swarm Intelligence Through Interdisciplinary Approach”

Submission Deadline: January 20, 2023
Guest Editors: Assoc. Prof. Takeshi Kano (Tohoku University, Japan)
Assist. Prof. Yuichiro Sueoka (Osaka University, Japan)
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In biological and social systems, a “swarm” refers to a group of individual units that behave as a single intelligent entity. “Swarm behavior,” the collective result of the local interactions among the group members, exhibits what is called “swarm intelligence.” By identifying the design principles of such swarm intelligence, we may be able to create swarm robots that are highly adaptable, fault tolerant, and dimensionally flexible.
For this special issue, we invite papers on topics in which an interdisciplinary approach, including disciplines ranging from technology to biology to the mathematical sciences, for example, is used to elucidate the design principles of swarm intelligence. We believe that such knowledge will lead to transformations in the field of swarm robotics.

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JRM Vol.35 No.3 (Jun. 2023)
Special Issue on “Humancentric Robotic Technology and its Applications for Coexistence with Humans”

Submission Deadline: November 20, 2022 受付中
Editors: Prof. Shoichiro Fujisawa (Tokushima Bunri University, Japan)
Prof. Takayuki Tanaka (Hokkaido University, Japan)
Prof. Masahiro Takaiwa (Tokushima University, Japan)
Guest Editors: Prof. Toru Yamamoto (Hiroshima University, Japan)
Prof. Kanya Tanaka (Meiji University, Japan)
Dr. Tamio Tanikawa (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan)
More details: JRMCFP_35-3.pdf
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As we become a super-aging society, it is essential to maintain and improve the quality of life among the elderly and to counter the young labor force shortage. Such problems are becoming evident in several areas, including not just the manufacturing sector but also the fields of transport/mobility and healthcare/welfare, wherein such situations abound that cannot be solved simply by replacing human workers with robots. In the manufacturing sector, for instance, the transmission of skills and knowledge is threatened as the members of the baby boomer generation who possess the knowledge and experience have reached the age of retirement, even as the younger population is declining. Another example is the provision of care with human warmth at sites of nursing. As we evolve toward Society 5.0, which is represented by a digital transformation and encompasses elements such as digital twins, it will be critical to pioneer a robotic technology that allows robots to work with humans to achieve a prosperous coexistence and create an affluent society. For this special issue, featuring humancentric robotic systems coexisting and working together with humans, we invite researchers to submit papers covering a wide range of topics, including element technologies and operating and evaluation methods.

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JRM Vol.35 No.2 (Apr. 2023)
Special Issue on “Navigation and Control Technologies for Autonomous Mobility”

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2022 受付終了Closed
Guest Editors: Assoc. Prof. Yuki Minami (Osaka University, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Hiroshi Okajima (Kumamoto University, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Kenji Sawada (The University of Electro-Communications, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Kazuma Sekiguchi (Tokyo City University, Japan)
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Autonomous mobility, as exemplified by self-driving cars, autonomous mobile robots, drones, etc., is essential to the acceleration and practical application of transportation services and the automation of delivery, guidance, security, and inspection. Therefore, in recent years, expectations have been building for autonomous mobility to grow as a technology that not only improves the convenience and comfort of transportation and the efficiency of logistics but also leads to solutions to various social problems. Various technological elements are required to ensure the safety and quality of autonomous mobility for safe use. For example, technology is needed to create environmental maps and automatically determine obstacles, based on data acquired by cameras and sensors such as LiDAR. Technologies for planning appropriate routes and controlling robots safely and comfortably are also essential. In this special issue, we call for research papers on the “recognition,” “decision and planning,” and “control” of autonomous mobility in use. We welcome papers on, but not limited to, the following topics: mobile robots, self-driving cars, drones, personal mobility, SLAM, odometry, state estimation, path tracking control, obstacle avoidance, active cruise control, assist control, and attitude control.

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IJAT Vol.17 No.4, July 5, 2023

Special Issue on Recent Trends in Additive Manufacturing

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2022
Editors: Prof. Dr. Tatsuaki Furumoto, Kanazawa University, Japan
Prof. Dr. Hiroyuki Sasahara, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
More details: IJATVol.17No.4CFP_AM.pdf
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Additive manufacturing (AM) has undergone rapid development in the last decade, and it has been recognized as a remarkable scientific and industrial technique owing to its capacity to produce parts with complex and functional geometries. Various materials, such as polymers, metals, ceramics, and graphite can be employed to produce end products. However, the lack of intended fusion and the formation of defects during layer construction, due to the continuous fluctuations caused by the interaction of the heat source and material, are drawbacks of this technique. The quality assurance of built parts is therefore critical if the technique is to be further applied in various industrial fields.

This special issue focuses on recent trends in additive manufacturing in order to increase the chatter-free depth of AM technologies. Authors should exhibit a deep understanding of AM processes and their enhancement in order to improve the mechanical properties and dimensional accuracies of built parts. We are also interested in successful industrial applications with optimized configurations, hybrid processes, robotics, material reuse, post processes, and material developments applied to AM techniques.

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JRM Vol.35 No.1 (Feb. 2023)
Special Issue on “Developments and Learning from the World Robot Challenge”

Submission Deadline: July 20, 2022 受付終了Closed
Editors: Prof. Gentiane Venture (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
More details: JRMCFP_35-1.pdf
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The World Robot Challenge (WRC), was a competition in which teams from all over the world competed with their robots in one of the 4 categories: Industrial Robotics, Service Robotics, Disaster Robotics, and Junior. From this competition several research outcomes, practical implementations and new knowledge were created. This special issue of JRM aims at offering an opportunity for participants of the WRC to present their work, and their robots that competed in the WRC, and the learnings from this competition and the outcome for future developments in robotics. Scientific contributions in any of the four categories of the WRC are welcome.

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IJAT Vol.17 No.3, May 5, 2023

Special Issue on Human Digital Twin Technology

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2022
Guest Editors: Dr. Mitsunori Tada, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
Dr. Tetsunari Inamura, National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan
More details: IJATVol.17No.3CFP_Human-Digital-Twin.pdf
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With the advancement of information technologies such as IoT and artificial intelligence, digital twins are being introduced into social systems. Digital twins that include explicit models of humans are expected to realize human-machine cooperative systems and health promotion services. However, human beings are still the weakest link in the system, and there are still many issues, such as the understanding and modeling of human behavior, that must be solved for digital twins to become reality. The purpose of this special issue is to summarize the latest research on digital twins including humans, from the development of fundamental technologies to system operation in simulated environments and demonstration fields, and to share the path toward the realization of the digital twin beyond the boundaries of research fields. This IJAT special issue solicits original articles related to digital twins that include human factors. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
* Measurement using IoT devices and XR technologies
* Prediction using human models and behavioral databases
* Improvement/Augmentation of human abilities through sensory intervention and robot technologies
* Human-machine cooperative systems using digital twins including human factors
* Health promotion services using digital twins including human factors
* Digital twins including human factors and ELSI

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IJAT Vol.17 No.2, March 5, 2023

Special Issue on Application of Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Production Engineering

Submission Deadline: July 29, 2022
Editors: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Keiichi Nakamoto, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Guest Editors: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Keigo Takasugi, Kanazawa University, Japan
More details: IJATVol.17No.2CFP_AI-Techniques.pdf
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Artificial intelligence (AI) techniques have been behind disruptive innovations in every industry. Based on AI techniques, large amounts of data can be converted into actionable insights and predictions. Manufacturers have frequently faced different kinds of challenges, such as unexpected machinery failures or defective product deliveries. Still, the adoption of AI techniques is expected to improve operational efficiency, enable the launch of new products, customize product designs, and plan future financial actions. Recently, manufacturers have been using AI techniques to improve the quality of their products, achieve greater speed and visibility across supply chains, and optimize inventory management.

Given that the attention and interest in AI techniques has been growing rapidly, it is time that the current state of the art of their practical applications be presented. The main aim of this special issue is to bring together the latest AI research and practical case studies of AI techniques in production engineering. Related topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

* Product development and design customization
* Process modeling/simulation
* Process monitoring/control
* CAD/CAM/CAE and generative design
* Predictive maintenance and logistics optimization

We hope this special Issue will contribute to the future research and development efforts of researchers and engineers in the field of production engineering.

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IJAT Vol.17 No.1, January 5, 2023

Special Issue on Advanced Abrasive Processing Technologies

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2022
Guest Editors: Prof. Emeritus Dr. Minoru Ota, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
Prof. Dr. Hirofumi Suzuki, Chubu University, Japan
Prof. Dr. Kazuhito Ohashi, Okayama University, Japan
Prof. Dr. Takazo Yamada, Nihon University, Japan
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Abrasive processing technologies support production processes in various industrial fields, such as the automotive, telecommunications, semiconductor, health care, energy, and aerospace industries. In this era of major changes, known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, advanced abrasive processing technologies that produce cutting-edge devices, machinery, and equipment are needed. Subjects related to abrasive processing are extremely diverse, including environmentally-friendly processing, function generation processing, and ICT fusion processing, in addition to continuing basic subjects such as high-efficiency processing, difficult-to-cut material processing, and ultra/high-precision processing. In order to meet these diversified needs, it is important that advanced abrasive processing technologies that capture the changes of the times be developed. Recently, basic grinding technologies, such as advanced measurement methods of analyzing grinding phenomena, the development of high-performance grinding wheels, and truing and dressing technologies, have progressed. Furthermore, advanced abrasive processing technologies have been developed, including the high-efficiency grinding of next-generation semiconductor materials and high-performance, difficult-to-cut materials, the automation/intelligence of grinding machines, the combining of mechanical energy and physical/chemical energy for grinding, and high-performance surface processing.

This special issue covers the advanced abrasive processing technologies, including grinding, lapping, polishing, abrasive-jet machining, vibration-assisted abrasive machining, magnetic machining, and energy-assisted abrasive machining, etc.

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IJAT Vol.16 No.6, November 5, 2022

Special Issue on Design and Manufacturing for Environmental Sustainability

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022 April 29, 2022 [Extended!]
Editors: Prof. Dr. Yasushi Umeda, The University of Tokyo, Japan
More details: IJATVol.16No.6CFP_EcoDesign.pdf
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Recent trends, such as the trend toward carbon neutrality and toward a circular economy, indicate that it is increasingly crucial to include environmental sustainability in design and manufacturing. In design, this includes ecodesign, life cycle design, scenario design, service design, and design for X, such as remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair, and direct reuse (RRRDR). It also includes maintenance, upgrades, recycling, disassembly, and inspection. In manufacturing, it includes sustainable manufacturing, carbon neutralization, reduced energy and/or resource consumption, and sustainable value chain management.

The aim of this special issue is to bring together the latest research and practical case studies on design and manufacturing for environmental sustainability, especially those that deal with a holistic view of technology, business, legislation, energy, resources, infrastructures, and customer behavior. Papers ranging from theory to applications and case studies are welcomed. Topics of interest in this special issue include but are not limited to the following.

* Design for sustainability: ecodesign, life cycle design, scenario design, product service system design, design for XaaS, and design for X
* Manufacturing aspects of sustainability: sustainable manufacturing, carbon neutralization in manufacturing, reduced energy and/or resource consumption, digital transformation in manufacturing, and sustainable value chain management
* Business and social aspects of sustainability: SDGs, circular economy, ecobusiness planning, product service system business, sharing business, and environmental legislation
* Planning and design of sustainable infrastructure systems: “smart” cities, zero energy buildings, circular economy platforms, and sensor-networks for environmental monitoring
* Scenario planning and/or analysis for sustainability
* Energy management and new energy technologies

[Special announcement for EcoDesign 2021 speakers]
We cannot accept manuscripts that appear in the Springer E-book unless they have been significantly altered. However, we can accept manuscripts that appear only in the Proceedings of EcoDesign 2021.

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JRM Vol.34 No.6 (Dec. 2022)
Special Issue on “Robotics for Medical Applications”

Submission Deadline: May 20, 2022 受付終了Closed
Guest Editors: Prof. Kenji Kawashima (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Prof. Jumpei Arata (Kyushu University, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Kotaro Tadano (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Kanako Harada (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
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In recent years, the field of robots for medical applications has expanded rapidly. These robots effectively augment their operators’ skills, enabling them to be highly accurate and precise in performing complex procedures. As the use of robots improves both the patients’ quality of life and the quality of medical research, the research and development of robots for medical applications will become more active in aging societies. For safer and more intelligent robot operation, it is important to improve their usability, improve their functionality, and integrate them with technologies such as augmented reality.
This special issue focuses on robot design and control as well as on integrated technologies for robots for medical applications, such as navigation, simulator, image guidance, training, and robot validation.

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IJAT Vol.16 No.4, July 5, 2022

Special Issue on State-of-the-Art Actuators: Design, Analysis, Control, Materials, Systems, and Applications

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2021
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Katsushi Furutani, Toyota Technological Institute, Japan
More details: IJATVol.16No.4CFP_Actuators.pdf
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Actuators are components that are essential to the moving, manipulating, or deforming of
objects. Historically, conventional electromagnetic motors as well as pneumatic and hydraulic
actuators have been developed to sophistication. In the past several decades, however, many
other kinds of novel principle actuators have also been proposed. These have employed physical
or/and chemical effects, such as piezoelectric, electrostatic, or giant magnetostrctive effects, as
well as thermal expansion, phase transformation, or ion mobility in polymers. These actuators
have been embedded not only in conventional machines but also in smart ones such as robots,
electric vehicles, data storage devices, and manufacturing equipment by combining the actuators
with the Internet of Things (IoT). In addition, there is no doubt that the technologies involved
in the development of novel actuators and the improvement of their efficiency are key to the
achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs), as actuators currently consume a huge
aggregate amount of energy. The actuators have the potential to be central to the development of
innovative machines.

This special issue will collect contributions related (but not limited) to the following topics.
* Design and analysis of actuators: high torque and/or power density actuators, precision
actuators, soft actuators, miniaturized or micro actuators, multiple-degree-of-freedom
actuators, linear motors, self-sensing actuators, composites and smart structures.
* Related topics: control strategies, driving circuits, materials, mechanisms.
* Applications: robotics, positioning systems, science, technologies, aerospace, harsh
environments, health care, virtual reality, arts, education, entertainment and industries.
* Case studies.

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IJAT Vol.16 No.3, May 5, 2022

Special Issue on Smart Factory

Submission Deadline: October 29, 2021
Guest Editors: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hironori Hibino, Tokyo University of Science, Japan
Prof. Dr. Yasuyuki Nishioka, Hosei University, Japan
More details: IJATVol.16No.3CFP_SF.pdf
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The Fourth Industrial Revolution has been proposed, and various research and development activities geared toward the realization of smart factories have become extremely active. The smart factories are to use system thinking and data thinking IoT technologies in manufacturing.
In smart factories developed individually within a company, the direction of the development activities is changing drastically. Regarding common technologies, research activities and fusibility case study activities that are collaborations among industry, academia, and government and that show consideration and awareness of ecosystems are becoming active. In Japan, several initiatives support these activities. One of these initiatives, Industrial Value Chain Initiative (IVI), has conducted more than 200 research and demonstration activities toward the establishment of smart factories.
This special issue addresses the latest in advanced research on smart factories. We cordially invite you to submit papers on the topic to share your experiences and achievements with our many interested readers and researchers.
“Smart factory” includes, but is not limited to, the Internet of Things (IoT), Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), digital twins, cloud base technologies, production management technologies, supply chain management technologies, simulation technologies, maintenance technologies, machine to machine (M2M), sensor networks, and facility technologies.

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IJAT Vol.16 No.2, March 5, 2022

Special Issue on Self-Optimizing Machining Systems

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2021 [Extension!] July 30, 2021
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Yasuhiro Kakinuma, Keio University, Japan
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Daisuke Kono, Kyoto University, Japan
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The idea of Self-Optimizing Machining Systems (SOMS) has been proposed in the
era of Industry 4.0. In order to optimize for productivity, quality, and efficiency
in manufacturing, each component technology related to machining processes such
as CAD/CAM, process modeling/simulation, machine tool use, process monitoring/
control, workpiece assessment, etc. has been developed independently, although
the interactions among these component technologies determine the final
machining performance and the quality of the products. SOMS deals with the
information links among these components. Viewed from the opposite side, these
links and functionalities could be combined to develop comprehensive SOMS.
Nevertheless, an intensive implementation and combination of these technologies
has yet to catch up with the state-of-the-art industrial level. Industry 4.0 requires
that SOMS undergo further research and development.

This Special Issue focuses on SOMS research trends, with an emphasis on the
interactions among process modelling/simulation and process monitoring/
control. We hope this Special Issue will contribute to the future research and
development efforts of researchers and engineers in the field of manufacturing and
machining systems.

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IJAT Vol.16 No.1, January 5, 2022

Special Issue on High Performance Abrasive Technologies

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2021
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Takazo Yamada, Nihon University, Japan
Prof. Dr. Kazuhito Ohashi, Okayama University, Japan
Prof. Dr. Hirofumi Suzuki, Chubu University, Japan
Prof. Dr. Akinori Yui, Kanagawa University, Japan
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The demand for high-precision abrasive processes for difficult-to-machine materials, such
as hardened steel, ceramics, Ti alloys, and CFRP, has increased in various industries, such
as in the automotive, airplane, optical, and communication industries, as well as in the life
and medical sciences. Some difficult-to-machine materials can be reliably machined using
deterministic precision-cutting processes. On the other hand, hard and brittle materials,
such as ceramics, carbides, the hardened steel of molds, glassy materials, or semiconductor
materials, have to be machined using precision abrasive technologies with super abrasives
of diamond or cBN. However, the machining of high-precision components and their
molds/dies by means of abrasive processes is much more difficult because the complex
and non-deterministic natures and textured surfaces of these materials. In this sense,
precision grinding and polishing processes are primarily used to generate high-quality,
functional components usually made of difficult-to-machine materials. The surface qualities
achievable through precision grinding and polishing processes become more important in
terms of reducing machining times and costs.
This special issue covers high-performance abrasive technologies; including grinding,
lapping, polishing, and jet polishing; energy-assisted abrasive technologies; magnetic
machining technologies; and vibration-assisted technologies.

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IJAT Vol.15 No.5, September 5, 2021

Special Issue on New Technologies for Robotic Manipulators and Their Industrial Applications

Submission Deadline: January 28, 2021 (January 7, 2021 in Japanese) February 26, 2021 (February 5, 2021 in Japanese)
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Soichi Ibaraki, Hiroshima University, Japan
Prof. Dr. Andreas Archenti, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
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The industrial robot is more precisely an “automatically controlled, reprogrammable, multipurpose manipulator, programmable in three or more axes, which can be either fixed in place or mobile” (ISO 8373:2012). According to the International Federation of Robotics, by 2018, more than 400,000 new units were being installed annually, and the global average robot density in the manufacturing industry was 99 robots per 10,000 employees. More than 30% of all installed robots were in the automotive industry, the biggest customer for robots.
Research on modeling, optimal motion control, programming, and efficient trajectory planning has been conducted to give robotic manipulators a wider variety of industrial applications. Owing to their larger workspace as well as greater flexibility, there is also an interest in utilizing industrial robots in contact applications such as machining. However, this is challenging since they are less accurate yet more complex than specialized machinery.
Hence, this special issue covers technical and academic efforts related to new technologies that improve the accuracy and facilitate the implementation of robotic manipulators in industrial applications. Suitable topics may include but are not limited to the following:
* Mechanical and geometrical property modeling and measurement
* Stiffness modeling and measurement
* Dynamic behavior modeling and measurement
* Offline and online compensation methods/strategies
* Path planning methodologies
* Thermal compensation
* Sensor-based robot enhancement
* AI applications in industrial robotics
* Robot programming: Interaction of specialized machinery and industrial manipulators
* Vision-based measurement
* Dynamic feedback control of robots
* Integrated metrology and robot sensors
* Production management with robots

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IJAT Vol.15 No.3, May 5, 2021

Special Issue on Digital Geometry Processing for Large-Scale Structures and Environments

Submission Deadline: September 28, 2020 October 30, 2020 受付終了Closed
Guest Editors: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hiroaki Date, Hokkaido University, Japan
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tomohiro Mizoguchi, Nihon University, Japan
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kiichiro Ishikawa, Nippon Institute of Technology, Japan
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Advanced digital geometry processing is required to develop, maintain, and renovate plants, factories, tunnels, bridges, forests, buildings and urban environments, as well as to conduct simulations and several automations therein. The importance of the rapid evolution of reliable and efficient 3D acquisition, processing, recognition, and modeling technologies, and their application to digital geometry data from large-scale structures and environments, is increasing.
Much research effort is being devoted to digital geometry processing and its applications. The main objective of this special issue is to provide the results of the latest research on and useful applications of digital geometry processing for large-scale structures and environments.
Related topics include but are not limited to the following:
* 3D geometry data acquisition of large-scale structures and environments.
* Point cloud and mesh data processing of large-scale structures and environments.
* Recognition and modeling of large-scale structures and environments.
* Applications of digital geometry data of large-scale structures and environments.
The papers in this special issue present the latest advances in large-scale geometry processing. Learning about these advances will help readers explore them while sharing their knowledge and experience with related technologies and developments.

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IJAT Vol.15 No.2, March 5, 2021

Special Issue on Application of Robot and AI

Submission Deadline: August 12, 2020 受付終了Closed
Editors: Prof. Dr. Naoki Asakawa, Kanazawa University, Japan
More details: IJATVol.15No.2CFP_RobotAI.pdf
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Owing to changes in global industrial structure, the number of employees in manufacturing industry has been decreasing in developed countries. One of solutions offered in Industry 4.0 is “utilization of ROBOT and AI as alternatives to skilled workers.” The solutions have been applied to various operations conventionally performed by skilled workers and have given consistent results. A skilled worker has two features: “skill for physical operation” and “skill for decision making,” which correspond to utilization of ROBOT and AI, respectively.
Topics of interest in this special issue include but are not limited to the following:
*Application of ROBOT for various operations.
*Application of AI for various operations.
*Automation of operation that requires skill.
In addition to academic theory or analysis, technical reports, including practical cases, are welcome.

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IJAT Vol.15 No.1, January 5, 2021

Special Issue on Advances in Abrasive Technology

Submission Deadline: May 11, 2020 受付終了Closed
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Kazuhito Ohashi, Okayama University, Japan
Prof. Dr. Hirofumi Suzuki, Chubu University, Japan
Prof. Dr. Takazo Yamada, Nihon University, Japan
More details: IJATVol.15No.1CFP_ISAAT2019.pdf
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Abrasive technologies are currently indispensable for production processes in various industries, such as the automotive, aerospace, optics, telecommunications, and healthcare industries. In
production in these industries, even though it may be difficult to obtain the required accuracy and quality through other machining methods, abrasive technologies overcome the problems, yielding high surface quality with high dimensional and shape accuracy as a result. On the other hand, high-hardness materials, such as hardening die steels, cemented carbides, ceramics, and semiconductor materials, as well as heat-resistant materials, such as titanium alloys and nickel-based alloys, have become more difficult to machine as they have been developed. The accuracy and efficiency required of them have also increased. In order to realize these required types of processing, it is necessary to further advance the research and development of abrasive technologies, such as grinding and polishing. To these ends, it is important to elucidate the mechanisms of grinding and polishing and to develop processing techniques based on them. In addition, it is important to develop abrasive tools, including the abrasives they use, and to develop technologies peripheral to abrasive processing, such as tool conditioning techniques, coolant supply systems, and the coolants themselves.
This special issue covers the high-precision abrasive technologies of grinding, lapping, polishing, and jet machining, as well as magnetic machining technologies, vibration-assisted abrasive
technologies, and energy-assisted abrasive technologies.

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IJAT Vol.14 No.6, November 5, 2020

Special Issue on Design and Manufacturing for Environmental Sustainability

Submission Deadline: March 28, 2020受付終了Closed
Editors: Prof. Dr. Yasushi Umeda, The University of Tokyo, Japan
More details: IJATVol.14No.6CFP_EcoDesign.pdf
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Recent trends such as circular economy and responsible consumption and production have shown that it is increasingly crucial to include environmental sustainability in design and manufacturing.
In design, this includes ecodesign, life cycle design, scenario design, and design for X such as RRRDR (Remanufacturing, Refurbish, Repair, and Direct Reuse), maintenance, upgrading, recycling,
disassembly, and inspection. In manufacturing, this includes sustainable manufacturing, reducing energy and/or resource consumption, and sustainable value chain management.
The aim of this special issue is to bring together the latest research and practical case studies on design and manufacturing for environmental sustainability, especially those that deal with a holistic view of technology, business, legislation, energy, resources, infrastructures, and customer behavior.
Papers ranging from theory to applications and case studies are welcomed. Topics of interest in this special issue include but are not limited to:
*design for sustainability including ecodesign, life cycle design, scenario design, product service system design, and design for X
*manufacturing aspects of sustainability including sustainable manufacturing, reducing energy and/or resource consumption, digital transformation in manufacturing, and sustainable value chain management
*business and social aspects of sustainability, including SDGs, circular economy, CE business, ecobusiness planning, product service system business, sharing business, sustainable consumption and production, and environmental legislation
*planning and design of sustainable infrastructure systems including “smart” cities, green buildings, green ICT, smart grids, and sensor-networks for environmental monitoring
*scenario planning and/or analysis for sustainability
*energy management and new energy technologies

[Special announcement for EcoDesign 2019 speakers]
We cannot accept manuscripts that appear in the Springer E-book as is. However, we can accept manuscripts that appear only in the Proceedings of EcoDesign 2019.

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Special Issue on Activity of Research Center in University/Company/Government

大学・企業・政府機関 研究センター特集

Submission Deadline: Always welcome! 常時受付中
Editors:
More details: JRM_CFP_Center_J.pdf
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[in Japanese]
近年のロボットメカトロニクス技術の高度化複雑化に伴って,一つの研究室で完結することが難しくなりつつあります.そこで,大学等の研究機関では人と資財を集中するための組織として研究センターを設立して研究開発を進めています.本特集では,大学だけではなく企業や官公庁の研究機関の研究センターの最先端の研究成果を世界に発信する企画です.内容は研究センターの紹介のための概要1ページ(掲載料無料)とJournal paper またはDevelopment report を2~3編で構成します.なお,論文審査はこれまでの規程通りに行います.研究センター関係者のご投稿をお待ちしています.

[in English]
Recent advancements and sophistications in robotics and mechatronics technologies have created challenges for individual research groups to complete their work independently. Under these circumstances, research institutes, such as universities, have established research centers to promote advanced and sophisticated technological innovations by centralizing humans and material assets. This special issue is planned to globally expose the cutting-edge research outcomes from these research centers in universities as well as companies and governmental agencies. The contents of this special issue will consist of one-page brief introductions to these research centers (page-charge free) and of a few journal papers and development reports from each listed organization. The papers and reports submitted to this special issue will be peer-reviewed base on the regular rules of the journal. All members affiliated with such research centers are hereby cordially invited to contribute papers or reports to this special issue of the Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics.
<PDF>: https://www.fujipress.jp/main/wp-content/uploads/JRM_CFP_Center_E.pdf

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IJAT Vol.13 No.6, November 5, 2019

Special Issue on Advanced Abrasive Process Technologies

Submission Deadline: March 28, 2019
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Hirofumi Suzuki, Chubu University, Japan
Prof. Dr. Kazuhito Ohashi, Okayama University, Japan
More details: IJATVol.13No.6CFP_Advanced_Abrasive.pdf
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The demand for high-precision machining of difficult-to-machine materials such as hardened steel, ceramics, Ti alloys, and carbon fiber reinforced plastic have increased across various industries such as in the automotive, aircraft, optical, and communication industries, as well as in life and medical sciences. Some difficult-to-machine materials can be reliably machined using deterministic precision cutting processes. On the contrary, hard and brittle materials such as ceramics, carbides, hardened steel molds, glassy materials, or semiconductor materials have to be machined using precision abrasive technologies with super abrasives of diamond or cBN. However, the machining of high-precision components and their molds/dies using abrasive processes is much more difficult owing to their complex and non-deterministic nature and textured surface. In this sense, precision grinding and polishing are primarily used to generate high-quality and functional components that are usually made of difficult-to-machine materials. The surface quality achievable through precision grinding and polishing becomes more important for reducing machining time and cost.
This special issue covers the advanced abrasive technology of grinding, lapping, polishing, jet polishing, magnetic machining technologies, vibration assisted technologies, and energy-assisted abrasive technologies.

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JRM Vol.31 No.5, Oct. 2019

Special Issue on “Wearable Robotics and Mechatronics Technology”

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2019
Editors: Assoc. Prof. Takayuki Tanaka (Hokkaido University, Japan)
Guest Editors: Prof. Yuichi Kurita (Hiroshima University, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Keisuke Shima (Yokohama National University, Japan)
Prof. Norihisa Miki (Keio University, Japan)
More details: JRMCFP_31-5.pdf
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Miniaturization of computers and electronic devices as well as advancements in processing algorithms have enabled the development and practical use of several wearable devices. Other devices such as power assist robots for reducing the burden of work or wearable sensors for measuring physical activity and health condition of people and animals also provide various uses and are available in several forms. In Japan, Society 5.0 is attracting significant attention as one of the important technologies for a human-centered society that achieves both economic development and solutions to social problems. A society that can benefit from wearable devices anytime and anywhere is thus being realized. In this special issue, we focus on robotics and mechatronics technology for next generation wearable devices to realize a progressive society; the technologies in focus include wearable systems and their principles and fabrication, AI, IoT, and related technologies of practical use.

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IJAT Regular Papers

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Always welcome

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Call for Development Reports

開発報告募集

Submission Deadline: Always welcome! 常時受付中
More details: JRM_CFP_Development_Ja.pdf
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[in Japanese]
Journal of Robotics and Mechatronicsでは、大学の研究者による研究論文だけではなく、企業の技術者や大学・高専の学生による開発報告も募集しています。ロボティクス・メカトロニクスのシステム・技術を開発してみたが学術研究としてはまとめづらい場合であっても、自分たちの開発成果を読者に紹介したいという場合には、開発報告を書いてください。掲載されるとオンラインで無料公開され、世界中の読者に対して自分たちの成果を発信できます。英文誌ですが、英語で書くのが苦手な方でも、日本語で書いて出版社で翻訳することも可能です。開発現場での製品開発やロボット競技会での活動を通して達成した成果を、ぜひとも開発報告として投稿してください。

[in English]
The Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics (JRM) is calling for not only research papers from university researchers but also development reports from corporate engineers and university or college students. If you would like to present to our readers a system or technology you have developed in the field of robotics and mechatronics, you are encouraged to write a development report, even if you find difficulty in writing a research paper. Once published, your report will appear online free of charge and be shared with readers all over the world. JRM is an English journal, but if you are not confident in your English skills, you can write your report in Japanese and we will translate it for you. We are looking forward to receiving your development reports on, such as, product development in your company or an achievement in a robotics competition.
<PDF>: https://www.fujipress.jp/main/wp-content/uploads/JRM_CFP_Development.pdf

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3D Printer for Robotics and Mechatronics

開発報告募集: 3Dプリンタとロボット技術

More details: JRM_3DPrinter_CFP_Ja.pdf
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[in Japanese]
近年、3Dプリンタが急速に注目を集めています。高性能化と低価格化を背景に、一般家庭でも3Dプリンタを所有できる時代になり、個人でも容易にデジタルデータからオリジナルの立体造形物を作り出すことが可能になりました。ものづくり革命の到来とも言われています。JRMでは、3Dプリンタによるものづくりの革新を特集するため、革新的な造形技術やモデリング技術、理工系教育への応用、などロボット・メカトロニクス分野への応用が期待される3Dプリンタの技術の報告を募集します。投稿者と読者の間でモデリングデータやノウハウを共有し、創造的アイデアのネットワークを形成していくことも狙いの1つです。大学や研究機関からはもちろん、企業からも、皆様の投稿をお待ちしております。

[in English]
The high performance and low price of 3D printers have made them available to ordinary homes and individuals. Nowadays original 3D objects can be easily produced by individuals using 3D printers. To focus on the innovation of manufacturing using 3D printers, we are calling for technical reports introducing 3D printer technologies applied to robotics and mechatronics fields. Examples include innovative shaping and modeling technology, scientific and technological education, and so on. One of our aims is to form a creative network among authors and readers through the sharing of modeling data and technical knowledge. Submissions are welcome from both academic institutions such as universities and laboratories and from commercial and other enterprises.
Details are given in the following PDF.
https://www.fujipress.jp/main/wp-content/uploads/JRM_3DPrinter_CFP_En.pdf

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JRM Regular Papers

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JDR Regular paper

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JACIII Regular paper

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Regular paper submissions are always welcome!

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