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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
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.5 (Oct. 2022)
Special Issue on “High-Speed Vision and its Applications”

Submission Deadline: March 20, 2022
Guest Editors: Prof. Masatoshi Ishikawa (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Prof. Idaku Ishii (Hiroshima University, Japan)
Prof. Hiromasa Oku (Gunma University, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Akio Namiki (Chiba University, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Yuji Yamakawa (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Tomohiko Hayakawa (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
More details: JRMCFP_34-5.pdf
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As the calculation speed of computers has increased, input and output devices such as cameras and displays have become faster, and the delays (latency) inherent in conventional systems have been approaching elimination. As a result, general-purpose system design principles based on high-speed image processing technology, including high-speed robotics, visual feedback, high-speed tracking, markerless tracking, dynamic projection mapping (DPM), low-latency video processing technologies, and others, have been created. These have enabled us to achieve not only high-speed (1,000 fps), but also sophisticated algorithms for handling rich information contents, and these algorithms have contributed to a more comfortable information environment. In particular, it is expected that a new dimension of information environment systems with millisecond-order motion characteristics in crosscutting fields such as multimedia, robotics, human-robot interaction, sports science, and others, will be realized. In this special issue, we focus on high-speed vision and its applications for next-generation information environment systems. We welcome papers pertaining to, but not limited to, the following topics:
 • High-speed vision
 • High-speed image processing algorithms
 • High-speed tracking
 • High-speed adaptive optics
 • High-speed robotics
 • Hardware for high-speed robotics
 • Sensor fusion
 • Dynamic manipulation
 • Human-machine cooperation
 • Visual feedback
 • Micro-visual feedback
 • Intelligent systems
 • Sensor networks
 • Active vision
 • 3D shape recognition
 • Gesture recognition
 • High-speed projectors
 • Realistic displays
 • Dynamic projection mapping
 • Dynamic interaction
 • Factory automation and inspection
 • Security
 • Bio-medical applications
 • Multi-media applications
 • Sports science
 • Human interface

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

Submission Deadline: May 20, 2022
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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JRM Vol.34 No.4 (Aug. 2022)
Special Issue on “Systems Science of Hyper-Adaptability”

Submission Deadline: January 20, 2022
Guest Editors: Prof. Toshiyuki Kondo (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan)
Prof. Jun Ota (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Ryosuke Chiba (Asahikawa Medical University, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Qi An (Kyushu University, Japan)
Assist. Prof. Kyo Kutsuzawa (Tohoku University, Japan)
More details: JRMCFP_34-4.pdf
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“Hyper-adaptability” is the capability of the brain and nervous system to manage the impairment of sensory, motor, and cognitive functions by reactivating and recruiting pre-existing networks that are latent but available. To learn about hyper-adaptability, interdisciplinary research integrating mathematical modeling and robotic technologies with neuroscience findings will be important. This
special issue focuses on systems science/engineering research to clarify the mechanisms of hyperadaptability, and it widely welcomes papers related to the adaptation mechanisms of humans, animals, and robots, including, but not limited to, the following topics:
– Mathematical modeling of brain functions
– Computational principle of hyper-adaptability
– Modeling of the neuro-musculoskeletal system
– Robotic intervention for neuro-rehabilitation
– Analysis of brain dynamics in adaptation

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JRM Vol.34 No.3 (Jun. 2022)
Special Issue on “Creative Robot Contest for Decommissioning”

Submission Deadline: November 20, 2021 受付中
Guest Editors: Prof. Tomoharu Doi (Osaka Prefecture University College of Technology, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Shigekazu Suzuki (National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College, Japan)
More details: JRMCFP_34-3.pdf
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[in Japanese]
本特集号では,福島第一原子力発電所廃炉に関する人材育成のために,全国の高専生を対象として開催されている「廃炉創造ロボコン」の成果を世界に発信することを目的としています.「廃炉創造ロボコン」は福島第一原子力発電所廃炉に関する課題をテーマとして2016年から,福島県楢葉町の日本原子力研究開発機構楢葉遠隔技術開発センターを会場として開催しています.従来のロボコンとは異なり,夏休み中に福島第一原子力発電所や福島の現状を正しく理解するためのサマースクールに参加し,そこで得られた知識をロボット開発に活かします.高専生の柔軟な発想と高い技術力が廃炉の現場に役立つと期待しています.2018年の第3回廃炉創造ロボコンからMalaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology(マレーシア)の学生も参加しています.これまでの5回の大会で各高専が開発したロボットの機構や制御手法,アイデアや知見を共有し,廃炉の現場に役立てたいと考えております.本特集号へのご投稿をお待ちしています.

[in English]
This special issue aims to make available to a global audience the outcomes of the “Creative Robot Contest for Decommissioning.” These contests have been held for students of national technical colleges with the aim of developing human resources capable of engaging in the decommissioning of the nuclear reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The contests, held at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency’s Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology Development in Narahamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan since 2016, adopt as themes the various issues involved in decommissioning the nuclear reactors of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Unlike in the case of conventional robot contests, the student contestants attend a special summer school to accurately comprehend the status quo of both the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and Fukushima Prefecture as a whole so that they may utilize the knowledge they acquire to develop their own robots for the decommissioning work. We hope that the students’ flexible thinking and high technological strengths prove to be very useful on the sites of the decommissioning work. Students of the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (in Malaysia) have also been participating since the third contest 2018. We would like to share, on a global basis, the mechanisms, control methods, innovations, and knowledge of the robots that individual technical college teams have developed in the past five “Creative Robot Contest for Decommissioning” in the service of the sites of nuclear reactor decommissioning work.
It is in this context that we cordially invite contributions of articles to this special issue.
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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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JRM Vol.34 No.2 (Apr. 2022)
Special Issue on “Science of Soft Robots”

Submission Deadline: September 20, 2021 受付終了Closed
Guest Editors: Prof. Koichi Suzumori (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Ryuma Niiyama (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Dr. Kenjiro Fukuda (RIKEN, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Kohei Nakajima (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
More details: JRMCFP_34-2.pdf
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Soft robotics is currently one of the most active fields in robotics. While traditional robots consist of rigid bodies, powerful servomotors, and carefully coded programs to realize power, precision, and reliability, soft robots consist of soft and flexible bodies, actuators, and intelligence to realize adaptability and flexibilities. These differences between traditional robotics and soft robotics have great potential to lead to a new field in robotics. We welcome papers pertaining to any of the following topics: soft robot design, bio-inspired soft robots, continuum mechanics, soft materials, flexible electronics, soft mechanisms, 4D printing, soft actuators, soft sensors, soft robot control, soft computing, physical reservoir computing, etc.

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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
More details: IJATVol.16No.2CFP_SOMS.pdf
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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
More details: IJATVol.16No.1CFP_Abrasive.pdf
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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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JRM Vol.33 No.6, Dec. 2021

Special Issue on “Field Robotics with Vision Systems”

Submission Deadline: May 20, 2021 受付終了Closed
Guest Editors: Prof. Takanori Fukao (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Prof. Yuichi Tsumaki (Yamagata University, Japan)
Assoc. Prof. Keita Kurashiki (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)
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Autonomous car driving, construction robots, drones, rescue robots, and other machines that mainly operate outdoors are collectively referred to as field robotics. Field robotics has seen rapid growth in recent years and is widely expected to bring highly transformative societal changes. While robustness is key in all aspects in outdoor environments, AI has rapidly evolved to enable robust recognitions, which conventionally used to be difficult to realize, enhancing the feasibility of field robotics.
In this context, this Special Issue on “Field Robotics with Vision Systems” cordially invites as many papers and theses as possible on field robotics having vision systems.

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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
More details: IJATVol.15No.5CFP_Industrial_Robot.pdf
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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
More details: IJATVol.15No.3CFP_Digital_Geometry.pdf
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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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JRM Vol.33 No.2, Apr. 2021

Special Issue on “Novel Technology of Autonomous Drone”

Submission Deadline: September 20, 2020 受付終了Closed
Editors: Assoc. Prof. Satoshi Suzuki (Chiba University, Japan)
Guest Editors: Prof. Kenzo Nonami (Advanced Robotics Foundation, Japan)
More details: JRMCFP_33-2.pdf
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In the last two years, the use of drones has advanced rapidly. Drones are becoming an indispensable tool in various industrial fields, such as surveying, inspection, and agriculture. At the same time, autonomous drone technology has also made rapid progress, with the unprecedented appearance of intelligent drones that combine image processing technology with AI technology. In this special issue, we are calling for papers on the latest autonomous drone technologies, especially intelligent drones.

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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:
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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
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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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