Special Issue on Optomechatronics
Shun'ichi Kaneko*, Hyungsuck Cho**, Kazunori Umeda***, and Takayuki Tanaka*
*Hokkaido University, Kita 14, Nishi 9, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0814, Japan
**Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 373-1, Guseong-dong, Yuseong-dong, Daejeon, Korea
***Chuo University, 1-13-27 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8551, Japan
Many researchers in optomechatronics face the globalization of technologies they developed and implemented on production lines such as optical lithography, fiber optics, optical sensors and communication, micro/nano-optical engineering, intelligent and smart technologies, machine vision, optics-based control, visual servoing, vision-based control, microrobotics, and optics-based navigation and sensing. Optomechatronics is an active research field in which many types of optical technologies are combined with mechatronics, including mechanisms, electronics, and information technologies. Optomechatronics thus develops new technical, smart, embedded functions and systems for very broad applications. We have organized several international conferences for optomechatronics and optomechatronic systems sponsored by SPIE during this decade. At Sapporo in 2005, the SPIE international symposium on optomechatronic systems, ISOT2005, was held as a joint symposium of five conferences: actuators and manipulation, sensors and instrumentation, micro/nano-devices and components, machine vision, and systems control. The organization attracted 174 papers from around the world, and provided a fruitful forum for discussions on the status and future issues in optomechatronics. This special issue was planned partly to include many of the qualified papers presented at the symposium and to promote other researchers in peripheral fields of optomechatronics to submit their research to encourage researchers interested in it to develop systems and technologies more skilled, smarter, and more robust in the real-world environment. We thank the authors for their invaluable contributions and the reviewers for their valuable time and effort.
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