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Advanced Robotics

For a Special Issue on

Robot Olfaction

Manuscript deadline
31 July 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Shunsuke Shigaki, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
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John Greg Gillen, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA

Patrick P. Neumann, Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung, Germany

Yusuke Shiota, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany

Daisuke Kurabayashi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

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Robot Olfaction

Although the olfaction is considered as one of the primitive sense, it plays pivotal roles in organism. Humans can detect the smell of burning stuff, which is a precursor to cause fire, and the smell of rotten food, which can be used to detect danger and/or harmful substrates in advance. In the medical field, halitosis and body odor can be used to diagnose diseases. Although smells are utilized in various situations, even in this time and age of artificial intelligence, we still cannot reconstruct and replace organisms' olfaction. In addition to the fact that some odors are harmful to living organisms, problems of habituation and saturation exist as the limitation of temporal dynamics when organisms' olfaction are considered for robot implementation. To achieve odor-based estimation or spatial cognition and so on, there is an extreme demand to artificialize olfaction and implement it in robots.

Therefore, this special issue focuses on "Robot Olfaction," which aims to implement the functional reconstruction and the understanding mechanism of olfaction for robots and/or AIs. A wide range of fields are involved in the establishment of robot olfaction, including chemical detection, artificial nasal cavity design, and odor learning and recognition. For these reasons, we invite contributions that go beyond the scope of a traditional single-discipline journal as well as elemental technologies, such as methodologies for chemical detection that support robotic olfaction, insights into biological olfactory behavior, and the implementation of olfaction in robots. We also welcome survey papers that identify current essential topics serving the development of robotic olfaction and its algorithm. Prospective contributed papers are invited to cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:

・ Bio-inspired Robotics

・ Computational neuroscience

・ Chemical detection

・ Body morphology for mechanical design

・ Bio-hybrid system (Cyborg)

・ Ethology

・ Electrophysiology

・ Neuroethology

・ Simulation and robot implementation

・ Neuro-robotics

・ Soft robotics

・ Particle image velocimetry

・ Sensory-motor integration

・ Learning and plasticity




Submission Instructions

Details of types of papers: Full paper (around 6000 words), Short paper (around 3500 words), and Survey paper (around 6000 words)

Select the type of paper from "Special Issue - Full Paper", "Special Issue - Short Paper", or "Special Issue - Survey Paper" when submitting your paper to Submission Portal.

Select "Robot Olfaction” when submitting your paper to Submission Portal.

Expected publication dates: March 2025 (Advanced Robotics vol. 39, issue 5)

The full-length manuscript (either PDF file or MS word file) should be sent by the due date to the office of Advanced Robotics, the Robotics Society of Japan through the WEB site of Advanced Robotics ( Instructions for authors and manuscript template are available at the WEB site.

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