EDITORIAL SPECIAL ISSUE: Living Lab

EDITORIAL:
SPECIAL ISSUE: Intelligent Robotics (1/2)

Yi-Hung Liu

Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan

lyh@cycu.edu.tw
DOI: 10.5875/ausmt.v2i4.182
(Published on line 1 December 2012)

Although robotics has been studied for several decades, this research topic still plays a key role in various areas and receives increasing attention, which should be attributed to the fact that robotics is a basis that spans a variety of applications in different domains, including industry, education, entertainment, military, and medical/health care. Therefore, there are always novel and encouraging developments in the robotic community, making this research field more and more attracting. These emerging technologies are often presented in conferences related to robotics. In 2012, one of the leading conferences in the robotics community, the International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) was held in Taipei, Taiwan, where 250 papers from more than 20 different countries were presented. Among the papers presented, 40 papers were recommended to the International Journal of Automation and Smart Technology for possible publication after a rigorous selection by Dr. Han-Pang Huang, the Program Chair of ISR. After a further peer-review process, only 15 papers were accepted by this journal. The aim of this special issue of the International Journal of Automation and Smart Technology is to provide a collection of the best papers from ISR 2012, and share the emerging technologies related to intelligent robotics proposed in these collected and accepted papers. This special issue is divided into two parts, which are published in December, 2012, and March, 2013, respectively. There are seven papers in the first part, while the rest will be published in the second part. An overview of the first part of this special issue is provided below.

The paper entitled “An Embedded System for Tracking Human Motion and Humanoid Interfaces” co-authored by Ming-June Tsai, Hung-Wen Lee, Trinh-Ngoc Chau, and Chia-Hong Chao, proposed a human motion tracking system and constructed a motion replication interface for a humanoid robot. In their proposed motion tracking system, a complex programmable logic device is built in a central unit (CCU) to generate synchronous signals. In addition, the same CCU is used to generate PWM signals to drive the humanoid robot.
The paper entitled “Automatic 3-D Optical Detection on Orientation of Randomly Oriented Industrial Parts for Rapid Robotic Manipulation” co-authored by Liang-Chia Chen, Manh-Trung Le, and Xuan-Loc Nguyen proposed a novel method employing a developed 3-D optical imaging and processing algorithm for accurate classification of an object’s surface characteristics in robot pick and place manipulation.

Wen-Chung Chang and Chia-Hung Wu proposed the paper entitled “Hand-Eye Coordination for Robotic Assembly Tasks”, which aims at addressing issues related to the design and implementation of robotic assembly tasks. In particular, the application of real-time visual sensing-based automatic assembly systems with for the back shells of cellular phones is considered is this paper. Zen-Chung Wang, Ching-Chih Tsai and Ming-Chen Chien proposed the paper entitled “Design of an Intelligent Soldier Combat Training System”, where an intelligent solider combat training (ISCT) system using X-Box Kinect and augmented virtual reality (AVR) was developed. This system improves soldier training performance through AVR-based simulation combat fields.

The paper entitled “Real-Time Analysis of Beats in Music for Entertainment Robots” co-authored by Yue-Der Lin, Ting-Tsao Wu, Yu-Ren Chen, Yen-Ting Lin, Wen-Hsiu Chen, Shih-Fan Wang, and Jinghom Chakhap proposed a real-time algorithm to detect the primary information of the music needed for the actions of entertainment robots. This algorithm is computationally cheap and thus can satisfy the requirement of real-time processing by a digital signal controller.

The paper entitled “Advanced Driving Assistance Systems for an Electric Vehicle” co-authored by Pau Muñoz-Benavent, Leopoldo Armesto, Vicent Girbés, J. Ernesto Solanes, Juan F. Dols, Adolfo Muñoz, and Josep Tornero presented the automation of a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) and the embedded distributed architecture for implementing an Advanced Driving Assistance System (ADAS) with haptic, visual, and audio feedback in order to improve safety. Collision avoidance and motion planning are also embodied in this system.

Takashi Nammoto and Kazuhiro Kosuge proposed an analytical solution for the inverse kinematics of a redundant manipulator with seven degrees of freedom and an offset rotation axis in the paper entitled “An Analytical Solution for a Redundant Manipulator with Seven Degrees of Freedom”, where a model for the redundant manipulator is also provided.

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