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IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine

Issue 3 • Date Sept. 2013

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): C1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):1 - 2
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  • Editorial Board

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 2
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  • Your Magazine [From the Editor's Desk]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 4
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  • Robotics and Automation for Humanitarian Activities [President's Message]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):6 - 10
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  • Upgrade Your Robot Competition, Make a Festival! [Competitions]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):12 - 14
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  • Robotics and Automation Activities in South Africa [Industrial Activities]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):16 - 18
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    Reports on automation and robot technologies and applications development in South Africa. View full abstract»

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  • The AlterG (Tibion) Bionic Leg Wins the IERA 2013 Award

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):19 - 20
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  • Stepping into the Future of Bionics [Industrial Activities]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):20 - 102
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    The application of robotics technology to physical rehabilitation is in need of a revolution. Many years ago, my thoughts along these lines began during my rehabilitation from knee surgery. While spending a few weeks on crutches, I thought there must be a way to apply robotics technology to mobility and rehabilitation needs. Finally, many years later, when I started working on a product idea, I st... View full abstract»

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  • Service robotics (the rise and bloom of service robots) [tc spotlight]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):22 - 24
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    We may think that robots were invented to serve humans. Consequently, what is the disparity between the terms service robots and service robotics? Although this is a valid point, to distinguish from the initial wide usage of robots in manufacturing, the term service robotics was invented to show robotics technologies and applications in nonmanufacturing areas. The term service robots was intended ... View full abstract»

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  • Soft Robotics [TC Spotlight]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):24 - 95
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    The use of soft and deformable materials in robotic systems has increasingly gained interest in recent years. Because of its potential to deal with uncertain and unstructured task environments, soft-body robotic systems are expected to be able to accomplish tasks such as grasping and manipulation of unknown objects, locomotion in rough terrains, and performing flexible interactions between robots ... View full abstract»

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  • Autonomous Underwater Biorobots: A Wireless System for Power Transfer

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):26 - 32
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    This article describes a new design for wireless power transfer in autonomous underwater robots. The aim is to propose a solution for battery charging by taking into account the morphological and dimensional constraints of robots requiring small and low-weight internal modules. An innovative design is presented for inductive power transfer suitable for a wide range of applications. The system is c... View full abstract»

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  • Tracking Aquatic Invaders: Autonomous Robots for Monitoring Invasive Fish

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):33 - 41
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    Carp is a highly invasive bottom-feeding fish that pollutes and dominates lakes by releasing harmful nutrients. Recently, biologists started studying the behavior of carp by tagging the fish with radio emitters. The biologists search for and localize the radio-tagged fish manually using a global positioning system (GPS) and a directional antenna. We are developing a novel robotic sensor system in ... View full abstract»

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  • Under the Sea: Rapid Characterization of Restricted Marine Environments

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):42 - 49
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    In crisis situations, military operating units require a rapid evaluation of the local meteorological and oceanographic (METOC) conditions affecting their missions. An important role of military oceanography (MILOC) is thus to provide a timely METOC characterization of denied littoral areas [1]. Environmental sampling procedures in MILOC must be easily relocatable, discreet, and secure. Until rece... View full abstract»

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  • Robotized Plant Probing: Leaf Segmentation Utilizing Time-of-Flight Data

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):50 - 59
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    Supervision of long-lasting extensive botanic experiments is a promising robotic application that some recent technological advances have made feasible. Plant modeling for this application has strong demands, particularly in what concerns three-dimensional (3-D) information gathering and speed. View full abstract»

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  • Structure-Reconfiguring Robots: Autonomous Truss Reconfiguration and Manipulation

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):60 - 71
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    In this article, we present a robot capable of autonomously traversing and manipulating a three-dimensional (3-D) truss structure. The robot can approach and traverse multiple structural joints using a combination of translational and rotational motions. A key factor in allowing reliable motion and engagement is the use of specially designed structural building blocks comprised of bidirectional ge... View full abstract»

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  • Development of the UB Hand IV: Overview of Design Solutions and Enabling Technologies

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):72 - 81
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    The replication of the human hand's functionality and appearance is one of the main reasons for the development of robot hands. Despite 40 years of research in the field [1], the reproduction of human capabilities, in terms of dexterous manipulation, still seems unachievable by the state-of-the-art technologies. From a design perspective, even defining the optimal functionalities of a robotic end-... View full abstract»

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  • All the Robots Merely Players: History of Player and Stage Software

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):82 - 90
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    When robot researchers talk about robot middle ware, inevitably Player will enter the discussion. This piece of software and its related tools have become one of the most popular software tools in robotics research. Its range of hardware support and the flexibility it offers users, as well as its ease of use and shallow learning curve, have ensured its success. View full abstract»

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  • ICRA 2013 - A Snapshot for the Students [Student's Corner]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):92 - 102
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  • Call for Student Activities Committee (SAC) Chair and Co-Chairs

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 93
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  • Attracting and Retaining Young Japanese Women in Robotics [Women in Engineering]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):94 - 95
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    Japan is well known for having one of the lowest percentages of women pursuing careers in engineering (<;10%), both in industry and at the academic level. Although some efforts have been made to attract women, cultural traditions are still too strong to be tackled, and only a few girls enter universities to study engineering (~11% versus 65% in social science and literature). Despite efforts to... View full abstract»

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  • Hacking Electronics: An Illustrated DIY Guide for Makers and Hobbyists (Monk, S.; 2013) [On the Shelf]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):96 - 103
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  • 2013 RAS AdCom Election

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 97
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  • Society Awards [Society News]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):98 - 102
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  • [Calendar]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 103
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Aims & Scope

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine is a unique technology publication which is peer-reviewed, readable and substantive.  The Magazine is a forum for articles which fall between the academic and theoretical orientation of scholarly journals and vendor sponsored trade publications.

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Meet Our Editors

Editor-in-Chief
Eugenio Guglielmelli
Laboratory of Biomedical Robotics
      and Biomicrosystems
Universita' Campus Bio-Medico
      di Roma