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Internet of Robotic Things

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The Internet-of-Robotic-Things (IoRT) is an emerging paradigm that brings together autonomous robotic systems with the Internet of Things (IoT) vision of connected sensors and smart objects pervasively embedded in everyday environments. This merger can enable novel applications in almost every sector where ...

The Internet-of-Robotic-Things (IoRT) is an emerging paradigm that brings together autonomous robotic systems with the Internet of Things (IoT) vision of connected sensors and smart objects pervasively embedded in everyday environments. This merger can enable novel applications in almost every sector where cooperation between robots and IoT technology can be imagined: From assisted living, to precision farming, to packaging and dispatching goods in manufacturing and logistic applications, to cleaning and maintenance of civil infrastructure, to waste collection and recycling, to mapping, inspection, repair and dismantling in offshore and nuclear facilities.

Early signs of the IoT-Robotics convergence can be seen in paradigms like network robot systems, robot ecologies, or in approaches such as cloud robotics. However, all these efforts have produced methods, tools and platforms that remain largely distinct from those being generated within IoT initiatives. As such, progress in our ability to develop integrated systems is still fragmented with overlaps limited to few application domains.

In order to unlock the potential of IoRT solutions, a number of fundamental technological and scientific challenges must be tackled to address the complexity, deep conflicts and also the security, safety and privacy concerns brought about by multiple heterogeneous things sensing, taking autonomous decisions, and moving and acting within the same dynamic environment.

With this Research Topic, we call for papers that will help in understanding the added value and what key enablers are involved in combining advancements from robotic and autonomous systems with IoT technology.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Architectures and platforms for IoRT systems
• AI, planning and control algorithms for IoRT systems
• Machine Learning and Big Data for IoRT systems
• Cyber-physical security for IoRT systems
• Privacy protection in IoRT applications
• Ontologies, semantic interoperability and semantic reasoning for IoRT systems
• Automated verification and validation of IoRT systems
• Human interaction with IoRT systems
• IoRT applications such as healthcare, Industry 4.0, transportation, logistic


Keywords: Robotics, Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical Systems, Networked Robotics, Distributed Computer Systems


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