Journal of Field Robotics

The Journal of Field Robotics seeks to promote scholarly publications dealing with the fundamentals of robotics in unstructured and dynamic environments.  Articles describing robotics research with applications to the environment, construction, forestry, agriculture, mining, subsea, intelligent highways, search and rescue, military, and space (orbital and planetary) are encouraged. Papers in sensing, sensors, mechanical design, computing architectures, communication, planning, learning, and control, applied to field applications are encouraged.

The journal focuses on experimental robotics and encourages publication of work that has both theoretical and practical significance. Authors are encouraged to implement their work and demonstrate its utility on significant problems with emphasis on the underlying principles. That is, the journal encourages reporting on what was learned in doing the work, rather than merely on what was done. Also encouraged are comparative or meta-studies and verification of previously published results as well as reports of extended field experiments that seek to validate autonomous systems in representative environments.  Systems papers are welcome but they must include analysis and insight into why approaches work and the challenges still to be addressed. Studies of systems that have been fielded over extended durations are encouraged. The journal will publish only articles of high quality rather than achieving a particular number of papers or a ratio of accepted papers to those submitted.  JFR will not publish articles in which the experimental validation is restricted to simulation or controlled laboratory experiments.

Jan 2015: Alternative Sensing Techniques for Robot Perception

  1. Bullet Using the Polarization of Millimeter-wave Radar as a Navigation Aid

  2. Bullet A Self-learning Framework for Statistical Ground Classification using Radar and Monocular Vision 

  3. Bullet Terrain Classification in Complex Three-dimensional Outdoor Environments  

  4. Bullet Real-time Robust Six Degrees of Freedom Object Pose Estimation with a Time-of-flight Camera and a Color Camera

  5. Bullet Autonomous Multisensor Calibration and Closed-loop Fusion for SLAM

  6. Bullet Fourier-based Registration for Robust Forward-looking Sonar Mosaicing in Low-visibility Underwater Environments 

  7. Bullet Avoiding Marine Vehicles with Passive Acoustics

  8. Bullet Haptic Object Recognition in Underwater and Deep-sea Environments

March 2015: Special Issue on the DARPA Robotics Challenge (I)

  1. Bullet Meta-analysis of Autonomy at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials 

  2. Bullet Team IHMC's Lessons Learned from the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials 

  3. Bullet CHIMP, the CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform

  4. Bullet An Architecture for Online Affordance-based Perception and Whole-body Planning

  5. Bullet Mobile Manipulation and Mobility as Manipulation—Design and Algorithms of RoboSimian

  6. Bullet Human-in-the-loop Control of a Humanoid Robot for Disaster Response: A Report from the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials

  7. Bullet Optimization-based Full Body Control for the DARPA Robotics Challenge 

JFR is published by Wiley Blackwell. Wiley Blackwell provides on-line access to the journal and a web-based system for paper submission/review. The first issue of each year is available for free online access.

The 2012 2-year Impact Factor for JFR is 2.152.  The 5-year Impact Factor is 2.747 

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