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.

June 2018:

  1. Bullet Closed-loop one-way-travel-time navigation using low-grade odometry for autonomous underwater vehicles

  2. Bullet The AutoSOAR autonomous soaring aircraft part 2: Hardware implementation and flight results

  3. Bullet Post‐disaster assessment with unmanned aerial vehicles: A survey on practical implementations and research approaches

  4. Bullet Surface meshing of underwater maps from highly defective point sets

  5. BulletVisual‐inertial curve simultaneous localization and mapping: Creating a sparse structured world without feature points

  6. Bullet Comparing apples and oranges: Off‐road pedestrian detection on the National Robotics Engineering Center agricultural person‐detection dataset

  7. Bullet Slippage estimation and compensation for planetary exploration rovers.

  8. Bullet SOFT‐SLAM: Computationally efficient stereo visual simultaneous localization and mapping for autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles

  9. Bullet Crop recognition under weedy conditions based on 3D imaging for robotic weed control

  10. Bullet Robotic technologies for solar‐powered UAVs: Fully autonomous updraft‐aware aerial sensing for multiday search‐and‐rescue missions

August  2018:

  1. Bullet Data-driven learning and planning for environmental sampling

  2. Bullet Learning to detect misaligned point cloud

  3. Bullet Description and experimental results of a panoramic K‐band radar dedicated to perception in mobile robotics applications

  4. Bullet Detection of unanticipated faults for autonomous underwater vehicles using online topic models

  5. Bullet Autonomous recovery of a fixed‐wing UAV using a net suspended by two multirotor UAVs

  6. Bullet Sensory navigation guide for visually impaired sea kayakers

  7. Bullet Teach‐and‐repeat path following for an autonomous underwater vehicle

  8. Bullet Loon Copter: Implementation of a hybrid unmanned aquatic–aerial quadcopter with active buoyancy control

  9. Bullet A two‐stage sampling for robust feature matching

  10. Bullet Autonomous legged hill ascent

JFR is published by Wiley. Wiley 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 2016 2-year Impact Factor for JFR is 4.882.  

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