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.

July/August  2014: Low-Altitude Flight

  1. Bullet A Collision-resilient Flying Robot

  2. Bullet Post-disaster Remote Sensing and Sampling via an Autonomous Helicopter

  3. Bullet Autonomous Capabilities for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Conducting Radiological Response

  4. Bullet Autonomous Vision-based Micro Air Vehicle for Indoor and Outdoor Navigation

  5. Bullet HyperUAS—Imaging Spectroscopy from a Multirotor Unmanned Aircraft System

  6. Bullet Autonomous Black Hawk in Flight: Obstacle Field Navigation and Landing-site Selection on the RASCAL JUH-60A

  7. Bullet Unmanned Aircraft Capture and Control Via GPS Spoofing

  8. Bullet A Comparison of Automatic Nap-of-the-earth Guidance Strategies for Helicopters

  9. Bullet Autonomous Visual Mapping and Exploration With a Micro Aerial Vehicle

  10. Bullet Motion- and Uncertainty-aware Path Planning for Micro Aerial Vehicles

  11. Bullet A Biologically Inspired, Vision-based Guidance System for Automatic Landing of a Fixed-wing Aircraft

May/June  2014

  1. Bullet Increasing the Level of Automation in the Forestry Logging Process with Crane Trajectory Planning and Control

  2. Bullet Floating Underwater Manipulation: Developed Control Methodology and Experimental Validation within the TRIDENT Project

  3. Bullet Development of Search-and-rescue Robots for Underground Coal Mine Applications

  4. Bullet Autonomous Mobile Robot Localization and Navigation Using a Hierarchical Map Representation Primarily Guided by Vision

  5. Bullet Characterizing Energy Usage of a Commercially Available Ground Robot: Method and Results

  6. Bullet Model-based Prediction of Skid-steer Robot Kinematics Using Online Estimation of Track Instantaneous Centers of Rotation

  7. Bullet Terrain-inclination-based Three-dimensional Localization for Mobile Robots in Outdoor Environments

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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