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.

January 2018: High-Speed Vision-Based Autonomous Navigation of UAVs

  1. Bullet Autonomous aerial navigation using monocular visual-inertial fusion

  2. Bullet High-speed autonomous obstacle avoidance with pushbroom stereo

  3. Bullet Vertical landing for micro air vehicles using event-based optical flow

  4. Bullet R-ADVANCE: Rapid Adaptive Prediction for Vision-based Autonomous Navigation, Control, and Evasion

  5. Bullet Fast, autonomous flight in GPS-denied and cluttered environments

  6. Bullet An architecture for robust UAV navigation in GPS-denied areas

  7. Bullet A direct visual servoing-based framework for the 2016 IROS Autonomous Drone Racing Challenge

March 2018:

  1. Bullet Autonomous car driving by a humanoid robot

  2. Bullet Localization of emergency acoustic sources by micro aerial vehicles

  3. Bullet Estimation of plant species by classifying plants and leaves in combination

  4. Bullet Robust robot localization in a complex oil and gas industrial environment

  5. Bullet Slippage and immobilization detection for planetary exploration rovers via machine learning and proprioceptive sensing

  6. Bullet Cataglyphis: An autonomous sample return rover

  7. Bullet Introducing a globally consistent orbital-based localization system

  8. Bullet The ARTEMIS under-ice AUV docking system

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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