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.

Sep 2015

  1. Bullet Interaction Mechanics Model for Rigid Driving Wheels of Planetary Rovers Moving on Sandy Terrain with Consideration of Multiple Physical Effects

  2. Bullet Planetary LakeLander—A Robotic Sentinel to Monitor Remote Lakes

  3. Bullet Design, Development, and Mobility Evaluation of an Omnidirectional Mobile Robot for Rough Terrain

  4. Bullet Factor Graph Modeling of Rigid-body Dynamics for Localization, Mapping, and Parameter Estimation of a Spinning Object in Space

August 2015: Special Issue on Calibration for Field Robotics

  1. Bullet Rotation Identification in Geometric Algebra: Theory and Application to the Navigation of Underwater Robots in the Field

  2. Bullet Advances in In Situ Alignment Calibration of Doppler and High/Low-end Attitude Sensors for Underwater Vehicle Navigation: Theory and Experimental Evaluation

  3. Bullet Multi-Modal Sensor Calibration Using a Gradient Orientation Measure

  4. Bullet Automatic Extrinsic Calibration of Vision and Lidar by Maximizing Mutual Information

  5. Bullet Automatic Calibration of Spinning Actuated Lidar Internal Parameters

  6. Bullet An Adaptive Structure Filter for Sensor Registration from Unstructured Terrain

  7. Bullet Leveraging Image-based Localization for Infrastructure-based Calibration of a Multi-camera Rig

  8. Bullet Extrinsics Autocalibration for Dense Planar Visual Odometry

June 2015: Special Issue on Ground Robots Operating in Dynamic, Unstructured and Large-Scale Outdoor Environments

  1. Bullet Robust Data Fusion of Multimodal Sensory Information for Mobile Robots

  2. Bullet Dense Omnidirectional RGB-D Mapping of Large-scale Outdoor Environments for Real-time Localization and Autonomous Navigation

  3. Bullet Automatic Driving on Ill-defined Roads: An Adaptive, Shape-constrained, Color-based Method

  4. Bullet Lighting-invariant Adaptive Route Following Using Iterative Closest Point Matching

  5. Bullet Autonomous Robot Navigation in Highly Populated Pedestrian Zones

  6. Bullet A Situationally Aware Voice-commandable Robotic Forklift Working Alongside People in Unstructured 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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