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.

September 2016

  1. Bullet Series of Multilinked Caterpillar Track-type Climbing Robots

  2. Bullet Automated Construction System of Robot Locomotion and Operation Platform for Hazardous Environments

  3. Bullet Robot Teams for Intervention in Confined and Structured Environments

  4. Bullet Visibility Enhancement using Autonomous Multicamera Controls with Situational Role

  5. Bullet What is a Hole? Discovering Access Holes in Disaster Rubble with Functional and Photometric Attributes

  6. Bullet Low-altitude Terrestrial Spectroscopy from a Pushbroom Sensor

  7. Bullet True Color Correction of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Imagery

October 2016

  1. Bullet Exploiting Spatial Locality and Heterogeneity of Agents for Search and Rescue Teamwork

  2. Bullet Adaptive Robust Three-dimensional Trajectory Tracking for Actively Articulated Tracked Vehicles

  3. Bullet RESCUER: Development of a Modular Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Robot for Intervention, Sampling, and Situation Awareness

  4. Bullet A Computational Geometry Approach for Localization and Tracking in GPS-denied Environments

  5. Bullet Highly Accurate Attitude Estimation via Horizon Detection

  6. Bullet Toward Autonomous Exploration in Confined Underwater Environments

  7. Bullet Is It What I Think It Is? Is It Where I Think It Is? Using Point-Clouds for Diagnostic Testing of a Digging Assembly's Form and Pose for an Autonomous Mining Shovel

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 2.059.  

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