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.

March/April 2014

  1. Bullet Experiments on Surface Reconstruction for Partially Submerged Marine Structures

  2. Bullet A Multisensor Integration Approach toward Astronaut Navigation for Landed Lunar Missions

  3. Bullet Using Embodied Data for Localization and Mapping

  4. Bullet Cautious Greedy Strategy for Bearing-only Active Localization: Analysis and Field Experiments

  5. Bullet A Robot Application for Marine Vessel Inspection

Jan/Feb 2014: Space Robotics II

  1. Bullet Reconfigurable Integrated Multirobot Exploration System (RIMRES): Heterogeneous Modular Reconfigurable Robots for Space Exploration

  2. Bullet Towards Coordinated Multirobot Missions for Lunar Sample Collection in an Unknown Environment

  3. Bullet Mapping, Planning, and Sample Detection Strategies for Autonomous Exploration

  4. Bullet SPARTAN: Developing a Vision System for Future Autonomous Space Exploration Robots

  5. Bullet Simulations of Mars Rover Traverses

  6. Bullet Parameter Identification of a Planetary Rover Wheel–Soil Contact Model via a Bayesian Approach

  7. Bullet Service Oriented Robotic Architecture for Space Robotics: Design, Testing, and Lessons Learned

  8. Bullet Robotics and Automation for “Icebreaker”

  9. Bullet Development of a Transformable Three-wheeled Lunar Rover.

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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