Special Issues

Special Issue on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics

Special Issue Guest Editors: Sören Schwertfeger, Kazunori Ohno

This special issue on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR) is dedicated to identifying  and solving the key issues necessary to field capable, robust, and dependable robots in safety, security, and rescue missions. We welcome cutting-edge papers in the theory and practice of robotics and automation for all types of safety, security, and rescue applications such as disaster response, mitigation and recovery; rapid and secure inspection of critical infrastructure; detection of chemical, biological and radiological risks, and operations in these dangerous sites. The scope of this special issue on SSRR covers the overall design of unmanned ground, aerial, and marine robots, as well as crucial components, e.g., for advanced locomotion, and intelligent onboard functionalities up to robot team collaboration and full autonomy. We explicitly welcome contributions from the following three areas: 1) robotic systems, i.e., complete marine, aerial, or ground robots as well as their components, 2) intelligent functionalities, e.g., mapping, robot team collaboration, advanced user interfaces, software components for autonomy, and 3) applications, e.g., field reports and end user studies. Related topics include but are not limited to the following technologies:

  1. Autonomous search and rescue

  2. Biologically inspired solutions

  3. Communications for reliable data transfer

  4. Computer vision

  5. GPS-denied navigation and mapping

  6. Humanoid robots

  7. Human-robot interaction and interfaces

  8. Intelligent behaviors to improve robot performance and survivability

  9. Manipulation

  10. Multi-agent coordination

  11. Novel sensors and mechanisms

  12. Perception for navigation, hazard detection, and victim identification

  13. Sensing and sensor fusion

  14. SLAM in complex and/or extreme environments

  15. Unmanned ground, aerial, and marine vehicles

Excellent papers from the15th IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics 2017 (http://www.ssrr-conference.org/2017) are encouraged to submit to  this special issue. Excellent submissions not originating from the SSRR 2017 conference are also welcome!

Submission Instructions:

The submissions must conform to the JFR guidelines. This special issue will follow a rolling schedule. The papers can be submitted anytime before Feb 28, 2018. The papers will be reviewed and a decision made, as and when they are received.

Papers that are accepted will appear online within two weeks of decision. All the accepted papers will then appear in the special print issue of JFR.


  1. Feb 28, 2018 - Submit manuscripts

  2. April 2018 - Initial reviews completed

  3. June 15, 2018 - Decisions and author notification

  4. July 15, 2018 - Final manuscripts for publication

For comments, suggestions or  requests, please send an email to Sören Schwertfeger (soerensch@shanghaitech.edu.cn) or Kazunori Ohno (kazunori@rm.is.tohoku.ac.jp)