Special Issue of the Artificial Intelligence journal on
AI and Robotics
Guest editors: A. Saffiotti and K. Rajan

Call for Papers

Aims and Objectives

The fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics were strongly connected in the early days of AI, but have since diverged. One of the early goals of AI consisted of building complete intelligent robots. Such a goal however has shown to be quite challenging, and AI and robotics researchers have isolated its many distinct facets and focused on making progress on each facet separately. With the advancements in both fields, there is now a renewed interest in bringing the two disciplines together towards the development of fully integrated intelligent robots.

Robotics has matured enormously in the last two decades: common robotic platforms are now available, together with reliable techniques and shared tools to solve basic perception, navigation, and manipulation tasks. There is a growing consensus that the next quantum leap in robotics will come by adding capabilities which lay at the core of AI research, including task planning, knowledge representation, learning, and human-robot interaction. Symmetrically, AI researchers are now showing substantial interest in embedding their algorithmic techniques in robotic platforms that can perceive, reason and act in real physical environments, including terrestrial, aerial, and underwater.

This special issue on "AI and Robotics" aims at providing a venue for the two communities to share their findings and goals and report such successful integrated efforts. Such a venue is particularly critical to foster a much needed conceptual integration, cross fertilization, and dialogue. We hope that this special issue will be the first of a series of special issues on this theme, with the desired outcome of building a community of AI and Robotics researchers working across their traditional boundaries towards an ultimately shared scientific goal.


We solicit original contributions, which report novel and mature inter-disciplinary work in the integration of AI and Robotics techniques. Submissions will be peer reviewed for scientific value and presentation quality, according to the standard criteria of the Artificial Intelligence journal. Relevance to the topic of this special issue will be of paramount importance.

We encourage papers which contain a mixture of strong theory and sound experimental validation on real robotic systems. Results in simulation should clearly show a path towards encapsulating in a situated robot. Papers that clearly show the added value of using existing AI techniques in robotic systems are welcome, as are papers that push the state of the art of AI techniques in order to make them applicable to robotic systems. Papers should clearly present contributions that enable AI and Robotics researchers to build upon each other's work. We do NOT encourage papers that focus just purely on robotics or on AI, with little attention to their integration.

Authors should prepare and submit manuscripts according to the Guide for Authors as published in the Journal website. Make sure to select "Special Issue: AI and Robotics" as article type in the submission process. There will be a 25 page limit on the final version (about 12,000 words) so initial submissions should not be longer than that. In LaTeX, you can produce a format similar to the final one using "\documentclass[final,3p,times]{elsarticle}" in the preamble. The page count does not include references and figures.

Manuscripts must not have been previously published or currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. The submission deadline below is firm.

Guest editors

Alessandro Saffiotti   (contact editor)
AASS Cognitive Robotic Systems Lab
University of Örebro
Örebro, Sweden
Kanna Rajan   Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Moss Landing, CA, USA


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