Friday, September 20, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems: Advances of Robotics in Medical Applications and Healthcare

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems: Advances of Robotics in Medical Applications and Healthcare

Guest Editor:

Lidong Wang, Mississippi Valley State University, USA

Cheryl Ann Alexander, Capella University, USA

Robotics plays a growing role in medical applications and healthcare. Robots have already been used to assist humans in repetitive and physical work, such as dispensing medication to patients and moving medical inventory. Medical professionals have also used robots to monitor patient vitals and perform delicate surgical procedures. More and more medical robots will be expected to enter healthcare because they help minimise human work, improve the quality of patient care, and reduce costs.

Robotics has great potential in medical applications and healthcare; however, it is still fairly new to medicine and faces many challenges. In reality, multifunction robots are often a patient’s preference. Robots are expected to have a stronger ability to understand, interact with, and respond to their environments. Robots should be able to recognise danger signals and alert humans in time. Many medical applications of robots are still very expensive. Robotics in some healthcare sectors is still an emerging area, with successes and failures.

The objective of this issue is to examine the advances of robotics in medical applications and healthcare.

Subject Coverage

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

Robotics for surgery

Robotics for stroke patients

Rehabilitation robotics

Robot assistive technologies

Robots for medication dispensing

Multi-robot systems

Multifunction robots

Human-robot interfaces and interaction

Human-computer interaction

Medical haptics

Sensory integration and robotics

Multi-sensory data fusion and robotics

Sensors and wireless sensor networks for robot navigation

Mobile robots

Mobile robots and m-health

Mobile robotic systems for telerehabilitation

Telerobotics in telemedicine and telehealth

Telerobots for telerehabilitation

Telerobotics and telementoring

Telerobotic surgery

Robotics and medical/healthcare informatics

Robotics and electronic health record (EHR) Systems

Robotics and electronic medical record (EMR) Systems

Robotics and health information technology (HIT)

Robotics and cloud computing

Robotics and digital hospitals

Barcodes and medical/healthcare robotics

Biometrics and medical/healthcare robotics

Radio frequency identification (RFID) in medical/healthcare robotics

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. Please read our information on preparing and submitting articles.

You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an email to the following:

Dr. Lidong Wang

Mississippi Valley State University

Department of Applied Technology and Technology Management

MVSU Box 5195

Itta Bena, MS 38941



Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the names of the Guest Editors.

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 15 January, 2014

Notification to authors: 15 March, 2014

Final versions due: 25 April, 2014

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