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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

USA

Email: lwang@mvsu.edu


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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