IJRR Special Issue on Motion Planning for Physical Robots

Call for Papers

The International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR) invites papers for a special issue on Motion Planning for Physical Robots. Algorithmic motion planning has been actively studied in robotics and related areas for more than three decades. There is a rich collection of motion planning algorithms based on visibility graphs, algebraic methods, local or potential field techniques, randomized sampling, handling kinodynamic or non-holonomic constraints, etc. Most of these algorithms have been successfully used for CAD/CAM, bioinformatics, computer gaming, and other applications. At the same time, advances in manufacturing technologies, sensing, and actuator devices have led to the development of powerful robots, including humanoid robots, general-purpose, and programmable mobile manipulators such as Willow Garage PR2, Kawada HRP2, Aldebaran Nao. However, there has been limited use or application of motion planning algorithms on these "physical robots" to perform various tasks.

We invite papers that address some of the challenges that arise in terms of developing appropriate motion-computation algorithms for current and upcoming robot platforms. These may include issues related to dynamic constraints, modeling uncertainty, noisy models, partial sensory data, and real-time computation of motion strategies on the robotic platform. In terms of scope, we invite authors to submit a paper to this special issue that provides evidence that:

  1. The motion computed for a given physical robot takes place in a challenging real-world environment.
  2. The motion has been generated based on truly 3D geometric reasoning. We explicitly exclude approaches that only deal with simple platforms, such as circular robots navigating in 2D environments. The emphasis should be on tasks performed in 3D environments.
  3. The motion execution strategy should be robust.
  4. We do not insist that the resulting approaches should be based on Voronoi diagrams, sampling-based planners, e.g., PRM or RRT, or algebraic/geometric methods. For example, purely control-based approaches are also welcome.

Papers must contain high-quality original contributions and be prepared in accordance with IJRR guidelines. All papers will be reviewed following the regular reviewing procedure of the Journal. Please note that IJRR has no page limit on papers and is a leader in archival publishing of multimedia - data sets, code and videos with papers.


Submissions deadline: 15 June 2012
Decisions to authors 17 August 2012
Revised versions due 14 September 2012
Final decisions 19 October 2012
Final versions 16 November 2012
Publication Spring 2013

Manuscript Submission

Instructions for authors, including information about ``Multimedia Extensions'', are available at the following link.

Submissions should be uploaded to IJRR's website.

Under ‘Manuscript Type’, select ‘Motion Planning’. Please note that the publisher does not provide templates or style files. For the initial review process you need only upload a PDF of the complete paper with figures and tables integrated in the text, and multimedia files if appropriate. For questions concerning submissions email:

Jennet Batten, [hidden email], Managing Editor

Guest Editors

Jean-Paul Laumond
LAAS-CNRS, 7 Avenue du Colonel Roche, 31077 Toulouse, France; [hidden email],+33(0)561336347

Dinesh Manocha
Department of Computer Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3175, USA; [hidden email], +1(919)962-1749