A special issue of International Journal of Biomechatronics and Robotics
Recent decades have witnessed the significant development in biomedical robotics from fundamental research to commercialisation development, evaluation and feasibility studies. Robotics, initially brought in as computer-integrated systems for surgical interventions, has been emerging into a wider range of areas including image-guided therapy and rehabilitation robotics in the macro world. More recently, as biology digs into molecular level studies, robotics has also entered a new era in the micro world. Capable of manipulating from meter-sized humans to micrometer-sized cells, robotics plays a unique role in biomedicine, along with the advances in computer science, transducers, materials, imaging, and MEMS, etc.
The objective of this special issue is to bring together a variety of exciting research projects in the cutting edge of applying robotics technology in the broadest sense to biomedical applications. By sharing state-of-the-art research with the robotics community, it is hoped that innovative research ideas and opportunities will be inspired for the existing and emerging biomedical robotic areas.
High quality research papers dealing with fundamental issues as well as applied problems are solicited. Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of biomedical robotics, papers presenting information across several disciplines are particularly welcome.
Appropriate topics for submission include, but are not limited to:
- Robot-assisted procedures
- Smart instrumented tools for surgery
- Sensors and actuators in biomedical robotics
- Cell/organism micromanipulation
- Microrobotics design, modelling and applications in biomedicine
- Bionanorobotics conceptualisation, modelling, simulation, and manipulation
- Microobjects assembly
- Soft-tissue modelling and manipulation
- Rehabilitation robotics
- Image-guided surgery
- Medical imaging and machine vision
- Interventional therapy
- Surgical simulation
Paper submission deadline: 30 October, 2008
Decision: 31 January, 2009
Revised manuscripts: 28 February, 2009