23 September 2013

Call for papers: "Advances of Robotics in Medical Applications and Healthcare"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems.

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.
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
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 January, 2014
Notification to authors: 15 March, 2014
Final versions due: 25 April, 2014

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