Papers Being Accepted for Special Journal Issue on Unmanned Mobile Systems

Feb. 23, 2018


The ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control (JDSMC) is currently accepting manuscripts for a special issue, “Unmanned Mobile Systems.” The deadline for authors to submit a paper for the special issue is April 10, 2018.

This special issue of the journal commemorates Professor J. Karl Hedrick, a control theorist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, whose professional work focused on the development of nonlinear control theory and its application to a broad variety of systems, including automated highway systems, formation flight of autonomous vehicles, powertrain control, embedded software design, and active suspension systems. A distinguished researcher and scholar, Dr. Hedrick is remembered by his peers as an outstanding colleague, mentor, collaborator, contributor, and friend with many in the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division and the National Academy of Engineering, as well as with ASME JDSMC editors and readers.

The upcoming special issue of JDSMC will concentrate on new research areas of unmanned vehicles and unmanned vehicle systems, specifically unmanned mobile systems (UMS). UMS applications include unmanned ground vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, and unmanned inter‐medium vehicles for personal and cargo transportation, construction and forestry, farming, scientific research, infrastructure monitoring, and surveillance and military.

The special issue will cover the following topics and their potential combinations: UMS multi‐domain dynamics in interaction with multi‐phase environment in different media; UMS transdisciplinary‐inspired concepts for safe and secure performance and energy efficiency; intelligent morphing and dynamics of UMS; challenges in communication and UMS dynamics in three media and inter‐medium environments; intelligent sensing and actuation, and control for UMS agile dynamics and mission fulfillment; and localization problems, landscape, air and aquatic environment sampling.

Other areas to be covered in the issue include human‐in‐the‐loop and UMS intelligent decision making related to dynamics and mission fulfillment; fault‐tolerance in severe, uncertain, and adversarial environments; integration of UMS into the manned and unmanned traffic of their respective media for their mass adoption; and artificial intelligence and social behavior factors for communication and dynamic interaction between UMS and UMS with infrastructure in a particular medium and inter‐medium environments.

The guest editors for the special issue are Vladimir Vantsevich, Ph.D., The University of Alabama at Birmingham; David Gorsich, Ph.D., U.S. Army RDECOM‐TARDEC; Junmin Wang, Ph.D., The Ohio State University; Xiaobo Tan, Ph.D., Michigan State University; Manish Kumar, Ph.D., The University of Cincinnati; and Scott Fish, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin.

To submit a manuscript for consideration for the special issue, visit the journal website at, click “Submit Paper to Journal,” and then choose the special issue option for “Unmanned Mobile Systems.” Early submissions are strongly recommended. Papers submitted by April 10, 2018, will be reviewed for inclusion in the special issue. Papers received after April 10 may still be considered for the special issue, time and space permitting. Papers that are not ready for production in time for inclusion in the special issue may be considered for a regular issue of the journal.

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