Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems: Advances of Robotics in Medical Applications and Healthcare
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.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
Robotics for surgery
Robotics for stroke patients
Robot assistive technologies
Robots for medication dispensing
Human-robot interfaces and interaction
Sensory integration and robotics
Multi-sensory data fusion and robotics
Sensors and wireless sensor networks for robot navigation
Mobile robots and m-health
Mobile robotic systems for telerehabilitation
Telerobotics in telemedicine and telehealth
Telerobots for telerehabilitation
Telerobotics and telementoring
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
Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the names of the Guest Editors.
Submission of manuscripts: 15 January, 2014
Notification to authors: 15 March, 2014
Final versions due: 25 April, 2014