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Dear All, 

We would like to invite you to submit your research papers to the upcoming special issue on "Assistive Robotics" in  MDPI's Technologies journal. We welcome original research papers that focus on fundamental research as well as experimental research on the theme of Assistive Robotics. Survey papers or tutorial papers on this topic are also encouraged.

Special Issue: *Assistive Robotics*
Guest Editors: Dr. Byung-Cheol Min and Dr. Ramviyas Parasuraman
Deadline for initial submissions: 15 August 2017
First decisions by: 15 November 2017
Please note that the Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived  for manuscripts submitted to this issue, meaning there is no cost to authors.

As robot technology evolves to a level at which robots can interact with humans in their daily lives, they must  be able to interact equally with people of varying abilities. Assistive Robotics is a branch of robotics which focuses on providing sensory and perception abilities and performs actions that are beneficial to the elderly and physically challenged people. This  Special Issue will present the recent research advances in the field of assistive robotics that can empower people to increase independence and improve overall quality of life. Robots for the visually impaired, telepresence robots for physical impairments, social robots for cognitive impairments, and wearable robots are some of the areas of interest in this Special Issue. 

The scope of this special issue includes, but is not limited to:

- Assistive robot technologies for the elderly
- Autonomous wheelchair navigation/assistance
- Navigation aids for people who are visually impaired
- Social robots for children with autism
- Telepresence robot for remote interaction
- Prosthetic hands
- Multi-robot teams for people with disabilities
- Automated manipulation systems
- Autonomous robot companions
- Wearable robots and devices
- Human–robot interaction
- Qualitative user studies and methods in assistive robotics

​MDPI Technologies (  is a fully open access journal, providing an advanced forum for technological studies to both technology researchers and professionals in related disciplines, published quarterly online by MDPI, Switzerland. It is covered by ESCI-web of science, INSPEC (IET)  and so on.

We encourage the authors to send us their tentative title and short abstract by e-mail directly. In case you need  any further information, please never hesitate to contact us (the guest editors or the Editorial Office: [log in to unmask]). 

Thank you very much in advance for your kind support and cooperation. We look forward to your submissions soon. 

Kind Regards,

Guest Editors​​
Dr. Byung-Cheol Min, Purdue University ([log in to unmask])
Dr. Ramviyas Parasuraman, Purdue University ([log in to unmask])

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