CfP: Special Issue of the Journal of Software Engineering in Robotics (extended deadline)

Dear all,

the following Call for Papers is maybe of interest for the Orocos community.


++++ Special Issue of the Journal on
++++ Extended deadline: 10 November 2013

Theme of the issue : Best Practice in Robot Software Development


The special issue is intended to publish contributions that reports on
lessons learned in software development behind the scenes of
successful academic and industrial robotics projects. Typically,
graduate students in robotics PhD programs and software developers in
robotics companies do not receive credit for their software
development efforts needed to demonstrate the applicability and
effectiveness of a new scientific achievement or fame for their
contribution to the success of robotic projects.

The special issue seeks articles that report on the role of software
development in robotics projects, whose success is demonstrated by
references to PhD thesis, scientific articles, successful
participations of robot competitions, and/or exploitable results
(tools, systems, products, etc.). The core contribution of submitted
papers should be the lessons learned about software development for a
robotic project. These could have the form of development guidelines,
documentation guidelines, patterns and anti-patterns, reusable models,

Example Topics (not limited to) :

+ Analysis of issues and challenges in the development of software
systems that make the robotic domain similar/different to other
application domains (e.g. automotive, factory automation)

+ Identification of recurrent concepts, aspects, and requirements in
robot software development, that may lead to the definition of
standard / common / unified architectures

+ Documentation of software models that lead to reusable robotic
software design and that may enable measures and procedures to
evaluate software quality factors

+ Software environments and tools that simplify the design,
implementation, and reuse of robot software architectures.

+ Experience reports on using commercial or open-source software tools.

Author guidelines:

To establish coherence between the papers, submissions must address
the following points, where relevant:

+ Where does the work fit in the development of software for robotics?

+ Which successful robot application, PhD thesis, scientific article
is the paper based on?

+ What problem/deficit/need does the work address?

+ Which lessons have been learned that can be considered best practice
in software development in robotics?

+ To what extent these lessons learned are robotic-specific?

Two kind of papers can be submitted to this special issue. Research
papers must be of a nominal length of 15 pages each. Short papers must
be of a nominal length of 8 pages each. Submissions are peer-reviewed.
All manuscripts should be prepared according to the JOSER author
guidelines available at:


In order to submit a paper, authors need an account for the Joser Web
Portal, which can be obtained by sending a request to brugali [..] ...

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: November 10th, 2013.
Authors notification: January 15th, 2013.
Issue date: March 2014.


Davide Brugali, Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy, brugali [..] ...

Nico Hochgeschwender, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University, Germany,
nico [dot] hochgeschwender [..] ...

Roland Philippsen, Halmstad University, Sweden,
roland [dot] philippsen [..] ...