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J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam., June 2023, Volume 18, Issue 6
J. Mechanisms Robotics, June 2023, Volume 15, Issue 3
Guest Editors: Andreas Mueller, Jozsef Kovecses, Charles Kim, Chandramouli Padmanabhan, and Gabor Orosz
Robots are complex controlled dynamical systems interacting with their environment. Agile robotic systems have been penetrating almost all industrial sectors as the backbone for industrial automation, ranging from heavy duty manipulators to collaborative robots (cobots) and mobile platforms for logistics tasks. Currently, autonomous vehicles (e.g., cars, mobile delivery systems, drones, inspection, and maintenance) are entering the public sector, but also the use of surgical robots is becoming an integral part of medical treatments. In a foreseeable future, assistive robots for domestic use will become indispensable for caretaking and as exoskeletal devices providing physical support thus physically interacting with humans. Future robots need to be responsive; they must (inter)act safely, minimize the use of resources (energy, material, process-, development-, and commissioning-time), and adapt to variations in demands and environmental conditions.
Advanced robotic systems are equipped with multimodal sensory systems, and are operated with model-based and model-free control schemes. Yet, the mechanical embodiment is the starting point of any robot design. Key to a reliable design and control of such robots are holistic design approaches embracing kinematic synthesis, dynamic analysis, control, sensory perception, and adaptability. Novel mechanical design principles, combining high-fidelity kinematic and dynamic models with data-driven methods, are applied along with model-free machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) methods. The foundation is a synergetic combination of research in mechanism theory and dynamical systems and control.
This joint special issue of the Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics (JMR) and the Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics (JCND) aims to bridge between these research fields and to bring together the latest research on robot kinematics and dynamics as well as intelligent control and data-driven methods for perception, planning, model identification, and control.
This joint special issue is a collection of 13 papers published in JMR and 10 papers published in JCND, respectively. The papers published in JMR address several of the main research topics in robot design, namely the design and control of agile and compliant robots intended for robust and safe interaction with its environment. The paper “Design, Calibration, and Control of Compliant Force-Sensing Gripping Pads for Humanoid Robots” introduces low-cost, lightweight, and compliant force-sensing gripping pads that enable smaller-sized humanoid robots to manipulate box-like objects. In “Dyno-Kinematic Leg Design for High Energy Robotic Locomotion,” technique for leg design for high energy robotic locomotion is presented that encodes desired dynamic features into the mechanical design. In the paper “Emerging Gaits for a Quadrupedal Template Model with Segmented Legs,” the gait stability of quadrupedal robots with articulated elastic legs is studied. The two papers “Stable Inverse Dynamics for Feedforward Control of Nonminimum-Phase Underactuated Systems” and “Experimental Safety Analysis of R-Min, an Underactuated Parallel Robot” deal with the operation of underactuated robots. In both papers, underactuation stems from the presence of compliant elements. Moreover, introducing compliance is becoming an important design approach which is the topic of the three papers “Kinetostatic Modeling of Continuum Delta Robot With Variable Curvature Continuum Joints,” “Design and Modeling Framework for DexTeR: Dexterous Continuum Tensegrity Manipulator,” and “Analysis of a Soft Bio-Inspired Active Actuation Model for the Design of Artificial Vocal Folds.” While the first two papers address the design of robots that make use of inherently flexible components, the last paper exploits the compliance to mimic a biological system. Mechanical compliance is also the crucial feature exploited in the two papers “Flexible Long-Reach Robotic Limbs Using Tape Springs for Mobility and Manipulation” and “Control of Pneumatic Artificial Muscle Actuated Two Degrees-of-Freedom Robot Using PD-Based Pulse Width Modulation Strategy With Feed-Forward Outer Control Loop.” The first proposes an innovative actuation concept while the second proposes a novel control strategy for the established concept of pneumatic artificial muscles. A bio-inspired approach to modulating the compliance of a robot is presented in “Variable Stiffness and Antagonist Actuation for Cable-Driven Manipulators Inspired by the Bird Neck.” The paper “Robust Attitude Controller Design for an Uncommon Quadrotor With Big and Small Tilt Rotors” presents the modeling and robust control of a quadrotor UAV. The design innovation paper “Deep Reinforcement Learning-Based Control of Stewart Platform With Parametric Simulation in ROS and Gazebo” presents a control method that uses a dynamics simulation for training deep network to control a parallel kinematics manipulator.
The collection published in JCND has focused on assistive robots and on design and control of soft underactuated systems. The paper “Energy-Efficient Actuator Design Principles for Robotic Leg Prostheses and Exoskeletons: A Review of Series Elasticity and Backdrivability” provides an exhaustive overview of design principles for actuators used in prosthetic robotic systems. The important issue of using EMG for control of assistive devices is addressed in “Feasibility Study of Upper Limb Control Method Based on Electromyography-Angle Relation.” A new design concept for a prosthetic hand is presented in the paper “Novel Kinematics of an Anthropomorphic Prosthetic Hand Allowing Lateral and Opposite Grasp With a Single Actuator.” Designing and controlling robots to display a desired compliance is relevant in various applications. The design of inherently soft robots that can reconfigure to different shapes is presented in “Topology Design and Optimization of Modular Soft Robots Capable of Homogenous and Heterogenous Reconfiguration.” Compliance control of a space robot is addressed in the paper “FSTSMC Compliance Control for Dual-Arm Space Robot with SDBD Capture Satellite Operation.” The control of an underactuated flying robot with elastic attachments is presented in the paper “Design of a Sliding Mode-Adaptive PID Control for Aerial Systems with a Suspended Load Exposed to Wind Gusts.” The paper “Mechanical Design, Planning, and Control for Legged Robots in Distillation Columns” addresses the design of a dedicated arm mounted on a quadrupedal robot and the control of the system when navigating in narrow environments. The paper “Delay Effects in the Dynamics of Human Controlled Towing of Vehicles” investigates the stability of a control system representing the behavior of vehicle towing. Another paper dealing with control of underactuated robots is “Variational Principles for the Trajectory Tracking Control of Underactuated Mechanical Systems,” where underactuation is again due to the existence of elastic components in the robot. A crucial aspect of all simulation models, namely to calibration of existing models and the model reduction, is addressed in the paper “Using a Bayesian-Inference Approach to Calibrating Models for Simulation in Robotics.”
The spectrum of contributions collected in this joint special issue by researchers from different fields is testimony to the importance of combining research in mechanical design, non-linear control, and dynamics simulation embracing modern methods from mechanism theory, non-linear dynamics, and control, as well as model-free data-driven approaches.
We thank the authors who have submitted their work to this special issue, and the many reviewers that provided valuable peer review. We also thank Venkat Krovi, editor of the Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, and to Bogdan Epureanu, editor of the Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, who supported this special issue. Special thanks go to Amy Suski for her tireless support during all steps of the preparation, review, and production process.
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2022 Reviewer Recognition
J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. Mar 2023, 18(3): 030201. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4056804
The Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board of the Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics would like to thank all of the reviewers for volunteering their expertise and time reviewing manuscripts in 2022. Serving as reviewers for the journal is a critical service necessary to maintain the quality of our publication and to provide the authors with a valuable peer review of their work. Below is a complete list of reviewers for 2022. We would also like to acknowledge three outstanding Reviewers of the Year.
Devendra Kumar—University of Rajasthan, India
Dan Negrut—University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Jan Sieber—University of Exeter, UK Angelo Tusset—Federal University of Technology– Parana, Brazil
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Guest Editorial (excerpt)
J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. May 2022, 17(5): 050301. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4054104
It is with great pleasure that we bring to the readership of the ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics (JCND) a special issue dedicated to select papers from the 17th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control (MSNDC), held during the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering (IDETC-CIE) Conferences (Online, Virtual) on Aug. 17–20, 2021.
MSNDC is a premier meeting event for professional networking and research exchange across the multibody systems and nonlinear dynamics technical community and provides an international venue where our colleagues present an early glimpse into their highest-quality research. To adapt to the COVID-19 global situation, the 17th MSNDC conference was held virtually so that scholars, experts, and students around the world could still disseminate their latest research during the pandemic.
Enabling Artificial Intelligence Studies in Off-Road Mobility Through Physics-Based Simulation of Multiagent Scenarios
Aaron Young, Jay Taves, Asher Elmquist, Simone Benatti, Alessandro Tasora, Radu Serban, Dan Negrut
J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. May 2022, 17(5): 051001. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4053321
An Alternative Formulation for Modeling Self-Excited Vibrations of Drillstring With Polycrystalline Diamond Compact Bits
Kaixiao Tian, Emmanuel Detournay, He Zhang
J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. May 2022, 17(5): 051002. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4053407
Singularity-Free Lie Group Integration and Geometrically Consistent Evaluation of Multibody System Models Described in Terms of Standard Absolute Coordinates
J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. May 2022, 17(5): 051003. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4053368
Model-Based Design and Optimization of Passive Shoulder Exoskeletons
Ali Nasr, Spencer Ferguson, John McPhee
J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. May 2022, 17(5): 051004. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4053405
A Study of a Pendulum-Like Vibration Isolator With Quasi-Zero-Stiffness
Yishen Tian, Dengqing Cao, Yan Wang, Jie Tang, Bolong Jiang
J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. May 2022, 17(5): 051005. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4053406
A Hybrid Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian Formulation for the Investigation of the Stability of Pipes Conveying Fluid and Axially Moving Beams
Michael Pieber, Konstantina Ntarladima, Robert Winkler, Johannes Gerstmayr
J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. May 2022, 17(5): 051006. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4053505
Boosting the Model Discovery of Hybrid Dynamical Systems in an Informed Sparse Regression Approach
Nico Novelli, Stefano Lenci, Pierpaolo Belardinelli
J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. May 2022, 17(5): 051007. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4053324
Modeling and Parameter Identification for a Flexible Rotor With Impacts
Stefan Holzinger, Manuel Schieferle, Christoph Gutmann, Manfred Hofer, Johannes Gerstmayr
J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. May 2022, 17(5): 051008. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4053560
Reduced Order Modeling of Deformable Tire-Soil Interaction With Proper Orthogonal Decomposition
Christopher C. Sullivan, Hiroki Yamashita, Hiroyuki Sugiyama
J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. May 2022, 17(5): 051009. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4053592
A Reduced and Linearized High Fidelity Waveboard Multibody Model for Stability Analysis
A. G. Agúndez, D. García-Vallejo, E. Freire, A. Mikkola
J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. May 2022, 17(5): 051010. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4053507
Numerical and Experimental Investigations on Cross-Sensitivity Characteristics of Instrumented Wheelset Associated With Longitudinal Force and Lateral Contact Position
Takatoshi Hondo, Takayuki Tanaka, Shoya Kuniyuki, Mitsugi Suzuki
J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. May 2022, 17(5): 051011. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4053506
A Polynomial-Chaos-Based Multifidelity Approach to the Efficient Uncertainty Quantification of Online Simulations of Automotive Propulsion Systems
Hang Yang, Alex Gorodetsky, Yuji Fujii, K. W. Wang
J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. May 2022, 17(5): 051012. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4053559
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ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics
ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics
Robots are complex, controlled, dynamical systems that interact with their environments. Novel robot concepts were developed in recent years, such as cable-driven platforms, agile parallel manipulators, lightweight robots, and inherently compliant manipulators, with applications ranging from medical devices, cobots and exoskeletons to machine tools, autonomous platforms for inspection and maintenance, and space robots. Future robots need to be responsive; they must (inter)act safely, minimize the use of resources (energy, material, process-, development-, and commissioning-time), and adapt to variations in demands and environmental conditions. The key to a reliable design of such robotic systems is holistic design approaches embracing kinematic synthesis, dynamic analysis, control, sensory perception, and adaptability.
The mechanical embodiment, as the starting point of any robot design, must be designed together with control, actuation, and sensory components. Novel mechanical design principles combining high-fidelity kinematic and dynamic models with data-driven methods are applied along with model-free machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) methods. The foundation is a synergetic combination of research in mechanism theory and dynamical systems and control.
This Joint Special Issue (published over two volumes, one in each sponsoring journal) aims to bridge these research fields and bring together the latest research on robot kinematics and dynamics as well as intelligent control and data-driven methods for perception, planning, model identification and control.
• Holistic approaches to design, analysis, and control of mechanisms and robots
• Physical human-robot interaction (pHRI)
• Industrial robots, Cable-driven robots and platforms
• Legged and humanoid robots
• Robots equipped with series-elastic actuators (SEA)
• Intrinsic and extrinsic sensors for compliant robots
• Soft and continuum robots
• Embodied and mechanical intelligence
• Model-based and robust control
• Physics-based AI, data-driven and combined approaches to robot dynamics and control
Publication Target Dates
Paper Submission Deadline: Extended to June 13, 2022
Initial Review Completed: Extended to November 15, 2022
Decisions Due: Extended to February 15, 2023
Joint Special Issue Publication Date: Extended to June 2023
Papers should be submitted electronically to the journals at journaltool.asme.org. If you already have an account, log in as author and select Submit Paper at the bottom of the page. If you do not have an account, select Submissions and follow the steps. In either case, at the Paper Submittal page, select the ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics or the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics and then select the Joint Special Issue Design and Control of Responsive Robots. Please note that in order to balance the Joint Special Issue between journals, Editors-in-Chief may recommend that a paper be transferred from one journal to the other. Final decisions about any transfer will be made in consultation with the Corresponding Author.
Papers received after the deadline or papers not selected for inclusion in the Joint Special Issue may be accepted for publication in a regular issue.
Andreas Müller, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, email@example.com
Jozsef Kovecses, McGill University, Canada, firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Kim, Bucknell University, USA, email@example.com
Chandramouli Padmanabhan, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabor Orosz, University of Michigan, USA, email@example.com
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2021 Reviewer Awards
The Editor and Editorial Board of the Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics would like to thank all of the reviewers for volunteering their expertise and time reviewing manuscripts in 2021. Serving as a reviewer for the journal is a critical service necessary to maintain the quality of our publication and to provide the authors with a valuable peer review of their work. In addition, we would also like to acknowledge four outstanding Reviewers of the Year.
Andrew Sloboda - Bucknell University, USA
Antonio M. Recuero - Idaho National Laboratory, USA
Aki Mikkola - Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
Niall Mangan - Northwestern University, USA
The Reviewers of the Year Award is given to reviewers who have made an outstanding contribution to the journal in terms of the quantity, quality, and turnaround time of reviews completed during the past 12 months. The prize includes a Wall Plaque, 50 free downloads from the ASME Digital Collection, and a 1-year free subscription to the journal.
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JCND 2021 IDETC-CIE Spotlight Speakers
During 2021 IDETC-CIE, journals will have the opportunity to highlight recently published work in journal spotlight sessions. We invite you to join JCND’s session on Thursday, August 19, 2021, 1:00-3:00 PM (Eastern US). The following 7 speakers will present their invited papers:
Edward J. Haug
Haug, E. J. (February 24, 2021). "Multibody Dynamics on Differentiable Manifolds." ASME. J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. April 2021; 16(4): 041003. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4049995
Dankowicz, H., Wang, Y., Schilder, F., and Henderson, M. E. (March 18, 2020). "Multidimensional Manifold Continuation for Adaptive Boundary-Value Problems." ASME. J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. May 2020; 15(5): 051002. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4046498
Tinsley, B., and Shabana, A. A. (November 11, 2020). "Convergence Characteristics of Geometrically Accurate Spatial Finite Elements." ASME. J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. January 2021; 16(1): 011006. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4048731
Peiret, A., González, F., Kövecses, J., and Teichmann, M. (February 24, 2020). "Co-Simulation of Multibody Systems With Contact Using Reduced Interface Models." ASME. J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. April 2020; 15(4): 041001. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4046052
Mi, T., Stepan, G., Takacs, D., and Chen, N. (January 23, 2020). "Vehicle Shimmy Modeling With Pacejka's Magic Formula and the Delayed Tire Model." ASME. J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. March 2020; 15(3): 031005. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4045943
Bukhari, M., and Barry, O. (November 11, 2019). "Exact Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis of a Beam With a Nonlinear Vibration Absorber and With Various Boundary Conditions." ASME. J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. January 2020; 15(1): 011003. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4045287
Meyer, T., Kraft, J., and Schweizer, B. (February 24, 2021). "Co-Simulation: Error Estimation and Macro-Step Size Control." ASME. J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. April 2021; 16(4): 041002. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4048944
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2020 Reviewer Recognition
JCND is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Reviewers of the Year Award:
University of Liege
University of Maryland
University of A Coruña
The Reviewers of the Year Award is given to reviewers who have made an outstanding contribution to the journal in terms of the quantity, quality, and turnaround time of reviews completed during the past 12 months. The prize includes a Wall Plaque, 50 free downloads from the ASME Digital Collection, and a one year free subscription to the journal. See full list of 2020 Reviewers
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Department of Automation, Biomechanics and Mechatronics, Lodz University of Technology,
Lodz 92-924, Poland
José M. Balthazar
Department of Electronics Federal, University of Technology—Parana (UTFPR),
Ponta Grossa-PR 90-924, Brazil
Department of Automation, Biomechanics and Mechatronics, Lodz University of Technology,
Lodz 90-924, Poland
J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. Dec 2020, 15(12): 120301
This special issue is dedicated to selected papers from the 2019 Dynamical Systems—Theory and Applications (DSTA) conference held in Lodz, Poland, from December 2 to 5. The DSTA conferences have over a 25-year long history, and they have been organized under the patronage of the Committee of Mechanics of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
In recent times, a considerable volume of research efforts have been undertaken in the fields of identification and mathematical description of nonlinear dynamics and nonlinear vibrations associated with energy harvesting systems, piezo-electric material or smart material beams, nanoplates, and cracks at different length scales. With regard to them, algebraic and differential mathematical models, as well as efficient computational techniques for dynamical analysis of the physical effects such as influence of magnetic fields, coupled oscillations in the vicinity of resonances, nonideal sources of excitation, transient bursting states, generation of flexural waves, and hysteretic damping are covered through the seven carefully selected papers included in this special Issue. The different contributions reflect the interest in the study of mechanical, electrical, magnetic, and other properties of nanostructures, the use of vibration energy in many natural and artificial systems, and coupled oscillators, such as FitzHugh–Nagumo subjected to external noise. Read more...