Monday, 22 April 2019

A new special issue on "Modern Mechatronics and Automation - An Open-Source Approach"

I am organizing a new special issue on  "Modern Mechatronics and Automation - An Open-Source Approach". Please submit your original paper to it.

Scope:
Nowadays, we can see modern mechatronic systems and automation everywhere, from industrial manufacturing to home automation. Using open-source hardware and software to rapidly prototype and develop mechatronic and automated systems has been well recognized by technological developers. Open-source electronic platforms such as Arduino, Raspberry PI boards and its compatible devices become a part of teaching and research activities at universities. The trend of shared source codes and documentation on the web-based software platforms, e.g. Github, allowing professionals and amateurs to access and collaborate their intellectual works has been promoted and implemented at not only open-source communities but also the leading technological corporations. Ethical laws on open-source hardware and software have been frequently consolidated along the incredible growth of the open-source world. Indeed, technological and social impacts of open-source hardware and software in mechatronics and automation are not deniable.

The primary aim of this Special Issue is to gather the most recent methodologies, technologies, and applications of open-source hardware and software in modern mechatronics and automation. We invite all papers with novel contributions in principles, development and applications of open-source hardware and software with, but not limited to, the following topics:

·      Current state of the art of open-source hardware and software used in mechatronics and automation.
·      Use open-source hardware and software in prototyping and development of mechatronics and automation.
·      Impacts of open-source approach on development and applications of mechatronic systems.
·      Ethical laws for open-source hardware and software in mechatronics and automation.  
·      Methodologies of using open-source platforms in research and education.

Keywords:
-       Open-source hardware
-       Open-source software
-       Open-source drivers
-       Free operating systems
-       Modern mechatronics
Automation
-       Internet of Things (IoT)
-       Cyber-physical systems (CPS)
-       Robotics
-       Do-it-yourself (DIY)
-       Rapid prototyping
-       Rapid development
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