Editorial to the Special Issue on Robotic Computing

  • Davide Brugali Università degli Studi di Bergamo
  • Bruce A. MacDonald University of Aucklan


The First IEEE International Conference on Robotic Computing (IRC 2017) was held in Taichung, Taiwan, April 10-12, 2017. The new IRC conference series addresses the
synergetic interaction of computing technologies and robotic technologies. While it is true that computing technologies are integral parts of any autonomous robotic system, they are
often considered ancillary to their development and find little attention in traditional robotic conferences. Much of the value of robotic systems is realized by computing technologies that grow more complex and present significant design, certification, and operational challenges for researchers and engineers to address.

IRC covers broad and diverse topics from a variety of Computer Science research areas that are relevant for Robotics, such as Software Engineering, Knowledge Engineering, Computer Security, Semantic Computing, Human-computer inter-
action. This special issue specifically focuses on the interplay between Software Engineering and Robotics.

Author Biography

Davide Brugali, Università degli Studi di Bergamo
Prof. Davide Brugali graduated in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 1994; he received the PhD in Computer Science from Politecnico di Torino in 1998. Since 2001 he is Assistant Professor at University of Bergamo. He has been visiting researcher at the CMU Robotics Institute in 1997 and visiting professor at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2006. Since 2000 he is Co-Chair of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on “Software Engineering for Robotics and Automation”. He served as guest editor of the IEEE Transactions on R&A (2002), IEEE R&A Magazine (2009), and of a Springer STAR book on “Software Engineering for Experimental Robotics” (2006). He is main author of the book “Software Development – Case Studies in Java” published by Addison-Wesley in 2005. His main publications can be found in the IEEE Transactions on R&A, ACM Communications, ACM Computing Surveys.