Editorial to the Special Issue on Robotic Computing

Davide Brugali, Bruce A. MacDonald


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.

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