IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications

Natural User Interfaces for Adjustable Autonomy in Robot Control

Final submissions due: 1 October 2014
Publication date: May/June 2015

Robots' increasing popularity in modern society makes interacting and communicating with them crucial. Although a main goal of robotics research is to develop fully autonomous systems, the ability to control robots in teleoperation applications and provide guidance to them for semiautonomous tasks in a natural, intuitive way is still an important research goal. To this end, adjustable autonomy explores the space between fully autonomous and fully telerobotic interfaces and how humans can naturally and easily communicate with robots to support human–robot interaction within this spectrum. Natural interfaces that use 3D gestures, speech, touch, eye gaze, and other modalities are becoming increasingly cost effective and could create powerful human–robot interfaces that support adjustable autonomy.

This special issue of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications will present the latest ideas and research on how scientists are employing natural user interfaces to explore the adjustable-autonomy spectrum. We solicit papers from both academia and industry on a variety of topics including, but not limited to,

  • speech and natural-language processing in robotic control;
  • 3D gestures and touch input in teleoperation interfaces;
  • brain–computer interfaces for robot control and guidance;
  • control and guidance of humanoid robots, unmanned aerial vehicles, and robotic arms;
  • multimodal input for control and guidance of single robots and robot teams;
  • algorithms and techniques for creating natural-interface mapping for robot "avateering";
  • studies on the effectiveness of different natural-interaction modalities for teleoperation and robot guidance;
  • mobile manipulation of robots;
  • error detection and recovery in adjusted autonomous systems;
  • robot telepresence; and
  • applications such as domestic service, exploration, manufacturing, and entertainment.

Submission Guidelines

Articles should be no more than eight magazine pages, where a page is 800 words and a quarter — page image counts as 200 words. References are not restricted, but please limit your citations to the most relevant ones. Also consider providing technical background in sidebars for nonexpert readers. Color images are preferable and should be limited to 10. Visit the CG&A style and length guidelines at We also strongly encourage you to submit multimedia (videos, podcasts, and so on) to enhance your article. Visit CG&A supplemental guidelines at

Please submit your paper using the online manuscript submission service at

When uploading your paper, select the appropriate special-issue title under the category "Manuscript Type." Also, include complete contact information for all authors. If you have any questions about submitting your article, contact the peer review coordinator at


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