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International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing
International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing


Special Issue on: "Intelligent and Autonomous Systems"

Guest Editors: Henry Ibekwe and Ali K. Kamrani, University of Houston, USA

The design of intelligent and autonomous systems that demonstrate high-level cognitive and complex decision making capabilities is well known to be a difficult engineering problem. An intelligent system should be able to learn from decisions or actions made at every state of the environment in order to improve its desired goals in an efficient manner. Building autonomous agents that perceive the environment, plan actions based on certain goals, and learn from the actions taken in their operating environment are some of the fundamental issues to contend with.

This problem involves numerous considerations that must be implemented at the system level. No one discipline can independently design autonomous systems solely with theories and methods specific to its field. It is an interdisciplinary endeavour where insights, concepts, hypotheses, and methods intersect.

The goal of this special issue is to address and publish the latest papers on a variety of topics related to intelligent and autonomous systems and to focuses on theories and topics concepts that address these issues.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Nature of intelligence and autonomy and how it can be characterized
  • Fundamental principles necessary for designing intelligent and autonomous systems
  • Principles of building autonomous agents for application in various domains

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Full paper submission: March 31, 2011

Notification of reviews: May 6, 2011

Revised manuscript submission: June 3, 2011

Notification of results: June 30, 2011

Accepted Final Paper: July 11, 2011