Focused Sections

Focused sections have played an important role in bringing together solutions from research and engineering for a specific area in mechatronics, which is becoming increasingly important and has a broad range of applications. Focused Sections provide an opportunity to cover recent progress, and publishes original, significant and visionary papers describing scientific methods and technologies, which may be abstractions, algorithms, theories, methodologies, and case studies in the specific focused area. The aim is to make available to a large audience the state-of-the-art results on some critical research issues in this area.

The Focused Section on

Compliant Mechanisms for Mechatronics

Call for Papers

Compliant Mechanisms (CMs), along with Soft Robotic devices formed therewith, may be defined as engineering systems achieving force and motion transmission via the deflection of flexible members. CMs have increasingly gained a strong foothold in the scientific arena owing to their hinge-less nature, shock resistance, potential single-piece manufacturability, safety in human-machine interaction, minimal maintenance requirements, and adaptability to work in unstructured environments. In parallel, current advances in the production of inherently compliant sensory-motor apparatus, as well as progress in the development of robust control methods, are paving the way to practical CM adoption in a large variety of engineering fields, including healthcare, manufacturing, inspection/maintenance, and agrifood. However, by embracing large deflections as a requirement rather than a design flaw, the conception and the subsequent physical prototyping of optimal CMs requires: i) material models capable of dealing with finite deformations, time-dependent phenomena, and uncertain constitutive parameters; ii) design tools allowing to simulate the behaviour of highly deformable structures; iii) reliable, possibly affordable, manufacturing methods; iv) more powerful adaptive learning and control techniques. Within this scenario, this focused section aims at providing an opportunity for material scientists, robotic/control engineers, and practitioners from academia or industry to present the latest theoretical and technological achievements in Complaint Mechanisms for Mechatronics. Particular focus shall be placed on transdisciplinary methodological frameworks, hardware development for real-world applications and out-of-lab experiments. Papers presenting newly emerging fields (such as robotic programmable materials) are also especially welcome.

Manuscripts should contain both theoretical and experimental results and they will be subject to the normal TMECH review procedures. The topics of interest within the scope of this Special Section include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Integrated design of compliant mechanisms for robotics & mechatronics;
  • Control methods for continuum & reconfigurable soft/compliant robots;
  • Computer-Aided tools for optimizing adaptive systems;
  • Manufacturing methods for soft intelligent machines (such as Additive Manufacturing and 4D Printing);
  • Optimization of programmable stiffness mechanisms & actuators;
  • Architected, functional and meta-materials for compliant/soft robotics;
  • Smart-material-based actuation & sensing systems;
  • Stretchable/flexible electronics & power sources;
  • Applications of compliant mechanisms in healthcare, manufacturing, inspection/maintenance, and agrifood.

Manuscript preparation

Papers must contain original contributions and be prepared in accordance with TMECH standards. Instructions for authors are available online at:

Manuscript submission 

Manuscripts should be submitted through the online submission service available at: The cover letter should report the following statement: “This paper is submitted for possible publication in the Focused Section on Compliant Mechanisms for Mechatronics”. All manuscripts will be subjected to a peer review process.

Submission/Review/Decision Timeline:

Paper Submission                                                              March 1, 2023
Completion of First Review                                                June 1, 2023

Submission of Revised Papers

July 15, 2023
Completion of Final ReviewSeptember 15, 2023
Submission of Final Manuscripts and Copyright FormsOctober 31, 2023
PublicationDecember 2023

Guest Editors:

  • Giovanni Berselli

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Genova, Italy – Email:

  • Manuel Catalano

Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy- Email:

  • Mary Frecker

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA – Email:

  • Just L. Herder

Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands- Email:

  • Jonathan B. Hopkins

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, USA – Email:


In Review/Revisions

This Focused Section is intended to expedite publication of novel and significant research results, technology and/or conceptual breakthroughs of emerging topics within the scopes of TMECH (, providing rapid access to the state-of-the-art of TMECH publications to the mechatronics community. In 2023 this Focused Section is in its fourth edition.

First Review by 2023-03-01

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  • Condition monitoring techniques for EVs
  • Fault diagnosis and prognosis techniques for EV components and systems 
  • Remaining useful life prediction of EV components and systems 
  • Health management for EV batteries 
  • Fault diagnosis and fault tolerant control for EV motors 
  • Resilient design techniques for EVs using hardware and software redundancy 
  • Diagnosis, prognosis, and health management for EVs using cloud data and computation 

First Review by 2022-08-01