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Surrey Professor Appointed Editor-in-Chief of Wiley’s Leading Robotics Journal

Professor Yang Gao FIET FRAeS, from University of Surrey in the UK, has been announced as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Field Robotics published by Wiley. Prof. Gao is the Professor of Space Autonomous Systems based at Surrey Space Centre and heads the Space Technology for Autonomous and Robotic systems Laboratory (STAR LAB). She brings 20 years of R&D experience to help address real-world challenges in the extreme environments, applicable to space, nuclear and oil/gas sectors.

Journal of Field Robotics (JFR) is a Q1 journal in engineering and computer science subject areas with impact factor of 3.581. Prof. Gao comments that “I feel very privileged to take on the Editor-in-Chief role. JFR is committed to supporting the robotics community worldwide by publishing high-calibre R&D outcomes from academia and industry. Our editorial team is passionate about serving this community and helping promote diversity, equality and inclusion in the robotics field and sector”.

Peter Creaton, Senior Journals Publishing Manager at Wiley, added “I am delighted that Yang is joining the JFR as its new Editor-in-Chief. Yang has a brilliant vision on how to develop the journal and I look forward to working with her to ensure that JFR goes from strength to strength. I am confident that under her leadership the journal will be a strong advocate for the robotics community and provide a valued service and resource to its authors and readers.”

The JFR seeks to promote scholarly publications dealing with the fundamentals of robotics in unstructured and dynamic environments. Articles describing robotics research with applications to the environment, construction, forestry, agriculture, mining, subsea, intelligent highways, search and rescue, military, and space (orbital and planetary) are all welcome. R&D work in sensors, sensing and perception, mechanical design, computing architectures, communication, planning, learning, and control, human-robot interaction, robotic verification, validation and security, applied to field applications are within the scope and interests of the journal (paper submission link at