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Previously robots were mainly used by big companies in high volume manufacturing (i.e. car industry). Industrial robots were perfect to execute procedures simplified to tiny (angular) movements. Today robots have appeared in small and medium enterprises, thus the efficiency of robot programming methods must be improved in order to avoid losses caused by frequent switches in small scale production.

So, there is an increasing need to make the training of robots more automatized and at the same time to make them be able to fulfil more and more sophisticated tasks. For robots in our daily life it is not enough to execute a pre-programmed action line. They must be able to adopt themselves to changing environment, make their own decisions and in addition, they must socially fit into the human environment. This requires a more sophisticated robot control.

Robot control technology is widely used for space, surgery, rehabilitation, micro machine, entertainment, underwater, civil engineering, professional and domestic services, security etc. The control will continue to play an increasing role in the areas of robotics including robot-robot and human-robot cooperation in various dynamic scenarios. Contributions on basic research as well as on relevant applications are needed.