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Visual-tactile sensory map calibration of a biomimetic whiskered robot

Assaf, Tareq; Wilson, Emma D.; Anderson, Sean; Dean, Paul; Porrill, John; Pearson, Martin J.


Emma D. Wilson

Sean Anderson

Paul Dean

John Porrill


© 2016 IEEE. We present an adaptive filter model of cerebellar function applied to the calibration of a tactile sensory map to improve the accuracy of directed movements of a robotic manipulator. This is demonstrated using a platform called Bellabot that incorporates an array of biomimetic tactile whiskers, actuated using electro-active polymer artificial muscles, a camera to provide visual error feedback, and a standard industrial robotic manipulator. The algorithm learns to accommodate imperfections in the sensory map that may be as a result of poor manufacturing tolerances or damage to the sensory array. Such an ability is an important pre-requisite for robust tactile robotic systems operating in the real-world for extended periods of time. In this work the sensory maps have been purposely distorted in order to evaluate the performance of the algorithm.


Pearson, M. J., Assaf, T., Wilson, E. D., Anderson, S., Dean, P., Porrill, J., & Pearson, M. (2016). Visual-tactile sensory map calibration of a biomimetic whiskered robot. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2016-June, 967-972.

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Conference Name IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
Start Date May 16, 2016
End Date May 21, 2016
Acceptance Date Jan 15, 2016
Publication Date Jun 8, 2016
Journal Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Print ISSN 1050-4729
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2016-June
Pages 967-972
ISBN 978-1-4673-8026-3
Keywords robot sensing systems, service robots, calibration, cameras, head
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Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)


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