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Towards hierarchical blackboard mapping on a whiskered robot (2012)
Journal Article
Prescott, T. J., Pearson, M. J., Evans, M. H., Fox, C. W., Fox, C. W., Evans, M., …Prescott, T. J. (2012). Towards hierarchical blackboard mapping on a whiskered robot. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 60(11), 1356-1366. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.robot.2012.03.005

The paradigm case for robotic mapping assumes large quantities of sensory information which allow the use of relatively weak priors. In contrast, the present study considers the mapping problem for a mobile robot, CrunchBot, where only sparse, local... Read More about Towards hierarchical blackboard mapping on a whiskered robot.

Whisker texture classification with uncertain contact pose geometry (2012)
Presentation / Conference
Evans, M., Pearson, M., Prescott, T. J., & Fox, C. W. (2012, October). Whisker texture classification with uncertain contact pose geometry. Paper presented at IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2012)

Tactile sensing can be an important source of information for robots, and texture discrimination in partic- ular is useful in object recognition and terrain identification. Whisker based tactile sensing has recently been shown to be a promising a... Read More about Whisker texture classification with uncertain contact pose geometry.

An Internal Model Architecture for Novelty Detection: Implications for Cerebellar and Collicular Roles in Sensory Processing (2012)
Journal Article
Pearson, M. J., Anderson, S. R., Anderson, S., Porrill, J., Pearson, M., Pipe, A. G., …Dean, P. (2012). An Internal Model Architecture for Novelty Detection: Implications for Cerebellar and Collicular Roles in Sensory Processing. PLoS ONE, 7(9), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0044560

The cerebellum is thought to implement internal models for sensory prediction, but details of the underlying circuitry are currently obscure. We therefore investigated a specific example of internal-model based sensory prediction, namely detection of... Read More about An Internal Model Architecture for Novelty Detection: Implications for Cerebellar and Collicular Roles in Sensory Processing.

Towards tactile sensing applied to underwater autonomous vehicles for near shore survey and de-mining (2012)
Journal Article
Pearson, M. J., Pipe, A. G., Rooney, T., Pipe, A. G., Dogramadzi, S., & Pearson, M. (2012). Towards tactile sensing applied to underwater autonomous vehicles for near shore survey and de-mining. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 7429 LNAI, 463-464. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-32527-4_60

Artificial tactile whisker sensors demonstrate an approach to localisation [1] that is robust to harsh environmental disturbances, endowing autonomous systems with the ability to operate effectively in confined, noisy and visually occluded spaces, su... Read More about Towards tactile sensing applied to underwater autonomous vehicles for near shore survey and de-mining.

Predictive prey pursuit in a whiskered robot (2012)
Presentation / Conference
Mitchinson, B., Pearson, M., Pipe, A. G., & Prescott, T. J. (2012, August). Predictive prey pursuit in a whiskered robot. Paper presented at FIRA-TAROS congress

Highly active small mammals need to capture prey rapidly and with a high success rate if they are to survive. We consider the case of the Etruscan shrew, which hunts prey including crickets almost as large as itself, and relies on its whiskers (vibri... Read More about Predictive prey pursuit in a whiskered robot.

The emergence of action sequences from spatial attention: Insight from rodent-like robots (2012)
Presentation / Conference
attention: Insight from rodent-like robots. Paper presented at Living Machines 2012

Animal behaviour is rich, varied, and smoothly integrated. One plausible model of its generation is that behavioural sub-systems compete to command effectors. In small terrestrial mammals, many behaviours are underpinned by foveation, since important... Read More about The emergence of action sequences from spatial attention: Insight from rodent-like robots.

Brain-inspired Bayesian perception for biomimetic robot touch (2012)
Presentation / Conference
Lepora, N., Sullivan, C., Mitchinson, B., Pearson, M., Gurney, K., & Prescott, T. J. (2012, May). Brain-inspired Bayesian perception for biomimetic robot touch. Paper presented at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation

Studies of decision making in animals suggest a neural mechanism of evidence accumulation for competing percepts according to Bayesian sequential analysis. This model of perception is embodied in a biomimetic tactile sensing robot based on the ro... Read More about Brain-inspired Bayesian perception for biomimetic robot touch.

Tactile SLAM with a biomimetic whiskered robot (2012)
Presentation / Conference
Fox, C. W., Evans, M., Pearson, M., & Prescott, T. J. (2012, May). Tactile SLAM with a biomimetic whiskered robot. Paper presented at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation

Tomorrow’s robots may need to navigate in sit- uations where visual sensors fail. Touch sensors provide an alternative modality which has not previously been explored in the context of robotic map building. We present the first results in grid ba... Read More about Tactile SLAM with a biomimetic whiskered robot.

Bioinspired control of electro-active polymers for next generation soft robots (2012)
Book Chapter
Wilson, E., Anderson, S. R., Assaf, T., Pearson, M., Walters, P., Melhuish, C., …Porrill, J. (2012). Bioinspired control of electro-active polymers for next generation soft robots. In G. Herrmann, M. Studley, M. Pearson, A. Conn, C. Melhuish, M. Witkowski, …J. H. Kim (Eds.), Advances in Autonomous Robotics: Joint Proceedings of the 13th Annual TAROS Conference and the 15th Annual FIRA RoboWorld Congress, Bristol, UK, August 20-23, 2012, Proceedings, 424-425. Springer

Paper given at TAROS Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems Conference, Bristol, UK 20-25 August 2012.

Towards tactile sensing applied to underwater autonomous vehicles for near shore survey and de-mining (2012)
Journal Article
Rooney, T., Pipe, A. G., Dogramadzi, S., & Pearson, M. (2012). Towards tactile sensing applied to underwater autonomous vehicles for near shore survey and de-mining. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 7429, 463-464. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-32527-4_60

Artificial tactile whisker sensors demonstrate an approach to localisation that is robust to harsh environmental disturbances, endowing autonomous systems with the ability to operate effectively in confined, noisy and visually occluded spaces, such a... Read More about Towards tactile sensing applied to underwater autonomous vehicles for near shore survey and de-mining.

Tactile discrimination using active whisker sensors (2012)
Journal Article
Fox, C. W., Lepora, N. F., Pearson, M. J., Sullivan, J. C., Sullian, J., Mitchinson, B., …Prescott, T. J. (2012). Tactile discrimination using active whisker sensors. IEEE Sensors Journal, 12(2), 350-362. https://doi.org/10.1109/JSEN.2011.2148114

We describe a novel, biomimetic tactile sensing system modeled on the facial whiskers (vibrissae) of animals such as rats and mice. The "BIOTACT Sensor" consists of a conical array of modular, actuated hair-like elements, each instrumented at the bas... Read More about Tactile discrimination using active whisker sensors.