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Audio Localization for Robots Using Parallel Cerebellar Models (2018)
Journal Article
Baxendale, M., Pearson, M., Nibouche, M., Secco, E., & Pipe, T. (2018). Audio Localization for Robots Using Parallel Cerebellar Models. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 3(4), 3185-3192. https://doi.org/10.1109/LRA.2018.2850447

© 2016 IEEE. A robot audio localization system is presented that combines the outputs of multiple adaptive filter models of the Cerebellum to calibrate a robot's audio map for various acoustic environments. The system is inspired by the MOdular Selec... Read More about Audio Localization for Robots Using Parallel Cerebellar Models.

Feather-inspired sensor for stabilizing unmanned aerial vehicles in turbulent conditions (2017)
Book Chapter
Kouppas, C., Pearson, M. J., Dean, P., & Anderson, S. (2017). Feather-inspired sensor for stabilizing unmanned aerial vehicles in turbulent conditions. In M. Mangan, M. Cutkosky, A. Mura, P. Verschure, T. Prescott, & N. Lepora (Eds.), Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, 230-241. Springer link

Stabilizing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in turbulent conditions is a challenging problem. Typical methods of stabilization do not use feedforward information about the airflow disturbances but only UAV attitude feedback signals, e.g. from an iner... Read More about Feather-inspired sensor for stabilizing unmanned aerial vehicles in turbulent conditions.

An adaptive modular recurrent cerebellum-inspired controller (2017)
Book
Maheri, K., Lenz, A., & Pearson, M. J. (2017). M. Mangan, C. Mark, A. Mura, P. Verschure, T. Prescott, & L. Nathan (Eds.), An adaptive modular recurrent cerebellum-inspired controller. Springer link

Animals and robots face the common challenge of interacting with an unstructured environment. While animals excel and thrive in such environments, modern robotics struggles to effectively execute simple tasks. To help improve performance in the face... Read More about An adaptive modular recurrent cerebellum-inspired controller.

Self-adaptive context aware audio localization (2017)
Book Chapter
Baxendale, M., Pearson, M. J., Nibouche, M., Secco, M., & Pipe, A. G. (2017). Self-adaptive context aware audio localization. In C. Lekakou, Y. Jin, S. Fallah, & G. Yang (Eds.), Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems, 66-78. Springer link

An audio sensor system is presented that uses multiple cere- bellar models to determine the acoustic environment in which a robot is operating, allowing the robot to select appropriate models to calibrate its audio-motor map for the detected environ... Read More about Self-adaptive context aware audio localization.

Advancing whisker based navigation through the implementation of bio-inspired whisking strategies (2016)
Presentation / Conference
Salman, M., & Pearson, M. (2016, December). Advancing whisker based navigation through the implementation of bio-inspired whisking strategies. Paper presented at IEEE International Conference On Robotics And Biomimetics (ROBIO 2016)

An active whisking tactile sensor array has been successfully integrated with the RatSLAM algorithm and demonstrated as capable of reducing error in pose estimates of a mobile robot. A new metric for evaluating the performance of RatSLAM is introdu... Read More about Advancing whisker based navigation through the implementation of bio-inspired whisking strategies.

Cerebellar-inspired algorithm for adaptive control of nonlinear dielectric elastomerbased artificial muscle (2016)
Journal Article
Pearson, M. J., Wilson, E. D., Assaf, T., Pearson, M., Rossiter, J. M., Anderson, S. R., …Dean, P. (2016). Cerebellar-inspired algorithm for adaptive control of nonlinear dielectric elastomerbased artificial muscle. Interface, 13(122), https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2016.0547

© 2016 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved. Electroactive polymer actuators are important for soft robotics, but can be difficult to control because of compliance, creep and nonlinearities. Because biological control mec... Read More about Cerebellar-inspired algorithm for adaptive control of nonlinear dielectric elastomerbased artificial muscle.

Visual-tactile sensory map calibration of a biomimetic whiskered robot (2016)
Journal Article
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. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2016.7487228

© 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... Read More about Visual-tactile sensory map calibration of a biomimetic whiskered robot.

The robot vibrissal system: Understanding mammalian sensorimotor co-ordination through biomimetics (2015)
Book Chapter
Prescott, T., Mitchinson, B., Lepora, N., Wilson, S., Anderson, S., Porrill, J., …Pipe, A. G. (2015). The robot vibrissal system: Understanding mammalian sensorimotor co-ordination through biomimetics. In A. Groh, & P. Krieger (Eds.), Sensorimotor Integration in the Whisker System, 213-240. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2975-7_10

We consider the problem of sensorimotor co-ordination in mammals through the lens of vibrissal touch, and via the methodology of embodied computational neuroscience—using biomimetic robots to synthesize and investigate models of mammalian brain archi... Read More about The robot vibrissal system: Understanding mammalian sensorimotor co-ordination through biomimetics.

Measuring the local viscosity and velocity of fluids using a biomimetic tactile whisker (2015)
Journal Article
Pipe, T., Rooney, T., Pearson, M. J., & Pipe, A. G. (2015). Measuring the local viscosity and velocity of fluids using a biomimetic tactile whisker. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 9222, 75-85. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22979-9_7

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. A novel technique for determining the relative visco-density of fluids using an actuated flexible beam inspired by the tactile whiskers of marine mammals is presented. This was developed for the i... Read More about Measuring the local viscosity and velocity of fluids using a biomimetic tactile whisker.

Biohybrid control of general linear systems using the adaptive filter model of cerebellum (2015)
Journal Article
Porrill, J., Rossiter, J. M., Pearson, M. J., Wilson, E. D., Anderson, S. R., Wilson, E., …Porril, J. (2015). Biohybrid control of general linear systems using the adaptive filter model of cerebellum. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 9(JUL), https://doi.org/10.3389/fnbot.2015.00005

© 2015 Wilson, Assaf, Pearson, Rossiter, Dean, Anderson and Porrill. The adaptive filter model of the cerebellar microcircuit has been successfully applied to biological motor control problems, such as the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR), and to sensor... Read More about Biohybrid control of general linear systems using the adaptive filter model of cerebellum.

Biomimetic tactile target acquisition, tracking and capture (2014)
Journal Article
Prescott, T. J., Pearson, M. J., Mitchinson, B., Pearson, M., Pipe, A. G., & Prescott, T. (2014). Biomimetic tactile target acquisition, tracking and capture. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 62(3), 366-375. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.robot.2013.08.013

Good performance in unstructured/uncertain environments is an ongoing problem in robotics; in biology, it is an everyday observation. Here, we model a particular biological system - hunting in the Etruscan shrew - as a case study in biomimetic robot... Read More about Biomimetic tactile target acquisition, tracking and capture.

High speed switched, multi-channel drive for high voltage dielectric actuation of a biomimetic sensory array (2014)
Journal Article
Pearson, M. J., Pearson, M., & Assaf, T. (2014). High speed switched, multi-channel drive for high voltage dielectric actuation of a biomimetic sensory array. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 8608 LNAI, 414-416. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-09435-9_47

Electro-Active Polymers (EAP) have been described as artificial muscles due to their composition andmuscle-like dynamics [1]. Consequently they have attracted a lot of attention from the biomimetic robotics research community and heralded as a potent... Read More about High speed switched, multi-channel drive for high voltage dielectric actuation of a biomimetic sensory array.

Artificial vibrissae DEA-based module (2014)
Journal Article
Assaf, T., Conn, A., Rossiter, J., Walters, P., & Pearson, M. (2014). Artificial vibrissae DEA-based module. Proceedings of SPIE, 9056, https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2044763

The article presents a working whisker structure based on dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs). This preliminary work aims to exploit the features of the dielectric elastomer technology for use in an effective and reliable robotic application whilst... Read More about Artificial vibrissae DEA-based module.

Simultaneous localisation and mapping on a multi-degree of freedom biomimetic whiskered robot (2013)
Journal Article
Sullivan, J. C., Fox, C., Pearson, M. J., Pearson, M., Fox, C. W., Sullivan, J. C., …Mitchinson, B. (2013). Simultaneous localisation and mapping on a multi-degree of freedom biomimetic whiskered robot. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 586-592. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2013.6630633

A biomimetic mobile robot called 'Shrewbot' has been built as part of a neuroethological study of the mammalian facial whisker sensory system. This platform has been used to further evaluate the problem space of whisker based tactile Simultaneous Loc... Read More about Simultaneous localisation and mapping on a multi-degree of freedom biomimetic whiskered robot.

Joint conferences - TAROS 2012 and FIRA 2012 (2013)
Journal Article
Pearson, M., Conn, A., & Herrmann, G. (2014). Joint conferences - TAROS 2012 and FIRA 2012. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 62(3), 281. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.robot.2013.09.008

This special issue contains ten extended, peer-reviewed papers specially selected from 36 full papers [1] and presented at the joint conferences of TAROS 2012 (Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems 2012) and FIRA 2012 (the Robot World Congress of the F... Read More about Joint conferences - TAROS 2012 and FIRA 2012.

Involving patients and the public in healthcare operational research-The challenges and opportunities (2013)
Journal Article
Pearson, M., Monks, T., Gibson, A., Allen, M., Komashie, A., Fordyce, A., …Stein, K. (2013). Involving patients and the public in healthcare operational research-The challenges and opportunities. Operations Research for Health Care, 2(4), 86-89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.orhc.2013.09.001

Interest is growing internationally in the potential benefits of patient and public involvement (PPI) in research. In the United Kingdom (UK) health and social care services are now committed to involving patients and service users in the planning, d... Read More about Involving patients and the public in healthcare operational research-The challenges and opportunities.

The effect of whisker movement on radial distance estimation: A case study in comparative robotics (2013)
Journal Article
estimation: A case study in comparative robotics. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 6(12), https://doi.org/10.3389/fnbot.2012.00012

Whisker movement has been shown to be under active control in certain specialist animals such as rats and mice. Though this whisker movement is well characterized, the role and effect of this movement on subsequent sensing is poorly understood. One... Read More about The effect of whisker movement on radial distance estimation: A case study in comparative robotics.

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.