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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.

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.

Tactile SLAM with a biomimetic whiskered robot (2012)
Conference Proceeding
Fox, C. W., Evans, M., Pearson, M., & Prescott, T. J. (2012). Tactile SLAM with a biomimetic whiskered robot. In 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (4925-4930). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2012.6224813

Future robots may need to navigate where visual sensors fail. Touch sensors provide an alternative modality, largely unexplored in the context of robotic map building. We present the first results in grid based simultaneous localisation and mapping (... Read More about Tactile SLAM with a biomimetic whiskered robot.

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.

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.