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A connected autonomous vehicle testbed: Capabilities, experimental processes and lessons learned (2020)
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Kent, T., Pipe, A., Richards, A., Hutchinson, J., & Schuster, W. (2020). A connected autonomous vehicle testbed: Capabilities, experimental processes and lessons learned. Automation, 1(1), 17-32. https://doi.org/10.3390/automation1010002

VENTURER was one of the first three UK government funded research and innovation projects on Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and was conducted predominantly in the South West region of the country. A series of increasingly complex scenarios cond... Read More about A connected autonomous vehicle testbed: Capabilities, experimental processes and lessons learned.

A corroborative approach to verification and validation of human–robot teams (2019)
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Webster, M., Western, D., Araiza-Illan, D., Dixon, C., Eder, K., Fisher, M., & Pipe, A. G. (2020). A corroborative approach to verification and validation of human–robot teams. International Journal of Robotics Research, 39(1), 73-99. https://doi.org/10.1177/0278364919883338

© The Author(s) 2019. We present an approach for the verification and validation (V&V) of robot assistants in the context of human–robot interactions, to demonstrate their trustworthiness through corroborative evidence of their safety and functional... Read More about A corroborative approach to verification and validation of human–robot teams.

Audio Localization for Robots Using Parallel Cerebellar Models (2018)
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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.

Toward Bio-Inspired Tactile Sensing Capsule Endoscopy for Detection of Submucosal Tumors (2016)
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Pipe, T., Winstone, B., Melhuish, C., Pipe, A. G., Callaway, M., & Dogramadzi, S. (2017). Toward Bio-Inspired Tactile Sensing Capsule Endoscopy for Detection of Submucosal Tumors. IEEE Sensors Journal, 17(3), 848-857. https://doi.org/10.1109/JSEN.2016.2627798

© 2016 IEEE. Here, we present a method for lump characterization using a bio-inspired remote tactile sensing capsule endoscopy system. While current capsule endoscopy utilizes cameras to diagnose lesions on the surface of the gastrointestinal tract l... Read More about Toward Bio-Inspired Tactile Sensing Capsule Endoscopy for Detection of Submucosal Tumors.

A Novel Design for a Robot Grappling Hook for use in a Nuclear Cave Environment (2016)
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Bridgwater, T., Griffiths, G., Winfield, A., & Pipe, T. (2016). A Novel Design for a Robot Grappling Hook for use in a Nuclear Cave Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ifacol.2016.10.569

© 2016 Within the field of robotics there exist few designs for detachable grappling hooks. This paper focusses on the novel design of a detachable grappling hook for use within a nuclear cave environment. The design seeks to exploit the complex netw... Read More about A Novel Design for a Robot Grappling Hook for use in a Nuclear Cave Environment.

An anthropomorphic design for a minimally invasive surgical system based on a survey of surgical technologies, techniques and training (2014)
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Pipe, A. G., Tzemanaki, A., Walters, P., Pipe, A. G., Melhuish, C., & Dogramadzi, S. (2014). An anthropomorphic design for a minimally invasive surgical system based on a survey of surgical technologies, techniques and training. International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, 10(3), 368-378. https://doi.org/10.1002/rcs.1544

© 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Background: Over the past century, abdominal surgery has seen a rapid transition from open procedures to less invasive methods, such as robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery (MIS). This study aimed to investigate... Read More about An anthropomorphic design for a minimally invasive surgical system based on a survey of surgical technologies, techniques and training.

Hardware architecture of the protein processing associative memory and the effects of dimensionality and quantisation on performance (2014)
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Pipe, T., Qadir, O., Lenz, A., Tempesti, G., Timmis, J., Pipe, A. G., & Tyrrell, A. (2014). Hardware architecture of the protein processing associative memory and the effects of dimensionality and quantisation on performance. Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines, 15(3), 245-274. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10710-014-9217-1

The Protein Processor Associative Memory (PPAM) is a novel hardware architecture for a distributed, decentralised, robust and scalable, bidirectional, hetero-associative memory, that can adapt online to changes in the training data. The PPAM uses the... Read More about Hardware architecture of the protein processing associative memory and the effects of dimensionality and quantisation on performance.

Compliance Control and Human–Robot Interaction: Part II — Experimental Examples (2014)
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Khan, S. G., Herrmann, G., Lenz, A., Al Grafi, M., Pipe, A. G., & Melhuish, C. (2014). Compliance Control and Human–Robot Interaction: Part II — Experimental Examples. International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, 11(03), 1430002. https://doi.org/10.1142/S0219843614300025

Compliance control is highly relevant to human safety in human–robot interaction (HRI). This paper presents multi-dimensional compliance control of a humanoid robot arm. A dynamic model-free adaptive controller with an anti-windup compensator is impl... Read More about Compliance Control and Human–Robot Interaction: Part II — Experimental Examples.

Compliance Control and Human–Robot Interaction: Part 1 — Survey (2014)
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Khan, S. G., Herrmann, G., Al Grafi, M., Pipe, A. G., & Melhuish, C. (2014). Compliance Control and Human–Robot Interaction: Part 1 — Survey. International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, 11(03), 1430001. https://doi.org/10.1142/S0219843614300013

Compliance control is highly relevant to human safety in human–robot interaction (HRI). This paper presents a review of various compliance control techniques. The paper is aimed to provide a good background knowledge for new researchers and highlight... Read More about Compliance Control and Human–Robot Interaction: Part 1 — Survey.

Seeing by touch: Evaluation of a soft biologically-inspired artificial fingertip in real-time active touch (2014)
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Assaf, T., Roke, C., Rossiter, J., Pipe, A. G., & Melhuish, C. (2014). Seeing by touch: Evaluation of a soft biologically-inspired artificial fingertip in real-time active touch. Sensors, 14(2), 2561-2577. https://doi.org/10.3390/s140202561

Effective tactile sensing for artificial platforms remains an open issue in robotics. This study investigates the performance of a soft biologically-inspired artificial fingertip in active exploration tasks. The fingertip sensor replicates the mechan... Read More about Seeing by touch: Evaluation of a soft biologically-inspired artificial fingertip in real-time active touch.

A variable compliance, soft gripper (2013)
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Giannaccini, M. E., Georgilas, I., Horsfield, I., Peiris, B. H. P. M., Lenz, A., Pipe, A. G., & Dogramadzi, S. (2014). A variable compliance, soft gripper. Autonomous Robots, 36(1-2), 93-107. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10514-013-9374-8

Autonomous grasping is an important but challenging task and has therefore been intensively addressed by the robotics community. One of the important issues is the ability of the grasping device to accommodate varying object shapes in order to form a... Read More about A variable compliance, soft gripper.

SABRE: A bio-inspired fault-tolerant electronic architecture (2013)
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Pipe, A. G., Dragffy, G., Samie, M., Liu, Y., Bremner, P., Bremner, P., …Tyrrell, A. M. (2013). SABRE: A bio-inspired fault-tolerant electronic architecture. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 8(1), https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-3182/8/1/016003

As electronic devices become increasingly complex, ensuring their reliable, fault-free operation is becoming correspondingly more challenging. It can be observed that, in spite of their complexity, biological systems are highly reliable and fault tol... Read More about SABRE: A bio-inspired fault-tolerant electronic architecture.

Towards a Platform-Independent Cooperative Human Robot Interaction System: III. An Architecture for Learning and Executing Actions and Shared Plans (2012)
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Lallée, S., Lallee, S., Pattacini, U., Lemaignan, S., Lenz, A., Melhuish, C., …Dominey, P. F. (2012). Towards a Platform-Independent Cooperative Human Robot Interaction System: III. An Architecture for Learning and Executing Actions and Shared Plans. IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development, 4(3), 239-253. https://doi.org/10.1109/TAMD.2012.2199754

Robots should be capable of interacting in a cooperative and adaptive manner with their human counterparts in open-ended tasks that can change in real-time. An important aspect of the robot behavior will be the ability to acquire new knowledge of the... Read More about Towards a Platform-Independent Cooperative Human Robot Interaction System: III. An Architecture for Learning and Executing Actions and Shared Plans.

Lump localisation through a deformation-based tactile feedback system using a biologically inspired finger sensor (2012)
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Pipe, T., Roke, C., Melhuish, C., Pipe, A. G., Drury, D., & Chorley, C. (2012). Lump localisation through a deformation-based tactile feedback system using a biologically inspired finger sensor. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 60(11), 1442-1448. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.robot.2012.05.002

The ability to localise harder areas in soft tissues is often desired during robot-assisted surgical operations. A deformation-based tactile feedback system was tested for the detection of objects within soft tissues, after being chosen over common p... Read More about Lump localisation through a deformation-based tactile feedback system using a biologically inspired finger sensor.

An Internal Model Architecture for Novelty Detection: Implications for Cerebellar and Collicular Roles in Sensory Processing (2012)
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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)
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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.

Adaptive cancelation of self-generated sensory signals in a whisking robot (2010)
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Prescott, T., Pearson, M. J., Anderson, S. R., Anderson, S., Pearson, M., Pipe, A., …Porrill, J. (2010). Adaptive cancelation of self-generated sensory signals in a whisking robot. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 26(6), 1065-1076. https://doi.org/10.1109/TRO.2010.2069990

Sensory signals are often caused by ones own active movements. This raises a problem of discriminating between self-generated sensory signals and signals generated by the external world. Such discrimination is of general importance for robotic system... Read More about Adaptive cancelation of self-generated sensory signals in a whisking robot.

Safe adaptive compliance control of a humanoid robotic arm with anti-windup compensation and posture control (2010)
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Spiers, A., Pipe, T., Khan, S. G., Herrmann, G., Pipe, A. G., & Melhuish, C. (2010). Safe adaptive compliance control of a humanoid robotic arm with anti-windup compensation and posture control. International Journal of Social Robotics, 2(3), 305-319. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-010-0058-7

Safety is very important for physical human-robot interaction. Compliance control can solve an important aspect of the safety problem by dealing with impact and other forces arising during close contact between humans and robots. An adaptive complian... Read More about Safe adaptive compliance control of a humanoid robotic arm with anti-windup compensation and posture control.