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Whisking with robots: From rat vibrissae to biomimetic technology for active touch (2009)
Journal Article
Pearson, M. J., Prescott, T. J., Pearson, M., Mitchinson, B., Sullivan, J. C. W., & Pipe, A. G. (2009). Whisking with robots: From rat vibrissae to biomimetic technology for active touch. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 16(3), 42-50. https://doi.org/10.1109/MRA.2009.933624

This article summarizes some of the key features of the rat vibrissal system, including the actively controlled sweeping movements of the vibrissae known as whisking, and reviews the past and ongoing research aimed at replicating some of this functio... Read More about Whisking with robots: From rat vibrissae to biomimetic technology for active touch.

Engineless unmanned aerial vehicle propulsion by dynamic soaring (2009)
Journal Article
Toomer, C. A., Deittert, M., Deittert, M., Toomer, C., Richards, A., & Pipe, A. (2009). Engineless unmanned aerial vehicle propulsion by dynamic soaring. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 32(5), 1446-1457. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.43270

Dynamic soaring is a flight technique which extracts energy from wind gradients with the potential to power small unmanned aerial vehicles in maritime applications. Wind gradients of the required magnitude naturally occur at the air-sea interface due... Read More about Engineless unmanned aerial vehicle propulsion by dynamic soaring.

Dynamic soaring flight in turbulence (2009)
Presentation / Conference
Deittert, M., Richards, A., Toomer, C., & Pipe, A. G. (2009, August). Dynamic soaring flight in turbulence. Paper presented at Navigation & Control Conference

Contact type dependency of texture classification in a whiskered mobile robot (2009)
Journal Article
Pearson, M. J., Fox, C. W., Fox, C. W., Mitchinson, B., Pearson, M., Pipe, A. G., & Prescott, T. J. (2009). Contact type dependency of texture classification in a whiskered mobile robot. Autonomous Robots, 26(4), 223-239. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10514-009-9109-z

Actuated artificial whiskers modeled on rat macrovibrissae can provide effective tactile sensor systems for autonomous robots. This article focuses on texture classification using artificial whiskers and addresses a limitation of previous studies, na... Read More about Contact type dependency of texture classification in a whiskered mobile robot.

Cerebellar-inspired adaptive control of a robot eye actuated by pneumatic artificial Muscles (2009)
Journal Article
Pipe, A. G., Anderson, S. R., Lenz, A., Lenz, A., Anderson, S. A., Pipe, A. G., …Porrill, J. (2009). Cerebellar-inspired adaptive control of a robot eye actuated by pneumatic artificial Muscles. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics, 39(6), 1420-1433. https://doi.org/10.1109/TSMCB.2009.2018138

In this paper, a model of cerebellar function is implemented and evaluated in the control of a robot eye actuated by pneumatic artificial muscles. The investigated control problem is stabilization of the visual image in response to disturbances. This... Read More about Cerebellar-inspired adaptive control of a robot eye actuated by pneumatic artificial Muscles.