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Biomimetic tactile sensing capsule (2015)
Journal Article
Pipe, T., Winstone, B., Pipe, A. G., Melhuish, C., Dogramadzi, S., & Callaway, M. (2015). Biomimetic tactile sensing capsule. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22979-9_12

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. Here we present a tactile sensing capsule endoscopy system. Whilst current capsule endoscopy utilises cameras to diagnose lesions on the surface of the gastrointestinal tract lumen, this proposal... Read More about Biomimetic tactile sensing capsule.

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.

An anthropomorphic design for a minimally invasive surgical system based on a survey of surgical technologies, techniques and training (2014)
Journal Article
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.

μAngelo: A novel minimally invasive surgical system based on an anthropomorphic design (2014)
Presentation / Conference
Tzemanaki, A., Burton, T. M. W., Gillat, D., Melhuish, C., Persad, R., Pipe, A. G., & Dogramadzi, S. (2014, August). μAngelo: A novel minimally invasive surgical system based on an anthropomorphic design. Paper presented at 2014 5th IEEE RAS & EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob)

Abdominal surgery has seen a rapid transition from open procedures to Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery (R-A MIS). The learning process for new surgeons is long compared to open surgery, and the desired dexterity cannot always be achieved usi... Read More about μAngelo: A novel minimally invasive surgical system based on an anthropomorphic design.

Mechatronic implementation in minimally invasive surgical instruments (2014)
Presentation / Conference
Dikaiakos, G., Tzemanaki, A., Pipe, A. G., & Dogramadzi, S. (2014, August). Mechatronic implementation in minimally invasive surgical instruments. Paper presented at 2014 5th IEEE RAS & EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob)

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has proven to be beneficial in providing outstanding results for the patients. However, studies have shown that the surgeon faces significant challenges whilst performing this type of surgery, ranging from poorly desi... Read More about Mechatronic implementation in minimally invasive surgical instruments.

Remotely deployable aerial inspection using tactile sensors (2014)
Journal Article
Macleod, C. N., Cao, J., Pierce, S. G., Sullivan, J. C., Pipe, A. G., Dobie, G., & Summan, R. (2014). Remotely deployable aerial inspection using tactile sensors. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1581, 1873-1880. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4865052

For structural monitoring applications, the use of remotely deployable Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) inspection platforms offer many advantages, including improved accessibility, greater safety and reduced cost, when compared to traditional manual... Read More about Remotely deployable aerial inspection using tactile sensors.

A novel bio-inspired tactile tumour detection concept for capsule endoscopy (2014)
Journal Article
Pipe, T., Winstone, B., Melhuish, C., Dogramadzi, S., Pipe, A. G., & Callaway, M. (2014). A novel bio-inspired tactile tumour detection concept for capsule endoscopy. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 8608 LNAI, 442-445. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-09435-9_56

Examination of the gastrointestinal(GI) tract has traditionally been performed using endoscopy tools that allow a surgeon to see the inside of the lining of the digestive tract. Endoscopes are rigid or flexible tubes that use fibre-optics or cameras... Read More about A novel bio-inspired tactile tumour detection concept for capsule endoscopy.

Hardware architecture of the protein processing associative memory and the effects of dimensionality and quantisation on performance (2014)
Journal Article
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)
Journal Article
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)
Journal Article
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.

Text line aggregation (2014)
Conference Proceeding
Beck, C., Broun, A., Mirmehdi, M., Pipe, T., & Melhuish, C. (2014). Text line aggregation. In M. De Marsico, A. Tabbone, & A. Fred (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods. , (393-401). https://doi.org/10.5220/0004817903930401

We present a new approach to text line aggregation that can work as both a line formation stage for a myriad of text segmentation methods (over all orientations) and as an extra level of filtering to remove false text candidates. The proposed method... Read More about Text line aggregation.

Seeing by touch: Evaluation of a soft biologically-inspired artificial fingertip in real-time active touch (2014)
Journal Article
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)
Journal Article
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.

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.

Bootstrapping a robot's kinematic model (2013)
Journal Article
Broun, A., Beck, C., Pipe, T., Mirmehdi, M., & Melhuish, C. (2014). Bootstrapping a robot's kinematic model. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 62(3), 330-339. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.robot.2013.09.011

We present a system that is able to autonomously build a 3D model of a robot's hand, along with a kinematic model of the robot's arm, beginning with very little information. The system starts by using exploratory motions to locate and centre the robo... Read More about Bootstrapping a robot's kinematic model.

Biomimetic tactile target acquisition, tracking and capture (2013)
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.

Perception of own and robot engagement in human-robot interactions and their dependence on robotics knowledge (2013)
Journal Article
Pipe, A., Hall, J., Tritton, T., Rowe, A., Pipe, A. G., Melhuish, C., & Leonards, U. (2014). Perception of own and robot engagement in human-robot interactions and their dependence on robotics knowledge. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 62(3), 392-399. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.robot.2013.09.012

Communication between socially assistive robots and humans might be facilitated by intuitively understandable mechanisms. To investigate the effects of some key nonverbal gestures on a human's own engagement and robot engagement experienced by humans... Read More about Perception of own and robot engagement in human-robot interactions and their dependence on robotics knowledge.

SABRE: A bio-inspired fault-tolerant electronic architecture (2013)
Journal Article
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.

TACTIP - Tactile fingertip device, texture analysis through optical tracking of skin features (2013)
Book Chapter
Winstone, B., Griffiths, G., Pipe, A. G., Melhuish, C., & Rossiter, J. (2013). TACTIP - Tactile fingertip device, texture analysis through optical tracking of skin features. In T. Prescott, N. Lepora, A. Mura, H. Krapp, & P. Verschure (Eds.), Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, 323-334. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39802-5_28

In this paper we present texture analysis results for TACTIP, a versatile tactile sensor and artificial fingertip which exploits compliant materials and optical tracking. In comparison to previous MEMS sensors, the TACTIP device is especially suited... Read More about TACTIP - Tactile fingertip device, texture analysis through optical tracking of skin features.