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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.

A robot manipulator communications and control framework (2008)
Conference Proceeding
Kiely, J., Pipe, A., Kohrt, C., Pipe, A. G., Schiedermeier, G., & Stamp, R. (2008). A robot manipulator communications and control framework. In N. NA (Ed.), International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, 2008, (846-851). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICMA.2008.4798867

The use of industrial scale experimental machinery robot systems such as the Mitsubishi RV-2AJ manipulator in research to experimentally prove new theories is a great opportunity. The robot manipulator communications and control framework written in... Read More about A robot manipulator communications and control framework.

A feasibility study for energy autonomy in multi robot search and rescue operations (2008)
Conference Proceeding
Sindi, Y., Pipe, T., Winfield, A., Dogramadzi, S., & Melhuish, C. (2008). A feasibility study for energy autonomy in multi robot search and rescue operations. In L. Marques, A. D. Almeida, M. Tokhi, & G. Virk (Eds.), Advances in Mobile Robotics: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, Coimbra, Portugal, 8-10 September 2008. , (1146-1153). https://doi.org/10.1142/9789812835772_0137

This paper proposes a novel search and rescue concept that aims to overcome the most basic obstacle in utilising a search and rescue teleoperated robot for a long distance energy autonomy. The concept utilizes a number of small robots capable of crea... Read More about A feasibility study for energy autonomy in multi robot search and rescue operations.

An adaptive gaze stabilization controller inspired by the vestibulo-ocular reflex (2008)
Journal Article
Melhuish, C., Pipe, A. G., Lenz, A., Lenz, A., Balakrishnan, T., Pipe, A. G., & Melhuish, C. (2008). An adaptive gaze stabilization controller inspired by the vestibulo-ocular reflex. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 3(3), https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-3182/3/3/035001

The vestibulo-ocular reflex stabilizes vision in many vertebrates. It integrates inertial and visual information to drive the eyes in the opposite direction to head movement and thereby stabilizes the image on the retina. Its adaptive nature guarante... Read More about An adaptive gaze stabilization controller inspired by the vestibulo-ocular reflex.

Fuzzy classifier system architectures for mobile robotics: An experimental comparison (2007)
Journal Article
Carse, B., Pipe, A. G., Pipe, A. G., & Carse, B. (2007). Fuzzy classifier system architectures for mobile robotics: An experimental comparison. International Journal of Intelligent Systems, 22(9), 993-1019. https://doi.org/10.1002/int.20235

We present an experimental comparison between two approaches to optimization of the rules for a fuzzy controller. More specifically, the problem is autonomous acquisition of an "investigative" obstacle avoidance competency for a mobile robot. We repo... Read More about Fuzzy classifier system architectures for mobile robotics: An experimental comparison.

Implementing spiking neural networks for real-time signal-processing and control applications: A model-validated FPGA approach (2007)
Journal Article
Nibouche, M., Melhuish, C., Pipe, A. G., Pearson, M. J., Pearson, M., Pipe, A. G., …Nibouche, M. (2007). Implementing spiking neural networks for real-time signal-processing and control applications: A model-validated FPGA approach. IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, 18(5), 1472-1487. https://doi.org/10.1109/TNN.2007.891203

In this paper, we present two versions of a hardware processing architecture for modeling large networks of leaky-integrate-and-fire (LIF) neurons; the second version provides performance enhancing features relative to the first. Both versions of the... Read More about Implementing spiking neural networks for real-time signal-processing and control applications: A model-validated FPGA approach.

Whiskerbot: A robotic active touch system modeled on the rat whisker sensory system (2007)
Journal Article
Pearson, M. J., Pearson, M., Pipe, A. G., Melhuish, C., Mitchinson, B., & Prescott, T. J. (2007). Whiskerbot: A robotic active touch system modeled on the rat whisker sensory system. Adaptive Behavior, 15(3), 223-240. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059712307082089

The Whiskerbot project is a collaborative project between robotics engineers, computational neuroscientists and ethologists, aiming to build a biologically inspired robotic implementation of the rodent whisker sensory system. The morphology and mecha... Read More about Whiskerbot: A robotic active touch system modeled on the rat whisker sensory system.

Embryonics: A path to artificial life? (2006)
Journal Article
Zhang, X., Dragffy, G., & Pipe, A. G. (2006). Embryonics: A path to artificial life?. Artificial Life, 12(3), 313-332. https://doi.org/10.1162/artl.2006.12.3.313

Electronic systems, no matter how clever and intelligent they are, cannot yet demonstrate the reliability that biological systems can. Perhaps we can learn from these processes, which have developed through millions of years of evolution, in our purs... Read More about Embryonics: A path to artificial life?.

Convergence synthesis of dynamic frequency modulation tones using an evolution strategy (2005)
Conference Proceeding
Mitchell, T. J., & Pipe, A. G. (2005). Convergence synthesis of dynamic frequency modulation tones using an evolution strategy. In F. Rothlauf, J. Branke, S. Cagnoni, D. Wolfe Corne, R. Drechsler, Y. Jin, …G. Squillero (Eds.), Applications on Evolutionary Computing. , (533-538). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-32003-6_54

This paper reports on steps that have been taken to enhance previously presented evolutionary sound matching work. In doing so, the convergence characteristics are shown to provide a synthesis method that produces interesting sounds. The method imple... Read More about Convergence synthesis of dynamic frequency modulation tones using an evolution strategy.

Application of Multi-Agent Technology to Fault Diagnosis of Power Distribution Systems (2005)
Journal Article
Yang, J., Montakhab, M., Pipe, A. G., Carse, B., & Davies, T. S. (2005). Application of Multi-Agent Technology to Fault Diagnosis of Power Distribution Systems. International Journal of Intelligent Information Technologies, 1(2), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.4018/jiit.2005040101

When a fault occurs in a power system, the protective relays detect the fault and trip appropriate circuit breakers, which isolate the affected equipment from the rest of the power system. Fault diagnosis of power systems is the process of identifyin... Read More about Application of Multi-Agent Technology to Fault Diagnosis of Power Distribution Systems.

Empirically inspired simulated electro-mechanical model of the rat mystacial follicle-sinus complex (2004)
Journal Article
Mitchinson, B., Gurney, K. N., Redgrave, P., Melhuish, C., Pipe, A. G., Pearson, M., …Prescott, T. J. (2004). Empirically inspired simulated electro-mechanical model of the rat mystacial follicle-sinus complex. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 271(1556), 2509-2516. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2004.2882

In whiskered animals, activity is evoked in the primary sensory afferent cells (trigeminal nerve) by mechanical stimulation of the whiskers. In some cell populations this activity is correlated well with continuous stimulus parameters such as whisker... Read More about Empirically inspired simulated electro-mechanical model of the rat mystacial follicle-sinus complex.

Artificial endosymbiosis (1995)
Journal Article
Pipe, A. G., Bull, L., Bull, L., Fogarty, T. C., & Pipe, A. G. (1995). Artificial endosymbiosis. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 929, 273-289. https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-59496-5_305

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995. Symbiosis is the phenomenon in which organisms of different species live together in close association, resulting in a raised level of fitness for one or more of the organisms. Endosymbiosis is the name given... Read More about Artificial endosymbiosis.