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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)
Conference Proceeding
Rossiter, J., Winstone, B., Griffiths, G., Pipe, T., 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). 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.