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A spiking neural network model of rodent head direction calibrated with landmark free learning (2022)
Journal Article
Stentiford, R., Knowles, T. C., & Pearson, M. J. (2022). A spiking neural network model of rodent head direction calibrated with landmark free learning. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 16, -. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnbot.2022.867019

Maintaining a stable estimate of head direction requires both self-motion (idiothetic) information and environmental (allothetic) anchoring. In unfamiliar or dark environments idiothetic drive can maintain a rough estimate of heading but is subject t... Read More about A spiking neural network model of rodent head direction calibrated with landmark free learning.

A study on the effects of cognitive overloading and distractions on human movement during robot-assisted dressing (2022)
Journal Article
Camilleri, A. (2022). A study on the effects of cognitive overloading and distractions on human movement during robot-assisted dressing. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 9, Article 815871. https://doi.org/10.3389/frobt.2022.815871

For robots that can provide physical assistance, maintaining synchronicity of the robot and human movement is a precursor for interaction safety. Existing research on collaborative HRI does not consider how synchronicity can be affected if humans are... Read More about A study on the effects of cognitive overloading and distractions on human movement during robot-assisted dressing.

IEEE Standard for Transparency of Autonomous Systems (2022)
Other
Winfield, A., Watson, E., Egawa, T., Barwell, E., Barclay, I., Booth, S., …Wortham, R. H. (2022). IEEE Standard for Transparency of Autonomous Systems. New York

Measurable, testable levels of transparency, so that autonomous systems can be objectively assessed, and levels of compliance determined, are described in this standard.

Morpho-evolution with learning using a controller archive as an inheritance mechanism (2022)
Journal Article
Le Goff, L. K., Buchanan, E., Hart, E., Eiben, A. E., Li, W., De Carlo, M., …Tyrrell, A. M. (in press). Morpho-evolution with learning using a controller archive as an inheritance mechanism. IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems, https://doi.org/10.1109/tcds.2022.3148543

Most work in evolutionary robotics centres on evolving a controller for a fixed body-plan. However, previous studies suggest that simultaneously evolving both controller and body-plan could open up many interesting possibilities. However, the joint o... Read More about Morpho-evolution with learning using a controller archive as an inheritance mechanism.

Accelerometers-embedded Lycra sleeves to test wear compliance and upper limb activity in people with stroke: A feasibility study (2021)
Journal Article
Kumar, P., Brodie, S., Molton, J., O'Reilly,, R., Steele, J., Pearce,, A., …Caleb-Solly, J. L. P. P. C. (in press). Accelerometers-embedded Lycra sleeves to test wear compliance and upper limb activity in people with stroke: A feasibility study. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, https://doi.org/10.1097/JPO.0000000000000406

Abstract Background: To establish a possible effect of Lycra sleeves, accurate recording of wear time is critical. The aim of this study was to test whether an accelerometer-embedded Lycra sleeve can measure wear compliance and record upper limb (U... Read More about Accelerometers-embedded Lycra sleeves to test wear compliance and upper limb activity in people with stroke: A feasibility study.

Multimodal Representation Learning for Place Recognition Using Deep Hebbian Predictive Coding (2021)
Journal Article
Pearson, M. J., Dora, S., Struckmeier, O., Knowles, T. C., Mitchinson, B., Tiwari, K., …Pennartz, C. M. (2021). Multimodal Representation Learning for Place Recognition Using Deep Hebbian Predictive Coding. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 8, https://doi.org/10.3389/frobt.2021.732023

Recognising familiar places is a competence required in many engineering applications that interact with the real world such as robot navigation. Combining information from different sensory sources promotes robustness and accuracy of place recogniti... Read More about Multimodal Representation Learning for Place Recognition Using Deep Hebbian Predictive Coding.

Experiments in artificial culture: from noisy imitation to storytelling robots (2021)
Journal Article
Winfield, A. F. T., & Blackmore, S. (2021). Experiments in artificial culture: from noisy imitation to storytelling robots. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences, 377, Article 20200323. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2020-0323

This paper presents a series of experiments in collective social robotics, spanning more than 10 years, with the long-term aim of building embodied models of (aspects) of cultural evolution. Initial experiments demonstrated the emergence of behaviour... Read More about Experiments in artificial culture: from noisy imitation to storytelling robots.

Precision fibre angle inspection for carbon fibre composite structures using polarisation vision (2021)
Journal Article
Atkinson, G., O'Hara Nash, S., & Smith, L. (2021). Precision fibre angle inspection for carbon fibre composite structures using polarisation vision. Electronics, 10(22), https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10222765

This paper evaluates the precision of polarisation imaging technology for the inspection of carbon fibre composite components. Specifically, it assesses the feasibility of the technology for fibre orientation measurements based on the premise that li... Read More about Precision fibre angle inspection for carbon fibre composite structures using polarisation vision.

WhiskEye: A biomimetic model of multisensory spatial memory based on sensory reconstruction (2021)
Conference Proceeding
Knowles, T. C., Stentiford, R., & Pearson, M. J. (2021). WhiskEye: A biomimetic model of multisensory spatial memory based on sensory reconstruction. In TAROS 2021: Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (408-418). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-89177-0_43

We present WhiskEye, a visual tactile robot supporting a neurorobotic investigation of spatial memory as a multisensory reconstructive process. This article outlines the motivation for building WhiskEye; the technical details of the physical robot, a... Read More about WhiskEye: A biomimetic model of multisensory spatial memory based on sensory reconstruction.

Automated extraction of 3D printed parts from unfused PA12 powder using a one-shot 3D printed compliant gripper (2021)
Journal Article
Cormack, J., Fotouhi, M., Adams, G., & Pipe, T. (2021). Automated extraction of 3D printed parts from unfused PA12 powder using a one-shot 3D printed compliant gripper. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 6(4), 8655-8662. https://doi.org/10.1109/lra.2021.3113383

Automated individual part extraction from powder based 3D printers has the potential to save time and cost compared with fully manual part extraction, or part sorting following automated bulk separation of parts and unfused powder. This work details... Read More about Automated extraction of 3D printed parts from unfused PA12 powder using a one-shot 3D printed compliant gripper.

Robot narratives (2021)
Book Chapter
Orell, M. S., Bown, J., Stepney, S., Walsh, R., & Winfield, A. F. T. (2021). Robot narratives. In A. Adamatzky (Ed.), Handbook of Unconventional Computing Volume 1: Theory (221-246). World Scientific. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789811235726_0006

There is evidence that humans understand how the world goes through narrative. We discuss what it might mean for embodied robots to understand the world, and communicate that understanding, in a similar manner. We suggest an architecture for adding n... Read More about Robot narratives.

IEEE P7001: A proposed standard on transparency (2021)
Journal Article
Winfield, A. F., Winfield, A. F. T., Booth, S., Dennis, L. A., Egawa, T., Hastie, H., …Watson, E. (2021). IEEE P7001: A proposed standard on transparency. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 8, https://doi.org/10.3389/frobt.2021.665729

This paper describes IEEE P7001, a new draft standard on transparency of autonomous systems. In the paper, we outline the development and structure of the draft standard. We present the rationale for transparency as a measurable, testable property. W... Read More about IEEE P7001: A proposed standard on transparency.

Modelling of the materials classification of in-orbit debris using DISCOSweb and other sources (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Toomer, C., Bolouri, A., Thompson, A., & Yalung, F. (2021, June). Modelling of the materials classification of in-orbit debris using DISCOSweb and other sources. Paper presented at Reinventing Space 2021, London

Space debris is a topic of growing concern as the space industry evolves. This paper describes the findings of a new model used to classify the materials used in current orbital objects. It utilises data from sources including ESA’s DISCOS (Database... Read More about Modelling of the materials classification of in-orbit debris using DISCOSweb and other sources.

Standards and regulations for physically assistive robots**Research supported by Lloyds Register Foundation, under the Assuring Antonomy International Programme (2021)
Conference Proceeding
Caleb-Solly, P., Harper, C., & Dogramadzi, S. (2021). Standards and regulations for physically assistive robots**Research supported by Lloyds Register Foundation, under the Assuring Antonomy International Programme. In 2021 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Safety for Robotics (ISR) (259-263). https://doi.org/10.1109/isr50024.2021.9419508

In this paper we consider the regulations that currently exist in relation to supporting people in the home and in different care settings. Using existing standards and guidelines that relate to assistive technology and care in the UK, we consider wh... Read More about Standards and regulations for physically assistive robots**Research supported by Lloyds Register Foundation, under the Assuring Antonomy International Programme.

Monitoring companion for industrial robotic processes (2021)
Thesis
Sita, E. Monitoring companion for industrial robotic processes. (Thesis). University of the West of England. Retrieved from https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/6004547

For system integrators, optimizing complex industrial robotic applications (e.g. robotised welding) is a difficult and time-consuming task. This procedure is rendered tedious and often very hard to achieve when the operator cannot access the robotic... Read More about Monitoring companion for industrial robotic processes.

Towards autonomous robot evolution (2020)
Book Chapter
Eiben, A. E., Hart, E., Timmis, J., Tyrrell, A. M., & Winfield, A. F. (2021). Towards autonomous robot evolution. In A. Cavalcanti, B. Dongol, R. Hierons, J. Timmis, & J. Woodcock (Eds.), Software Engineering for Robotics (29-51). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-66494-7_2

We outline a perspective on the future of evolutionary robotics and discuss a long-term vision regarding robots that evolve in the real world. We argue that such systems offer significant potential for advancing both science and engineering. For scie... Read More about Towards autonomous robot evolution.

Sample and time efficient policy learning with CMA-ES and Bayesian Optimisation (2020)
Conference Proceeding
Le Goff, L. K., Buchanan, E., Hart, E., Eiben, A. E., Li, W., de Carlo, M., …Tyrrell, A. M. (2020). Sample and time efficient policy learning with CMA-ES and Bayesian Optimisation. In J. Bongard, J. Lovato, L. Hebert-Dufrésne, R. Dasari, & L. Soros (Eds.), Artificial Life Conference Proceedings. , (432-440). https://doi.org/10.1162/isal_a_00299

In evolutionary robot systems where morphologies and controllers of real robots are simultaneously evolved, it is clear that there is likely to be requirements to refine the inherited controller of a ‘newborn’ robot in order to better align it to its... Read More about Sample and time efficient policy learning with CMA-ES and Bayesian Optimisation.

Usability study of a robot companion for monitoring industrial processes (2020)
Conference Proceeding
Sita, E., Thomessen, T., Pipe, A. G., Studley, M., & Dailami, F. (2020). Usability study of a robot companion for monitoring industrial processes. In 2020 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Robot Systems (ACIRS). , (37-42). https://doi.org/10.1109/acirs49895.2020.9162607

In this paper we present the findings of a usability study for a monitoring robotic unit tele-operated via a virtual fixtures (VF) based control framework. The study aims at investigating the impact of VF on the robot navigation as well as the impact... Read More about Usability study of a robot companion for monitoring industrial processes.

Calibration of sound source localisation for robots using multiple adaptive filter models of the cerebellum (2020)
Thesis
Baxendale, M. D. Calibration of sound source localisation for robots using multiple adaptive filter models of the cerebellum. (Thesis). University of the West of England. Retrieved from https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/1490813

The aim of this research was to investigate the calibration of Sound Source Localisation (SSL) for robots using the adaptive filter model of the cerebellum and how this could be automatically adapted for multiple acoustic environments. The role of th... Read More about Calibration of sound source localisation for robots using multiple adaptive filter models of the cerebellum.

The effect of virtual reality control of a robotic surrogate on presence and social presence in comparison to telecommunications software (2020)
Conference Proceeding
Mackey, B. A., Bremner, P. A., & Giuliani, M. (2020). The effect of virtual reality control of a robotic surrogate on presence and social presence in comparison to telecommunications software. In Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI '20 Companion) (349-351). https://doi.org/10.1145/3371382.3378268

Telecommunication software is often used to tackle social isolation in those with restricted mobility, but lacks high-level interactions found in face-to-face conversation. This study investigated the use of an immersive control system for a robotic... Read More about The effect of virtual reality control of a robotic surrogate on presence and social presence in comparison to telecommunications software.