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Whisking with robots from rat vibrissae to biomimetic technology for active touch

Prescott, T.J., Pearson, M.J., Mitchinson, B., Sullivan, J.C.W. and Pipe, A.G. (2009) Whisking with robots from rat vibrissae to biomimetic technology for active touch. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 16 (3). pp. 42-50. ISSN 1070-9932


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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 functionality in biomimetic robots.

Item Type: Article
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Keywords: Control architectures and programming; biologically inspired robots; biomimetics; neurorobotics; force and tactile sensing
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Department of Psychology (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2009 14:26
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2014 14:29
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MRA.2009.933624
Status: Published
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1109/MRA.2009.933624
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9818

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