Angle and position perception for exploration with active touch

Uriel Martinez-Hernandez, Tony J. Dodd, Tony J. Prescott, Nathan F. Lepora

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Over the past few decades the design of robots has gradually improved, allowing them to perform complex tasks in interaction with the world. To behave appropriately, robots need to make perceptual decisions about their environment using their various sensory modalities. Even though robots are being equipped with progressively more accurate and advanced sensors, dealing with uncertainties from the world and their sensory processes remains an unavoidable necessity for autonomous robotics. The challenge is to develop robust methods that allow robots to perceive their environment while managing uncertainty and optimizing their decision making. These methods can be inspired by the way humans and animals actively direct their senses towards locations for reducing uncertainties from perception [1]. For instance, humans not only use their hands and fingers for exploration and feature extraction but also their movements are guided according to what it is being perceived [2]. This behaviour is also present in the animal kingdom, such as rats that actively explore the environment by appropriately moving their whiskers [3].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomimetic and Biohybrid Systems - Second International Conference, Living Machines 2013, Proceedings
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013
Event2nd International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems: Living Machines, LM 2013 - London, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Jul 20132 Aug 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8064 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference2nd International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems: Living Machines, LM 2013
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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