David C. Rye

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During social interaction, humans extract important information from tactile stimuli that improves their understanding of the interaction. The development of a similar capacity in a robot will contribute to the future success of intuitive human-robot interaction. This paper presents a method of touch sensing based on the principle of electrical impedance(More)
This paper investigates the possibility of recognising individual persons from their walking gait using three-dimensional 'skeleton' data from an inexpensive consumer-level sensor, the Microsoft 'Kinect'. In an experimental pilot study it is shown that the K-means algorithm - as a candidate unsupervised clustering algorithm - is able to cluster gait samples(More)
This paper concerns the design of robust control systems using sliding-mode control that incorporates a fuzzy tuning technique. The control law superposes equivalent control, switching control, and fuzzy control. An equivalent control law is first designed using pole placement. Switching control is then added to guarantee that the state reaches the sliding(More)
This paper presents a fuzzy tuning approach to sliding mode control for tracking-performance enhancement in a class of nonlinear systems. The sliding surface can rotate or shift in the phase space in such a direction that the tracking behaviour can be improved. It is shown that with arbitrary initial conditions, the reaching time and tracking error in the(More)
In the general framework of hydraulic servo systems, this paper addresses the problem of position control in the presence of important friction nonlinearities. The accent falls on the variable structure methodology, as we try to use its intrinsic robustness properties. Several friction observers, including the one based on a variable structure approach,(More)