J. Charles Sullivan

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— 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 Localisation And Mapping (tSLAM). Shrewbot uses a biomorphic 3-dimensional array of active whiskers and a(More)
Whisker movement has been shown to be under active control in certain specialist animals such as rats and mice. Though this whisker movement is well characterized, the role and effect of this movement on subsequent sensing is poorly understood. One method for investigating this phenomena is to generate artificial whisker deflections with robotic hardware(More)
We introduce a new multi-element sensory array built from tactile whiskers and modelled on the mammalian whisker sensory system. The new array adds, over previous designs, an actuated degree of freedom corresponding approximately to the mobility of the mystacial pad of the animal. We also report on its performance in a preliminary test of simultaneous(More)
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