Dr Perla Maiolino Oxford Robotic Institute, University of Oxford

Robots with a sense of Touch
When Jun 10, 2019
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where LR1, Thom Building
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Contact Phone +44 (0)1865 273030
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Robots operating in dynamic and unstructured environments must exhibit advanced forms of interaction with objects and humans. “Sense of Touch”  in robots can play a fundamental role in enhancing perceptual, cognitive and operative capabilities of robots, specifically when they physically interact with objects and humans in the environment.

Many solutions to design, engineer and manufacture tactile sensors have been presented, because the availability of appropriate sensing technologies is the first and necessary step, but the effective utilization of “sense of touch” in robots depends also on the understanding of tactile perception mechanism through which the robot builds an appropriate world model. Taking inspiration from the way in which biological systems acquire and process sensory data to control behaviour for solving this problem, we can notice that the sensory information that reaches the brain is critically shaped by the active generation of sensory stimuli and by the compliance/softness of the body. The seminar will present current tactile sensing technologies, technological challenges for soft sensing and all key aspects to take in account  for providing robots with sense of touch.