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Publication Summary and Abstract

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

Many mammals use tactile hairs, known as whiskers or vibrissae, as an important means through which to sense and explore world. The vibrissal system of the common rat--a tactile specialist--provides a particularly useful biological model for the development of sophisticated tactile sensing systems for autonomous robots. This article summarises some of the key features of the rat vibrissal system, including the actively controlled sweeping movements of the vibrissae known as 'whisking'. We then review past and ongoing research aimed at replicating some of this functionality in biomimetic robotic sensory systems.
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