IAS begins a collaborative project with the Adaptive Behaviour Research Group at the University of Sheffield. The study, funded by EPSRC and referred to as the 'Whiskerbot' project, will investigate a biomimetic artificial whisker system which could provide a novel form of robot tactile sensor capable of texture discrimination and object recognition. The project will involve mounting an array of actively-controlled artificial whiskers on a mobile robot that will input to biologically-accurate computational models of sensory pathways in the rat brain.



The project mascot with FPGA controller


FPGA controller from Celoxica


FPGA controller I/O ports


DSP Texas Instruments Controller


Taylec Mini-T Tutor


Taylec Mini-T



To watch a short movie of a rat whisking its whiskers click here.

Questions on the IAS lab to chris.melhuish@uwe.ac.uk