Steve N'Guyen, Patrick Pirim, Jean-Arcady Meyer


We endowed a whiskered robot with a simple algorithm allowing to discriminate textures. Its efficiency and robustness have been demonstrated using both a fixed head and a mobile platform. Comparatively to previous similar approaches, this system affords greater behavioral capacities and proves to be able to complement or supply vision in simple navigation tasks. The corresponding results suggest that the length and number of the whiskers involved play a role in texture discrimination. They also suggest that two hypotheses that are currently considered as mutually exclusive to explain texture recognition in rats - i.e., the “kinetic signature hypothesis” and the “resonance hypothesis” - may be, in fact, complementary.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

N'Guyen S., Pirim P. and Meyer J. (2010). TACTILE TEXTURE DISCRIMINATION IN THE ROBOT-RAT PSIKHARPAX . In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing - Volume 1: BIOSIGNALS, (BIOSTEC 2010) ISBN 978-989-674-018-4, pages 74-81. DOI: 10.5220/0002730200740081

in Bibtex Style

author={Steve N'Guyen and Patrick Pirim and Jean-Arcady Meyer},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing - Volume 1: BIOSIGNALS, (BIOSTEC 2010)},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing - Volume 1: BIOSIGNALS, (BIOSTEC 2010)
SN - 978-989-674-018-4
AU - N'Guyen S.
AU - Pirim P.
AU - Meyer J.
PY - 2010
SP - 74
EP - 81
DO - 10.5220/0002730200740081