University of Plymouth, UK
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- The Centre for Robotics and
Intelligent Systems is part of the School of Computing, Communications and
Electronics of the University of Plymouth. The centre houses a
multidisciplinary group with interests in cognitive systems and robotics and
their constituent technologies. The group has strong national and
international links with both industry and other research institutes.
Fabric Manipulation by Personal Robots
- Aim: The overall aim is the development of robot
skills required for the manipulation of fabrics in an unstructured
environment, e.g. home or laundry.
This project focuses on sorting tasks, such as those conducted before
placing cloth in a washing machine.
The objective is the development of artificial vision and manipulation
algorithms enabling a small humanoid robot to conduct fabric sorting tasks.
Method: The project starts with the observation of humans performing a cloth
sorting task. (Figure 1A and 1B).
The observations were analysed (figure 2A) and formed the basis for a
computational model of human visual search and grasp (Fig 2B).
This model is now being implemented.
Findings: Of special interest are following facts:
- The eyes saccade from grasping point to grasping point. There is no
evidence of overt scanning of the visual scene for the selection of the next
grasping point (figure 2A)
- Saccades targets reflect covert visual search and strategic planning
processes, constrained for instance by the availability of the right or left
hand for the grasping task and the motion of the hand after grasping.
Contact: Peter Gibbons, Phil Culverhouse, Guido Bugmann
Fig 1. Setup for human observation
- A. The subject is placed in front of a pile of cloth to
be sorted by colour or size. B. An eye tracker is used to follow the gaze
direction of the subject.
- A. Classification of eye and hand movements during a
sorting task. B. Computational model of visual search and grasp based on
Robot football: multi-robot team competing in the world
most popular sport
- With the ever-increasing numbers of robots in the real
world, in particular in industrial environments,
it is increasing important to build teams of robots capable of high level
co-operation in real-time situations.
The complexity involved in multi-robot autonomous systems requires some form
of model situation to
experiment and develop the inherent technologies. Robot football is clearly
an intelligent game that brings together many engineering disciplines into a
(vision, mechanics, electronics, robotics A.I etc….)
The idea of FIRA Robot Soccer originated in 1995, with the first two
(Mirosot '96 & Mirosot'97), being held in KAIST, Korea.
At the University of Plymouth we are continually developing a robot football
team that currently
partakes in competitions governed by FIRA.(Federation of International Robot
FIRA Cup competitions bring together skilled researchers and students from
different disciplines to play
the game of robot soccer. There are many categories involving different size
robots, pitches, and various
levels of robot autonomy, which compete in different soccer tournaments.
- Humanoid Robots (HUROSOT)
- Single Humanoid Robot (S-HUROSOT)
- Micro Robots (MIROSOT 5a side & 11a side)
- Nano Robots (NAROSOT)
- Single Nano Robot (S_NAROSOT)
- Khepera Robots (KHEPERASOT)
- Khepera Robot (S-KHEPERASOT)
The University of Plymouth has taken part in the 5-a-side MIROSOT league
for many years. It is now focusing on humanoid robot league: Hurosot in
which it represents England in International competitions.
Contact: Guido Bugmann