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Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE

Issue 4 • Date Dec. 1997

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  • Wheel+legs - A new solution for traction enhancement without additive soil compaction

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 26 - 33
    Cited by:  Papers (2)
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    This paper presents the tractive performance of a one-wheeled vehicle equipped with a rotative leg appendage. Traction tests of the vehicle are performed and the maximum coefficient of traction is determined. Tests to measure the pressure distribution created by the legs on a soil bin are conducted to illustrate traction enhancement. View full abstract»

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  • 1997 Index IEEE Robotics And Automation Magazine Vol. 4

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 77 - 79
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  • The autonomous mobile robot SENARIO: a sensor aided intelligent navigation system for powered wheelchairs

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 60 - 70
    Cited by:  Papers (54)  |  Patents (1)
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    The SENARIO project is develoing a sensor-aided intelligent navigation system that provides high-level navigational aid to users of powered wheelchairs. The authors discuss new and improved technologies developed within SENARIO concerning task/path planning, sensing and positioning for indoor mobile robots as well as user interface issues. The autonomous mobile robot SENARIO, supports semi- or fully autonomous navigation. In semi-autonomous mode the system accepts typical motion commands through a voice-activated or standard joystick interface and supports robot motion with obstacle/collision avoidance features. Fully autonomous mode is a superset of semi-autonomous mode with the additional ability to execute autonomously high-level go-to-goal commands. At its current stage, the project has succeeded in fully supporting semi-autonomous navigation, while experiments on the fully autonomous mode are very encouraging View full abstract»

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  • MARIUS: an autonomous underwater vehicle for coastal oceanography

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 46 - 59
    Cited by:  Papers (14)  |  Patents (1)
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    An autonomous underwater vehicle (AW), named MARIUS, has been developed under the MAST Programme of the Commission of the European Communities. The primary envisioned missions of the prototype AW are environmental surveying and oceanographic data acquisition in coastal waters. The authors describe the design and implementation of the AW systems for vehicle and mission control, and report the results of the sea trials conducted with the vehicle in Sines, Portugal View full abstract»

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  • AMADEUS: advanced manipulation for deep underwater sampling

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 34 - 45
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    AMADEUS is a dexterous subsea robot hand incorporating force and slip contact sensing, using fluid filled tentacles for fingers. Hydraulic pressure variations in each of three flexible tubes (bellows) in each finger create a bending moment, and consequent motion or increase in contact force during grasping. Such fingers have inherent passive compliance, no moving parts, and are naturally depth pressure-compensated, making them ideal for reliable use in the deep ocean. In addition to the mechanical design, development of the hand has also considered closed loop finger position and force control, coordinated finger motion for grasping, force and slip sensor development/signal processing, and reactive world modeling/planning for supervisory `blind grasping'. Initially, the application focus is for marine science tasks, but broader roles in offshore oil and gas, salvage, and military use are foreseen View full abstract»

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  • ENTOREL Database for electronic components under gamma radiation-a description

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 20 - 25
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    The ENTOREL Database for radiation stressed electronic components and systems has been established to collate data on high doses (aiming at Mega Grays) which meet the requirements of advanced teleoperators working in hazardous or disordered nuclear environments within the frame of a European telerobotics programme for the nuclear industry. The ENTOREL Database holds data from 614 tests on total dose effects View full abstract»

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  • A preview of the European Commission TELEMAN programme for telerobotics research

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 10 - 11
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    TELEMAN was a programme of research and training for the European Atomic Energy Community under the Second and Third Framework Programmes in the field of remote handling in hazardous or disordered nuclear environments. The strategic objective was to develop advanced telerobots that respond to the needs of the nuclear industry, including maintenance, decommissioning and accident management. The emphasis was on improved nuclear safety through reducing the radiation exposure of human operators. The first set of 16 multi-partner contracts related to the development of components and sub-systems and their environmental tolerance. The second set of five projects integrated results from the first projects into research machines for demonstration, testing and evaluation in realistic conditions. The programme ended with the testing of the major TELEMAN research projects in industrial locations View full abstract»

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