Nematode worm inspired robotic model for pothole detection

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Nematode worm inspired robotic model for pothole detection

Dec 14 2017

Animals navigate complex and varied environments, but often use only limited sensory information. Here we present a simulated robot system using a  sensory model and navigation strategy inspired by the nematode worm C. elegans.  In particular we focused on the application of finding road damage such as potholes. Over two sets of experiments we demonstrated how our approach leads to a highly robust and efficient search algorithm that is achieved with limited sensory capabilities and no prior knowledge of the environments.

John Lones, Netta Cohen and Anthony Cohn (2017) A C.elegans inspired robotic model for pothole detection. Proceedings of: 31st Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2017), Long Beach, CA, USA. Read publication

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