A bioInspired neural controller for a mobile robot

Michele Folgheraiter, Giuseppina Gini, Alessandro Nava, Nicola Mottola

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the study of a bio-inspired neural controller used to govern a mobile robot. The network's architecture is based on the understanding that neurophysi-ologists have obtained on the nervous system of some simple animals, like arthropods or invertebrates. The neuronal model mimics the behavior of the natural cells present in the animal, and elaborates the continuous signals coming from the robot's sensors. The output generated by the controller, after scaling, commands the wheel rotation and therefore the robot's linear and angular velocity. The mobile robot, thanks to the controller, presents different behaviors, like reaching a sonorous source, avoiding obstacles and finding the recharge stations. In the network architecture different modules, charged of different functionality, are regulated and coordinated using an inhibition mechanism. In order to test the control strategy and the neural architecture, we implemented the system in Matlab and finally in hardware using a dedicated dual processor board equipped with an ARM7TDMI micro-controller. Results show that the neural controller can govern the robot efficiently with performances comparable with those described about the animal.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2006
Pages1646-1651
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2006 - Kunming, China
Duration: Dec 17 2006Dec 20 2006

Publication series

Name2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2006

Other

Other2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2006
CountryChina
CityKunming
Period12/17/0612/20/06

Keywords

  • Biorobotics
  • Neural controller
  • Robot navigation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Folgheraiter, M., Gini, G., Nava, A., & Mottola, N. (2006). A bioInspired neural controller for a mobile robot. In 2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2006 (pp. 1646-1651). [4142113] (2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2006). https://doi.org/10.1109/ROBIO.2006.340191