Distributive tactile sensing using fibre bragg grating sensors

Barbara Cowie*, David Webb, Betty Tam, Paul Slack, Peter Brett

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Two distributive tactile sensing systems are presented, based on fibre Bragg grating sensors. The first is a one-dimensional metal strip with an array of 4 sensors, which is capable of detecting the magnitude and position of a contacting load. This system is compared experimentally with a similar system using resistive strain gauges. The second is a two-dimensional steel plate with 9 sensors which is able to distinguish the position and shape of a contacting load. This system is compared with a similar system using 16 infrared displacement sensors. Each system uses neural networks to process the sensor data to give information concerning the type of contact.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiophotonics and new therapy frontiers
EditorsRomualda Grzymala, Oliver Haeberle
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)0-8194-6247-0, 978-0-8194-6247-3
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2006
EventPhotonics Europe - Strasbourg, France
Duration: 3 Apr 20067 Apr 2006

Publication series

NameSPIE proceedings
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferencePhotonics Europe
Abbreviated titlePhotonics Europe

Bibliographical note

Barbara M. Cowie ; David J. Webb ; Betty Tam ; Paul Slack and Peter N. Brett
"Distributive tactile sensing using fibre Bragg grating sensors", Proc. SPIE 6191, Biophotonics and New Therapy Frontiers, 61910Z (April 14, 2006); doi:10.1117/12.662597.

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  • Bragg
  • distributive
  • neural
  • optical
  • sensor


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