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Loose-limbed People: Estimating 3D Human Pose and Motion Using Non-parametric Belief Propagation

Sigal, L., Isard, M., Haussecker, H., Black, M. J.

International Journal of Computer Vision, 98(1):15-48, Springer Netherlands, May 2011 (article)

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We formulate the problem of 3D human pose estimation and tracking as one of inference in a graphical model. Unlike traditional kinematic tree representations, our model of the body is a collection of loosely-connected body-parts. In particular, we model the body using an undirected graphical model in which nodes correspond to parts and edges to kinematic, penetration, and temporal constraints imposed by the joints and the world. These constraints are encoded using pair-wise statistical distributions, that are learned from motion-capture training data. Human pose and motion estimation is formulated as inference in this graphical model and is solved using Particle Message Passing (PaMPas). PaMPas is a form of non-parametric belief propagation that uses a variation of particle filtering that can be applied over a general graphical model with loops. The loose-limbed model and decentralized graph structure allow us to incorporate information from "bottom-up" visual cues, such as limb and head detectors, into the inference process. These detectors enable automatic initialization and aid recovery from transient tracking failures. We illustrate the method by automatically tracking people in multi-view imagery using a set of calibrated cameras and present quantitative evaluation using the HumanEva dataset.

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Point-and-Click Cursor Control With an Intracortical Neural Interface System by Humans With Tetraplegia

Kim, S., Simeral, J. D., Hochberg, L. R., Donoghue, J. P., Friehs, G. M., Black, M. J.

IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 19(2):193-203, April 2011 (article)

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We present a point-and-click intracortical neural interface system (NIS) that enables humans with tetraplegia to volitionally move a 2D computer cursor in any desired direction on a computer screen, hold it still and click on the area of interest. This direct brain-computer interface extracts both discrete (click) and continuous (cursor velocity) signals from a single small population of neurons in human motor cortex. A key component of this system is a multi-state probabilistic decoding algorithm that simultaneously decodes neural spiking activity and outputs either a click signal or the velocity of the cursor. The algorithm combines a linear classifier, which determines whether the user is intending to click or move the cursor, with a Kalman filter that translates the neural population activity into cursor velocity. We present a paradigm for training the multi-state decoding algorithm using neural activity observed during imagined actions. Two human participants with tetraplegia (paralysis of the four limbs) performed a closed-loop radial target acquisition task using the point-and-click NIS over multiple sessions. We quantified point-and-click performance using various human-computer interaction measurements for pointing devices. We found that participants were able to control the cursor motion accurately and click on specified targets with a small error rate (< 3% in one participant). This study suggests that signals from a small ensemble of motor cortical neurons (~40) can be used for natural point-and-click 2D cursor control of a personal computer.

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A Database and Evaluation Methodology for Optical Flow

Baker, S., Scharstein, D., Lewis, J. P., Roth, S., Black, M. J., Szeliski, R.

International Journal of Computer Vision, 92(1):1-31, March 2011 (article)

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The quantitative evaluation of optical flow algorithms by Barron et al. (1994) led to significant advances in performance. The challenges for optical flow algorithms today go beyond the datasets and evaluation methods proposed in that paper. Instead, they center on problems associated with complex natural scenes, including nonrigid motion, real sensor noise, and motion discontinuities. We propose a new set of benchmarks and evaluation methods for the next generation of optical flow algorithms. To that end, we contribute four types of data to test different aspects of optical flow algorithms: (1) sequences with nonrigid motion where the ground-truth flow is determined by tracking hidden fluorescent texture, (2) realistic synthetic sequences, (3) high frame-rate video used to study interpolation error, and (4) modified stereo sequences of static scenes. In addition to the average angular error used by Barron et al., we compute the absolute flow endpoint error, measures for frame interpolation error, improved statistics, and results at motion discontinuities and in textureless regions. In October 2007, we published the performance of several well-known methods on a preliminary version of our data to establish the current state of the art. We also made the data freely available on the web at http://vision.middlebury.edu/flow/ . Subsequently a number of researchers have uploaded their results to our website and published papers using the data. A significant improvement in performance has already been achieved. In this paper we analyze the results obtained to date and draw a large number of conclusions from them.

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Learning, planning, and control for quadruped locomotion over challenging terrain

Kalakrishnan, Mrinal, Buchli, Jonas, Pastor, Peter, Mistry, Michael, Schaal, S.

International Journal of Robotics Research, 30(2):236-258, February 2011 (article)

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Design and application of a wire-driven bidirectional telescopic mechanism for workspace expansion with a focus on shipbuilding tasks

Lee, D., Chang, D., Shin, Y., Son, D., Kim, T., Lee, K., Kim, J.

Advanced Robotics, 25, 2011 (article)

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Bayesian robot system identification with input and output noise

Ting, J., D’Souza, A., Schaal, S.

Neural Networks, 24(1):99-108, 2011, clmc (article)

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For complex robots such as humanoids, model-based control is highly beneficial for accurate tracking while keeping negative feedback gains low for compliance. However, in such multi degree-of-freedom lightweight systems, conventional identification of rigid body dynamics models using CAD data and actuator models is inaccurate due to unknown nonlinear robot dynamic effects. An alternative method is data-driven parameter estimation, but significant noise in measured and inferred variables affects it adversely. Moreover, standard estimation procedures may give physically inconsistent results due to unmodeled nonlinearities or insufficiently rich data. This paper addresses these problems, proposing a Bayesian system identification technique for linear or piecewise linear systems. Inspired by Factor Analysis regression, we develop a computationally efficient variational Bayesian regression algorithm that is robust to ill-conditioned data, automatically detects relevant features, and identifies input and output noise. We evaluate our approach on rigid body parameter estimation for various robotic systems, achieving an error of up to three times lower than other state-of-the-art machine learning methods

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The Oxidation of Fe(111)

Davies, R., Edwards, D., Gräfe, J., Gilbert, L., Davies, P., Hutchings, G., Bowker, M.

Surface Science, 605(17-18):1754-1762, 2011 (article)

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Learning variable impedance control

Buchli, J., Stulp, F., Theodorou, E., Schaal, S.

International Journal of Robotics Research, 2011, clmc (article)

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One of the hallmarks of the performance, versatility, and robustness of biological motor control is the ability to adapt the impedance of the overall biomechanical system to different task requirements and stochastic disturbances. A transfer of this principle to robotics is desirable, for instance to enable robots to work robustly and safely in everyday human environments. It is, however, not trivial to derive variable impedance controllers for practical high degree-of-freedom (DOF) robotic tasks. In this contribution, we accomplish such variable impedance control with the reinforcement learning (RL) algorithm PISq ({f P}olicy {f I}mprovement with {f P}ath {f I}ntegrals). PISq is a model-free, sampling based learning method derived from first principles of stochastic optimal control. The PISq algorithm requires no tuning of algorithmic parameters besides the exploration noise. The designer can thus fully focus on cost function design to specify the task. From the viewpoint of robotics, a particular useful property of PISq is that it can scale to problems of many DOFs, so that reinforcement learning on real robotic systems becomes feasible. We sketch the PISq algorithm and its theoretical properties, and how it is applied to gain scheduling for variable impedance control. We evaluate our approach by presenting results on several simulated and real robots. We consider tasks involving accurate tracking through via-points, and manipulation tasks requiring physical contact with the environment. In these tasks, the optimal strategy requires both tuning of a reference trajectory emph{and} the impedance of the end-effector. The results show that we can use path integral based reinforcement learning not only for planning but also to derive variable gain feedback controllers in realistic scenarios. Thus, the power of variable impedance control is made available to a wide variety of robotic systems and practical applications.

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High-resolution x-ray absorption spectroscopy of BaTiO_3: Experiment and first-principles calculations

Chassé, A., Borek, S., Schindler, K., Trautmann, M., Huth, M., Steudel, F., Makhova, L., Gräfe, J., Denecke, R.

Physical Review B, 84, pages: 195135, 2011 (article)

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Waalbot II: Adhesion recovery and improved performance of a climbing robot using fibrillar adhesives

Murphy, M. P., Kute, C., Mengüç, Y., Sitti, M.

The International Journal of Robotics Research, 30(1):118-133, SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England, 2011 (article)

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Automated 2-D nanoparticle manipulation using atomic force microscopy

Onal, C. D., Ozcan, O., Sitti, M.

IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, 10(3):472-481, IEEE, 2011 (article)

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Biaxial mechanical modeling of the small intestine

Bellini, C., Glass, P., Sitti, M., Di Martino, E. S.

Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials, 4(8):1727-1740, Elsevier, 2011 (article)

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Neural control of cursor trajectory and click by a human with tetraplegia 1000 days after implant of an intracortical microelectrode array

(J. Neural Engineering Highlights of 2011 Collection. JNE top 10 cited papers of 2010-2011.)

Simeral, J. D., Kim, S., Black, M. J., Donoghue, J. P., Hochberg, L. R.

J. of Neural Engineering, 8(2):025027, 2011 (article)

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The ongoing pilot clinical trial of the BrainGate neural interface system aims in part to assess the feasibility of using neural activity obtained from a small-scale, chronically implanted, intracortical microelectrode array to provide control signals for a neural prosthesis system. Critical questions include how long implanted microelectrodes will record useful neural signals, how reliably those signals can be acquired and decoded, and how effectively they can be used to control various assistive technologies such as computers and robotic assistive devices, or to enable functional electrical stimulation of paralyzed muscles. Here we examined these questions by assessing neural cursor control and BrainGate system characteristics on five consecutive days 1000 days after implant of a 4 × 4 mm array of 100 microelectrodes in the motor cortex of a human with longstanding tetraplegia subsequent to a brainstem stroke. On each of five prospectively-selected days we performed time-amplitude sorting of neuronal spiking activity, trained a population-based Kalman velocity decoding filter combined with a linear discriminant click state classifier, and then assessed closed-loop point-and-click cursor control. The participant performed both an eight-target center-out task and a random target Fitts metric task which was adapted from a human-computer interaction ISO standard used to quantify performance of computer input devices. The neural interface system was further characterized by daily measurement of electrode impedances, unit waveforms and local field potentials. Across the five days, spiking signals were obtained from 41 of 96 electrodes and were successfully decoded to provide neural cursor point-and-click control with a mean task performance of 91.3% ± 0.1% (mean ± s.d.) correct target acquisition. Results across five consecutive days demonstrate that a neural interface system based on an intracortical microelectrode array can provide repeatable, accurate point-and-click control of a computer interface to an individual with tetraplegia 1000 days after implantation of this sensor.

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Electron theory of fast and ultrafast dissipative magnetization dynamics

Fähnle, M., Illg, C.

{Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter}, 23, 2011 (article)

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Large-area hard magnetic L10-FePt nanopatterns by nanoimprint lithography

Bublat, T., Goll, D.

{Nanotechnology}, 22(31), 2011 (article)

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Hydrogen storage by cryoadsorption in ultrahigh-porosity metal-organic frameworks

Hirscher, M.

{Angewandte Chemie International Edition}, 50(3):581-582, 2011 (article)

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Multilayer Fresnel zone plate for soft X-ray microscopy resolves sub-39 nm structures

Mayer, M., Grévent, C., Szeghalmi, A., Knez, M., Weigand, M., Rehbein, S., Schneider, G., Baretzky, B., Schütz, G.

{Ultramicroscopy}, 111, pages: 1706-1711, 2011 (article)

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Generalized Gilbert equation including inertial damping: derivation from an extended breathing Fermi surface model

Fähnle, M., Steiauf, D., Illg, C.

{Physical Review B}, 84, 2011 (article)

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Hydrogen physisorption in high SSA microporous materials - A comparison between AX-21\textunderscore33 and MOF-177 at cryogenic conditions

Schlichtenmayer, M., Streppel, B., Hirscher, M.

{International Journal of Hydrogen Energy}, 36, pages: 586-591, 2011 (article)

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Magnetic vortex core reversal by excitation of spin waves

Kammerer, M., Weigand, M., Curcic, M., Noske, M., Sproll, M., Vansteenkiste, A., Van Waeyenberge, B., Stoll, H., Woltersdorf, G., Back, C. H., Schütz, G.

{Nature Communications}, 2, pages: 279-284, 2011 (article)

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Understanding haptics by evolving mechatronic systems

Loeb, G. E., Tsianos, G.A., Fishel, J.A., Wettels, N., Schaal, S.

Progress in Brain Research, 192, pages: 129, 2011 (article)

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Assembly and disassembly of magnetic mobile micro-robots towards deterministic 2-D reconfigurable micro-systems

Diller, E., Pawashe, C., Floyd, S., Sitti, M.

The International Journal of Robotics Research, 30(14):1667-1680, SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England, 2011 (article)

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Magnetism studied with circularly polarized X-rays

Schütz, G., Goering, E., Stoll, H.

{International Journal of Materials Research}, 102(7):773-783, 2011 (article)

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Coupled vortex oscillations in spatially separated permalloy squares

Vogel, A., Kamionka, T., Martens, M., Drews, A., Chou, K., Tyliszczak, T., Stoll, H., Van Waeyenberge, B., Meier, G.

{Physical Review Letters}, 106, 2011 (article)

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Contruction of basis functions with crystal symmetry for the spin-cluster expansion of the magnetic energy on the atomic scale

Dietermann, F., Singer, R., Fähnle, M.

{Journal of Mathematical Physics}, 52, 2011 (article)

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Magnetic patterning perpendicular anisotropy FePd alloy films by masked ion irradiation

Merkel, D. G., Bottyán, L., Tanczikó, F., Zolnai, Z., Nagy, N., Vértesy, G., Waizinger, J., Bommer, L.

{Journal of Applied Physics}, 109(12), 2011 (article)

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Characterization of hydrogen/deuterium adsorption sites in nanoporous Cu-BTC by low-temperature thermal-desorption mass spectroscopy

Krkljus, I., Hirscher, M.

{Microporous and Mesoporous Materials}, 142, pages: 725-729, 2011 (article)

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Stability of the current-carrying state in nonhomogeneous MgB2 films

Treiber, S., Stahl, C., Schütz, G., Albrecht, J.

{Physical Review B}, 84, 2011 (article)

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Orbital reflectometry of oxide heterostructures

Benckiser, E., Haverkort, M. W., Brück, S., Goering, E., Macke, S., Fraño, A., Yang, X., Andersen, O. K., Cristiani, G., Habermeier, H., Boris, A. V., Zegkinoglou, I., Wochner, P., Kim, H., Hinkov, V., Keimer, B.

{Nature Materials}, 10(3):189-193, 2011 (article)

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Potential explanation of charge response of magnetization in nanoporous systems

Subkow, S., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 84, 2011 (article)

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Modeling of stochastic motion of bacteria propelled spherical microbeads

Arabagi, V., Behkam, B., Cheung, E., Sitti, M.

Journal of Applied Physics, 109(11):114702, AIP, 2011 (article)

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The effect of aspect ratio on adhesion and stiffness for soft elastic fibres

Aksak, B., Hui, C., Sitti, M.

Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 8(61):1166-1175, The Royal Society, 2011 (article)

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Large hidden orbital moments in magnetite

Goering, E.

{Physica Status Solidi B}, 248(10):2345-2351, 2011 (article)

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Cr magnetization reversal at the CrO2/RuO2 interface: Origin of the reduced GMR effect

Zafar, K., Audehm, P., Schütz, G., Goering, E., Pathak, M., Chetry, K. B., LeClair, P. R., Gupta, A.

{Physical Review B}, 84, 2011 (article)

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Magnetocaloric effect, magnetic domain structure and spin-reorientation transitios in HoCo5 single crystals

Skokov, K. P., Pastushenkov, Y. G., Koshkid\textquotesingleko, Y. S., Schütz, G., Goll, D., Ivanova, T. I., Nikitin, S. A., Semenova, E. M., Petrenko, A. V.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 323(5):447-450, 2011 (article)

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Elucidating gating effects for hydrogen sorption in MFU-4-type triazolate-based metal-organic frameworks featuring different pore sizes

Denysenko, D., Grzywa, M., Tonigold, M., Streppel, B., Krkljus, I., Hirscher, M., Mugnaioli, E., Kolb, U., Hanss, J., Volkmer, D.

{Chemistry - A European Journal}, 17(6):1837-1848, 2011 (article)

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BET specific surface area and pore structure of MOFs determined by hydrogen adsorption at 20 K

Streppel, B., Hirscher, M.

{Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics}, 13(8):3220-3222, 2011 (article)

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High contrast magnetic and nonmagnetic sample current microscopy for bulk and transparent samples using soft X-rays

Nolle, D., Weigand, M., Schütz, G., Goering, E.

{Microscopy and Microanalysis}, 17, pages: 834-842, 2011 (article)

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Magnetic vortex core reversal by rotating magnetic fields generated on micrometer length scales

Curcic, M., Stoll, H., Weigand, M., Sackmann, V., Jüllig, P., Kammerer, M., Noske, M., Sproll, M., Van Waeyenberge, B., Vansteenkiste, A., Woltersdorf, G., Tyliszczak, T., Schütz, G.

{Physica Status Solidi B}, 248(10):2317-2322, 2011 (article)

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Enhancing adhesion of biologically inspired polymer microfibers with a viscous oil coating

Cheung, E., Sitti, M.

The Journal of Adhesion, 87(6):547-557, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011 (article)

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Formation of two amorphous phases in the Ni60Nb18Y22 alloy after high pressure torsion

Straumal, B. B., Mazilkin, A. A., Protasova, S. G., Goll, D., Baretzky, B., Bakai, A. S., Dobatkin, S. V.

{Kovove Materialy-Metallic Materials}, 49(1):17-22, 2011 (article)

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Structure and properties of nanograined Fe-C alloys after severe plastic deformation

Straumal, B. B., Dobatkin, S. V., Rodin, A. O., Protasova, S. G., Mazilkin, A. A., Goll, D., Baretzky, B.

{Advanced Engineering Materials}, 13(6):463-469, 2011 (article)

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Increased flux pinning in YBa2Cu3O7-δthin-film devices through embedding of Au nano crystals

Katzer, C., Schmidt, M., Michalowski, P., Kuhwald, D., Schmidl, F., Grosse, V., Treiber, S., Stahl, C., Albrecht, J., Hübner, U., Undisz, A., Rettenmayr, M., Schütz, G., Seidel, P.

{Europhysics Letters}, 95(6), 2011 (article)

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Signal transfer in a chain of stray-field coupled ferromagnetic squares

Vogel, A., Martens, M., Weigand, M., Meier, G.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 99, 2011 (article)

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Electron theory of magnetoelectric effects in metallic ferromagnetic nanostructures

Subkow, S., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 84, 2011 (article)

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Magnetic antivortex-core reversal by rotating magnetic fields

Kamionka, T., Martens, M., Chou, K., Drews, A., Tyliszczak, T., Stoll, H., Van Waeyenberge, B., Meier, G.

{Physical Review B}, 83, 2011 (article)

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Magnetic properties of exchange-spring composite films

Kronmüller, H., Goll, D.

{Physica Status Solidi B}, 248(10):2361-2367, 2011 (article)

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Wetting transition of grain boundaries in the Sn-rich part of the Sn-Bi phase diagram

Yeh, C.-H., Chang, L.-S., Straumal, B. B.

{Journal of Materials Science}, 46(5):1557-1562, 2011 (article)

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Piezoelectric polymer fiber arrays for tactile sensing applications

Sümer, B., Aksak, B., Şsahin, K., Chuengsatiansup, K., Sitti, M.

Sensor Letters, 9(2):457-463, American Scientific Publishers, 2011 (article)

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