Principal curvature measurement by an acoustic tactile sensor

Kenbu Teramoto, Masachika Iwahori, Keigo Watanabe

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It is essential for robotic tactile sensors to provide capability of shape discrimination from static touch. For this purpose, the principal curvatures and corresponding principal directions play important roles which define the local shape of the object. This paper proposes a novel acoustic tactile sensing system which identifies a set of principal curvatures and directions on the object surface by utilizing acoustic waves. The major difficulty, however, existing in estimating these parameters is that the wavefront reflected by the paraboloidal surface cannot be described in the linear combination of the plane-waves, such that the non-linearity exists between time-of-fright (TOF) and the parameters defining the surface. Avoiding the difficulties, the proposed sensing system utilizes the differences of TOFs between primary and secondary reflections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2057-2063
Number of pages7
JournalNippon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, C Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part C
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Acoustic
  • Manipulator
  • Measurement
  • Sensor
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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