Nano-Engineering Biomimetic Tactile Sensors
A Specific Targeted Research Project Funded by the EU under the Sixth Framework Programme

Coordinated by Professor Mike Adams, University of Birmingham, UK

University of Birmingham, UK (Coordinator) (UB)
Unilever R&D Port Sunlight, UK (URDPS)
Goteborg University, Sweden (GU)
University Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (UCL)
Rockfield Software Ltd., UK (RSL)
TUM Munich, Germany (TUM)
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy (SSSA)
Centre for Computational Continuum Mechanics, Slovenia (C3M)

Summary of Project Objectives The overall objective of the project was to develop a biomimetic tactile sensor for incorporating in the finger pad of an artificial finger by developing sufficient scientific understanding of the operational characteristics of the human mechanoreceptors, the factors that influence their recruitment and discharge patterns, and the human neural coding of taction. This involved a number of technical innovation areas that are described below.
• Characterisation of the tactile system, psychophysical testing across the lifespan and indirect psychophysical testing
• The peripheral and brain response to the tactile stimuli.
• Development of a virtual finger pad.
• Development of a biomimetic finger pad incorporating artificial tactile sensors.
• Data analysis using information processing techniques.

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