A multi-purpose tactile sensor inspired by human finger for texture and tissue stiffness detection

Yuhua Zhang, Yuka Mukaibo, Takashi Maeno

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Abstract

This paper discusses a novel development in estimating the feature of hard lump embedded within a soft tissue with the tactile sensor emulating the major features of a human finger. The aim of this study is to realize precise and quantitative tactile sensing, especially of the stiffness. Since pathology-detection is related to tissue stiffness, stiffness measurement would be of great use to provide insight into disease processes and an aid to diagnosis. When pressed into and scanned over tissue of interest with the tactile sensor proposed, the outputs and variance of the outputs of the tactile sensor depends on the mechanical properties and geometric distribution of the structures within the tissue. The features of interest are the stiffness and the depth of the background tissue and the stiffness, size and location of a hard lump emulating the hard tumor. A finite element model was constructed in order to simulate the tactile process. The analysis was performed on models spanning an experimentally determined range of material properties. By analyzing the simulations in groups, we were able to estimate the tendency of the tissue stiffness, location and size information from tactile sensing. Results show the potential of our approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2006
Pages159-164
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1
Event2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2006 - Kunming, China
Duration: 2006 Dec 172006 Dec 20

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
Period06/12/1706/12/20

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Keywords

  • Lump measurement
  • Stiffness
  • Tactile imaging
  • Tactile perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Zhang, Y., Mukaibo, Y., & Maeno, T. (2006). A multi-purpose tactile sensor inspired by human finger for texture and tissue stiffness detection. In 2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2006 (pp. 159-164). [4141857] (2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2006). https://doi.org/10.1109/ROBIO.2006.340351