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CONTROLAB: integration of intelligent systems for speech recognition, image processing, and trajectory control with obstacle avoidance aiming at robotics applications
Author(s): Eliana P. L. Aude; Julio T. C. Silveira; Fabricio A. B. Silva; Mario F. Martins; Henrique Serdeira; Emerson Prado Lopes
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Paper Abstract

CONTROLAB is an environment which integrates intelligent systems and control algorithms aiming at applications in the area of robotics. Within CONTROLAB, two neural network architectures based on the backpropagation and the recursive models are proposed for the implementation of a robust speaker-independent word recognition system. The robustness of the system using the backpropagation network has been largely verified through use by children and adults in totally uncontrolled environments such as large public halls for the exhibition of new technology products. Experimental results with the recursive network show that it is able to overcome the backpropagation network major drawback, the frequent generation of false alarms. In addition, within CONTROLAB, the trajectory to be followed by a robot arm under self-tuning control is determined by a system which uses either VGRAPH or PFIELD algorithms to avoid obstacles detected by the computer vision system. The performance of the second algorithm is greatly improved when it is applied under the control of a rule-based system. An application in which a SCARA robot arm is commanded by voice to pick up a specific tool placed on a table among other tools and obstacles is currently running. This application is used to evaluate the performance of each sub-system within CONTROLAB.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 December 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3203, Architectures, Networks, and Intelligent Systems for Manufacturing Integration, (9 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294427
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Eliana P. L. Aude, Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Julio T. C. Silveira, Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Fabricio A. B. Silva, Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Mario F. Martins, Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Henrique Serdeira, Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Emerson Prado Lopes, Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3203:
Architectures, Networks, and Intelligent Systems for Manufacturing Integration
Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan; San Murugesan; Odo Struger; Gerfried Zeichen, Editor(s)

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