Operational Range Estimation
As most robots these days operate on batteries, it is crucial to careful monitor the residual energy and plan the mission accordingly to avoid complete immobilization by estimating the operational range. How far can the robot go given it's residual battery capacity?
Cameras have become the go-to solution when it comes to navigation with mobile robots. In Nature, rats however, are able to use their whiskers to safely navigate through dark and damp conditions despite coarse eyesight. Can we make biomimetic rat whisker for touch-based navigation?
Aside from biomimetic whiskers I am also interested in design and development of unconventional sensors with a small form factor suited to mobile robots yet capable of solving critical tasks like vital sign detection and environmental monitoring.