Unknown object grasping using statistical pressure models

Doug Perrin, Osama Masoud, Christopher E. Smith, Nikolaos P Papanikolopoulos

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Grasping is one of the most fundamental and challenging tasks in robotics. Applications range from space missions (e.g., collection of rock samples) to industrial automation. In this work, we use a camera mounted on the end-effector of a manipulator to grasp an unknown object in the workspace. A novel deformable contour model is used to determine plausible grasp axes of the target object. Potential grasp point pairs are generated, ranked based upon measurements taken from the contour, and a vision-guided grasp of the object using the highest ranked grasp point pair is executed. Several experimental results are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1054-1059
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings-IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
StatePublished - Apr 2000


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