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RBE MS Thesis Presentation: Alp Sahin | Region-Based Planning for a 3D In-Hand Manipulation Platform Leveraging Variable Friction Fingers and External Surfaces

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WPI Robotics Engineering
Tuesday, May 04, 2021
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

ROBOTICS ENGINEERING MASTERS THESIS PRESENTATION

Alp Sahin

Region-Based Planning for a 3D In-Hand Manipulation Platform Leveraging Variable Friction Fingers and External Surfaces

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Virtual | Zoom: https://wpi.zoom.us/j/95417330456?pwd=UmlPdTg4QWxkVks5RUN3RDBPUlg4QT09

 

Abstract:  Existing robotic in-hand manipulation approaches generally utilize complex hand designs or extrinsic dexterity based strategies via dynamic models of contact. Still, they can only accomplish limited object motion. This work combines a simple robot hand with variable friction fingers and extrinsic dexterity based strategies to achieve 3D in-hand manipulation. Leveraging variable friction mechanism, we implement manipulation actions (i.e. within-hand sliding, rotation and pivoting) in a quasi-static manner, using kinematic level formulations. For a suitable representation of daily manipulation tasks, a region-based in-hand manipulation problem is proposed. An in-hand manipulation planner utilizing an A* algorithm with a region-based heuristic is developed to solve for a sequence of manipulation actions that navigate the contact patches between the hand and the object surface to desired regions. A wide range of goal regions can be achieved via this approach, which is demonstrated via simulated and real robot experiments following a standardized in-hand manipulation benchmarking protocol.

 

Research Advisor:                            

Professor Berk Calli, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

Masters Thesis Committee:            

Professor Jing Xiao, Robotics Engineering, WPI

Professor Xiangrui Zeng, Robotics Engineering, WPI

Professor Yunus Dogan Telliel, Humanities & Arts, WPI

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