Adaptive Shape Servoing of Elastic Rods using Parameterized Regression Features and Auto-Tuning Motion Controls

08/16/2020 ∙ by Jiaming Qi, et al. ∙ 0

In this paper, we present a new vision-based method to control the shape of elastic rods with robot manipulators. Our new method computes parameterized regression features from online sensor measurements that enable to automatically quantify the object's configuration and establish an explicit shape servo-loop. To automatically deform the rod into a desired shape, our adaptive controller iteratively estimates the differential transformation between the robot's motion and the relative shape changes; This valuable capability allows to effectively manipulate objects with unknown mechanical models. An auto-tuning algorithm is introduced to adjust the robot's shaping motion in real-time based on optimal performance criteria. To validate the proposed theory, we present a detailed numerical and experimental study with vision-guided robotic manipulators.

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