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Changing pre-grasp strategies with increasing object location uncertainty

Boris Illing

Successful and robust grasping for humanoid robots is still an ongoing research topic in robotics. Applying human-inspired grasping strategies does not only correspond with more natural looking motions but can also yield good results regarding task success when having to deal with uncertainty. This study investigates human high-level grasping strategies and how they tend to change for different objects when the uncertainty of object location or orientation increases in between two grasps. The amount of uncertainty is controlled by varying between direct view, peripheral view and blind grasping. By analyzing collected data from human subject grasp experiments with a set of typical objects found in people's homes, we get better insight into how humans handle uncertainty, as well as when and how they change their applied pre-grasp strategy. By adapting the by far most often observed change from a direct grasp attempt to a tapping strategy when dealing with high uncertainty, we can demonstrate a substantial increase of grasp success rate for our robot system.

23.04.2015 - 10:15
B 017