Gerd Hirzinger

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A statistical representation of three-dimensional shapes is introduced, based on a novel four-dimensional feature. The feature parameterizes the intrinsic geometrical relation of an oriented surface-point pair. The set of all such features represents both local and global characteristics of the surface. We compress this set into a histogram. A database of(More)
The efficient detection of interesting features is a crucial step for various tasks in Computer Vision. Corners are favored cues due to their two dimensional constraint and fast algorithms to detect them. Recently, a novel corner detection approach, FAST, has been presented which outperforms previous algorithms in both computational performance and(More)
In this work, the method of Fourier descriptors has been extended to produce a set of normalized coefficients which are invariant under any affine transformation (translation, rotation, scaling, and shearing). The method is based on a parameterized boundary description which is transformed to the Fourier domain and normalized there to eliminate dependencies(More)
In this paper we describe a general passivity based framework for the control of flexible joint robots. Herein the recent DLR results on torque-, position-, as well as impedance control of flexible joint robots are summarized, and the relations between the individual contributions are highlighted. It is shown that an inner torque feedback loop can be(More)
The paper presents a new generation of torque-controlled lightweight robots (LWR) developed at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics of the German Aerospace Center. In order to act in unstructured environments and interact with humans, the robots have design features and control/software functionalities which distinguish them from classical robots,(More)
Facing new tasks, the conventional rigid design of robotic joints has come to its limits. Operating in unknown environments current robots are prone to failure when hitting unforeseen rigid obstacles. Moreover, safety constraints are a major aspect for robots interacting with humans. In order to operate safely, existing robotic systems in this field are(More)
Physical human–robot interaction and cooperation has become a topic of increasing importance and of major focus in robotics research. An essential requirement of a robot designed for high mobility and direct interaction with human users or uncertain environments is that it must in no case pose a threat to the human. Until recently, quite a few attempts were(More)
The paper describes the recent design and development efforts in DLR ́s robotics lab towards the second generation of light-weight robots. The design of the lightweight mechanics, integrated sensors and electronics is outlined. The fully sensorized joint, with motor and link position sensors as well as joint torque sensors enables the implementation of(More)
The light-weight robots developed at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are characterized by their low inertial properties, torque sensing in each joint and a load to weight ratio similar to humans. These properties qualify them for applications requiring high mobility and direct interaction with human users or uncertain environments. An essential(More)
| this paper outlines the 2nd generation of multisensory hand design at DLR. The results of the use of DLR's Hand I were analyzed and enabled in addition to the big e orts made in grasping technology to design the next generation of dextrous robot hands. An open skeleton structure for better maintenance with semi shell housings and the new automatically(More)