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— We cast the partially observable control problem as a fully observable underactuated stochastic control problem in belief space and apply standard planning and control techniques. One of the difficulties of belief space planning is modeling the stochastic dynamics resulting from unknown future observations. The core of our proposal is to define(More)
— The RRT * algorithm has recently been proposed as an optimal extension to the standard RRT algorithm [1]. However, like RRT, RRT * is difficult to apply in problems with complicated or underactuated dynamics because it requires the design of a two domain-specific extension heuristics: a distance metric and node extension method. We propose automatically(More)
The limited nature of robot sensors make many important robotics problems partially observable. These problems may require the system to perform complex information-gathering operations. One approach to solving these problems is to create plans in belief-space, the space of probability distributions over the underlying state of the system. The belief-space(More)
— Tactile data from rugged gloves are providing the foundation for developing autonomous grasping skills for the NASA/DARPA Robonaut, a dexterous humanoid robot. These custom gloves compliment the human like dexterity available in the Robonaut hands. Multiple versions of the gloves are discussed, showing a progression in using advanced materials and(More)
— Existing tendon-driven fingers have applied force control through independent tension controllers on each tendon, i.e. in the tendon-space. The coupled kinematics of the tendons, however, cause such controllers to exhibit a transient coupling in their response. This problem can be resolved by alternatively framing the controllers in the joint-space of the(More)
—A key problem in robot grasping is that of positioning the manipulator contacts so that an object can be grasped. In unstructured environments, contact positions are typically planned based on range or visual measurements that are used to reconstruct object geometry. However, because it is difficult to measure the complete object geometry precisely in(More)