Multiple concurrent operations and flexible robotic picking for manufacturing process environments
We address the problem of 6D pose estimation of a textureless and shiny object from single-view 2D images, for a bin-picking task. For a textureless object like a mechanical part, conventional visual feature matching usually fails due to the absence of rich texture features. Hierarchical template matching assumes that few templates can cover all object appearances. However, the appearance of a shiny object largely depends on its pose and illumination. Furthermore, in a bin-picking task, we must cope with partial occlusions, shadows, and inter-reflections.