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Shape Reconstruction in a Planar Dynamic Environment

Mark Moll, Michael A. Erdmann

May 2001

Keywords: Tactile sensing, shape reconstruction, nonprehensile manipulation, contact kinematics

We present a new method to reconstruct the shape of an unknown object using tactile sensors, without requiring object immobilization. Instead, sensing and nonprehen-sile manipulation occur simultaneously. The robot infers the shape, motion and center of mass of the object based on the motion of the contact points as measured by the tactile sensors. We present analytic results and simulation results assuming quasistatic dynamics. We prove that the shape and motion are observable in both the quasistatic and the fully dynamic case.

54 pages

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