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Uncertainty Reduction Using Dynamics

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posted on 2000-01-01, 00:00 authored by Mark Moll, Michael A. Erdmann
For assembly tasks parts often have to be oriented before they can be put in an assembly. The results presented in this paper are a component of the automated design of parts orienting devices. The focus is on orienting parts with minimal sensing and manipulation. We present a new ap- proach to parts orienting through the manipulation of pose distributions. Through dynamic simulation we can deter- mine the pose distribution for an object being dropped from an arbitrary height on an arbitrary surface. By varying the drop height and the shape of the support surface we can find the initial conditions that will result in a pose distribu- tion with minimal entropy. We are trying to uniquely orient a part with high probability just by varying the initial con- ditions. We will derive a condition on the pose and velocity of an object in contact with a sloped surface that will allow us to quickly determine the final resting configuration of the object. This condition can then be used to quickly compute the pose distribution. We also show simulation and experi- mental results that confirm that our dynamic simulator can be used to find the true pose distribution of an object.


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