Reconstructing Shape from Motion Using Tactile Sensors

M. Moll and M. A. Erdmann, “Reconstructing Shape from Motion Using Tactile Sensors,” in Proc. 2001 IEEE/RSJ Intl. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Maui, HI, 2001, pp. 691–700.


We present a new method to reconstruct the shape of an unknown object using tactile sensors without requiring object immobilization. Instead, the robot manipulates the object without prehension. The robot infers the shape, motion and center of mass of the object based on the motion of the contact points as measured by tactile sensors. Our analysis is supported by simulation and experimental results.


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