Shape Reconstruction in a Planar Dynamic Environment

M. Moll and M. A. Erdmann, “Shape Reconstruction in a Planar Dynamic Environment,” no. CMU-CS-01-, 2001.


We present a a new method to reconstruct the shape of an unknown object using tactile sensors, without requiring object immobilization. Instead, sensing and nonprehensile 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.

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