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Task-oriented generation of visual sensing strategies in assembly tasks

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2 Author(s)
J. Miura ; Dept. of Comput-Controlled Mech. Syst., Osaka Univ., Japan ; K. Ikeuchi

This paper describes a method of systematically generating visual sensing strategies based on knowledge of the assembly task to be performed. Since visual sensing is usually performed with limited resources, visual sensing strategies should be planned so that only necessary information is obtained efficiently. The generation of the appropriate visual sensing strategy entails knowing what information to extract, where to get it, and how to get it. This is facilitated by the knowledge of the task, which describes what objects are involved in the operation, and how they are assembled. In the proposed method, using the task analysis based on face contact relations between objects, necessary information for the current operation is first extracted. Then, visual features to be observed are determined using the knowledge of the sensor, which describes the relationship between a visual feature and information to be obtained. Finally, feasible visual sensing strategies are evaluated based on the predicted success probability, and the best strategy is selected. Our method has been implemented using a laser range finder as the sensor. Experimental results show the feasibility of the method, and point out the importance of task-oriented evaluation of visual sensing strategies

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IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 2 )