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Visual servoing of a 6-DOF manipulator for unknown 3D profile following

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3 Author(s)
J. A. Gangloff ; Univ. Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France ; M. De Mathelin ; G. Abba

This paper presents the visual servoing of a 6-DOF manipulator for profile following. The profile has an unknown curvature, but its cross-section is known. The visual servoing keeps the transformation constant between a cross-section of the profile and the camera with respect to 6 degrees of freedom. The position of the profile with respect to only five of these degrees of freedom can be measured with the camera, since the image gives no position information along the profile. The kinematic model of the robot is used to reconstruct the displacement along the profile and allow us to control the profile following velocity. Experiments show good accuracy for positioning at a sampling rate of 20 ms. Two control strategies are tested: PI control and generalized predictive control (GPC). The visual servoing exhibits better accuracy with the GPC in simulations and in real experiments

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Robotics and Automation, 1999. Proceedings. 1999 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:4 )

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