A Flexible Hybrid Framework for Modeling Complex Manipulation Tasks

Oliver Kroemer and Jan Peters
Conference Paper, International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), January, 2011

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Future service robots will need to perform a wide range of tasks using various objects. In order to perform complex tasks, robots require a suitable internal representation of the task. We propose a hybrid framework for representing manipulation tasks, which combines continuous motion planning and discrete task-level planning. In addition, we use a mid-level planner to optimize individual actions according to the task plan. The proposed framework incorporates biologically-inspired concepts, such as affordances and motor primitives, in order to efficiently plan for manipulation tasks. The final framework is modular, can generalize well to different situations, and is straightforward to expand. Our demonstrations also show how the use of affordances and mid-level planning lead to improved performance.

author = {Oliver Kroemer and Jan Peters},
title = {A Flexible Hybrid Framework for Modeling Complex Manipulation Tasks},
booktitle = {International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)},
year = {2011},
month = {January},
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