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Sensorless Pose Determination using Randomized Action Sequences

Pragna Mannam, Alex Volkov, Robert Paolini, Gregory Chirikjian and Matthew T. Mason
Workshop Paper, IROS Workshop on Manipulation Intelligence, October, 2018

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This paper is a study of 2D manipulation without sensing and planning, by exploring the effects of unplanned randomized action sequences on 2D object pose uncertainty. Our approach follows the work of Erdmann and Mason’s sensorless reorienting of an object into a completely determined pose, regardless of its initial pose. While Erdmann and Mason proposed a method using Newtonian mechanics, this paper shows that under some circumstances, a long enough sequence of random actions will also converge toward a determined final pose of the object. This is verified through several simulation and real robot experiments where randomized action sequences are shown to reduce entropy of the object pose distribution. The effects of varying object shapes, action sequences, and surface friction are also explored.

author = {Pragna Mannam and Alex Volkov and Robert Paolini and Gregory Chirikjian and Matthew T. Mason},
title = {Sensorless Pose Determination using Randomized Action Sequences},
booktitle = {Proceedings of IROS Workshop on Manipulation Intelligence},
year = {2018},
month = {October},
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