TitleMulti–object handling for robotic manufacturing
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
Conference NameIECON 2016: 42nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
Pagination6887 - 6893
Date Published12/2016
AuthorsFerrati, M, Marino, H, Settimi, A, Nardi, S, Pallottino, L
Conference LocationFlorence, Italy, October 24-27

The purpose of this work is to move a step toward the automation of industrial plants through full exploitation of autonomous robots. A planning algorithm is proposed to move different objects in desired configurations with heterogeneous robots such as manipulators, mobile robots and conveyor belts.
The proposed approach allows different objects to be handled by different robots simultaneously in an efficient way and avoiding collisions with the environment and self–collisions between robots. In particular, the integrated system will be capable of planning paths for a set of objects from various starting points in the environment (e.g. shelves) to their respective final destinations. The proposed approach unifies the active (e.g., grasping by a hand) and passive (e.g., holding by a table) steps involved in moving the objects in the environment by treating them as end–effectors with constraints and capabilities.
Time varying graphs will be introduced to model the problem for simultaneous handling of objects by different end–effectors.
Optimal exploration of such graphs will be used to determine paths for each object with time constraints. Results will be validated through simulations.

Refereed DesignationRefereed
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