A physics-informed, vision-based method to reconstruct all deformation modes in slender bodies

Seung Hyun Kim, Heng Sheng Chang, Chia Hsien Shih, Naveen Kumar Uppalapati, Udit Halder, Girish Krishnan, Prashant G. Mehta, Mattia Gazzola

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with the problem of estimating (interpolating and smoothing) the shape (pose and the six modes of deformation) of a slender flexible body from multiple camera measurements. This problem is important in both biology, where slender, soft, and elastic structures are ubiquitously encountered across species, and in engineering, particularly in the area of soft robotics. The proposed mathematical formulation for shape estimation is physics-informed, based on the use of the special Cosserat rod theory whose equations encode slender body mechanics in the presence of bending, shearing, twisting and stretching. The approach is used to derive numerical algorithms which are experimentally demonstrated for fiber reinforced and cable-driven soft robot arms. These experimental demonstrations show that the methodology is accurate (<5 mm error, three times less than the arm diameter) and robust to noise and uncertainties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2022 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages4810-4817
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728196817
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Event39th IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2022 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: May 23 2022May 27 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Conference

Conference39th IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period5/23/225/27/22

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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