Stable simulation of underactuated compliant hands

Alessio Rocchi, Barrett Ames, Zhi Li, Kris Hauser

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Despite increasing popularity of compliant and underactuated hands, few tools are available for modeling them. Thus, we propose a simulation technique to predict the success of a compliant gripper grasping irregular objects, which could be used in mechanism design as well as grasp planning. The simulator we propose integrates joint compliance simulation with a Boundary Layer Expanded Mesh (BLEM) technique to enhance the stability of contact estimation. We compare the proposed simulator with existing simulators via a set of stability and fidelity criteria, including contact force variation, contact position variation, and contact normal variation. Scores along these criteria are correlated with the simulator's accuracy of predicting the success/failure of a given grasp pose and preshape. A test set of 13 grasps, with two compliant underactuated hands were manually generated on 4 objects. Experiments suggest that our simulator leads to improvements in the stability criteria, predictability of grasp success, and reduction of simulation artifacts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781467380263
StatePublished - Jun 8 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2016 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: May 16 2016May 21 2016

Publication series

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


Other2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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