Humanoid robots have the potential to replace human beings for dangerous tasks, such as disaster relief. One of the most important abilities for a humanoid robot is the ability to manipulate its surroundings. We developed human-in-the-loop techniques for the Atlas platform to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Many of the tasks in the event required actuation of the environment, such as turning a valve, pulling a lever, and opening a door. This paper will detail our work on manipulation for humanoid robots. In particular, we will discuss our approaches to effective operator interface design, manipulation techniques and motion planning.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Electrical and Computer Engineering