Robert Krug, Dimitar Nikolaev Dimitrov, Krzysztof Charusta, and Boyko Iliev
Prioritized Independent Contact Regions for Form Closure Grasps
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), September 25-30, 2011, San Francisco, California

The concept of independent contact regions on a target object's surface, in order to compensate for shortcomings in the positioning accuracy of robotic grasping devices, is well known. However, the numbers and distributions of contact points forming such regions is not unique and depends on the underlying computational method. In this work we present a computation scheme allowing to prioritize contact points for inclusion in the independent regions. This enables a user to affect their shape in order to meet the demands of the targeted application. The introduced method utilizes frictionless contact constraints and is able to efficiently approximate the space of disturbances resistible by all grasps comprising contacts within the independent regions.

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