A grasping force optimization algorithm for multiarm robots with multifingered hands

 V. Lippiello, B. Siciliano, L. Villani, "A grasping force optimization algorithm for multiarm robots with multifingered hands", IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Feb. 2013 

Abstract: 
The computation of the grasping forces for a multiarm robotic manipulation system (e.g., an anthropomorphic bimanual system) is considered in this paper. This problem is formulated as a convex optimization problem, also considering joint torque constraints. An algorithmic solution suitable for online implementation is presented, which allows a substantial reduction in the computational load by adopting a compact formulation and dynamically decreasing the number of active torque constrains. Moreover, for the case of a bimanual manipulation system, a suboptimal single-hand optimization algorithm is proposed and compared with that providing the optimal solution. Finally, a new algorithm for a valid initial-point evaluation is proposed. The effectiveness of the described methods has been tested in a simulation case study where the grasping forces of a humanoid torso equipped with two five-finger robotic hands are modified online to handle a load with a time-varying mass.
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