A Unified Controller for Region-reaching and Deforming of Soft Objects

Zerui Wang, Xiang Li, David Navarro-Alarcon, Yun Hui Liu

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Emerging applications of robotic manipulation of deformable objects have opened up new challenges in robot control. While several control techniques have been developed to manipulate deformable objects, the performance of existing methods is commonly limited by two issues: 1) implicit assumption that the physical contact between the end-effector and the object is always maintained, and 2) requirements of exact parameters of deformation model, which are difficult to obtain. This paper presents a new control scheme for robotic manipulation of deformable objects, which allows the robot to automatically contact then actively deform the deformable object by assessing the status of deformation in real time. Instead of designing multiple controllers and switching among them, the proposed method smoothly and stably integrates two control phases (i.e. region reaching and active deforming) into a single controller. The stability of the closed-loop system is rigorously proved with the consideration of the uncertain deformation model and uncalibrated cameras. Hence, the proposed control scheme enhances the autonomous capability of active deformable object manipulation. Experimental studies are conducted with different initial conditions to demonstrate the performance of the proposed controller.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781538680940
Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2018
Event2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2018 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 1 Oct 20185 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
ISSN (Print)2153-0858
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0866


Conference2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2018


  • robotics
  • control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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