IkeaBot: An autonomous multi-robot coordinated furniture assembly system
Author(s)Knepper, Ross A.; Layton, Todd; Romanishin, John William; Rus, Daniela L.
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We present an automated assembly system that directs the actions of a team of heterogeneous robots in the completion of an assembly task. From an initial user-supplied geometric specification, the system applies reasoning about the geometry of individual parts in order to deduce how they fit together. The task is then automatically transformed to a symbolic description of the assembly-a sort of blueprint. A symbolic planner generates an assembly sequence that can be executed by a team of collaborating robots. Each robot fulfills one of two roles: parts delivery or parts assembly. The latter are equipped with specialized tools to aid in the assembly process. Additionally, the robots engage in coordinated co-manipulation of large, heavy assemblies. We provide details of an example furniture kit assembled by the system.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. School of Engineering
Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
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Knepper, Ross A., Todd Layton, John Romanishin, and Daniela Rus. “IkeaBot: An Autonomous Multi-Robot Coordinated Furniture Assembly System.” 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (May 2013).
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