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Visual Task Specification User Interface for Uncalibrated Visual Servoing

  • Author / Creator
    Gridseth, Mona
  • In today's world robots work well in structured environments, where they complete tasks autonomously and accurately. This is evident from industrial robotics. However, in unstructured and dynamic environments such as for instance homes, hospitals or areas affected by disasters, robots are still not able to be of much assistance. Moreover, robotics research has focused on topics such as mechatronics design, control and autonomy, while fewer works pay attention to human-robot interfacing. This results in an increasing gap between expectations of robotics technology and its real world capabilities. In this work we present a human robot interface for semi-autonomous human-in-the-loop control, that aims to tackle some of the challenges for robotics in unstructured environments. The interface lets a user specify tasks for a robot to complete using uncalibrated visual servoing. Visual servoing is a technique that uses visual input to control a robot. In particular, uncalibrated visual servoing works well in unstructured environments since we do not rely on calibration or other modelling. The user can visually specify high-level tasks by combining a set of geometric constraints. Our interface offers a versatile set of tasks that span both coarse and fine manipulation. The main contribution of this thesis is twofold. First of all we have developed an interface for visual task specification. Second we complete experiments to explore the visual task specification technique and find how to best use it in practice. Finally, we complete experiments to asses the performance of the system.

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  • Graduation date
    2015-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3P26QB7K
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Computing Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Jagersand, Martin (Computing Science)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dodds, Zachary (Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College)
    • Boulanger, Pierre (Computing Science)