Jaquier, N., Rozo, L., Caldwell, D.G. and Calinon, S. (2020)
Geometry-aware Manipulability Learning, Tracking and Transfer
International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR).


Body posture influences human and robots performance in manipulation tasks, as appropriate poses facilitate motion or force exertion along different axes. In robotics, manipulability ellipsoids arise as a powerful descriptor to analyze, control and design the robot dexterity as a function of the articulatory joint configuration. This descriptor can be designed according to different task requirements, such as tracking a desired position or apply a specific force. In this context, this paper presents a novel manipulability transfer framework, a method that allows robots to learn and reproduce manipulability ellipsoids from expert demonstrations. The proposed learning scheme is built on a tensor-based formulation of a Gaussian mixture model that takes into account that manipulability ellipsoids lie on the manifold of symmetric positive definite matrices. Learning is coupled with a geometry-aware tracking controller allowing robots to follow a desired profile of manipulability ellipsoids. Extensive evaluations in simulation with redundant manipulators, a robotic hand and humanoids agents, as well as an experiment with two real dual-arm systems validate the feasibility of the approach.

Bibtex reference

	author="Jaquier, N. and Rozo, L. and Caldwell, D. G. and Calinon, S.",
	title="Geometry-aware Manipulability Learning, Tracking and Transfer",
	journal="International Journal of Robotics Research ({IJRR})",
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