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Run-Time Three-Dimensional Blend-Path Generation for Cobot Constraint Surfaces

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Eric L. Faulring, J. Edward Colgate

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Paper No. IMECE2002-33837, pp. 875-882; 8 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Dynamic Systems and Control
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3629-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


During human-cobot interaction, transitions often occur between free mode operation and constraint surface following. This paper considers the following typical scenario: an operator of a three-dimensional (e.g. x-y-z or x-y-θ) cobot commands a “join” from free mode to a one-dimensional constraint path. To ensure that this transition is smooth and responsive, a “blend path” is computed that joins the cobot’s initial location to a location on the constraint path. The blend path must match tangency and curvature at each end, and must also exhibit continuous curvature. A novel “triple-clothoid” algorithm is developed that meets these requirements. In addition, we demonstrate that the triple-clothoid is particularly amenable to x-y-θ systems via implementation on a planar cobot.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Algorithms



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