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Enhanced Object Manipulation Using Multigrasp Robotic Hand for Intelligent Industrial Automation

Even though there are various advanced robot manipulators for industrial object manipulation, one of the major obstacles for intelligent industrial automation is the lack of multigrasp end-effectors (grippers), which can manipulate complex shaped objects. Recently, both research groups and commercial companies introduced several multi-fingered hand prostheses, which replicate functionality of a human hand for grasping and holding objects, performing precise operations, etc… In this project, the investigators are proposing a sensor-rich multigrasp hand gripper attached to a 6 axis industrial robot manipulator leveraging the recent advances in prosthetics technology. The multigrasp gripper will employ advanced control algorithms, which will process the sensory information from various sources such as laser distance sensors, camera, capacitive touch sensors using machine learning algorithms for automatic recognition and precise manipulation of objects with different shapes. The project will lead to the creation of a sensor rich multifingered robotic gripper along with control algorithms, which will be patent protected internationally and ready for commercialization.

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