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The Mechanics of Robot Grasping

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  • Authors:
  • Elon Rimon, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
  • Joel Burdick, California Institute of Technology
  • Date Published: December 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108427906

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  • In this comprehensive textbook about robot grasping, readers will discover an integrated look at the major concepts and technical results in robot grasp mechanics. A large body of prior research, including key theories, graphical techniques, and insights on robot hand designs, is organized into a systematic review, using common notation and a common analytical framework. With introductory and advanced chapters that support senior undergraduate and graduate level robotics courses, this book provides a full introduction to robot grasping principles that are needed to model and analyze multi-finger robot grasps, and serves as a valuable reference for robotics students, researchers, and practicing robot engineers. Each chapter contains many worked-out examples, exercises with full solutions, and figures that highlight new concepts and help the reader master the use of the theories and equations presented.

    • Provides needed updates in the field as the first comprehensive textbook about robot grasping in thirty years
    • Compiles a large amount of research in a way that is approachable and easy to understand for different groups of robotics enthusiasts, helping readers learn both basic and advanced concepts
    • Provides over 174 figures as well as worked out examples and exercises with full solutions, which help the reader understand the material and put it into practice
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    'The Mechanics of Robot Grasping, by two of the world's leading experts, fills an important gap in the literature by providing the first comprehensive survey of the mathematical tools needed to model the physics of grasping. The book uses configuration space to consistently characterize equilibrium, immobilizing, and caging grasps, and clearly conveys important points such as the distinction between first-order and second-order form closure. The book also contains new material on the effects of gravity, compliance, and hand mechanism design. Grasping remains a Grand Challenge for robots and this book provides the solid foundation for progress for students and researchers in the years ahead.' Ken Goldberg, University of California, Berkeley

    'This is a book on robotic hand grasping from new view points. Different from other books on grasping, this book concretely explains the equilibrium grasp, the immobilizing grasp and the caging grasp. In addition, I have never seen a book discussing the equilibrium stance of legged robots in relation to the equilibrium grasp. Classical topics on grasping mechanics are also covered in this book.' Kensuke Harada, Osaka University, Japan

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108427906
    • length: 506 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 179 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.14kg
    • contains: 179 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction and overview
    Part I. Basic Geometry of the Grasping Process:
    2. Rigid-body configuration space
    3. Configuration space tangent and cotangent vectors
    4. Rigid body equilibrium grasps
    5. A catalog of equilibrium grasps
    Part II. Frictionless Rigid Body Grasps and Stances:
    6. Introduction to secure grasps
    7. First-order immobilizing grasps
    8. Second-order immobilizing grasps
    9. Minimal immobilizing grasps
    10. Multi-finger caging grasps
    11. Frictionless hand supported stances under gravity
    Part III. Frictional Rigid-Body Grasps, Fixtures, and Stances:
    12. Wrench resistant grasps
    13. Grasp quality functions
    14. Hand supported stances under gravity – Part I
    15. Hand supported stances under gravity – Part II
    Part IV. Grasping Mechanisms:
    16. The kinematics and mechanics of grasping mechanisms
    17. Grasp manipulability
    18. Hand mechanism compliance

  • Authors

    Elon Rimon, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
    Elon Rimon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa. He has also been a Visiting Associate Faculty member at the California Institute of Technology. Professor Rimon was a finalist for the best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in 1994 and 1996, for the Workshop on Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics in 2014 and 2016, and awarded best paper presentation at the Robotics Science and Systems Conference in 2013.

    Joel Burdick, California Institute of Technology
    Joel Burdick is the the Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology, where he has received the NSF Presidential Young Investigator award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator award, and the Feynman fellowship. He has been a finalist for the best paper award for the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, and 2016. Professor Burdick received the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough award in 2011.

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