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Visual Servoing, 3D-Printed Robots, and Chicken Deboning Machines


Ai-Ping Hu
Food Processing Technology
Georgia Tech Research Institute

Thursday, December 5, 2013
3:00 pm

3-180 Keller Hall

Ai-Ping Hu

NOTE LOCATION: 3-180 Keller Hall

Visual servoing is a method to control a robot arm using an affixed camera to assess surroundings and make decisions about arm placement relative to an object of interest. The control method closely resembles the way a human senses and manipulates objects. In the same way that people can manipulate (approach and grasp) everyday things without having to know the measurements of their arms and hands, robots implementing visual servoing control do not require precise or even known hardware geometries. This benefit permits robot arms to be built with low tolerances and thus inexpensively. This talk will describe work at GTRI on visual servoing and how it has been applied to the design of low-cost robot arms for agricultural tasks and to chicken deboning robots.


Ai-Ping Hu is a senior research engineer in the Georgia Tech Research Institute's Food Processing Technology Division. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University (1996) and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology (2000). He worked at a start-up robotics company for a number of years before joining GTRI in 2009. His research interests include advanced controls and robotics.