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Robot path generation for surface processing applications via neural networks
Author(s): Pasi Koikkalainen; Markus Varsta
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a hierarchical method, based on a deterministic variant of the self-organizing map, that provides an elegant solution for automated surface processing, e.g. for robot painting and sand-blasting. Given a set of data points in arbitrary order from the object surface, the proposed method is able to generate a path, where the robot hand position and its direction are optimized using separate criteria, and the tool path is smooth and covers the object uniformly. Input data may come from a laser measurement system, CAD model, digital camera, or from human assisted object digitizing system. The algorithm is reliable and easy to implement, and a good alternative for costly manual training of a robot.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 October 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2904, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XV: Algorithms, Techniques,Active Vision, and Materials Handling, (29 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.256279
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Pasi Koikkalainen, Jyvaskyla Univ. (Finland)
Markus Varsta, Joint Research Ctr. European Commision (Finland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2904:
Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XV: Algorithms, Techniques,Active Vision, and Materials Handling
David P. Casasent, Editor(s)

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