Monday, October 28, 2013 - 08:15
collage of photos from an experiment showing a robotic apparatus and a banana

On Monday, July 1st, Kyle Schroeder successfully defended his doctoral disseration, "Requirements for effective collision detection on industrial serial manipulators." Kyle developed a 'black box' modeling methodology for industrial manipulators using a dyanamic model and motor current to detect undesired collisions. The high bandwidth of the Agile Planet controller then allowed for the system to respond fast enough to such collisions that force thresholds associated with human injuries were not exceeded.