I am somewhat new to robotics. As such, I might be unaware of the correct terms or lingo that I need to use. I am trying to find relevant information on autonomous robotic arm operations specifically in terms of relocating piles of semi-indistinguishable objects. The pile could be anything from a pile of stones, pebbles, sticks, etc.

I am trying to find literature/ examples of similar operations that have been performed in order to get things started on my end. (I have already tried in a simulated environment - gazebo and VREP)

I am able to understand how to autonomously detect and relocate a single inanimate object from point A to point B, but when it comes to piles of the said object I am not sure how to start with the pile. The simulated arm has the capability to cluster pick multiple objects at the same time. (like a clamp)

I have tried to look up online to see if I could find any related articles or research papers but I have been hitting a dead end. Not exactly even sure what I should be searching as the common terms I have used here didn't work.

Any advise, articles, papers, or points in the correct direction would be greatly appreciated!

  • $\begingroup$ to move the pile of objects, do you want to use tweezers or use a shovel? $\endgroup$
    – jsotola
    May 30, 2021 at 18:05
  • $\begingroup$ @jsotola: An arm with a tweezer type end would make more sense in my case since the idea is to be able to relocate the pile to anywhere in 3d space. $\endgroup$
    – Equaltrace
    May 31, 2021 at 14:20
  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Robotics Equaltrace, but I'm afraid that opinion polls are discouraged on stack exchange. We prefer practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face, so questions which ask for a list of advantages & disadvantages for different options are off-topic. Please take a look at How to Ask & tour for more information on how stack exchange works. $\endgroup$
    – Ben
    Jun 1, 2021 at 19:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Ben Hello Ben. Thanks for the information. After going through the links listed by you, I believe my question falls under the "a specific robotics design problem" and "the theory and simulation of robotic systems" as listed on the page link. I am inquiring about a very specific robotics problem, about which I have found little information online or in literature. I don't think my question is polling for the benefits, advantages, or disadvantages of anything in particular. Kindly advise. $\endgroup$
    – Equaltrace
    Jun 2, 2021 at 15:01


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