Fault-Tolerant Six-DoF Pose Estimation for Tendon-Driven Continuum Mechanisms


We propose a fault-tolerant estimation technique for the six-DoF pose of a tendon-driven continuum mechanisms using machine learning. In contrast to previous estimation techniques, no deformation model is required, and the pose prediction is rather performed with polynomial regression. As only a few datapoints are required for the regression, several estimators are trained with structured occlusions of the available sensor information, and clustered into ensembles based on the available sensors. By computing the variance of one ensemble, the uncertainty in the prediction is monitored and, if the variance is above a threshold, sensor loss is detected and handled. Experiments on the humanoid neck of the DLR robot DAVID, demonstrate that the accuracy of the predicted pose is significantly improved, and a reliable prediction can still be performed using only 3 out of 8 sensors.

Frontiers in Robotics and AI
Antonin Raffin
Research Engineer in Robotics and Machine Learning

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