Using depth and appearance features for informed robot grasping of highly wrinkled clothes
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Detecting grasping points is a key problem in cloth manipulation. Most current approaches follow a multiple regrasp strategy for this purpose, in which clothes are sequentially grasped from different points until one of them yields to a desired configuration. In this paper, by contrast, we circumvent the need for multiple re-graspings by building a robust detector that identifies the grasping points, generally in one single step, even when clothes are highly wrinkled. In order to handle the large variability a deformed cloth may have, we build a Bag of Features based detector that combines appearance and 3D geometry features. An image is scanned using a sliding window with a linear classifier, and the candidate windows are refined using a non-linear SVM and a “grasp goodness” criterion to select the best grasping point. We demonstrate our approach detecting collars in deformed polo shirts, using a Kinect camera. Experimental results show a good performance of the proposed method not only in identifying the same trained textile object part under severe deformations and occlusions, but also the corresponding part in other clothes, exhibiting a degree of generalization.
CitationRamisa, A. [et al.]. Using depth and appearance features for informed robot grasping of highly wrinkled clothes. A: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. "Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation". St. Paul - Minessota: IEEE, 2012, p. 1703-1708.