Robotic Manipulation of DLOs for Wiring Harness Assembly: a Machine Learning Approach

Pasquali, Alex (2022) Robotic Manipulation of DLOs for Wiring Harness Assembly: a Machine Learning Approach. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Automation engineering / ingegneria dell’automazione [LM-DM270]
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In recent times, a significant research effort has been focused on how deformable linear objects (DLOs) can be manipulated for real world applications such as assembly of wiring harnesses for the automotive and aerospace sector. This represents an open topic because of the difficulties in modelling accurately the behaviour of these objects and simulate a task involving their manipulation, considering a variety of different scenarios. These problems have led to the development of data-driven techniques in which machine learning techniques are exploited to obtain reliable solutions. However, this approach makes the solution difficult to be extended, since the learning must be replicated almost from scratch as the scenario changes. It follows that some model-based methodology must be introduced to generalize the results and reduce the training effort accordingly. The objective of this thesis is to develop a solution for the DLOs manipulation to assemble a wiring harness for the automotive sector based on adaptation of a base trajectory set by means of reinforcement learning methods. The idea is to create a trajectory planning software capable of solving the proposed task, reducing where possible the learning time, which is done in real time, but at the same time presenting suitable performance and reliability. The solution has been implemented on a collaborative 7-DOFs Panda robot at the Laboratory of Automation and Robotics of the University of Bologna. Experimental results are reported showing how the robot is capable of optimizing the manipulation of the DLOs gaining experience along the task repetition, but showing at the same time a high success rate from the very beginning of the learning phase.

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Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Pasquali, Alex
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Corso di studio
Ordinamento Cds
Parole chiave
Industrial Manifacturing,Deformable Linear Object,DLO,Machine Learnig,Genetic Algorithm
Data di discussione della Tesi
5 Ottobre 2022

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