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EU FP7-ICT, 600918, official details

PaCMan Leaflet


Birmingham's Pacman Robot "Boris"

Our Challenge

Imagine a robot that must load a dishwasher with cookware and crockery. Some of the objects
are familiar to the robot and some of them are new and unfamiliar. For example, consider that the
robot has previously handled mugs, but has not previously handled a new object, but the new object
has a handle (like a mug) so some aspects of the new object are familiar.

The PaCMan robots will tackle the following tasks:

  1. grasping from a cluttered work surface
  2. carrying out grasps on unfamilar objects
  3. passing an object from one hand to another (in a 2 armed robot set up)
  4. multi fingered grasps of novel objects
  5. the placement of objects in a dishwasher in a stable manner