Contact Pose Identification for Peg-in-Hole Assembly under Uncertainties

Shiyu Jin, Xinghao Zhu, Changhao Wang, Masayoshi Tomizuka

Peg-in-hole assembly is a challenging contact-rich manipulation task. There is no general solution to identify the relative position and orientation between the peg and the hole. In this paper, we propose a novel method to classify the contact poses based on a sequence of contact measurements. When the peg contacts the hole with pose uncertainties, a tilt-then-rotate strategy is applied, and the contacts are measured as a group of patterns to encode the contact pose. A convolutional neural network (CNN) is trained to classify the contact poses according to the patterns. In the end, an admittance controller guides the peg towards the error direction and finishes the peg-in-hole assembly. Simulations and experiments are provided to show that the proposed method can be applied to the peg-in-hole assembly of different geometries. We also demonstrate the ability to alleviate the sim-to-real gap.

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