Online Hybrid Motion Planning for Dyadic Collaborative Manipulation via Bilevel Optimization

Theodoros Stouraitis, Iordanis Chatzinikolaidis, Michael Gienger, Sethu Vijayakumar

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Effective collaboration is based on online adaptation of one’s own actions to the actions of their partner. This article provides a principled formalism to address online adaptation in joint planning problems such as Dyadic collaborative Manipulation (DcM) scenarios. We propose an efficient bilevel formulation which combines graph search methods with trajectory optimization, enabling robotic agents to adapt their policy on-the-fly in accordance to changes of the dyadic task. This method is the first to empower agents with the ability to plan online in hybrid spaces; optimizing over discrete contact locations, contact sequence patterns, continuous trajectories, and force profiles for co-manipulation tasks. This is particularly important in large object co-manipulation that requires changes of graspholds and plan adaptation. We demonstrate in simulation and with robot experiments the efficacy of the bilevel optimization by investigating the effect of robot policy changes in response to real-time alterations of the dyadic goals, eminent grasp switches, as well as optimal dyadic interactions to realize the joint task.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to) 1452 - 1471
Number of pages20
JournalIEEE Transactions on Robotics
Issue number5
Early online date13 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Physical Human-Robot Interaction
  • Optimization and Optimal Control
  • Manipulation Planning
  • ual Arm Manipulation


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