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Reports from Drexel University Provide New Insights into Robotics

February 10, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Robotics & Machine Learning -- Current study results on Robotics have been published. According to news originating from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Manipulating objects using arms mounted to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is attractive because UAVs may access many locations that are otherwise inaccessible to other mobile manipulation platforms such as ground vehicles. Despite recent work, several major challenges remain to be overcome before it will be practical to manipulate objects from UAVs."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Drexel University, "Among these challenges are: (a) The constantly moving UAV platform and compliance of manipulator arms make it difficult to position the UAV and end-effector relative to an object of interest precisely enough for manipulation, and (b) The motions of the manipulator impact the stability of the host UAV, further complicating positioning. Solving these challenges will bring UAVs one step closer to being able to perform meaningful tasks such as infrastructure repair, disaster response, casualty extraction, and cargo resupply."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Toward solutions to these challenges, this paper describes a hyper-redundant manipulator, manipulator control approaches and system design considerations to position the manipulator relative to objects of interest in such a way that impacts on platform stability are minimized."

For more information on this research see: Design and Control of a Hyper-Redundant Manipulator for Mobile Manipulating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, 2014;73(1-4):709-723. Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems can be contacted at: Springer, Van Godewijckstraat 30, 3311 Gz Dordrecht, Netherlands. (Springer - www.springer.com; Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems - www.springerlink.com/content/0921-0296/)

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from T.W. Danko, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States.

Keywords for this news article include: Robotics, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

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