` Algorithmic Automation

Algorithmic Automation

A Blade Primitive for Feeding 3D Parts on Vibratory Tracks
©Onno C. Goemans and A. Frank van der Stappen Utrecht University, Marshall Anderson and Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley
A V-trap for Feeding 3D Parts on a Vibratory Track
© Onno C. Goemans and A. Frank van der Stappen
Utrecht University


The Stable Poses of Objects Supported by Multiple Contact
© Elon Rimon, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

To benefit the quality and productivity of manufacturing worldwide, our goal is to bring together researchers and students to develop "algorithmic" approaches to automation and manufacturing.


Automation for manufacturing today is where computer technology was in the early 1960's, a patchwork of ad-hoc solutions lacking a rigorous scientific methodology. CAD provides detailed models of part geometry. What's missing is formal models of part behavior, frameworks for the systematic design of automated systems that handle (e.g. assemble, inspect, sort, feed) parts, and tools for rigorous specification, analysis, and synthesis.


The "Turing Machine" introduced an elegant model of computing with precise vocabulary and operations that formalized concepts of Equivalence, Correctness, Completeness, and Complexity. Can we apply Turing to ManufacTuring?.


Algorithmic Automation abstractions can allow the functionality of automation to be designed independent of the underlying implementation and can provide the foundation for formal specification and analysis, algorithmic design, consistency checking and optimization. Algorithmic Automation thus facilitates integrity, reliability, interoperability, and maintainability and upgrading of automation.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Foundations (computational geometry, data structures, complexity and completeness)
  • Mechanical Models (friction, dynamics, deformation, tolerancing)
  • Open-Source Modeling and Simulation Systems
  • Grasping, Fixturing, Caging
  • Feeding, Sorting, Singulating
  • Casting, Molding
  • Assembly and Disassembly
  • Machining and Tool Path Generation
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Part Design for Feeding/Casting/etc.
  • Modular Hardware Devices and Systems

Workshops

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Founding Researchers

  • Nancy Amato, Texas A&M
  • Karl Bohringer, U. Washington
  • Joe Bordogna, U. Penn
  • Joel Burdick, Caltech
  • Henrik Christensen, Georgia Tech
  • Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley, Co-Founder
  • Dan Halperin, Tel Aviv U., Israel
  • Hirochika Inoue, U. Tokyo
  • Lydia Kavraki, Rice U.
  • Vijay Kumar, U. Penn, Co-Founder
  • Jean-Paul Laumond, LAAS, France
  • Kevin Lynch, Northwestern U.
  • Dinesh Manocha, UNC
  • Matt Mason, Carnegie Mellon U.
  • Bud Mishra, NYU
  • Todd Murphey, U. Colorado
  • Elon Rimon, Technion, Israel
  • Warren Seering, MIT
  • Robert Tilove, General Motors Research
  • Jeff Trinkle, RPI
  • Frank van der Stappen, U. Utrecht, Holland, Co-Founder
  • Michael Wang, CUHK, Hong Kong

Bulgarian translation courtesy of Dimitar Teykiyski at Go Science.