By Abhinav Grover, Christopher Grebe, Philippe Nadeau, and Jonathan Kelly
In IEEE/RSJ International Workshop on New Advances in Tactile Sensation, Interactive Perception, Control, and Learning 2021
Despite the utility of tactile information, tactile sensors have yet to be widely deployed in industrial robotics settings – part of the challenge lies in identifying slip and other key events from the tactile data stream. In this paper, we present a learning-based method to detect slip using barometric tactile sensors. Although these sensors have a low resolution, they have many other desirable properties including high reliability and durability, a very slim profile, and a low cost. We are able to achieve slip detection accuracies of greater than 91% while being robust to the speed and direction of the slip motion. Further, we test our detector on two robot manipulation tasks involving common household objects and demonstrate successful generalization to real-world scenarios not seen during training. We show that barometric tactile sensing technology, combined with data-driven learning, is potentially suitable for complex manipulation tasks such as slip compensation.