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In order to model the dynamics of the free flying object, however, the team developed a method in which a density estimate of the translational and rotational velocity of the object is built based on various examples. The team contrasted the performance of six non-linear regression method algorithms, which include:

  • Support vector regression (SVR) with radial basis function kernel
  • VR with polynomial kernel
  • Gaussian mixture regression
  • Echo state network
  • Genetic programming
  • Locally weighted projection regression

The method for real-time motion tracking was tested using five “daily life objects,” which included a ball, a fully-filled bottle, a half-filled bottle, a hammer, and a ping pong racket. When an object is thrown, the cameras help create the model of the object’s kinetics based on trajectory, speed, and rotational movement. Using the aforementioned algorithms and proposed method, Billard and team then translate that model into an equation which then allows the robot to predict the movements of the flying object and position itself quickly in the right direction to catch the object.

The equation that accounts for the translational and rotational velocity of the flying object can be used in closed form and is used as a model for an extended Kalman filter to track and filter noise, explains Billard.

View the EPFL news release.

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