I worked for a year doing research in robotic assembly at the University of Edinburgh Artifial Intelligence Department.
My interest was in how industrial assembly robots would be made could be made economic. Few industrial robots are used for assembly because it's so hard to program them. The answer has been to use AI. AI researchers have spent many decades developing robot algoritms for assembly but no-one seems to have really considered how to make those algorithms available to industry. Or how to integrate them into a complete assembly program.
As an exemplar system, I used a force-feedback sensor so that a very poor accuracy robot could assemble a very fiddly widget. Although the algorithms involved were interesting to program, and may even be new, what I was interested in was how to integrate them into a complete program.You can download a paper.
I also worked on a vision algorithm for aquiring the parts. You can download a paper.
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