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Improved Test Methods for Polymer AM Inter-Layer Weld Strength and Filament Mechanical Properties

The international community is exploring many potential end-uses for polymer additive manufacturing. However, significant issues must be addressed before broad application can occur, in particular understanding the relationships between materials, …

An Extrinsic Dexterity Approach to the IROS 2018 Fan Robotic Challenge

The 2018 IROS Fan Robotic Challenge tasked participants with programming a robot to autonomously open and close a Spanish folding fan, highlighting the obstacles still associated with the dexterous manipulation of objects for robotic systems. Since …

Evolutionary Motion Control Optimization in Physical Human-Robot Interaction

Given that the success of an interaction task depends on the capability of the robot system to handle physical contact with its environment, pure motion control is often insufficient. This is especially true in the context of medical freehand …

Characterization of a robotic micro-surgical system for small-animal neurosurgery

Advancements in veterinary neurosurgery have led to brain imaging and more robust planning prior to surgical intervention. Using neuronavigation software, brain imaging allows the surgeon to explore critical structures ahead of the surgery and …