Active haptic exploration and manipulation



In this project the ESR will develop the haptic exploration strategies to maximize information on the environment using a robotics. For instance, movements along an edge will likely be favored as an edge provides more change in tactile information than a surface. To determine the haptic exploration, the various next moves will be encoded in a Marko chain related by the expected information gain, which can be compared to the chain of haptic by blinded humans exploring the same environment. Various criteria will be set for the robot, only some of which corresponding to the human behavior. Importantly, the exploration will for the first time also incorporate mechanical impedance and interaction force.

Expected Results

Human-like algorithms and implementation of haptic exploration for robots.


Host institution: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft

Enrolments (in Doctoral degree): Imperial Collage of Science, Technology & Medicine


Mohsen Kaboli, Etienne Burdet

Presentation of ESR14

Hello, I am Anirvan Dutta from India. I completed my bachelor’s studies in Electronics and Communications from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India and master’s studies in Systems, Control and Robotics at KTH Royal Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

My long term career objective is to pursue a research-oriented profession. I am highly passionate to learn about new technologies and excelling in innovative applications. I am interested in the field of “versatile and robust manipulation strategies for robotics”. I have a good grasp of fundamentals in motion planning, control and machine learning.

Through the INTUITIVE project, I wish to understand and get inspired by human multimodal visio-tactile perception and how they use it to explore and manipulate objects in unstructured environments. I aim to apply a similar visio-tactile exploration strategy in robotic manipulation and make some viable contribution in the domain.