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robotic manipulation tasks. By monitoring the resolvability of the two sensing modes with
respect to the task, the information provided by the disparate sensors can be seamlessly
assimilated during task execution. A nonlinear force-vision servoing algorithm that uses
force and vision resolvability to switch between sensing modes demonstrates the advantages
of the assimilation technique. Contact transitions between a stiff manipulator and rigid
environment, a system configuration that easily becomes unstable when force control alone
is used, are robustly achieved. Experimental results show that the nonlinear controller is able
to satisfy simultaneously the conflicting task requirements of fast approach velocities,
maintaining stability, minimizing impact forces, and suppressing bounce between contact
surfaces. The proper assimilation of force and vision feedback is the key to the success of this
strategy.
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