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Robotic Bean Bag Game

A photograph researchers testing in lab.

Inside the Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM)Lab at 1212 Engineering Research Building II, Dale McConachie, Doctoral Student in Robotics watches as his algorithm directs massive KUKA robotic arms to select and delicately transfer the correct beanbag from a pile of random objects. This is an extremely under-explored area in autonomous manipulation, mainly because deformable objects are difficult to model and simulate. Photo by Robert Coelius/Multimedia Producer - Communications and Marketing, Michigan Engineering