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Planning Motions with Intentions

Yoshihito Koga
Koichi Kondo
James Kuffner, Jr.
Jean-Claude Latombe


We apply manipulation planning to computer animation. A new path planner is presented that automatically computes the collision-free trajectories for several cooperating arms to manipulate a movable object between two configurations. This implemented planner is capable of dealing with complicated tasks where regrasping is involved. In addition, we present a new inverse kinematics algorithm for the human arms. This algorithm is utilized by the planner for the generation of realistic human arm motions as they manipulate objects. We view our system as a tool for facilitating the production of animation.

Keywords: Task-level graphic animation, automatic manipulation planning, Human arm kinematics


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