Our lab is equipped with a 16 degree of freedom industrial robot made by Rethink Robotics. We use this platform for various experiments in motion planning, control, grasping, manipulation, and perception.
It is also a valuable teaching tool and students in the Intro to Robotics class are able to learn robotics first with Baxter in simulation, and at the end of the semester, on real hardware.
An interview of some of our research with Baxter is below:
Publications using Baxter
SikuliBot: Automating Physical Interface Using Images. In: 27th ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium (UIST) (Demotrack), pp. 53-54 , Honolulu, Hawaii, 2014.
Optimal Parameter Identification for Discrete Mechanical Systems with Application to Flexible Object Manipulation. In: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2014.
Robotic Manipulation for Identification of Flexible Objects. In: International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER), Marrakech, Morocco, 2014.
A Soft, Amorphous Skin that can Sense and Localize Texture . In: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 1844-1851, Hong Kong, 2014.
Abstracting Perception and Manipulation in End-User Robot Programming using Sikuli. In: IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications (TePRA), Boston, MA, 2014.