chapter  38
Tactile Sensing
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Robots in industrial settings perform repetitive tasks, such as machine loading, parts assembly, painting, and welding. Only in rare instances can these autonomous manipulators modify their actions based on sensory information. Although, thus far, a vast majority of research work in the area of robot sensing has concentrated on computer vision, contact sensing is an equally important feature for robots and has received some attention as well. Without tactile-perception capability, a robot cannot be expected to e¥ectively grasp objects. In this context, robotic-tactile sensing is the focus of this chapter.