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A Computational Model of Human Table Tennis for Robot Application

Katharina Mülling; Jan Peters
In: Rüdiger Dillmann; Jürgen Beyerer; Christoph Stiller; Johann Marius Zöllner; Tobias Gindele (Hrsg.). Autonome Mobile Systeme 2009 - 21. Fachgespräch. Autonome Mobile Systeme (AMS-2009), December 3-4, Karlsruhe, Germany, Pages 57-64, Informatik Aktuell, Springer, 2009.


Table tennis is a difficult motor skill which requires all basic components of a general motor skill learning system. In order to get a step closer to such a generic approach to the automatic acquisition and refinement of table tennis, we study table tennis from a human motor control point of view. We make use of the basic models of discrete human movement phases, virtual hitting points, and the operational timing hypothesis. Using these components, we create a computational model which is aimed at reproducing human-like behavior. We verify the functionality of this model in a physically realistic simulation of a Barrett WAM.

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