Visual Servoing

  • François ChaumetteEmail author
  • Seth Hutchinson
  • Peter Corke
Part of the Springer Handbooks book series (SHB)


This chapter introduces visual servo control, using computer vision data in the servo loop to control the motion of a robot. We first describe the basic techniques that are by now well established in the field. We give a general overview of the formulation of the visual servo control problem, and describe the two archetypal visual servo control schemes: image-based and pose-based visual servo control. We then discuss performance and stability issues that pertain to these two schemes, motivating advanced techniques. Of the many advanced techniques that have been developed, we discuss two-and-a-half-dimensional (2.5-D ), hybrid, partitioned, and switched approaches. Having covered a variety of control schemes, we deal with target tracking and controlling motion directly in the joint space and extensions to under-actuated ground and aerial robots. We conclude by describing applications of visual servoing in robotics.








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Authors and Affiliations

  • François Chaumette
    • 1
    Email author
  • Seth Hutchinson
    • 2
  • Peter Corke
    • 3
  1. 1.Lagadic GroupInria/IrisaRennesFrance
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of IllinoisUrbana-ChampaignUSA
  3. 3.Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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