Spatio-temporal stiffness optimization with switching dynamics

Jun Nakanishi, A. Radulescu, David Braun, Sethu Vijayakumar

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We address the optimal control problem of robotic systems with variable stiffness actuation (VSA) including switching dynamics and discontinuous state transitions.Our focus in this paper is to consider dynamic tasks that have multiple phases of movement, contacts and impacts with the environment with a requirement of exploiting passive dynamics of the system. By modelling such tasks as a hybrid dynamical system with time-based switching, we develop a systematic methodology to simultaneously optimize control commands, time-varying stiffness profiles and temporal aspect of the movement such as switching instances and total
12 movement duration to exploit the benefits of VSA. Numerical evaluations on a brachiating robot driven with VSA
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-291
Number of pages19
JournalAutonomous Robots
Issue number2
Early online date21 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017


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