Planning Strategies for the Ambler Walking Robot

David Wettergreen, H. Thomas, and Chuck Thorpe
Proceedings of the 1990 IEEE International Conference on Systems Engineering, August, 1990, pp. 198 - 203.


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Abstract
A hierarchy of planning strategies is proposed and explained for a walking robot called the Ambler. The hierarchy decomposes planning into levels of trajectory, gait, and footfall. An abstraction of feasible traversability allows the Ambler's trajectory planner to identify acceptable trajectories by finding paths that guarantee footfalls without specifying exactly which footfalls. Leg and body moves that achieve this trajectory can be generated by the Ambler's gait planner, which incorporates pattern constraints and measures of utility to search for the best next move. By combining constraints from the quality and details of the terrain, the Ambler's footfall planner can select footfalls that insure stability and remain within the tolerances of the gait.

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Field Robotics Center
Associated Project(s): Ambler

Text Reference
David Wettergreen, H. Thomas, and Chuck Thorpe, "Planning Strategies for the Ambler Walking Robot," Proceedings of the 1990 IEEE International Conference on Systems Engineering, August, 1990, pp. 198 - 203.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Wettergreen_1990_1645,
   author = "David Wettergreen and H. Thomas and Chuck Thorpe",
   title = "Planning Strategies for the Ambler Walking Robot",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the 1990 IEEE International Conference on Systems Engineering",
   pages = "198 - 203",
   month = "August",
   year = "1990",
}