Kinematic reduction and planning using symmetry for a variable inertia mechanical system

Ravi Balasubramanian and Alfred Rizzi
Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, October, 2004, pp. 3829 - 3834.


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Abstract
Motivated by finding locomotion primitives for a legged robot, we present controllability results and a technique for kinematic reduction for a variable inertia mechanical system. We demonstrate configuration controllability for the system under consideration and use the symmetry resulting from angular momentum conservation to develop a kinematic representation of the mechanical system. We also show through simulation how plans for the kinematic representation can be implemented on the full dynamical mechanical system. It is hoped that this technique leads us to a general procedure for solving the gait synthesis problem.

Keywords
controllability, legged locomotion, dynamics, kinematics, symmetry

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Center for the Foundations of Robotics
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Manipulation Lab
Associated Project(s): Legless Locomotion
Number of pages: 6

Text Reference
Ravi Balasubramanian and Alfred Rizzi, "Kinematic reduction and planning using symmetry for a variable inertia mechanical system," Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, October, 2004, pp. 3829 - 3834.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Balasubramanian_2004_5045,
   author = "Ravi Balasubramanian and Alfred Rizzi",
   title = "Kinematic reduction and planning using symmetry for a variable inertia mechanical system",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems",
   pages = "3829 - 3834",
   month = "October",
   year = "2004",
   volume = "4",
}