TitleNatural Redundancy Resolution in Dual-Arm Manipulation using Configuration Dependent Stiffness (CDS) Control
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
Conference Name2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Pagination1480 - 1486
AuthorsA. Ajoudani, Tsagarakis, NG, Lee, J, Gabiccini, M, Bicchi, A
Conference LocationHong Kong, May 31 2014-June 7 2014
KeywordsHaptics, Robotics

Incorporation of human motor control principles in the motion control architectures for humanoid robots or assistive and prosthesis devices will permit these systems not only to look anthropomorphic and natural at the body ware level but also to generate natural motion profiles resembling those executed by humans during manipulation and locomotion. In this work, relying on the observations on human bimanual coordination, a novel realtime motion control strategy is proposed to regulate the desired Cartesian stiffness profile during the execution of bimanual tasks. The novelty of the proposed control scheme relies on the use of common mode stiffness (CMS) and configuration dependent stiffness (CDS) to regulate the size and directionality of the task space stiffness ellipsoid. Thanks to the CDS control, the proposed scheme is not only proved to be effective in regulating the desired stiffness ellipsoid but also permits to resolve the manipulator redundancy in a natural manner. The effectiveness of the controller is evaluated in an experimental setup in which two cooperating robotic arms are executing an assembly task. Experimental results demonstrate that the proposed dual-arm CDS-CMS controller is effective in tracking the desired stiffness ellipsoids as well as in producing human-like natural motions for the two robotic arms.

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