TitleToward whole-body loco-manipulation: Experimental results on multi-contact interaction with the Walk-Man robot
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
Conference NameIEEE International Conference of Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016)
AuthorsFarnioli, E, Gabiccini, M, Bicchi, A
Conference LocationDanjeon, Korea, October 10-14 2016

In this paper a quasi-static framework for optimally controlling the contact force distribution is experimentally verified with the full-size compliant humanoid robot Walk-Man. The proposed approach is general enough to cope with multi-contact scenarios, i.e. robot-environment interactions occurring on feet and hands, up to the more general case of whole-body loco-manipulation, in which the robot is in contact with the environment also with the internal limbs, with a consequent loss of contact force controllability. Experimental tests were conducted with the Walk-Man robot (i) standing on flat terrain, (ii) standing on uneven terrain and (iii) interacting with the environment with both feet and a hand touching a vertical wall. Moreover, the influence of unmodeled weight on the robot, and the combination with a higher priority Cartesian tasks are shown. Results are presented also in the attached video.

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