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TitleA brainstem-like modulation approach for gait transition in a quadruped robot
Author(s)Matos, Vítor
Santos, Cristina
Pinto, Carla M. A.
Issue dateOct-2009
Abstract(s)The ability to traverse a wide variety of terrains while walking is basically a requirement for performing useful tasks in our human centric world. In this article, we propose a bio-inspired robotic controller able to generate locomotion and to easily switch between different type of gaits. In order to improve the robot stability and response while locomoting, we adjust both the duty factor and the interlimb phase relationships, according to the velocities. We extend previous work, by applying nonlinear oscillators to generate the rhythmic locomotor movements for a quadruped robot, similarly to the biological counterparts. The generated trajectories are modulated by a drive signal, that modifies the oscillator frequency, amplitude and the coupling parameters among the oscillators, proportionally to the drive signal strength. By increasing the drive signal, locomotion can be elicited and velocity increased while switching to the appropriate gaits. This drive signal can be specified according to sensory information or set a priori. The implementation of the central pattern generator network and the activity modulation layer is shown in simulation and in an AIBO robot.
TypeConference paper
Publisher version
AccessOpen access
Appears in Collections:DEI - Artigos em atas de congressos internacionais

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