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TitleEvolution strategies combined with central pattern generators for head motion minimization during quadruped robot locomotion
Author(s)Santos, Cristina
Oliveira, Miguel
Mendes, Hermínia
Ferreira, Manuel João Oliveira
Costa, L.
Issue dateSep-2010
Abstract(s)In autonomous robotics, the head shaking induced by locomotion is a relevant and still not solved problem. This problem constraints stable image acquisition and the possibility to rely on that information to act accordingly. In this article, we propose a movement controller to generate locomotion and head movement. Our aim is to generate the head movement required to minimize the head motion induced by locomotion itself. The movement controllers are biologically inspired in the concept of Central Pattern Generators (CPGs). CPGs are modelled based on nonlinear dynamical systems, coupled Hopf oscillators. This approach allows to explicitly specify parameters such as amplitude, offset and frequency of movement and to smoothly modulate the generated oscillations according to changes in these parameters. Based on these ideas, we propose a combined approach to generate head movement stabilization on a quadruped robot, using CPGs and an evolution strategy. The best set of parameters that generates the head movement are computed by an evolution strategy. Experiments were performed on a simulated AIBO robot. The obtained results demonstrate the feasibility of the approach, by reducing the overall head movement.
TypeConference paper
AccessOpen access
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