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Technical Report: Control And Design Of An Open-Source Two-Degree-Of-Freedom Hopping Robot, Weiyi Tang, Sonia F. Roberts, Daniel E. Koditschek Sep 2020

Technical Report: Control And Design Of An Open-Source Two-Degree-Of-Freedom Hopping Robot, Weiyi Tang, Sonia F. Roberts, Daniel E. Koditschek

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Using mechanical design inspired by the Ghost Minitaur and the open-source motor controller hardware from the Stanford Doggo, we built an open-source two-degree-of-freedom hopping robot. The robot hops using a Raibert-inspired reactive controller on the leg length and velocity. This technical report documents the project and provides a guide to others interested in building similar research robots.


An Obstacle Disturbance Selection Framework: Emergent Robot Steady States Under Repeated Collisions, Feifei Qian, Daniel E. Koditschek Jul 2020

An Obstacle Disturbance Selection Framework: Emergent Robot Steady States Under Repeated Collisions, Feifei Qian, Daniel E. Koditschek

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Natural environments are often filled with obstacles and disturbances. Traditional navigation and planning approaches normally depend on finding a traversable “free space” for robots to avoid unexpected contact or collision. We hypothesize that with a better understanding of the robot–obstacle interactions, these collisions and disturbances can be exploited as opportunities to improve robot locomotion in complex environments. In this article, we propose a novel obstacle disturbance selection (ODS) framework with the aim of allowing robots to actively select disturbances to achieve environment-aided locomotion. Using an empirically characterized relationship between leg–obstacle contact position and robot trajectory deviation, we simplify ...


Reactive Semantic Planning In Unexplored Semantic Environments Using Deep Perceptual Feedback, Vasileios Vasilopoulos, Georgios Pavlakos, Sean L. Bowman, J. Diego Caporale, Kostas Daniilidis, George J. Pappas, Daniel E. Koditschek Jun 2020

Reactive Semantic Planning In Unexplored Semantic Environments Using Deep Perceptual Feedback, Vasileios Vasilopoulos, Georgios Pavlakos, Sean L. Bowman, J. Diego Caporale, Kostas Daniilidis, George J. Pappas, Daniel E. Koditschek

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This paper presents a reactive planning system that enriches the topological representation of an environment with a tightly integrated semantic representation, achieved by incorporating and exploiting advances in deep perceptual learning and probabilistic semantic reasoning. Our architecture combines object detection with semantic SLAM, affording robust, reactive logical as well as geometric planning in unexplored environments. Moreover, by incorporating a human mesh estimation algorithm, our system is capable of reacting and responding in real time to semantically labeled human motions and gestures. New formal results allow tracking of suitably non-adversarial moving targets, while maintaining the same collision avoidance guarantees. We suggest ...


A Tendon-Driven Origami Hopper Triggered By Proprioceptive Contact Detection, Wei-Hsi Chen, Shivangi Misra, J. Diego Caporale, Daniel E. Koditschek, Shu Yang, Cynthia R. Sung Apr 2020

A Tendon-Driven Origami Hopper Triggered By Proprioceptive Contact Detection, Wei-Hsi Chen, Shivangi Misra, J. Diego Caporale, Daniel E. Koditschek, Shu Yang, Cynthia R. Sung

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We report on experiments with a laptop-sized (0.23m, 2.53kg), paper origami robot that exhibits highly dynamic and stable two degree-of-freedom (circular boom) hopping at speeds in excess of 1.5 bl/s (body-lengths per second) at a specific resistance O(1) while achieving aerial phase apex states 25% above the stance height over thousands of cycles. Three conventional brushless DC motors load energy into the folded paper springs through pulley-borne cables whose sudden loss of tension upon touchdown triggers the release of spring potential that accelerates the body back through liftoff to flight with a 20W powerstroke, whereupon ...


Examples Of Gibsonian Affordances In Legged Robotics Research Using An Empirical, Generative Framework, Sonia F. Roberts, Daniel E. Koditschek, Lisa J. Miracchi Feb 2020

Examples Of Gibsonian Affordances In Legged Robotics Research Using An Empirical, Generative Framework, Sonia F. Roberts, Daniel E. Koditschek, Lisa J. Miracchi

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Evidence from empirical literature suggests that explainable complex behaviors can be built from structured compositions of explainable component behaviors with known properties. Such component behaviors can be built to directly perceive and exploit affordances. Using six examples of recent research in legged robot locomotion, we suggest that robots can be programmed to effectively exploit affordances without developing explicit internal models of them. We use a generative framework to discuss the examples, because it helps us to separate—and thus clarify the relationship between—description of affordance exploitation from description of the internal representations used by the robot in that exploitation ...


Modulation Of Robot Orientation Via Leg-Obstacle Contact Positions, Divya Ramesh, Anmol Kathail, Daniel E. Koditschek, Feifei Qian Jan 2020

Modulation Of Robot Orientation Via Leg-Obstacle Contact Positions, Divya Ramesh, Anmol Kathail, Daniel E. Koditschek, Feifei Qian

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We study a quadrupedal robot traversing a structured (i.e., periodically spaced) obstacle field driven by an open-loop quasi-static trotting walk. Despite complex, repeated collisions and slippage between robot legs and obstacles, the robot’s horizontal plane body orientation (yaw) trajectory can converge in the absence of any body level feedback to stable steady state patterns. We classify these patterns into a series of “types” ranging from stable locked equilibria, to stable periodic oscillations, to unstable or mixed period oscillations. We observe that the stable equilibria can bifurcate to stable periodic oscillations and then to mixed period oscillations as the ...


A Programmably Compliant Origami Mechanism For Dynamically Dexterous Robots, Wei-Hsi Chen, Shivangi Mishra, Yuchong Gao, Young-Joo Lee, Daniel Koditschek, Shu Yang, Cynthia R. Sung Jan 2020

A Programmably Compliant Origami Mechanism For Dynamically Dexterous Robots, Wei-Hsi Chen, Shivangi Mishra, Yuchong Gao, Young-Joo Lee, Daniel Koditschek, Shu Yang, Cynthia R. Sung

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We present an approach to overcoming challenges in dynamical dexterity for robots through programmably compliant origami mechanisms. Our work leverages a one-parameter family of flat sheet crease patterns that folds into origami bellows, whose axial compliance can be tuned to select desired stiffness. Concentrically arranged cylinder pairs reliably manifest additive stiffness, extending the programmable range by nearly an order of magnitude and achieving bulk axial stiffness spanning 200–1500 N/m using 8 mil thick polyester-coated paper. Accordingly, we design origami energy-storing springs with a stiffness of 1035 N/m each and incorporate them into a three degree-of-freedom (DOF) tendon-driven ...


Coronal Plane Spine Twisting Composes Shape To Adjust The Energy Landscape For Grounded Reorientation, J. Diego Caporale, Benjamin W. Mcinroe, Chenze Ning, Thomas Libby, Robert J. Full, Daniel E. Koditschek Sep 2019

Coronal Plane Spine Twisting Composes Shape To Adjust The Energy Landscape For Grounded Reorientation, J. Diego Caporale, Benjamin W. Mcinroe, Chenze Ning, Thomas Libby, Robert J. Full, Daniel E. Koditschek

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Despite substantial evidence for the crucial role played by an active backbone or spine in animal locomotion, its adoption in legged robots remains limited because the added mechanical complexity and resulting dynamical challenges pose daunting obstacles to characterizing even a partial range of potential performance benefits. This paper takes a next step toward such a characterization by exploring the quasistatic terrestrial self-righting mechanics of a model system with coronal plane spine twisting (CPST). Reduction from a full 3D kinematic model of CPST to a two parameter, two degree of freedom coronal plane representation of body shape affordance predicts a substantial ...


Composition Of Templates For Transitional Pedipulation Behaviors, Thomas T. Topping, Vasileios Vasilopoulos, Avik De, Daniel E. Koditschek Sep 2019

Composition Of Templates For Transitional Pedipulation Behaviors, Thomas T. Topping, Vasileios Vasilopoulos, Avik De, Daniel E. Koditschek

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Abstract. We document the reliably repeatable dynamical mounting and dismounting of wheeled stools and carts, and of fixed ledges, by the Minitaur robot. Because these tasks span a range of length scales that preclude quasi-static execution, we use a hybrid dynamical systems framework to variously compose and thereby systematically reuse a small lexicon of templates (low degree of freedom behavioral primitives). The resulting behaviors comprise the key competences beyond mere locomotion required for robust implementation on a legged mobile manipulator of a simple version of the warehouseman’s problem.


Systematizing Gibsonian Affordances In Robotics: An Empirical, Generative Approach Derived From Case Studies In Legged Locomotion, Sonia F. Roberts, Lisa J. Miracchi, Daniel E. Koditschek May 2019

Systematizing Gibsonian Affordances In Robotics: An Empirical, Generative Approach Derived From Case Studies In Legged Locomotion, Sonia F. Roberts, Lisa J. Miracchi, Daniel E. Koditschek

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A Gibsonian theory of affordances commits to direct perception and the mutuality of the agent-environment system. We argue that there already exists a research program in robotics which incorporates Gibsonian affordances. Controllers under this research program use information perceived directly from the environment with little or no further processing, and implicitly respect the indivisibility of the agentenvironment system. Research investigating the relationships between environmental and robot properties can be used to design reactive controllers that provably allow robots to take advantage of these affordances. We lay out key features of our empirical, generative Gibsonian approach and both show how it ...


Mechanical And Virtual Compliance For Robot Locomotion In A Compliant World, Sonia F. Roberts, Daniel E. Koditschek May 2019

Mechanical And Virtual Compliance For Robot Locomotion In A Compliant World, Sonia F. Roberts, Daniel E. Koditschek

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This abstract was accepted to the Robot Design and Customization workshop at ICRA 2019.

For more information: Kod*lab.


Rapid In Situ Characterization Of Soil Erodibility With A Field Deployable Robot, Feifei Qian, Dylan Lee, George Nikolich, Daniel E. Koditschek, Douglas J. Jerolmack May 2019

Rapid In Situ Characterization Of Soil Erodibility With A Field Deployable Robot, Feifei Qian, Dylan Lee, George Nikolich, Daniel E. Koditschek, Douglas J. Jerolmack

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Predicting the susceptibility of soil to wind erosion is difficult because it is a multivariate function of grain size, soil moisture, compaction, and biological growth. Erosive agents like plowing and grazing also differ in mechanism from entrainment by fluid shear; it is unclear if and how erosion thresholds for each process are related. Here we demonstrate the potential to rapidly assemble empirical maps of erodibility while also examining what controls it, using a novel “plowing” test of surface-soil shear resistance (𝜏r) performed by a semi-autonomous robot. Field work at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, United States, examined gradients ...


Mitigating Energy Loss In A Robot Hopping On A Physically Emulated Dissipative Substrate, Sonia F. Roberts, Daniel E. Koditschek May 2019

Mitigating Energy Loss In A Robot Hopping On A Physically Emulated Dissipative Substrate, Sonia F. Roberts, Daniel E. Koditschek

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We work with geoscientists studying erosion and desertification to improve the spatial and temporal resolution of their data collection over long transects in difficult realworld environments such as deserts. The Minitaur robot, which can run quickly over uneven terrain and use a single leg to measure relevant ground properties such as stiffness, is an attractive scout robot candidate for inclusion in a heterogeneous team in collaboration with a heavily geared, sensor-laden RHex. However, Minitaur is challenged by long-distance locomotion on sand dunes. Previous simulation results suggested that the energetic cost of transport can be mitigated by programming a virtual damping ...


Task-Based Control And Design Of A Bldc Actuator For Robotics, Avik De, Abriana Stewart-Height, Daniel E. Koditschek Jan 2019

Task-Based Control And Design Of A Bldc Actuator For Robotics, Avik De, Abriana Stewart-Height, Daniel E. Koditschek

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This paper proposes a new multi-input brushless DC motor current control policy aimed at robotics applications. The controller achieves empirical improvements in steady-state torque and power-production abilities relative to conventional controllers, while retaining similarly good torque-tracking and stability characteristics. Simulations show that non-conventional motor design optimizations whose feasibility is established by scaling model extrapolations from existing motor catalogues can vastly amplify the effectiveness of this new control-strategy.


Reactive Navigation In Partially Known Non-Convex Environments, Vasileios Vasilopoulos, Daniel E. Koditschek Dec 2018

Reactive Navigation In Partially Known Non-Convex Environments, Vasileios Vasilopoulos, Daniel E. Koditschek

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This paper presents a provably correct method for robot navigation in 2D environments cluttered with familiar but unexpected non-convex, star-shaped obstacles as well as completely unknown, convex obstacles. We presuppose a limited range onboard sensor, capable of recognizing, localizing and (leveraging ideas from constructive solid geometry) generating online from its catalogue of the familiar, non-convex shapes an implicit representation of each one. These representations underlie an online change of coordinates to a completely convex model planning space wherein a previously developed online construction yields a provably correct reactive controller that is pulled back to the physically sensed representation to generate ...


Reactive Velocity Control Reduces Energetic Cost Of Jumping With A Virtual Leg Spring On Simulated Granular Media, Sonia F. Roberts, Daniel E. Koditschek Nov 2018

Reactive Velocity Control Reduces Energetic Cost Of Jumping With A Virtual Leg Spring On Simulated Granular Media, Sonia F. Roberts, Daniel E. Koditschek

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Robots capable of dynamic locomotion behaviors and high-bandwidth sensing with their limbs have a high cost of transport, especially when locomoting over highly dissipative substrates such as sand. We formulate the problem of reducing the energetic cost of locomotion by a Minitaur robot on sand, reacting to robot state variables in the inertial world frame without modeling the ground online. Using a bulk-behavior model of high-velocity intrusions into dry granular media, we simulated single jumps by a one-legged hopper using a Raibert-style compression-extension virtual leg spring. We compose this controller with a controller that added damping to the leg spring ...


Actuator Transparency And The Energetic Cost Of Proprioception, Gavin Kenneally, Wei-Hsi Chen, Daniel Koditschek Nov 2018

Actuator Transparency And The Energetic Cost Of Proprioception, Gavin Kenneally, Wei-Hsi Chen, Daniel Koditschek

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In the field of haptics, conditions for mechanical “transparency”[1] entail such qualities as “solid virtual objects must feel stiff” and “free space must feel free”[2], suggesting that a suitable actuator is able both to do work and readily have work done on it. In this context, seeking actuator transparency has come to mean a preference for minimal dynamics [3] or no impedance [4]. While such general notions seem satisfactory for a haptic interface, actuators with good mechanical transparency are now being used in high-performance robots [5, 6] where once again they must be able to do work, but ...


Sensor-Based Reactive Execution Of Symbolic Rearrangement Plans By A Legged Mobile Manipulator, Vasileios Vasilopoulos, T. Turner Topping, William Vega-Brown, Nicholas Roy, Daniel E. Koditschek Oct 2018

Sensor-Based Reactive Execution Of Symbolic Rearrangement Plans By A Legged Mobile Manipulator, Vasileios Vasilopoulos, T. Turner Topping, William Vega-Brown, Nicholas Roy, Daniel E. Koditschek

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We demonstrate the physical rearrangement of wheeled stools in a moderately cluttered indoor environment by a quadrupedal robot that autonomously achieves a user's desired configuration. The robot's behaviors are planned and executed by a three layer hierarchical architecture consisting of: an offline symbolic task and motion planner; a reactive layer that tracks the reference output of the deliberative layer and avoids unanticipated obstacles sensed online; and a gait layer that realizes the abstract unicycle commands from the reactive module through appropriately coordinated joint level torque feedback loops. This work also extends prior formal results about the reactive layer ...


Inertial Velocity And Attitude Estimation For Quadrotors: Supplementary Material, James B. Svacha Jr, Kartik Mohta, Michael Watterson, Giuseppe Loianno, Vijay Kumar Oct 2018

Inertial Velocity And Attitude Estimation For Quadrotors: Supplementary Material, James B. Svacha Jr, Kartik Mohta, Michael Watterson, Giuseppe Loianno, Vijay Kumar

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No abstract provided.


What Is A Good Pattern Of Life Model? Guidance For Simulations, Barry G. Silverman, Gnana K. Bharathy, Nathan Weyer Aug 2018

What Is A Good Pattern Of Life Model? Guidance For Simulations, Barry G. Silverman, Gnana K. Bharathy, Nathan Weyer

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We have been modeling an ever-increasing scale of applications with agents that simulate the pattern of life (PoL) and real-world human behaviors in diverse regions of the world. The goal is to support sociocultural training and analysis. To measure progress, we propose the definition of a measure of goodness for such simulated agents, and review the issues and challenges associated with first-generation (1G) agents. Then we present a second generation (2G) agent hybrid approach that seeks to improve realism in terms of emergent daily activities, social awareness, and micro-decision making in simulations. We offer a PoL case study with a ...


Analytically-Guided Design Of A Tailed Bipedal Hopping Robot, Abdulaziz Shamsah, Avik De, Daniel E. Koditschek Jul 2018

Analytically-Guided Design Of A Tailed Bipedal Hopping Robot, Abdulaziz Shamsah, Avik De, Daniel E. Koditschek

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We present the first fully spatial hopping gait of a 12 DoF tailed biped driven by only 4 actuators. The control of this physical machine is built up from parallel compositions of controllers for progressively higher DoF extensions of a simple 2 DoF, 1 actuator template. These template dynamics are still not themselves integrable, but a new hybrid averaging analysis yields a conjectured closed form representation of the approximate hopping limit cycle as a function of its physical and control parameters. The resulting insight into the role of the machine's kinematic and dynamical design choices affords a redesign leading ...


Vertical Hopper Compositions For Preflexive And Feedback-Stabilized Quadrupedal Bounding, Pacing, Pronking, And Trotting, Avik De, Daniel E. Koditschek Jul 2018

Vertical Hopper Compositions For Preflexive And Feedback-Stabilized Quadrupedal Bounding, Pacing, Pronking, And Trotting, Avik De, Daniel E. Koditschek

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This paper applies an extension of classical averaging methods to hybrid dynamical systems, thereby achieving formally specified, physically effective and robust instances of all virtual bipedal gaits on a quadrupedal robot. Gait specification takes the form of a three parameter family of coupling rules mathematically shown to stabilize limit cycles in a low degree of freedom template: an abstracted pair of vertical hoppers whose relative phase locking encodes the desired physical leg patterns. These coupling rules produce the desired gaits when appropriately applied to the physical robot. The formal analysis reveals a distinct set of morphological regimes determined by the ...


Sensor-Based Reactive Navigation In Unknown Convex Sphere Worlds, Omur Arslan, Daniel E. Koditschek May 2018

Sensor-Based Reactive Navigation In Unknown Convex Sphere Worlds, Omur Arslan, Daniel E. Koditschek

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We construct a sensor-based feedback law that provably solves the real-time collision-free robot navigation problem in a compact convex Euclidean subset cluttered with unknown but sufficiently separated and strongly convex obstacles. Our algorithm introduces a novel use of separating hyperplanes for identifying the robot’s local obstacle-free convex neighborhood, affording a reactive (online-computed) continuous and piecewise smooth closed-loop vector field whose smooth flow brings almost all configurations in the robot’s free space to a designated goal location, with the guarantee of no collisions along the way. Specialized attention to planar navigable environments yields a necessary and sufficient condition on ...


Sensor-Based Reactive Symbolic Planning In Partially Known Environments, Vasileios Vasilopoulos, William Vega-Brown, Omur Arslan, Nicholas Roy, Daniel E. Koditschek May 2018

Sensor-Based Reactive Symbolic Planning In Partially Known Environments, Vasileios Vasilopoulos, William Vega-Brown, Omur Arslan, Nicholas Roy, Daniel E. Koditschek

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This paper considers the problem of completing assemblies of passive objects in nonconvex environments, cluttered with convex obstacles of unknown position, shape and size that satisfy a specific separation assumption. A differential drive robot equipped with a gripper and a LIDAR sensor, capable of perceiving its environment only locally, is used to position the passive objects in a desired configuration. The method combines the virtues of a deliberative planner generating high-level, symbolic commands, with the formal guarantees of convergence and obstacle avoidance of a reactive planner that requires little onboard computation and is used online. The validity of the proposed ...


On Balancing Event And Area Coverage In Mobile Sensor Networks, Hancheng Min May 2018

On Balancing Event And Area Coverage In Mobile Sensor Networks, Hancheng Min

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In practice, the mobile sensor networks have two important tasks: firstly, sensors should be able to locate themselves close to where major events are happening so that event tracking becomes possible; secondly, the sensor networks should also maintain a good area coverage over the environment in order to detect new events. Because these two tasks are usually conflicting with each other, a coverage control policy should be able to balance the event and area coverage of the environment. However, most existing work is to achieve either optimal event coverage or optimal area coverage over the environment. In this thesis, a ...


Nomadic Monument For Women In Robotics, Diedra Krieger, Gaby Alfaro, Joey Hartmann-Dow, Sonia F. Roberts Apr 2018

Nomadic Monument For Women In Robotics, Diedra Krieger, Gaby Alfaro, Joey Hartmann-Dow, Sonia F. Roberts

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We describe the Nomadic Monument for Women in Robotis (NMWR), a project celebrating women pioneers in robotics. NMWR is a 13’ semi-transparent geodesic dome with illustrations and descriptions of the women and their research on the inside faces of the triangles. Visitors can see rough outlines of the illustrations from the outside, but must enter the dome to learn about the women. As an immersive environment, the dome provides visitors not only a place to learn about inspiring women but also a space to feel that they are a member of this inspiring community.

The geodesic dome was introduced by ...


A Hybrid Dynamical Extension Of Averaging And Its Application To The Analysis Of Legged Gait Stability, Avik De, Samuel A. Burden, Daniel E. Koditschek Mar 2018

A Hybrid Dynamical Extension Of Averaging And Its Application To The Analysis Of Legged Gait Stability, Avik De, Samuel A. Burden, Daniel E. Koditschek

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We extend a smooth dynamical systems averaging technique to a class of hybrid systems with a limit cycle that is particularly relevant to the synthesis of stable legged gaits. After introducing a definition of hybrid averageability sufficient to recover the classical result, we illustrate its applicability by analysis of first a one-legged and then a two-legged hopping model. These abstract systems prepare the ground for the analysis of a significantly more complicated two legged model—a new template for quadrupedal running to be analyzed and implemented on a physical robot in a companion paper. We conclude with some rather more ...


Integration Of Local Geometry And Metric Information In Sampling-Based Motion Planning, Vincent Pacelli, Omur Arslan, Daniel E. Koditschek Feb 2018

Integration Of Local Geometry And Metric Information In Sampling-Based Motion Planning, Vincent Pacelli, Omur Arslan, Daniel E. Koditschek

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The efficiency of sampling-based motion planning algorithms is dependent on how well a steering procedure is capable of capturing both system dynamics and configuration space geometry to connect sample configurations. This paper considers how metrics describing local system dynamics may be combined with convex subsets of the free space to describe the local behavior of a steering function for sampling-based planners. Subsequently, a framework for using these subsets to extend the steering procedure to incorporate this information is introduced. To demonstrate our framework, three specific metrics are considered: the LQR cost-to-go function, a Gram matrix derived from system linearization, and ...


Voronoi-Based Coverage Control Of Pan/Tilt/Zoom Camera Networks, Omur Arslan, Hancheng Min, Daniel E. Koditschek Feb 2018

Voronoi-Based Coverage Control Of Pan/Tilt/Zoom Camera Networks, Omur Arslan, Hancheng Min, Daniel E. Koditschek

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A challenge of pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) camera networks for efficient and flexible visual monitoring is automated active network reconfiguration in response to environmental stimuli. In this paper, given an event/activity distribution over a convex environment, we propose a new provably correct reactive coverage control algorithm for PTZ camera networks that continuously (re)configures camera orientations and zoom levels (i.e., angles of view) in order to locally maximize their total coverage quality. Our construction is based on careful modeling of visual sensing quality that is consistent with the physical nature of cameras, and we introduce a new notion ...


Using The Art Practice Of Play To Communicate Legged Robotics Research Concepts, Diedra Krieger, Sonia F. Roberts Jan 2018

Using The Art Practice Of Play To Communicate Legged Robotics Research Concepts, Diedra Krieger, Sonia F. Roberts

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The art practice of play uses spontaneity and surprise to communicate meaningful content and inspire critical thinking (1-3). We describe three engineering education outreach efforts that use play to communicate legged robotics research concepts. In the first workshop, Penn engineering students were motivated to learn how to program a legged robot using the narrative of a “dance competition,” with the winning dances to be showcased at the Philadelphia Science Festival. In the second workshop, Philadelphia School District high school students used a poseably programmable legged robot to tell a story by performing a series of behaviors in a set of ...