ICRA 2011 Paper Abstract


Paper WeP101.1

Dietrich, Alexander (German Aerospace Center (DLR)), Wimboeck, Thomas (German Aerospace Center (DLR)), Täubig, Holger (Deutsches Forschungszentrum für künstliche Intelligenz), Albu-Schäffer, Alin (DLR - German Aerospace Center), Hirzinger, Gerd (German Aerospace Center (DLR))

Extensions to Reactive Self-Collision Avoidance for Torque and Position Controlled Humanoids

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Sessions "Collision Avoidance" (WeP101), Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 13:40−13:55, Room 3B

2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 9-13, 2011, Shanghai International Conference Center, Shanghai, China

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Keywords Collision Avoidance, Robot Safety, Humanoid Robots


One of the fundamental demands on robotic systems is a safe interaction with their environment. For fulfilling that condition, both collisions with obstacles and the own structure have to be avoided. We address the problem of self-collisions and propose an algorithm for its avoidance which is based on artificial repulsion potential fields and applicable to both torque and position controlled manipulators. To this end, we design a damping that incorporates the configuration dependance of the robot. For a maximum level of safety, an additional emergency brake strategy based on kinetic energy considerations is introduced for situations in which self-collisions are not avoidable by the controller. Experiments are performed on DLR's humanoid Justin.



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