ICRA 2012 Paper Abstract


Paper WeC310.3

Ikemoto, Shuhei (Graduate School of Information Science and Technology,OsakaUnive), Nishigori, Yoichi (Osaka University), Hosoda, Koh (Osaka University)

Direct Teaching Method for Musculoskeletal Robots Driven by Pneumatic Artificial Muscles

Scheduled for presentation during the Interactive Session "Interactive Session WeC-3" (WeC310), Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 15:30−16:00, Ballroom D

2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 14-18, 2012, RiverCentre, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

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Keywords Hydraulic/Pneumatic Actuators, Biologically-Inspired Robots, Flexible Arms


This paper presents a direct teaching method for musculoskeletal robots driven by pneumatic artificial muscles( PAMs). In order to reproduce motions which are directly taught by a human, it is necessary to reproduce the lengths of PAMs because they geometrically determine the posture assumed by the robot. However, it is difficult to measure the lengths of PAMs because mounting length sensors is spaceconsuming. Additionally, estimating lengths is also difficult because it is required to know the intrinsic parameters of PAMs which are extremely difficult to measure for each muscle. In order to overcome the above problems, the proposed method calculates the desired internal pressures or the desired axial tensions of the PAMs under a specific constraint, which forces PAMís lengths in the reproducing phase to be similar to the lengths during the teaching phase. In this way, it is possible to reproduce the motion by controlling the internal pressures or the axial tensions instead of the lengths. The validity was confirmed through an experiment using a real musculoskeletal robot arm.



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