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Maufroy, Christophe (FSU Jena), Kimura, Hiroshi (Kyoto Institute of Technology), Nishikawa, Tomohiro (Takemoto Denki Co.)

Stable Dynamic Walking of a Quadruped "Kotetsu" Using Phase Modulations Based on Leg Loading/Unloading against a Lateral Perturbation

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Session "Multi-Legged Robots" (WeA02), Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 08:30−08:45, Meeting Room 2 (Chief Red Wing)

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

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Keywords Multi-legged Robots, Biologically-Inspired Robots, Neurorobotics

Abstract

We intend to show the basis of a general legged locomotion controller with the ability to integrate both posture and rhythmic motion controls. We respectively used leg loading and unloading for the phase transitions from swingto- stance and stance-to-swing, and showed the following in our previous 3D model simulation study: (a) as a result of the phase modulations based on leg loading/unloading, rhythmic motion of each leg was achieved and leg coordination (resulting in a gait) emerged, even without explicit coordination among the leg controllers, allowing to realize dynamic walking in the low- to medium-speed range (b) but an additional ascending coordination mechanism between ipsilateral leg controllers was necessary to improve the stability. In this paper, we report on experimental results using “Kotetsu” under a lateral perturbation while walking and compare them with the results of our previous simulations.

 

 

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