ICRA 2012 Paper Abstract


Paper TuC07.1

Turker, Korhan (McGill University), Sharf, Inna (McGill University), Trentini, Michael (Defence Research and Development Canada)

Step Negotiation with Wheel Traction: A Strategy for a Wheel-Legged Robot

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Session "Climbing Robots" (TuC07), Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 14:30−14:45, Meeting Room 7 (Remnicha)

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

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on November 14, 2018

Keywords Climbing Robots, Motion and Path Planning


This paper presents a quasi-static step climbing behavior for a minimal sensing wheel-legged quadruped robot called PAW. In the quasi-static climbing maneuver, the robot benefits from wheel traction and uses its legs to reconfigure itself with respect to the step during the climb. The control methodology with the corresponding controller parameters is determined and the state machine for the maneuver is developed. With this controller, PAW is able to climb steps higher than its body clearance. Furthermore, any step height up to this maximum achievable height can be negotiated autonomously with a single set of controller parameters, without knowledge of the step height or distance to the step.



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