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Active space control of underactuated robots: From adaptation to robustness to optimality

Azimi, Vahid and Farzan, Siavash and Ames, Aaron D. and Vela, Patricio A. and Hutchinson, Seth (2022) Active space control of underactuated robots: From adaptation to robustness to optimality. International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing . ISSN 0890-6327. doi:10.1002/acs.3470. (In Press)

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This article develops a controller for the active space control of underactuated robotic systems with the ability to adapt to unknown parameters, be robust to unmodeled dynamics and disturbances, and generate optimal control policies in a pointwise fashion. To achieve the set forth objectives, the model dynamics are first partitioned into active and passive spaces. As a remedy for nonlinear coupling between these spaces, the system's acceleration is estimated for use in the control algorithm. The modeling uncertainty associated with both unknown system parameters and unknown control map is then estimated by proposing a concurrent learning adaptive approach. An online quadratic program (QP) is synthesized utilizing an intelligent robust control Lyapunov function (IRCLF) constraint to ensure the system stability with minimal control effort while using the estimates of the unknown dynamics. The proposed IRCLF scheme automatically compensate for acceleration estimation errors, unmodeled dynamics, and disturbances without the knowledge of their bounds a priori. The uniform ultimate boundedness of all system signals is proven using the Lyapunov stability argument and Barbalat's lemma. The performance of the proposed QP-AIR-CLF control framework is validated on two different underactuated systems: a foot-leg model on a deformable ground, and an overhead crane system. Simulation results show the benefits of the proposed controller over the baseline QP-RCLF and an adaptive QP-RCLF in terms of the control optimality, tracking accuracy, dynamic estimation performance, and robustness to disturbances.

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Azimi, Vahid0000-0003-3390-6557
Farzan, Siavash0000-0001-6415-5560
Ames, Aaron D.0000-0003-0848-3177
Vela, Patricio A.0000-0002-6888-7002
Hutchinson, Seth0000-0002-3949-6061
Additional Information:© 2022 John Wiley & Sons. Version of Record online: 24 July 2022. Manuscript accepted: 06 July 2022. Manuscript revised: 01 May 2022. Manuscript received: 20 February 2022.
Subject Keywords:adaptive concurrent learning; quadratic program; robust control Lyapunov function; underactuated system
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Official Citation:Azimi, V, Farzan, S, Ames, AD, Vela, PA, Hutchinson, S. Active space control of underactuated robots: From adaptation to robustness to optimality. Int J Adapt Control Signal Process. 2022; 1- 25. doi:10.1002/acs.3470
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Deposited On:27 Jul 2022 21:58
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