A Bio-Inspired Control Strategy for Locomotion of a Quadruped Robot
AbstractIn order to effectively plan the robot gaits and foot workspace trajectory (WT) synchronously, a novel biologically inspired control strategy for the locomotion of a quadruped robot based on central pattern generator—neural network—workspace trajectory (CPG-NN-WT) is presented in this paper. Firstly, a foot WT is planned via the Denavit-Hartenberg (D-H) notation and the inverse kinematics, which has the advantages of low mechanical shock, smooth movement, and sleek trajectory. Then, an improved central pattern generator (CPG) based on Hopf oscillators is proposed in this paper for smooth gait planning. Finally, a neural network is designed and trained to convert the CPG output to the preplanned WT, which can make full use of the advantages of the CPG-based method in gait planning and the WT-based method in foot trajectory planning simultaneously. Furthermore, virtual prototype simulations and experiments with a real quadruped robot are presented to validate the effectiveness of the proposed control strategy. The results show that the gait of the quadruped robot can be controlled easily and effectively by the CPG with its internal parameters; meanwhile, the foot trajectory meets the preplanned WT well. View Full-Text
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Zeng, Y.; Li, J.; Yang, S.X.; Ren, E. A Bio-Inspired Control Strategy for Locomotion of a Quadruped Robot. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 56.
Zeng Y, Li J, Yang SX, Ren E. A Bio-Inspired Control Strategy for Locomotion of a Quadruped Robot. Applied Sciences. 2018; 8(1):56.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zeng, Yinquan; Li, Junmin; Yang, Simon X.; Ren, Erwei. 2018. "A Bio-Inspired Control Strategy for Locomotion of a Quadruped Robot." Appl. Sci. 8, no. 1: 56.
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