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Gaits and Gait Transitions for Legged Robots

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 2006

G. C. Haynes*, A. A. Rizzi*
*:The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

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This paper introduces the concept of gait transitions, acyclic feedforward motion patterns that allow a robot to switch from one gait to another. Legged robots often utilize collections of gait patterns to locomote over a variety of surfaces. Each feedforward gait is generally tuned for a specific surface and set of operating conditions. To enable locomotion across a changing surface, a robot must be able to stably change between gaits while continuing to locomote. By understanding the fundamentals of gaits, we present methods to correctly transition between differing gaits. On two separate robotic platforms, we show how the application of gait transitions enhances each robot’s behavioral suite. Using the RHex robotic hexapod, gait transitions are used to smoothly switch from a tripod walking gait to a metachronal wave gait used to climb stairs. We also introduce the RiSE platform, a hexapod robot capable of vertical climbing, and discuss how gait transitions play an important role in achieving vertical mobility.
BibTeX entry
  author       = {G. Clark Haynes and Alfred A. Rizzi},
  title        = {Gaits and Gait Transitions for Legged Robots},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference On
                  Robotics and Automation},
  year         = {2006},
  address      = {Orlando, FL, USA},
  month        = {May},
  pages        = {1117-22}
Related Sites
RiSE V2 - robot platform used in this paper
Research RHex - robot platform used for this paper
ICRA 2006 - conference website
Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute - this work was perform during my graduate schooling.

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