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Preliminary Studies of a Second Generation Brachiation Robot Controller

Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, April 1997

Jun Nakanishi*, Toshio Fukuda*, and Daniel E. Koditschek
*:Department of Mechano-Informatics and Systems, Nagoya University
†:Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan
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       We report on our preliminary studies of a new controller for a two-link brachiating robot. Motivated by the pendulum-like motion of an ape’s brachiation, we encode this task as the output of a “target dynamical system”. Numerical simulations indicate that the resulting controller solves a number of brachiating problems that we term the “ladder”, “swing up” and “rope” problems. Preliminary analysis provides some explanation for this success. We discuss a number of formal questions whose answers will be required to gain a full understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of this approach.
BibTeX entry
  author       = "Jun Nakanishi and Toshio Fukuda and Daniel E. Koditschek",
  title        = "Preliminary Studies of a Second Generation Brachiation Robot Controller",
  booktitle    = "Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation",
  year         = "1997",
Copyright 1997 IEEE. Reprinted from Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation, 1997., Volume 3, pages 2050–2056.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, author Daniel Koditschek was affiliated with the University of Michigan. Currently, he is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

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