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Visual Servoing for Nonholonomically Constrained Three Degree of Freedom Kinematic Systems

International Journal of Robotics Research

Lopes, G.A.D.* and Koditschek, D.E.†
*University of Michigan
†University of Pennsylvania

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This paper addresses problems of robot navigation with nonholonomic motion constraints and perceptual cues arising from onboard visual servoing in partially engineered environments. A general hybrid procedure is proposed that adapts to the constrained motion setting the standard feedback controller arising from a navigation function in the fully actuated case. This is accomplished by switching back and forth between moving “down” and “across” the associated gradient field toward the stable manifold it induces in the constrained dynamics. Guaranteed to avoid obstacles in all cases, conditions are provided under which the new procedure brings initial configurations to within an arbitrarily small neighborhood of the goal. Simulation results are given for a sample of visual servoing problems with a few different perceptual models. The empirical effectiveness of the proposed algorithm is documented by reporting results of its application to outdoor autonomous visual registration experiments with the robot RHex guided by engineered beacons.
BibTeX entry
 author = {Lopes, Gabriel A. D. and Koditschek, Daniel E.},
 title = {Visual Servoing for Nonholonomically Constrained Three Degree of Freedom Kinematic Systems},
 journal = {Int. J. Rob. Res.},
 volume = {26},
 issue = {7},
 month = {July},
 year = {2007},
 issn = {0278-3649},
 pages = {715--736},
 numpages = {22},
 url = {http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1270220.1270221},
 doi = {10.1177/0278364907080737},
 acmid = {1270221},
 publisher = {Sage Publications, Inc.},
 address = {Thousand Oaks, CA, USA},
 keywords = {Visual servoing, level sets, navigation, nonholonomic, robotics},

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