Terrain-adaptive bipedal locomotion control

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Terrain-adaptive bipedal locomotion control
We describe a framework for the automatic synthesis of biped locomotion controllers that adapt to uneven terrain at run-time. The framework consists of two components: a per-footstep end-effector path planner and a per-timestep generalized-force solver. At the start of each footstep, the planner performs short-term planning in the space of end-effector trajectories. These trajectories adapt to the interactive task goals and the features of the surrounding uneven terrain at run-time. We solve for the parameters of the planner for different tasks in offline optimizations. Using the per-footstep plan, the generalized-force solver takes ground contacts into consideration and solves a quadratic program at each simulation timestep to obtain joint torques that drive the biped. We demonstrate the capabilities of the controllers in complex navigation tasks where they perform gradual or sharp turns and transition between moving forwards, backwards, and sideways on uneven terrain (including hur...
Jia-chi Wu, Zoran Popovic
Added 28 Jul 2010
Updated 29 Jul 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Authors Jia-chi Wu, Zoran Popovic
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