Agile and Adaptive Hopping Height Control for a Pneumatic Robot

Matthew Hale, Jonathan Du Bois, Pejman Iravani

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This paper presents a controller for the vertical height of a hopping robot. The ability to accurately change the hop height every step will contribute toward the traversal of discontinuous terrain with limited safe footholds, with application to bipedal or quadrupedal running. A key feature of the approach presented is the use of information from previous hops/steps to inform the control of the current step. As well as avoiding modelling errors, this allows the robot to make on-line adjustments in response to changes in system parameters or the environment. The algorithm is simple enough to be easily implemented on a low power hardware, not requiring computationally demanding optimisation or numerical simulation. The effectiveness of this approach has been demonstrated for constrained vertical hopping in simulation and on a pneumatically actuated hopper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
ISBN (Electronic)9781538630815
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2018

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
ISSN (Electronic)2577-087X


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