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A Convex Model of Momentum Dynamics for Multi-Contact Motion Generation

Ponton, B., Herzog, A., Schaal, S., Righetti, L.

In 2016 IEEE-RAS 16th International Conference on Humanoid Robots Humanoids, pages: 842-849, IEEE, Cancun, Mexico, 2016 (inproceedings)

Abstract
Linear models for control and motion generation of humanoid robots have received significant attention in the past years, not only due to their well known theoretical guarantees, but also because of practical computational advantages. However, to tackle more challenging tasks and scenarios such as locomotion on uneven terrain, a more expressive model is required. In this paper, we are interested in contact interaction-centered motion optimization based on the momentum dynamics model. This model is non-linear and non-convex; however, we find a relaxation of the problem that allows us to formulate it as a single convex quadratically-constrained quadratic program (QCQP) that can be very efficiently optimized and is useful for multi-contact planning. This convex model is then coupled to the optimization of end-effector contact locations using a mixed integer program, which can also be efficiently solved. This becomes relevant e.g. to recover from external pushes, where a predefined stepping plan is likely to fail and an online adaptation of the contact location is needed. The performance of our algorithm is demonstrated in several multi-contact scenarios for a humanoid robot.

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On the Effects of Measurement Uncertainty in Optimal Control of Contact Interactions

Ponton, B., Schaal, S., Righetti, L.

In The 12th International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics WAFR, Berkeley, USA, 2016 (inproceedings)

Abstract
Stochastic Optimal Control (SOC) typically considers noise only in the process model, i.e. unknown disturbances. However, in many robotic applications involving interaction with the environment, such as locomotion and manipulation, uncertainty also comes from lack of precise knowledge of the world, which is not an actual disturbance. We analyze the effects of also considering noise in the measurement model, by devel- oping a SOC algorithm based on risk-sensitive control, that includes the dynamics of an observer in such a way that the control law explicitly de- pends on the current measurement uncertainty. In simulation results on a simple 2D manipulator, we have observed that measurement uncertainty leads to low impedance behaviors, a result in contrast with the effects of process noise that creates stiff behaviors. This suggests that taking into account measurement uncertainty could be a potentially very interesting way to approach problems involving uncertain contact interactions.

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Inertial Sensor-Based Humanoid Joint State Estimation

Rotella, N., Mason, S., Schaal, S., Righetti, L.

In 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pages: 1825-1831, IEEE, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016 (inproceedings)

Abstract
This work presents methods for the determination of a humanoid robot's joint velocities and accelerations directly from link-mounted Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) each containing a three-axis gyroscope and a three-axis accelerometer. No information about the global pose of the floating base or its links is required and precise knowledge of the link IMU poses is not necessary due to presented calibration routines. Additionally, a filter is introduced to fuse gyroscope angular velocities with joint position measurements and compensate the computed joint velocities for time-varying gyroscope biases. The resulting joint velocities are subject to less noise and delay than filtered velocities computed from numerical differentiation of joint potentiometer signals, leading to superior performance in joint feedback control as demonstrated in experiments performed on a SARCOS hydraulic humanoid.

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Stepping Stabilization Using a Combination of DCM Tracking and Step Adjustment

Khadiv, M., Kleff, S., Herzog, A., Moosavian, S. A. A., Schaal, S., Righetti, L.

In 2016 4th International Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics (ICROM), pages: 130-135, IEEE, Teheran, Iran, 2016 (inproceedings)

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In this paper, a method for stabilizing biped robots stepping by a combination of Divergent Component of Motion (DCM) tracking and step adjustment is proposed. In this method, the DCM trajectory is generated, consistent with the predefined footprints. Furthermore, a swing foot trajectory modification strategy is proposed to adapt the landing point, using DCM measurement. In order to apply the generated trajectories to the full robot, a Hierarchical Inverse Dynamics (HID) is employed. The HID enables us to use different combinations of the DCM tracking and step adjustment for stabilizing different biped robots. Simulation experiments on two scenarios for two different simulated robots, one with active ankles and the other with passive ankles, are carried out. Simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method for robots with both active and passive ankles.

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Structured contact force optimization for kino-dynamic motion generation

Herzog, A., Schaal, S., Righetti, L.

In 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pages: 2703-2710, IEEE, Daejeon, South Korea, 2016 (inproceedings)

Abstract
Optimal control approaches in combination with trajectory optimization have recently proven to be a promising control strategy for legged robots. Computationally efficient and robust algorithms were derived using simplified models of the contact interaction between robot and environment such as the linear inverted pendulum model (LIPM). However, as humanoid robots enter more complex environments, less restrictive models become increasingly important. As we leave the regime of linear models, we need to build dedicated solvers that can compute interaction forces together with consistent kinematic plans for the whole-body. In this paper, we address the problem of planning robot motion and interaction forces for legged robots given predefined contact surfaces. The motion generation process is decomposed into two alternating parts computing force and motion plans in coherence. We focus on the properties of the momentum computation leading to sparse optimal control formulations to be exploited by a dedicated solver. In our experiments, we demonstrate that our motion generation algorithm computes consistent contact forces and joint trajectories for our humanoid robot. We also demonstrate the favorable time complexity due to our formulation and composition of the momentum equations.

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Balancing and Walking Using Full Dynamics LQR Control With Contact Constraints

Mason, S., Rotella, N., Schaal, S., Righetti, L.

In 2016 IEEE-RAS 16th International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), pages: 63-68, IEEE, Cancun, Mexico, 2016 (inproceedings)

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Torque control algorithms which consider robot dynamics and contact constraints are important for creating dynamic behaviors for humanoids. As computational power increases, algorithms tend to also increase in complexity. However, it is not clear how much complexity is really required to create controllers which exhibit good performance. In this paper, we study the capabilities of a simple approach based on contact consistent LQR controllers designed around key poses to control various tasks on a humanoid robot. We present extensive experimental results on a hydraulic, torque controlled humanoid performing balancing and stepping tasks. This feedback control approach captures the necessary synergies between the DoFs of the robot to guarantee good control performance. We show that for the considered tasks, it is only necessary to re-linearize the dynamics of the robot at different contact configurations and that increasing the number of LQR controllers along desired trajectories does not improve performance. Our result suggest that very simple controllers can yield good performance competitive with current state of the art, but more complex, optimization-based whole-body controllers. A video of the experiments can be found at https://youtu.be/5T08CNKV1hw.

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Step Timing Adjustement: a Step toward Generating Robust Gaits

Khadiv, M., Herzog, A., Moosavian, S. A. A., Righetti, L.

In 2016 IEEE-RAS 16th International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), pages: 35-42, IEEE, Cancun, Mexico, 2016 (inproceedings)

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Step adjustment for humanoid robots has been shown to improve robustness in gaits. However, step duration adaptation is often neglected in control strategies. In this paper, we propose an approach that combines both step location and timing adjustment for generating robust gaits. In this approach, step location and step timing are decided, based on feedback from the current state of the robot. The proposed approach is comprised of two stages. In the first stage, the nominal step location and step duration for the next step or a previewed number of steps are specified. In this stage which is done at the start of each step, the main goal is to specify the best step length and step duration for a desired walking speed. The second stage deals with finding the best landing point and landing time of the swing foot at each control cycle. In this stage, stability of the gaits is preserved by specifying a desired offset between the swing foot landing point and the Divergent Component of Motion (DCM) at the end of current step. After specifying the landing point of the swing foot at a desired time, the swing foot trajectory is regenerated at each control cycle to realize desired landing properties. Simulation on different scenarios shows the robustness of the generated gaits from our proposed approach compared to the case where no timing adjustment is employed.

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2005


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Magnetization reversal behavior of nanogranular CoCrPt alloy thin films studied with magnetic transmission X-ray microscopy

Fischer, P., Im, M., Eimüller, T., Schütz, G., Shin, S.

In 286, pages: 311-314, Boulder, CO, USA, 2005 (inproceedings)

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A dynamical systems approach to learning: a frequency-adaptive hopper robot

Buchli, J., Righetti, L., Ijspeert, A.

In Proceedings of the VIIIth European Conference on Artificial Life ECAL 2005, pages: 210-220, Springer Verlag, 2005 (inproceedings)

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From Dynamic Hebbian Learning for Oscillators to Adaptive Central Pattern Generators

Righetti, L., Buchli, J., Ijspeert, A.

In Proceedings of 3rd International Symposium on Adaptive Motion in Animals and Machines – AMAM 2005, Verlag ISLE, Ilmenau, 2005 (inproceedings)

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Defects distribution of Pr2Fe14B hard magnetic magnet from amorphous to nanostructures characterized by positron annihilation spectroscopy

Wu, Y. C., Sprengel, W., Reimann, K., Reichle, K. J., Goll, D., Würschum, R., Schaefer, H. E.

In PRICM 5. Proceedings of the Fifth Pacific RIM International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing, 475-479, pages: 2123-2126, Materials Science Forum, Trans Tech, Beijing, China, 2005 (inproceedings)

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Implementing sub-ns time resolution into magnetic X-ray microscopies

Puzic, A., Stoll, H., Fischer, P., Van Waeyenberge, B., Raabe, J., Denbeaux, G., Haug, T., Weiss, D., Schütz, G.

In T115, pages: 1029-1031, Malmö/Lund, Sweden, 2005 (inproceedings)

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2002


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Pressure Isotherms of Hydrogen Adsorption in Carbon Nanostructures

Chen, X., Dettlaff-Weglikowska, U., Haluska, M., Hulman, M., Roth, S., Hirscher, M., Becher, M.

In Making Functional Materials with Nanotubes, pages: Z9.11.1-Z9.11.6, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, MRS, Boston [Mass.], 2002 (inproceedings)

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Hydrogen Storage in Carbon SWNTs: Atomic or Molecular?

Haluska, M., Hirscher, M., Becher, M., Dettlaff-Weglikowska, U., Chen, X., Roth, S.

In Structural and Electronic Properties of Molecular Nanostructures, pages: 601-605, AIP Conference Proceedings, AIP, Kirchberg, Tirol [Austria], 2002 (inproceedings)

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Hydrogen Storage in Nanostructured Carbon Materials at Room Temperature

Chen, X., Dettlaff-Weglikowska, U., Haluska, M., Hirscher, M., Becher, M., Roth, S.

In Structural and Electronic Properties of Molecular Nanostructures, pages: 597-600, AIP Conference Proceedings, AIP, Kirchberg, Tirol [Austria], 2002 (inproceedings)

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Micromagnetism and the microstructure of the cell walls in Sm2Co17 based permanent magnets

Goll, D., Hadjipanayis, G. C., Kronmüller, H.

In Proceedings of the 17th International Workshop on Rare-Earth Magnets and their Applications, pages: 696-703, Rinton Press, Newark, Delaware, USA, 2002 (inproceedings)

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Ab-initio study of the influence of epitaxial strain on magnetoelastic properties

Komelj, M., Fähnle, M.

In Atomistic Aspects of Epitaxial Growth, pages: 439-447, NATO Science series: Series 2, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dassia, Corfu [Greece], 2002 (inproceedings)

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Computational micromagnetism of magnetic structures and magnetization processes in thin plantelets and small particles

Kronmüller, H., Hertel, R.

In Magnetic Storage Sstems Beyond 2000, 41, pages: 345-362, Nato Science Series II: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Rhodos, Greece, 2001 (inproceedings)

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Hydrogen storage in mechanically treated single wall carbon nanotrubes

Haluska, M., Hulman, M., Hirscher, M., Becher, M., Roth, S., Stepanek, I., Bernier, P.

In Electronic Properties of Molecular Nanostructures: XV International Winterschool/Euroconference, 591, pages: 603-608, American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings, AIP, Kirchberg [Austria], 2001 (inproceedings)

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Isotopic mass and lattice constant of Si and Ge: X-Ray standing wave measurements

Zegenhagen, J., Kazimirov, A., Cao, L. X., Konuma, M., Sozontov, E., Plachke, D., Carstanjen, H. D., Bilger, G., Haller, E., Kohn, V., Cardona, M.

In Proceedings of the 25th Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors, 87, pages: 125-127, Springer proceedings in physics, Springer, Osaka, Japan, 2001 (inproceedings)

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Positron Annihilation Studies on Stable and Undercooled Metal Melts at the Stuttgart Pelletron

Stoll, H., Siegle, A., Major, J.

In Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry, 576, pages: 749-752, AIP Conference Proceedings, Denton, Texas, USA, 2001 (inproceedings)

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Submicrometer spatially resolved measurements of mechanical properties and correlation to microstructure and composition

Kunert, M., Baretzky, B., Baker, S. P., Mittemeijer, E. J.

In Fundamentals of Nanoindentation and Nanotribology II, 649, pages: Q3.2.1-Q3.2.6, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, MRS, Boston, MA, USA, 2001 (inproceedings)

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The six-jump diffusion cycles in B2-compounds

Drautz, R., Meyer, B., Fähnle, M.

In Proceedings of DIMAT 2000, the Fifth International Conference on Diffusion in Materials, pages: 417-422, Defect and Diffusion Forum, Scitec Publications Ltd., Paris, France, 2001 (inproceedings)

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Ionic nitriding of austenitic and ferritic steel with the aid of a high aperture hall current accelerator

Straumal, B. B., Vershinin, N. F., Friesel, M., Ishenko, S. A., Gust, W.

In Diffusion in Materials DIMAT2000, 194, pages: 1457-1462, Defect and Diffusion Forum, Trans Tech, Paris, France, 2001 (inproceedings)

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First proof of slow trapping of positronium in polymers by an Age-Momentum-Correlation (AMOC) experiment

Dauwe, C., Balcaen, N., van Waeyenberge, B., van Petegem, S., Stoll, H.

In Positron Annihilation. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Positron Annihilation, 363/365, pages: 254-256, Materials Science Forum, Trans Tech Publications Ltd., München, 2001 (inproceedings)

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Positron-age-momentum correlation

Stoll, H., Bandzuch, P., Siegle, A.

In Positron Annihilation: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Positron Annihilation, 363-365, pages: 547-551, Materials Science Forum, Trans Tech Publications Ltd., München, 2001 (inproceedings)

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Nanocrystalline and nanostructured high-performance permanent magnets

Goll, D., Hadjipanayis, G. C., Kronmüller, H.

In Applications of Ferromagnetic and Optical Materials, Storage and Magnetoelectronics, 674, pages: U2.4.1-U2.4.12, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, MRS, San Francisco, Calif., 2001 (inproceedings)

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Ion beam analysis with monolayer depth resolution using the electrostatic spectrometer at the MPI Stuttgart

Plachke, D., Blohm, G., Fischer, T., Khellaf, A., Kruse, O., Stoll, H., Carstanjen, H. D.

In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Applications of Accelerators in Research and Industry, 576, pages: 458-462, American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings, AIP, Denton, Texas, 2001 (inproceedings)

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From the electronic structure to the macroscopiy behavior: A multi-scale analysis of plasticity in intermetallic compounds

Fähnle, M., Kohlhammer, S., Bester, G.

In Influences of Interface and Dislocation Behavior on Microstructure Evolution, 652, pages: Y4.5.1.-Y4.5.12, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, MRS, Boston, Mass., USA, 2001 (inproceedings)

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Influence of the microstructure on the magnetic properties of giant-magnetostrictive TbDyFe films

Hirscher, M., Winzek, B., Fischer, S. F., Kronmüller, H.

In Smart Materials. Proceedings of the 1st Caesarium, pages: 23-37, Springer, Bonn, 2001 (inproceedings)

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Materials analysis with monolayer depth resolution using MeV ion beams

Carstanjen, H. D.

In 117, Las Vegas, USA, 2001 (inproceedings)

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Flux-line pinning in low-angle grain boundaries.

Albrecht, J., Leonhardt, S., Kronmüller, H.

In Proceedings 10th International Workshop on Critical Currents (IWCC 2001), pages: 41-43, Göttingen, Germany, 2001 (inproceedings)

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Measurement of the low-temperature self-diffusivity of lithium by elastic recoil detection analysis

Wieland, O., Carstanjen, H. D.

In Proceedings of DIMAT 2000, the Fifth International Conference on Diffusion in Materials, 194/199, pages: 35-41, Defect and Diffusion Forum, Scitec Publications Ltd., Paris, France, 2001 (inproceedings)

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From the electronic structure to the macroscopic behaviour: a multi-scale analysis of plasticity in intermetallic compounds

Fähnle, M., Kohlhammer, S., Bester, G.

In Influences of Interface and Dislocation Behavior on Microstructure Evolution, 652, pages: Y.4.5.1-Y.4.5.12, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, MRS, Boston, Mass., 2001 (inproceedings)

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Enhancement of the critical current density of YBa2Cu3O7-8-films by substracte irradiation

Leonhardt, S., Albrecht, J., Warthmann, R., Kronmüller, H.

In High-Tc Superconductors and Related Applications: Materials Science, Fundamental Properties, and Some Future Electronic Applications. Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute, 86, pages: 529-534, NATO Science Series 3. High Technology, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Albena, Bulgaria, 2001 (inproceedings)

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AMOC studies of positronium in fine MgO powder

van Waeyenberge, B., Dauwe, C., Stoll, H.

In Positron Annihilation. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Positron Annihilation, 363/365, pages: 401-403, Materials Science Forum, Trans Tech Publications Ltd., München, 2001 (inproceedings)

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Atomic defects and electronic structure of B2-FeAl, CoAl and NiAl

Fähnle, M., Meyer, B., Bester, G., Majer, J., Börnsen, N.

In Proceedings of DIMAT 2000, the Fifth International Conference on Diffusion in Materials, 194/199, pages: 279-285, Defect and Diffusion Forum, Scitec Publications Ltd., Paris, France, 2001 (inproceedings)

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