Advanced Robot Control with Multisensor Integration


ROCOMI - EC-LA002

Keywords: robotics, robot control multisensors, force feedback control, adaptive control, autonomous mobile robots


Start Date: 1 January 93 / Status: finished / Duration: 24 months

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Objectivies and Approach

ROCOMI focuses on the integration of data provided by different sensors to design an advanced robot control system. The objective is to use this multisensor integration to control the motion of a robot in an unstructured environment. The robot control system has been evaluated through experimentation. The following work items have been addressed: acquisition and processing of the different signal provided by the sensors, including video and force signals; design of control algorithms; control for direct drive robots; adaptation in unstructured environments.

European links: ESPRIT HEPHAESTOS (5369/6042) and MARTHA (6668), BRITE/EURAM CRAFT CR 1651 (PALAIOMATION), CRAFT CR 1156 TRACMINER and BRITE/EURAM 7229 (ROWER), and EUREKA EU 969 (I-ARES).

Progress and Results

After a complete review of the literature about force feedback control of robots was realised, some of the well-known schemes were implemented using a proper system simulator, and a comparative evaluation has been performed using several robot configurations. This investigation has been followed by the design of decentralised adaptive control systems for robots, which involved an analysis of design methods for decoupling the control signal for each joint.

One of the aims of the project was also to investigate the possibility of replacing dc motors by ac motors for driving robot joints. Several prototypes have been developed and tested, showing the feasibility of this approach. Work has been conducted towards force feedback control using ac motors with an innovative current measurement system.

Project activities were also oriented toward the design of decisional architecture for motion planning and control of an autonomous mobile robot equipped with a multisensor system in order to perform interpretation, planning and execution of control activities. This architecture is actually used and considered as an adequate integration framework for the different achieved results, and especially for taking into account uncertainties in the word model (as proved by the sensors).

Information Dissemination Activities and/or Exploitation

The project has been involved in two international events : ECLA'93 and ECLA'94, and was the organiser of the latter event in Madrid in December 1994. The ROCOMI teams have published about 15 papers in international journals and conferences.


Coordinator

Instituto de Automatica Industrial
Unidad Estructural de Investigación de
Análisis y Sintesis de Sistemas
Carretera N-III. Desvio Km. 22800
28500 MADRID, E

EU Partners

Instituto de Automatica Industrial - CSIS, E
LAAS-CNRS, F

Non-EU Partners

Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, AR
Universidad Nacional de San Juan, AR
Centro de Ingenieria Eléctrica y Sistemas, VE

CONTACT POINT

Mr. Manuel Armada Rodriguez
Tel: +34 1 871 19 00
Fax: +34 1 871 70 50
E-mail: armada@iai.es


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ROCOMI - EC-LA002, May 1997


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