An Accelerated Finite-Time Convergent Neural Network for Visual Servoing of a Flexible Surgical Endoscope with Physical and RCM Constraints
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摘要This article designs and analyzes a recurrent neural network (RNN) for the visual servoing of a flexible surgical endoscope. The flexible surgical endoscope is based on a commercially available UR5 robot with a flexible endoscope attached as an end-effector. Most of the existing visual servo control frameworks of the robotic endoscopes or robot arms have not considered either the physical limits of the robot or the remote center of motion (RCM) constraints (i.e., the fulcrum effect). To tackle this issue, this article first conducts the kinematic modeling of the flexible robotic endoscope to achieve automation by visual servo control. The kinematic modeling results in a quadratic programming (QP) framework with physical limits and RCM constraints involved, making the UR5 robot applicable to surgical field. To solve the QP problem and accomplish the visual task, an RNN activated by a sign-bi-power activation function (AF) is proposed. The motivation of using the sign-bi-power AF is to enable the RNN to exhibit an accelerated finite-time convergence, which is more preferred in time-critical applications. Theoretically, the finite-time convergence of the RNN is rigorously proved using the Lyapunov theory. Compared with the previous AFs applied to the RNN, theoretical analysis shows that the RNN activated by the sign-bi-power AF delivers an accelerated convergence speed. Comparative validations are performed, showing that the proposed finite-time convergent neural network is effective to achieve visual servoing of the flexible endoscope with physical limits and RCM constraints handled simultaneously.
著者Weibing Li, Philip W.Y. Chiu, Zheng Li
期刊名稱IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems

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