A Probabilistic Model-based Online Learning Optimal Control Algorithm for Soft Pneumatic Actuators
Publication in refereed journal


摘要Soft robots are increasingly being employed in different fields and various designs are created to satisfy relevant requirements. The wide ranges of design bring challenges to soft robotic control in that a unified control framework is difficult to derive. Traditional model-driven approaches for soft robots are usually design-specific which highly depend on specific design structures. Our approach to such challenges involves a probabilistic model that learns a mapping from the soft actuator states and controls to the next states. Then an optimal control policy is derived by minimizing a cost function based on the probabilistic model. We demonstrate the efficiency of our approach through simulations with parameter analysis and real-robot experiments involving three different designs of soft pneumatic actuators. Comparisons with previous model-based controllers are also provided to show advantages of the proposed method. Overall, this work provides a promising design-independent control approach for the soft robotics community.
著者Zhi Qiang Tang, Ho Lam Heung, Kai Yu Tong, Zheng Li
期刊名稱IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
頁次1437 - 1444
關鍵詞Probabilistic logic, Optimal control, Soft robotics, Gaussian processes, Cost function, Pneumatic actuators

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