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Different-Level Redundancy-Resolution and Its Equivalent Relationship Analysis for Robot Manipulators Using Gradient-Descent and Zhang 's Neural-Dynamic Methods

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2 Author(s)
Binghuang Cai ; School of Information Science and Technology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou , China ; Yunong Zhang

To solve the inverse kinematic problem of redundant robot manipulators, two redundancy-resolution schemes are investigated: one is resolved at joint-velocity level, and the other is resolved at joint-acceleration level. Both schemes are reformulated as a quadratic programming (QP) problem. Two recurrent neural networks (RNNs) are then developed for the online solution of the resultant QP problem. The first RNN solver is based on the gradient-descent method and is termed as gradient neural network (GNN). The other solver is based on Zhang 's neural-dynamic method and is termed as Zhang neural network (ZNN). The computer simulations performed on a three-link planar robot arm and the PUMA560 manipulator demonstrate the efficacy of the two redundancy-resolution schemes and two RNN QP-solvers presented, as well as the superiority of the ZNN QP-solver compared to the GNN one. More importantly, the simulation results show that the solutions of the two presented schemes fit well with each other, i.e., the two different-level redundancy-resolution schemes could be equivalent in some sense. The theoretical analysis based on the gradient-descent method and Zhang 's neural-dynamic method further substantiates the new finding about the different-level redundancy-resolution equivalence.

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IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics  (Volume:59 ,  Issue: 8 )