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Learning full body push recovery control for small humanoid robots

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4 Author(s)
Yi, Seung-Joon ; GRASP Lab., Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA ; Byoung-Tak Zhang ; Hong, Dennis ; Lee, D.D.

Dynamic bipedal walking is susceptible to external disturbances and surface irregularities, requiring robust feedback control to remain stable. In this work, we present a practical hierarchical push recovery strategy that can be readily implemented on a wide range of humanoid robots. Our method consists of low level controllers that perform simple, biomechanically motivated push recovery actions and a high level controller that combines the low level controllers according to proprioceptive and inertial sensory signals and the current robot state. Reinforcement learning is used to optimize the parameters of the controllers in order to maximize the stability of the robot over a broad range of external disturbances. The controllers are learned on a physical simulation and implemented on the Darwin-HP humanoid robot platform, and the resulting experiments demonstrate effective full body push recovery behaviors during dynamic walking.

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Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2011 IEEE International Conference on

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9-13 May 2011