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3-D Command State-Based Modifiable Bipedal Walking on Uneven Terrain

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2 Author(s)
Young-Dae Hong ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Korea Adv. Inst. of Sci. & Technol. (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea ; Jong-Hwan Kim

Bipedal robots in previous research work were unable to independently modify the elements of a walking pattern on uneven terrain without any extra footstep for adjusting the center of mass (COM) motion. To solve this problem, this paper extends the modifiable walking pattern generator (MWPG). The MWPG can independently modify the elements of the walking pattern without any extra footstep on flat terrain only. The extended MWPG can be applied on uneven terrain. In the extended MWPG, a 3-D command state is defined to generate the walking pattern on uneven terrain. Instead of using the constant COM height, the vertical COM trajectory is generated to satisfy the foot height of the swing leg. Also, an additional trajectory, generated by the cubic spline interpolation, is supplied to the vertical foot trajectory of the MWPG. The proposed MWPG is implemented on the small-sized bipedal robot, HanSaRam-IX (HSR-IX) and the effectiveness of the proposed MWPG is demonstrated through the experiment.

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IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 2 )