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Mobile Robot Locomotion Prof. Jizhong Xiao Department of Electrical Engineering City College of New York Capstone Design -- Robotics.

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1 Mobile Robot Locomotion Prof. Jizhong Xiao Department of Electrical Engineering City College of New York Capstone Design -- Robotics

2 Contents Introduction What is a robot? Types of robot Classification of wheels Fixed wheel Centered orientable wheel Off-centered orientable wheel Swedish wheel Mobile Robot Locomotion Differential Drive Tricycle Synchronous Drive Omni-directional Ackerman Steering Kinematics models of WMR Summary

3 What is a robot? Theres no precise definition, but by general agreement, Robots machines with sensing, intelligence and mobility. To be qualified as a robot, a machine has to be able to: 1) Sensing and perception: get information from its surroundings 2) Carry out different tasks: Locomotion or manipulation, do something physical–such as move or manipulate objects 3) Re-programmable: can do different things 4) Function autonomously and interact with human beings

4 Types of Robots Robot Manipulators Mobile Manipulators

5 Types of Robots Wheeled mobile robots Legged robots Aerial robots Underwater robots Humanoid robots

6 Wheeled Mobile Robots (WMR)

7 Wheeled Mobile Robots Combination of various physical (hardware) and computational (software) components A collection of subsystems: Locomotion: how the robot moves through its environment Sensing: how the robot measures properties of itself and its environment Control: how the robot generate physical actions Reasoning: how the robot maps measurements into actions Communication: how the robots communicate with each other or with an outside operator

8 Mobile Robot Locomotion Locomotion the process of causing an robot to move. In order to produce motion, forces must be applied to the robot Motor output, payload Dynamics – study of motion in which these forces are modeled Deals with the relationship between force and motions. Kinematics – study of the mathematics of motion without considering the forces that affect the motion. Deals with the geometric relationships that govern the system Deals with the relationship between control parameters and the behavior of a system.

9 Notation Posture: position(x, y) and orientation

10 Non-holonomic constraint So what does that mean? Your robot can move in some directions (forwards and backwards), but not others (side to side). The robot can instantly move forward and back, but can not move to the right or left without the wheels slipping. Parallel parking, Series of maneuvers

11 Idealized Rolling Wheel Assumptions: No slip occurs in the orthogonal direction of rolling (non-slipping). No translation slip occurs between the wheel and the floor (pure rolling). At most one steering link per wheel with the steering axis perpendicular to the floor. Wheel parameters: r = wheel radius v = wheel linear velocity w = wheel angular velocity t = steering velocity Non-slipping and pure rolling Lateral slip

12 Wheel Types Fixed wheelCentered orientable wheel Off-centered orientable wheel (Castor wheel) Swedish wheel: omnidirectional property

13 Smooth motion Risk of slipping Some times use roller-ball to make balance Bi-wheel type robot Omnidirectional robot Caterpillar type robot Exact straight motion Robust to slipping Inexact modeling of turning Free motion Complex structure Weakness of the frame Example Examples of WMR

14 Mobile Robot Locomotion Instantaneous center of rotation (ICR) or Instantaneous center of curvature (ICC) A cross point of all axes of the wheels

15 Mobile Robot Locomotion Differential Drive two driving wheels (plus roller-ball for balance) simplest drive mechanism sensitive to the relative velocity of the two wheels (small error result in different trajectories, not just speed) Tricycle Steering wheel with two rear wheels cannot turn 90º limited radius of curvature Synchronous Drive Omni-directional Car Drive (Ackerman Steering)

16 Posture of the robot v : Linear velocity of the robot w : Angular velocity of the robot (notice: not for each wheel) (x,y) : Position of the robot : Orientation of the robot Control input Differential Drive

17 Differential Drive – linear velocity of right wheel – linear velocity of left wheel r – nominal radius of each wheel R – instantaneous curvature radius of the robot trajectory (distance from ICC to the midpoint between the two wheels). Property: At each time instant, the left and right wheels must follow a trajectory that moves around the ICC at the same angular rate, i.e.,

18 Nonholonomic constraint Kinematic equation H : A unit vector orthogonal to the plane of wheels Relation between the control input and speed of wheels Differential Drive Posture Kinematics Model (in world frame)

19 Basic Motion Control Instantaneous center of rotation Straight motion R = Infinity V R = V L Rotational motion R = 0 V R = -V L R : Radius of rotation

20 Tricycle Three wheels: two rear wheels and one front wheel Steering and power are provided through the front wheel control variables: steering direction α(t) angular velocity of steering wheel w s (t) The ICC must lie on the line that passes through, and is perpendicular to, the fixed rear wheels

21 Tricycle If the steering wheel is set to an angle α(t) from the straight-line direction, the tricycle will rotate with angular velocity w(t) about a point lying a distance R along the line perpendicular to and passing through the rear wheels.

22 Tricycle Kinematics model in the robot frame ---configuration kinematics model With no slippage

23 Tricycle

24 Kinematics model in the world frame ---Posture kinematics model

25 Synchronous Drive In a synchronous drive robot, each wheel is capable of being driven and steered. Typical configurations Three steered wheels arranged as vertices of an equilateral triangle often surmounted by a cylindrical platform All the wheels turn and drive in unison This leads to a holonomic behavior

26 Synchronous Drive

27 All the wheels turn in unison All of the three wheels point in the same direction and turn at the same rate This is typically achieved through the use of a complex collection of belts that physically link the wheels together The vehicle controls the direction in which the wheels point and the rate at which they roll Because all the wheels remain parallel the synchro drive always rotate about the center of the robot The synchro drive robot has the ability to control the orientation θ of their pose directly.

28 Synchronous Drive Control variables (independent) v(t), w(t)

29 Synchronous Drive Particular cases: v(t)=0, w(t)=w during a time interval t, The robot rotates in place by an amount w t. v(t)=v, w(t)=0 during a time interval t, the robot moves in the direction its pointing a distance v t.

30 Omni-directional Swedish Wheel

31 Car Drive (Ackerman Steering) Used in motor vehicles, the inside front wheel is rotated slightly sharper than the outside wheel (reduces tire slippage). Ackerman steering provides a fairly accurate dead-reckoning solution while supporting traction and ground clearance. Generally the method of choice for outdoor autonomous vehicles.

32 Ackerman Steering

33 The Ackerman Steering equation: cot i - cot o =d/l where d = lateral wheel separation l = longitudinal wheel separation i = relative angle of inside wheel o = relative angle of outside wheel

34 Ackerman Steering

35 Summary What is a robot? Types of robots Classification of wheels Mobile robot locomotion 5 types Kinematics model of WMR

36 Assignment Background study Market? Similar products? Technical issues?

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