Integrated optimal design and control of variable stiffness actuated robots

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This paper proposes a method to determine the optimal value of design parameters in robots driven by variable-stiffness actuators. The method consists of setting up a nonlinear optimization problem, the solution of which determines the optimal control sequence, and, at the same time, the optimal values of the parameters. As a case study, we analyze a ball-throwing problem for a two-link elbow manipulator actuated by antagonistic quadratic springs, and show results for different configurations. Even if similar methods have already been proposed, mainly in process control, this approach is novel when applied to robots, and could lead to an overall improvement of their design, exploiting numerical optimization tools, which, in the last years, have become faster and more reliable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 European Control Conference, ECC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783952426937
Publication statusPublished - Nov 16 2015
EventEuropean Control Conference, ECC 2015 - Linz, Austria
Duration: Jul 15 2015Jul 17 2015


OtherEuropean Control Conference, ECC 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering

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