Modeling and Control of a Hybrid Wheeled Jumping Robot

Recommended citation: Traiko Dinev, Songyan Xin, Wolfgang Merkt, Vladimir Ivan, and Sethu Vijayakumar. Modeling and Control of a Hybrid Wheeled Jumping Robot. Proc. IEEE International Conf. on Intelligent Robots (IROS), 2020.

In this paper, we study a wheeled robot with a prismatic extension joint. This allows the robot to build up momentum to perform jumps over obstacles and to swing up to the upright position after the loss of balance. We propose a template model for the class of such two-wheeled jumping robots. This model can be considered as the simplest wheeled-legged system. We provide an analytical derivation of the system dynamics which we use inside a model predictive controller (MPC). We study the behavior of the model and demonstrate highly dynamic motions such as swing-up and jumping. Furthermore, these motions are discovered through optimization from first principles. We evaluate the controller on a variety of tasks and uneven terrains in a simulator.

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