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ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics

  • Dynamics of Mobile Manipulators Using Dual Quaternion Algebra
    on September 14, 2022 at 12:00 am

    AbstractThis article presents two approaches to obtain the dynamical equations of mobile manipulators using dual quaternion algebra. The first one is based on a general recursive Newton–Euler formulation and uses twists and wrenches, which are propagated through high-level algebraic operations and works for any type of joints and arbitrary parameterizations. The second approach is based on Gauss’s Principle of Least Constraint (GPLC) and includes arbitrary equality constraints. In addition to showing the connections of GPLC with Gibbs–Appell and Kane’s equations, we use it to model a nonholonomic mobile manipulator. Our current formulations are more general than their counterparts in the state of the art, although GPLC is more computationally expensive, and simulation results show that they are as accurate as the classic recursive Newton–Euler algorithm.

Human-Like Posture Correction for Seven-Degree-of-Freedom Robotic Arm


Owing to advancements in robotics, researchers have been focusing on integrating humanoid robots into actual environments. Most humanoid robots are equipped with seven-degree-of-freedom (DoF) arms that allow them to be flexible in different scenarios. The controller of a 7-DoF robotic arm must select one solution among the infinite sets of solutions for a given inverse kinematics problem. To date, no suitable approach has been developed for identifying appropriate human-like postures for a robotic arm with an offset wrist configuration. In this paper, we propose a novel algorithm that considers the movement of the human arm to consistently find a suitable human-like posture. First, a one-class support vector machine model is employed to classify human-like postures. Then, the algorithm uses the redundancy characteristic of a 7-DoF robotic arm with a linear regression model to enhance the search of human-like postures. Finally, the proposed algorithm is demonstrated in the simulation.

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