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The Role of Measurement Uncertainty in Optimal Control for Contact Interactions


Conference Paper


Stochastic Optimal Control (SOC) typically considers noise only in the process model, i.e. unknown disturbances. However, in many robotic applications that involve interaction with the environment, such as locomotion and manipulation, uncertainty also comes from lack of pre- cise knowledge of the world, which is not an actual disturbance. We de- velop a computationally efficient SOC algorithm, based on risk-sensitive control, that takes into account uncertainty in the measurements. We include the dynamics of an observer in such a way that the control law explicitly depends on the current measurement uncertainty. We show that high measurement uncertainty leads to low impedance behaviors, a result in contrast with the effects of process noise variance that creates stiff behaviors. Simulation results on a simple 2D manipulator show that our controller can create better interaction with the environment under uncertain contact locations than traditional SOC approaches.

Book Title: Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics
Pages: 22
Year: 2016
Month: November

Department(s): Autonomous Motion
Bibtex Type: Conference Paper (conference)
Paper Type: Conference

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Links: arXiv


  title = {The Role of Measurement Uncertainty in Optimal Control for Contact Interactions},
  booktitle = {Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics},
  pages = {22},
  month = nov,
  year = {2016},
  month_numeric = {11}