Mechanical systems often exhibit physical symmetries in their configuration variables, allowing for significant reduction of their mathematical complexity arising from characteristics such as underactuation and nonlinearity. In this paper, we exploit the geometric structure of such systems to explore the following motion planning problem: given a desired trajectory in the workspace, can we explicitly solve for the appropriate inputs to follow it? We appeal to results on differential flatness from the nonlinear control literature to develop a general motion planning formulation for systems with symmetries and constraints, which also applies to both fully constrained and unconstrained kinematic systems. We conclude by demonstrating the utility of our results on several canonical mechanical systems found in the locomotion literature.
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Motion Planning and Differential Flatness of Mechanical Systems on Principal Bundles
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Dear, T, Kelly, SD, Travers, M, & Choset, H. "Motion Planning and Differential Flatness of Mechanical Systems on Principal Bundles." Proceedings of the ASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference. Volume 3: Multiagent Network Systems; Natural Gas and Heat Exchangers; Path Planning and Motion Control; Powertrain Systems; Rehab Robotics; Robot Manipulators; Rollover Prevention (AVS); Sensors and Actuators; Time Delay Systems; Tracking Control Systems; Uncertain Systems and Robustness; Unmanned, Ground and Surface Robotics; Vehicle Dynamics Control; Vibration and Control of Smart Structures/Mech Systems; Vibration Issues in Mechanical Systems. Columbus, Ohio, USA. October 28–30, 2015. V003T40A002. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DSCC2015-9660
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