Neural network approach to acquiring free-gait motion of quadruped robots in obstacle avoidance

Tomohiro Yamaguchi, Keigo Watanabe, Kiyotaka Izumi

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In obstacle avoidance by a legged mobile robot, it is not necessary to avoid all of the obstacles by turning only, because it can climb or stride over some of them, depending on the obstacle configuration and the state of the robot, unlike a wheel-type or a crawler-type robot. It is thought that mobility efficiency to a destination is improved by crawling over or striding over obstacles. Moreover, if robots have many legs, like 4-legged or 6-legged types, then the robot's movement range is affected by the order of the swing leg. In this article a neural network (NN) is used to determine the action of a quadruped robot in an obstacle-avoiding situation by using information about the destination, the obstacle configuration, and the robot's self-state. To acquire a free gait in static walking, the order of the swing leg is realized using an alternative NN whose inputs are the amount of movement and the robot's self-state. The design parameters of the former NN are adjusted by a genetic algorithm (GA) off-line.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-193
Number of pages6
JournalArtificial Life and Robotics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Free gait
  • Genetic algorithm
  • Neural network
  • Obstacle avoidance
  • Quadruped robot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Artificial Intelligence


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