Neuro-adaptive control of mobile manipulators for traveling operation on unknown irregular terrain

Mamoru Minami, Yoshimura Fujiyou, Toshiyuki Asakura

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This research is concerned with an adaptive controller of a mobile manipulator for moving operation while traveling on an unknown irregular terrain. Considering a requirement of traveling operation that the end-effecter of the mobile manipulator tracks a desired trajectory in the vehicle-fixed coordinates while the mobile manipulator traveling on an unknown irregular terrain, the mobile manipulator is subjected to effects of disturbance torques derived from both static and dynamic influences depending on the irregularity and the motion through reaction force and torque from the terrain, and moreover it is difficult to measure precisely the shape of the terrain. Therefore, some kinds of leaning mechanism must be integrated to the controller to achieve accurate trajectory tracking performances. In this paper, we show experimentally that an adaptive controller with a neural network can compensate such kinds of unknown disturbances. The validity of the neuro-adaptive controller is clarified through real experiments, which compare the simple adaptive controller and neuro-adaptive controller in two different conditions, which are horizontal and irregular terrain. The results show that the trajectory-tracking accuracy while traveling on the unknown irregular terrain is possible to be maintained almost to the same accuracy as it is traveling on horizontal plane.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1538-1543
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event2002 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems: FUZZ-IEEE'02 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: May 12 2002May 17 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Applied Mathematics


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