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Bio-inspired neuromuscular reflex based hopping controller for a segmented robotic leg

Zhao, Guoping ; Szymanski, Florian ; Seyfarth, Andre (2021)
Bio-inspired neuromuscular reflex based hopping controller for a segmented robotic leg.
In: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 2020, 15 (2)
doi: 10.26083/tuprints-00019332
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Item Type: Article
Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: Bio-inspired neuromuscular reflex based hopping controller for a segmented robotic leg
Language: English
Date: 24 August 2021
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Year of primary publication: 2020
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Journal or Publication Title: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
Volume of the journal: 15
Issue Number: 2
Collation: 12 Seiten
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00019332
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Origin: Secondary publication via sponsored Golden Open Access

It has been shown that human-like hopping can be achieved by muscle reflex control in neuromechanical simulations. However, it is unclear if this concept is applicable and feasible for controlling a real robot. This paper presents a low-cost two-segmented robotic leg design and demonstrates the feasibility and the benefits of the bio-inspired neuromuscular reflex based control for hopping. Simulation models were developed to describe the dynamics of the real robot. Different neuromuscular reflex pathways were investigated with the simulation models. We found that stable hopping can be achieved with both positive muscle force and length feedback, and the hopping height can be controlled by modulating the muscle force feedback gains with the return maps. The force feedback neuromuscular reflex based controller is robust against body mass and ground impedance changes. Finally, we implemented the controller on the real robot to prove the feasibility of the proposed neuromuscular reflex based control idea. This paper demonstrates the neuromuscular reflex based control approach is feasible to implement and capable of achieving stable and robust hopping in a real robot. It provides a promising direction of controlling the legged robot to achieve robust dynamic motion in the future.

Status: Publisher's Version
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-193325
Classification DDC: 700 Arts and recreation > 796 Sports
Divisions: 03 Department of Human Sciences > Institut für Sportwissenschaft
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2021 07:15
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2023 19:03
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/19332
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