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PD Tracking for a Class of Underactuated Robotic Systems with Kinetic Symmetry

Kolathaya, S (2021) PD Tracking for a Class of Underactuated Robotic Systems with Kinetic Symmetry. In: IEEE Control Systems Letters, 5 (3). pp. 809-814.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1109/LCSYS.2020.3005957


In this letter, we study stability properties of Proportional-Derivative (PD) controlled underactuated robotic systems for trajectory tracking applications. Stability of PD control laws for fully actuated systems is an established result, and we extend it for the class of underactuated robotic systems. We will first show some well known examples where PD tracking control laws do not yield tracking; some of which can even lead to instability. We will then show that for a subclass of robotic systems, PD tracking control laws, indeed, yield desirable tracking guarantees. We will show that for a specified time interval, and for sufficiently large enough PD gains (input saturations permitting), local boundedness of the tracking error can be guaranteed. In addition, for a class of systems with the kinetic symmetry property, stronger conditions like convergence to desirable bounds can be guaranteed. This class is not restrictive and includes robots like the acrobot, the cart-pole, and the inertia-wheel pendulums. Towards the end, we will provide necessary simulation results in support of the theoretical guarantees presented. © 2017 IEEE.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: IEEE Control Systems Letters
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Keywords: Control theory; Navigation; Robotics, Inertia wheel pendulum; Input saturation; Proportional derivatives; Stability properties; Symmetry properties; Theoretical guarantees; Tracking controls; Trajectory tracking, System stability
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Computer Science & Automation
Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2020 11:37
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2020 11:37
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/66342

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