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Visual Servoing Control of Soft Robots based on Finite Element Model

Zhongkai Zhang 1 Thor Morales Bieze 2, 1, 3 Jérémie Dequidt 2, 1 Alexandre Kruszewski 4, 1 Christian Duriez 1
1 DEFROST - Deformable Robots Simulation Team
Inria Lille - Nord Europe, CRIStAL - Centre de Recherche en Informatique, Signal et Automatique de Lille (CRIStAL) - UMR 9189
3 MOCIS - Méthodes et Outils pour la Conception Intégrée de Systèmes
CRIStAL - Centre de Recherche en Informatique, Signal et Automatique de Lille (CRIStAL) - UMR 9189
Abstract : In this paper, we propose a strategy for the control of soft robots with visual tracking and simulation-based predictor. A kinematic model of soft robots is obtained thanks to the Finite Element Method (FEM) computed in real-time. The FEM allows to obtain a prediction of the Jacobian matrix of the robot. This allows a first control of the robot, in the actuator space. Then, a second control strategy based on the feedback of infrared cameras is developed to obtain a correction of the effector position. The robust stability of this closed-loop system is obtained based on Lyapunov stability theory. Otherwise, to deal with the problem of image features (the marker points placed on the end effector of soft robot) loss, a switched control strategy is proposed to combine both the open-loop controller and the closed-loop controller. Finally, experiments on a parallel soft robot driven by four cables are conducted and show the effectiveness of these methods for the real-time control of soft robots.
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Zhongkai Zhang, Thor Morales Bieze, Jérémie Dequidt, Alexandre Kruszewski, Christian Duriez. Visual Servoing Control of Soft Robots based on Finite Element Model. IROS 2017 - IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Sep 2017, Vancouver, Canada. ⟨hal-01618330⟩

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