Accession Number : ADA325994

Title :   Nonholonomic Motion Planning versus Controllability via the Multibody Car System Example,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Laumond, Jean-Paul

PDF Url : ADA325994

Report Date : DEC 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : A multibody car system is a non-nilpotent, non-regular, triangularizable and well-controllable system. One goal of the current paper is to prove this obscure assertion. But its main goal is to explain and enlighten what it means. Motion planning is an already old and classical problem in Robotics. A few years ago a new instance of this problem has appeared in the literature : motion planning for nonholonomic systems. While useful tools in motion planning come from Computer Science and Mathematics (Computational Geometry, Real Algebraic Geometry), nonholonomic motion planning needs some Control Theory and more Mathematics (Differential Geometry). First of all, this paper tries to give a computational reading of the tools from Differential Geometric Control Theory required by planning. Then it shows that the presence of obstacles in the real world of a real robot challenges mathematics with some difficult questions which are topological in nature, and have been solved only recently, within the framework of Sub Riemannian Geometry. This presentation is based upon a reading of works recently developed by Murray and Sastry, Lafferiere and Sussmann, and Bellaiche, Jacobs and Laumond.

Descriptors :   *ROBOTICS, *SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, *CONTROL THEORY, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, ALGORITHMS, ADAPTIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS, ROBOTS, APPLIED MATHEMATICS, ALGEBRAIC GEOMETRY, N BODY PROBLEM, DIFFERENTIAL GEOMETRY.

Subject Categories : Cybernetics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE