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Reactive Planning for Mobile Manipulation Tasks in Unexplored Semantic Environments

Complex manipulation tasks, such as rearrangement planning of numerous objects, are combinatorially hard problems. Existing algorithms either do not scale well or assume a great deal of prior knowledge about the environment, and few offer any …

Reactive Mobile Manipulation with Legged Robots

Research Statement, summarizing the recent work in reactive planning and mobile manipulation with legged robots.

Composition of Templates for Transitional Pedipulation Behaviors

We document the reliably repeatable dynamical mounting and dismounting of wheeled stools and carts, and of fixed ledges, by the Minitaur robot. Because these tasks span a range of length scales that preclude quasi-static execution, we use a hybrid …

Reactive Navigation in Partially Known Non-Convex Environments

This paper presents a provably correct method for robot navigation in 2D environments cluttered with familiar but unexpected non-convex, star-shaped obstacles as well as completely unknown, convex obstacles. We presuppose a limited range onboard …

Sensor-Based Reactive Execution of Symbolic Rearrangement Plans by a Legged Mobile Manipulator

We demonstrate the physical rearrangement of wheeled stools in a moderately cluttered indoor environment by a quadrupedal robot that autonomously achieves a user's desired configuration. The robot's behaviors are planned and executed by a three layer …

Sensor-Based Reactive Symbolic Planning in Partially Known Environments

This paper considers the problem of completing assemblies of passive objects in nonconvex environments, cluttered with convex obstacles of unknown position, shape and size that satisfy a specific separation assumption. A differential drive robot …

Sensor-Based Legged Robot Homing Using Range-Only Target Localization

This paper demonstrates a fully sensor-based reactive homing behavior on a physical quadrupedal robot, using onboard sensors, in simple (convex obstacle-cluttered) unknown, GPS-denied environments. Its implementation is enabled by our empirical …

Quadruped Pronking on Compliant Terrains Using a Reaction Wheel

While legged locomotion is a rapidly advancing area in robotics, several issues regarding the performance of such robots on deformable ground are still open. In this paper, we generate a pronking gait on a quadruped robot using a controller, which …

Towards Bipedal Behavior on a Quadrupedal Platform Using Optimal Control

This paper explores the applicability of a Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR) controller design to the problem of bipedal stance on the Minitaur [1] quadrupedal robot. Restricted to the sagittal plane, this behavior exposes a three degree of freedom …

Control and Energy Considerations for a Hopping Monopod on Rough Compliant Terrains

Terrain compliance is a critical parameter for the performance of legged locomotion. In this work, a single actuator monopod robot hopping on rough compliant terrain is considered. Based on our controller for flat compliant terrains, this paper …