Biped walking stabilization on soft ground based on gait analysis

Hyun Jin Kang*, Kenji Hashimoto, Kosuke Nishikawa, Egidio Falotico, Hun Ok Lim, Atsuo Takanishi, Cecilia Laschi, Paolo Dario, Alain Berthoz

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Abstract

This paper describes a walking stabilization control on a soft ground based on gait analysis for a biped humanoid robot. There are many studies on gait analysis on a hard ground, but few physiologists analyze the walking ability of human beings on a soft ground. Therefore, we conducted anthropometric measurement using VICON motion capture system on a soft ground. By analyzing experimental results, we obtained three findings. The first finding is that step height tends to increase to avoid tripping on a soft ground but there are no significant differences in step length and step width. The second finding is that although the CoM amplitude increases in the vertical direction on a soft ground, there are no significant differences in the CoM trajectories in the lateral direction. The last finding is that the head is stabilized during walking not only on a hard ground but also on a soft ground. Based on these findings, we developed a novel walking stabilization control to stabilize the CoM motion in the lateral direction on a soft ground. Verification of the proposed control is conducted through experiments with a human-sized humanoid robot WABIAN-2R. The experimental videos are supplemented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 4th IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2012
Pages669-674
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 4th IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2012 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 2012 Jun 242012 Jun 27

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
ISSN (Print)2155-1774

Conference

Conference2012 4th IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2012
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityRome
Period12/6/2412/6/27

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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