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This work presents a novel motion planning framework, rooted in nonlinear programming theory, that treats uncertain fully and underactuated dynamical systems described by ordinary differential equations. Uncertainty in multibody dynamical systems comes from various sources, such as system parameters, initial conditions, sensor and actuator noise, and(More)
— Trajectory generation for quadruped robots is a challenging task since they are underactuated systems which must balance using sensory feedback and satisfy ground contact constraints. There is a substantial body of evidence that many animals use central pattern generators (CPGs) for generating joint trajectories and regulation through sensory feedback.(More)
This work presents a novel optimal design framework that treats uncertain dynamical systems described by ordinary differential equations. Uncertainty in multibody dynamical systems comes from various sources, such as: system parameters, initial conditions, sensor and actuator noise, and external forcing. The inclusion of uncertainty in design is of(More)
Quadruped locomotion offers significant advantages over wheeled locomotion for small mobile robots operating in challenging terrain. Central pattern generators (CPGs), as found in the neural circuitry of many animals, may be used to generate joint trajectories for quadruped robots. However, basic CPG-based trajectories do not explicitly consider ground(More)
The inclusion of uncertainty in design is of paramount practical importance because all real-life systems are affected by it. Designs that ignore uncertainty often lead to poor robustness, suboptimal performance, and higher build costs. Treatment of small geometric uncertainty in the context of manufacturing tolerances is a well studied topic. Traditional(More)
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