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The design, implementation, and evaluation of a miniature biped robot for urban reconnaissance are presented. Design specifications for mobility, space requirement, weight, sensing, and control are defined. A revolute hip joint is selected based on its enhanced mobility and capability to function in reasonably confined spaces. Small size dictates minimal(More)
In comparison to wheeled robots, spherical mobile robots offer greater mobility, stability, and scope for operation in hazardous environments. Inspite of these advantages, spherical designs have failed to gain popularity due to complexity of their motion planning and control problems. In this paper, we address the motion planning problem for the rolling(More)
Four different methods of hand prosthesis control are developed and examined experimentally. Open-loop control is shown to offer the least sensitivity when manipulating objects. Force feedback substantially improves upon open-loop control. However, it is shown that the inclusion of velocity and/or position feedback in a hybrid force-velocity control scheme(More)
Backing of tractor-trailer systems is a problem addressed in many literatures. It is usually solved using various nonlinear-based control methods, which are often not easy to implement or tune. Similar to other work focused on backing a single axle trailer with a car like vehicle, we propose a two-tier controller that is simple and intuitive. However, ours(More)
This paper describes development of a wind display system for the TreadPort virtual environment locomotion interface, which is cumulatively known as the TreadPort Active Wind Tunnel (TPAWT). Computational Fluid Dynamic simulations and experiments with a scaled model test-bed of the system has resulted in a combination of passive and active controls capable(More)
This paper presents a time invariant kinematic motion controller for wheeled mobile robots. Actuator capability, mechanical design, and traction forces governed by terrain features provide velocity and curvature limitations that are used in the design of the controller. A novel path manifold that considers curvature limitations is introduced to provide a(More)
This research focuses on development of a haptic system to create controlled air flow acting on a user in the Treadport virtual environment. The Treadport active wind tunnel (TPAWT) is thus created in order to produce air flow patterns that allow a variety of wind angles and speeds to be felt by the user. In order to control this system in real-time, the(More)
Flying robots capable of perch-and-stare are desirable for reconnaissance missions. Current solutions for perch-and-stare applications utilize various methods to create an aircraft that can land on a limited set of surfaces that are typically horizontal or vertical planes. This paper presents a bio-inspired concept that allows for passive perching on(More)