Vasileios Vasilopoulos

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Legged locomotion is a rapidly advancing area in robotics, yet still a large number of open questions exist. This work focuses on the foot-terrain interaction and its effect on the motion of a one-legged system. This interaction is usually tackled by disregarding some of the effects of ground deformation like permanent deformation and compaction. Inspired(More)
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. Balancing the body on only the rear legs affords the possibility of using the front legs for other tasks such as manipulation or bracing. Restricted to the sagittal plane, this behavior exposes(More)
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 introduces the necessary modifications, which allow the robot to tackle the disturbance of small inclinations.(More)
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 equipped with a gripper and a LIDAR sensor, capable of perceiving its environment only locally, is used to(More)
Recent successes of missions such as the MSL and the Rosetta have increased the interest in the robotic exploration of other planets and asteroids. Although most of these missions envisage the use of rovers, legged robots have shown the potential to outperform wheeled vehicles on rough terrains in terms of speed and energy efficiency. In this paper, the(More)
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 takes into account the effects of ground deformation. The controller, initially developed for monopods, is(More)
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