William S. Owen

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High performance control of robotic systems, including the new generation of humanoid, assistive and entertainment robots, requires adequate knowledge of the dynamics of the system. This can be problematic in the presence of modeling uncertainties as the performance of classical, modelbased controllers is highly dependant upon accurate knowledge of the(More)
This paper proposes an approach for online learning of the dynamic model of a robot manipulator. The dynamic model is formulated as a weighted sum of locally linear models, and Locally Weighted Projection Regression (LWPR) is used to learn the models based on training data obtained during operation. The LWPR model can be initialized with partial knowledge(More)
Recent approaches to model-based manipulator control involve data-driven learning of the inverse dynamics relationship of a manipulator, eliminating the need for any knowledge of the system model. Ideally, such algorithms should be able to process large amounts of data in an online and incremental manner, thus allowing the system to adapt to changes in its(More)
Recent research has considered robotic machining as an alternative to traditional computer numerical control machining, particularly for prototyping applications. However, unlike traditional machine tools, robots are subject to relatively larger dynamic disturbances and operate closer to their torque limits. These factors, combined with inaccurate(More)
Model-based control strategies for robot manipulators can present numerous performance advantages when an accurate model of the system dynamics is available. In practice, obtaining such a model is a challenging task which involves modeling such physical processes as friction, which may not be well understood and difficult to model. This paper proposes an(More)