We report on the design and analysis of a controller which can achieve dynamical self-righting of our hexapedal robot, RHex. We present an empirically developed control procedure which works reasonably well on indoor surfaces, using a hybrid energy pumping strategy to overcome torque limitations of its actuators. Subsequent modeling and analysis yields a new controller with a much wider domain of success as well as a preliminary understanding of the necessary hybrid control strategy. Simulation results demonstrate the superiority of the improved control strategy to the first generation empirically designed controller.
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Date Posted: 02 June 2008
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