The authors construct a simplified model of a dynamically dexterous robot, M.H. Raibert's hopper, and investigate its elegant, physically based control strategies. Analysis of induced discrete dynamics leads to strong conclusions concerning global limiting properties. These conclusions are then verified by computer simulation of the simplified models, the correspondence of which to the true physical apparatus is seen to be acceptable as well.
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Date Posted: 06 June 2008
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