Earlier results of this author and others demonstrate that a broad range of robotic tasks can be commanded through relatively simple feedback controllers with a guarantee of global asymptotic stability. A weakness of such methods is the requirement that exact values of all dynamical parameters be available, since they are used to cancel the disturbance torques introduced by gravity. An adaptive strategy is reported here which guarantees stability and global boundedness of a natural controller in the absence of à priori information regarding dynamical parameters. The present results, however, are not yet satisfactory since they cannot assure convergence to the correct spatial position.
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Date Posted: 06 June 2008
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