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Learning, planning, and control for quadruped locomotion over challenging terrain

Kalakrishnan, M., Buchli, J., Pastor, P., Mistry, M., Schaal, S.

International Journal of Robotics Research, 30(2):236-258, 2010, clmc (article)

Abstract
We present a control architecture for fast quadruped locomotion over rough terrain. We approach the problem by decomposing it into many sub-systems, in which we apply state-of-the-art learning, planning, optimization, and control techniques to achieve robust, fast locomotion. Unique features of our control strategy include: (1) a system that learns optimal foothold choices from expert demonstration using terrain templates, (2) a body trajectory optimizer based on the Zero- Moment Point (ZMP) stability criterion, and (3) a floating-base inverse dynamics controller that, in conjunction with force control, allows for robust, compliant locomotion over unperceived obstacles. We evaluate the performance of our controller by testing it on the LittleDog quadruped robot, over a wide variety of rough terrains of varying difficulty levels. The terrain that the robot was tested on includes rocks, logs, steps, barriers, and gaps, with obstacle sizes up to the leg length of the robot. We demonstrate the generalization ability of this controller by presenting results from testing performed by an independent external test team on terrain that has never been shown to us.

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Entnetzung verspannter Filme

Reindl, A.

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2010 (mastersthesis)

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Advanced ferromagnetic nanostructures

Goll, D.

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2010 (phdthesis)

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Wasserstoff in funktionellen Dünnschichtsystemen

Honert, J.

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2010 (mastersthesis)

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Hydrogen spillover measurements of unbridged and bridged metal-organic frameworks - revisited

Campesi, R., Cuevas, F., Latroche, M., Hirscher, M.

{Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics}, 12, pages: 10457-10459, 2010 (article)

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Relating Gilbert damping and ultrafast laser-induced demagnetization

Fähnle, M., Seib, J., Illg, C.

{Physical Review B}, 82, 2010 (article)

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Ferromagnetic properties of the Mn-doped nanograined ZnO films

Straumal, B. B., Protasova, S. G., Mazilkin, A. A., Myatiev, A. A., Straumal, P. B., Schütz, G., Goering, E., Baretzky, B.

{Journal of Applied Physics}, 108, 2010 (article)

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Unusual super-ductility at room temperature in an ultrafine-grained aluminum alloy

Valiev, R. Z., Murashkin, M. Y., Kilmametov, A., Straumal, B., Chinh, N. Q., Langdon, T.

In 45, pages: 4718-4724, Seattle, WA, USA, 2010 (inproceedings)

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Demagnetization on the fs time-scale by the Elliott-Yafet mechanism

Steiauf, D., Illg, C., Fähnle, M.

In 200, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2010 (inproceedings)

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Ubiquity of ferromagnetic signals in common diamagnetic oxide crystals

Khalid, M., Setzer, A., Ziese, M., Esquinazi, P., Spemann, D., Pöppl, A., Goering, E.

{Physical Review B}, 81(21), 2010 (article)

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Calculation of the Gilbert damping matrix at low scattering rates in Gd

Seib, J., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 82, 2010 (article)

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Adsorption technologies

Schmitz, B., Hirscher, M.

In Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, pages: 431-445, WILEY-VCH, Weinheim, 2010 (incollection)

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Swift heavy ions for controlled modification of soft magnetic properties of Fe0.85N0.15 thin film

Gupta, R., Gupta, A., Bhatt, R., Rüffer, R., Avasthi, D. K.

{Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter}, 22(22), 2010 (article)

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Constrained Accelerations for Controlled Geometric Reduction: Sagittal-Plane Decoupling for Bipedal Locomotion

Gregg, R., Righetti, L., Buchli, J., Schaal, S.

In 2010 10th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, pages: 1-7, IEEE, Nashville, USA, 2010 (inproceedings)

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Energy-shaping control methods have produced strong theoretical results for asymptotically stable 3D bipedal dynamic walking in the literature. In particular, geometric controlled reduction exploits robot symmetries to control momentum conservation laws that decouple the sagittal-plane dynamics, which are easier to stabilize. However, the associated control laws require high-dimensional matrix inverses multiplied with complicated energy-shaping terms, often making these control theories difficult to apply to highly-redundant humanoid robots. This paper presents a first step towards the application of energy-shaping methods on real robots by casting controlled reduction into a framework of constrained accelerations for inverse dynamics control. By representing momentum conservation laws as constraints in acceleration space, we construct a general expression for desired joint accelerations that render the constraint surface invariant. By appropriately choosing an orthogonal projection, we show that the unconstrained (reduced) dynamics are decoupled from the constrained dynamics. Any acceleration-based controller can then be used to stabilize this planar subsystem, including passivity-based methods. The resulting control law is surprisingly simple and represents a practical way to employ control theoretic stability results in robotic platforms. Simulated walking of a 3D compass-gait biped show correspondence between the new and original controllers, and simulated motions of a 16-DOF humanoid demonstrate the applicability of this method.

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Variable impedance control - a reinforcement learning approach

Buchli, J., Theodorou, E., Stulp, F., Schaal, S.

In Robotics Science and Systems (2010), Zaragoza, Spain, June 27-30, 2010, clmc (inproceedings)

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One of the hallmarks of the performance, versatility, and robustness of biological motor control is the ability to adapt the impedance of the overall biomechanical system to different task requirements and stochastic disturbances. A transfer of this principle to robotics is desirable, for instance to enable robots to work robustly and safely in everyday human environments. It is, however, not trivial to derive variable impedance controllers for practical high DOF robotic tasks. In this contribution, we accomplish such gain scheduling with a reinforcement learning approach algorithm, PI2 (Policy Improvement with Path Integrals). PI2 is a model-free, sampling based learning method derived from first principles of optimal control. The PI2 algorithm requires no tuning of algorithmic parameters besides the exploration noise. The designer can thus fully focus on cost function design to specify the task. From the viewpoint of robotics, a particular useful property of PI2 is that it can scale to problems of many DOFs, so that RL on real robotic systems becomes feasible. We sketch the PI2 algorithm and its theoretical properties, and how it is applied to gain scheduling. We evaluate our approach by presenting results on two different simulated robotic systems, a 3-DOF Phantom Premium Robot and a 6-DOF Kuka Lightweight Robot. We investigate tasks where the optimal strategy requires both tuning of the impedance of the end-effector, and tuning of a reference trajectory. The results show that we can use path integral based RL not only for planning but also to derive variable gain feedback controllers in realistic scenarios. Thus, the power of variable impedance control is made available to a wide variety of robotic systems and practical applications.

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Inverse dynamics with optimal distribution of ground reaction forces for legged robot

Righetti, L., Buchli, J., Mistry, M., Schaal, S.

In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), pages: 580-587, Nagoya, Japan, sep 2010 (inproceedings)

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Contact interaction with the environment is crucial in the design of locomotion controllers for legged robots, to prevent slipping for example. Therefore, it is of great importance to be able to control the effects of the robots movements on the contact reaction forces. In this contribution, we extend a recent inverse dynamics algorithm for floating base robots to optimize the distribution of contact forces while achieving precise trajectory tracking. The resulting controller is algorithmically simple as compared to other approaches. Numerical simulations show that this result significantly increases the range of possible movements of a humanoid robot as compared to the previous inverse dynamics algorithm. We also present a simplification of the result where no inversion of the inertia matrix is needed which is particularly relevant for practical use on a real robot. Such an algorithm becomes interesting for agile locomotion of robots on difficult terrains where the contacts with the environment are critical, such as walking over rough or slippery terrain.

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Laterally driven interfaces in the three-dimensional Ising lattice gas

Smith, T. H. R., Vasilyev, O., Maciolek, A., Schmidt, M.

{Physical Review E}, 82(2), 2010 (article)

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Handbook of Hydrogen Storage

Hirscher, M.

pages: 353 p., Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2010 (book)

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Samarium-cobalt 2:17 magnets: identifying Smn+1Co5n-1 phases stabilized by Zr

Stadelmaier, H. H., Kronmüller, H., Goll, D.

{Scripta Materialia}, 63, pages: 843-846, 2010 (article)

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Planar metamaterial analogue of electromagnetically induced transparancy for plasmonic sensing

Liu, N., Weiss, T., Mesch, M., Langguth, L., Eigenthaler, U., Hirscher, M., Sönnichsen, C., Giessen, H.

{Nano Letters}, 10, pages: 1103-1107, 2010 (article)

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Explaining the paradoxical diversity of ultrafast last-induced demagnetization

Koopmans, B., Malinowski, G., Dalla Longa, F., Steiauf, D., Fähnle, M., Roth, T., Cinchetti, M., Aeschlimann, M.

{Nature Materials}, 9, pages: 259-265, 2010 (article)

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A high heat of adsorption for hydrogen in magnesium formate

Schmitz, B., Krkljus, I., Leung, E., Höffken, H. W., Müller, U., Hirscher, M.

{ChemSusChem}, 3, pages: 758-761, 2010 (article)

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Force induced destabilization of adhesion complexes at defined integrin spacings on nanostructured surfaces

de Beer, A. G. F., Cavalcanti-Adam, E. A., Majer, G., López-Garc\’\ia, M., Kessler, H., Spatz, J. P.

{Physical Review E}, 81, 2010 (article)

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The X-ray microscopy beamline UE46-PGM2 at BESSY

Follath, R., Schmidt, J. S., Weigand, M., Fauth, K.

In 10th International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation, 1234, pages: 323-326, AIP Conference Proceedings, American Institute of Physics, Melbourne, Australia, 2010 (inproceedings)

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Anisotropic damping of the magnetization dynamics in Ni, Co, and Fe

Gilmore, K., Stiles, M. D., Seib, J., Steiauf, D., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 81, 2010 (article)

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Influence of [Mo6Br8F6]2- cluster inclusion within the mesoporous solid MIL-101 on hydrogen storage performance

Dybtsev, D., Serre, C., Schmitz, B., Panella, B., Hirscher, M., Latroche, M., Llewellyn, P. L., Cordier, S., Molard, Y., Haouas, M., Taulelle, F., Férey, G.

{Langmuir}, 26(13):11283-11290, 2010 (article)

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Grain boundary layers in nanocrystalline ferromagnetic zinc oxide

Straumal, B. B., Myatiev, A. A., Straumal, P. B., Mazilkin, A. A., Protasova, S. G., Goering, E., Baretzky, B.

{JETP Letters}, 92(6):396-400, 2010 (article)

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Discovering optimal imitation strategies

Billard, A., Epars, Y., Calinon, S., Cheng, G., Schaal, S.

Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 47(2-3):68-77, 2004, clmc (article)

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This paper develops a general policy for learning relevant features of an imitation task. We restrict our study to imitation of manipulative tasks or of gestures. The imitation process is modeled as a hierarchical optimization system, which minimizes the discrepancy between two multi-dimensional datasets. To classify across manipulation strategies, we apply a probabilistic analysis to data in Cartesian and joint spaces. We determine a general metric that optimizes the policy of task reproduction, following strategy determination. The model successfully discovers strategies in six different imitative tasks and controls task reproduction by a full body humanoid robot.

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Learning Composite Adaptive Control for a Class of Nonlinear Systems

Nakanishi, J., Farrell, J. A., Schaal, S.

In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pages: 2647-2652, New Orleans, LA, USA, April 2004, 2004, clmc (inproceedings)

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Rhythmic movement is not discrete

Schaal, S., Sternad, D., Osu, R., Kawato, M.

Nature Neuroscience, 7(10):1137-1144, 2004, clmc (article)

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Rhythmic movements, like walking, chewing, or scratching, are phylogenetically old mo-tor behaviors found in many organisms, ranging from insects to primates. In contrast, discrete movements, like reaching, grasping, or kicking, are behaviors that have reached sophistication primarily in younger species, particularly in primates. Neurophysiological and computational research on arm motor control has focused almost exclusively on dis-crete movements, essentially assuming similar neural circuitry for rhythmic tasks. In con-trast, many behavioral studies focused on rhythmic models, subsuming discrete move-ment as a special case. Here, using a human functional neuroimaging experiment, we show that in addition to areas activated in rhythmic movement, discrete movement in-volves several higher cortical planning areas, despite both movement conditions were confined to the same single wrist joint. These results provide the first neuroscientific evi-dence that rhythmic arm movement cannot be part of a more general discrete movement system, and may require separate neurophysiological and theoretical treatment.

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Investigation of oxide layers in tunnel junctions

Amaladass, E. P.

University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2004 (mastersthesis)

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Uncompensated spins in a micro-patterned CoFeB / MnIr exchange bias system

Eimüller, T., Kato, T., Mizuno, T., Tsunashima, S., Quitmann, C., Ramsvik, T., Iwata, S., Schütz, G.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 85(12):2310-2312, 2004 (article)

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Comparative study of magnetization reversal in isolated and strayfield coupled microcontacts

Meier, G., Eiselt, R., Bolte, M., Barthelmess, M., Eimüller, T., Fischer, P.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 85(7):1193-1195, 2004 (article)

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Grain boundary faceting close to the \Sigma3 coincidence misorientation in copper

Straumal, B., Polyakov, S., Bischoff, E., Mittemeijer, E.

{Zeitschrift f\"ur Metallkunde}, 95, pages: 939-944, 2004 (article)

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Untersuchung der Desorptionskinetik von Metallhydriden in Bezug auf technische Anwendungen

von Zeppelin, F.

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2004 (phdthesis)

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Photoelectron spectroscopy on Pt atoms and clusters deposited on C(0001)

Fauth, K., Schneider, N., He\ssler, M., Schütz, G.

{European Physical Journal D}, 29(1):57-61, 2004 (article)

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Enhanced flux line pinning by substrate induced defects in YBCO thin films

Albrecht, J., Leonhardt, S., Habermeier, H.-U., Brück, S., Spolenak, R., Kronmüller, H.

{Physica C}, 404, pages: 18-21, 2004 (article)

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Amorphous carbon nanotubes produced by a temperature controlled DC arc discharge

Liu, Y., Song, X., Zhao, T., Zhu, J., Hirscher, M., Phillipp, F.

{Carbon}, 42(8-9):1852-1855, 2004 (article)

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Initial oxidation of quasicrystals - an investigation by high-resolution RBS and ERDA

Plachke, D., Khellaf, A., Kurth, M., Szökefalvy-Nagy, A., Carstanjen, H. D.

{Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids}, 334-335, pages: 524-531, 2004 (article)

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High-speed dynamics of magnetization processes in hard magnetic particles and thin platelets

Goll, D., Kronmüller, H.

In Proceedings of the 18th International Workshop on Rare-Earth Magnets and their Applications, pages: 465-469, Laboratoire de Cristallographie/Laboratoire Louis Neel, CNRS, Grenoble, 2004 (inproceedings)

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First-principles modeling of magnetism and phase equilibria in binary alloys

Diaz-Ortiz, A., Drautz, R., Fähnle, M., Dosch, H.

{Journal of Alloys and Compounds}, 369, pages: 27-32, 2004 (article)

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Nanoscale Materials for Energy Storage
{Materials Science \& Engineering B}, 108, pages: 292, Elsevier, 2004 (misc)

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Critical thicknesses of domain formations in cubic particles and thin films

Kronmüller, H., Goll, D., Hertel, R., Schütz, G.

{Physica B}, 343(1-4):229-235, 2004 (article)

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Learning from demonstration and adaptation of biped locomotion

Nakanishi, J., Morimoto, J., Endo, G., Cheng, G., Schaal, S., Kawato, M.

Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 47(2-3):79-91, 2004, clmc (article)

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In this paper, we introduce a framework for learning biped locomotion using dynamical movement primitives based on non-linear oscillators. Our ultimate goal is to establish a design principle of a controller in order to achieve natural human-like locomotion. We suggest dynamical movement primitives as a central pattern generator (CPG) of a biped robot, an approach we have previously proposed for learning and encoding complex human movements. Demonstrated trajectories are learned through movement primitives by locally weighted regression, and the frequency of the learned trajectories is adjusted automatically by a novel frequency adaptation algorithmbased on phase resetting and entrainment of coupled oscillators. Numerical simulations and experimental implementation on a physical robot demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed locomotioncontroller.

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Towards Tractable Parameter-Free Statistical Learning (Phd Thesis)

D’Souza, A

Department of Computer Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2004, clmc (phdthesis)

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Critical sizes for ferromagnetic spherical hollow nanoparticles

Goll, D., Berkowitz, A. E., Bertram, H. N.

{Physical Review B}, 70(18), 2004 (article)

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Grain boundary wetting by a solid phase; microstructural development in a Zn-5 wt\textpercent Al alloy

Lopez, G. A., Mittemeijer, E. J., Straumal, B. B.

{Acta Materialia}, 52(15):4537-4545, 2004 (article)

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Dynamik von Wasserstoff in nanokristallinen Systemen

Stanik, E.

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2004 (phdthesis)

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Electronic correlations, magnetism, and structure of Fe-Al subsystems: An LDA+U study

Lechermann, F., Fähnle, M., Meyer, B., Elsässer, C.

{Physical Review B}, 69, 2004 (article)

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