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Learning operational space control

Peters, J., Schaal, S.

In Robotics: Science and Systems II (RSS 2006), pages: 255-262, (Editors: Gaurav S. Sukhatme and Stefan Schaal and Wolfram Burgard and Dieter Fox), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, RSS , 2006, clmc (inproceedings)

Abstract
While operational space control is of essential importance for robotics and well-understood from an analytical point of view, it can be prohibitively hard to achieve accurate control in face of modeling errors, which are inevitable in complex robots, e.g., humanoid robots. In such cases, learning control methods can offer an interesting alternative to analytical control algorithms. However, the resulting learning problem is ill-defined as it requires to learn an inverse mapping of a usually redundant system, which is well known to suffer from the property of non-covexity of the solution space, i.e., the learning system could generate motor commands that try to steer the robot into physically impossible configurations. A first important insight for this paper is that, nevertheless, a physically correct solution to the inverse problem does exits when learning of the inverse map is performed in a suitable piecewise linear way. The second crucial component for our work is based on a recent insight that many operational space controllers can be understood in terms of a constraint optimal control problem. The cost function associated with this optimal control problem allows us to formulate a learning algorithm that automatically synthesizes a globally consistent desired resolution of redundancy while learning the operational space controller. From the view of machine learning, the learning problem corresponds to a reinforcement learning problem that maximizes an immediate reward and that employs an expectation-maximization policy search algorithm. Evaluations on a three degrees of freedom robot arm illustrate the feasability of our suggested approach.

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Reinforcement Learning for Parameterized Motor Primitives

Peters, J., Schaal, S.

In Proceedings of the 2006 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, pages: 73-80, IJCNN, 2006, clmc (inproceedings)

Abstract
One of the major challenges in both action generation for robotics and in the understanding of human motor control is to learn the "building blocks of movement generation", called motor primitives. Motor primitives, as used in this paper, are parameterized control policies such as splines or nonlinear differential equations with desired attractor properties. While a lot of progress has been made in teaching parameterized motor primitives using supervised or imitation learning, the self-improvement by interaction of the system with the environment remains a challenging problem. In this paper, we evaluate different reinforcement learning approaches for improving the performance of parameterized motor primitives. For pursuing this goal, we highlight the difficulties with current reinforcement learning methods, and outline both established and novel algorithms for the gradient-based improvement of parameterized policies. We compare these algorithms in the context of motor primitive learning, and show that our most modern algorithm, the Episodic Natural Actor-Critic outperforms previous algorithms by at least an order of magnitude. We demonstrate the efficiency of this reinforcement learning method in the application of learning to hit a baseball with an anthropomorphic robot arm.

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An ultrasonic standing-wave-actuated nano-positioning walking robot: piezoelectric-metal composite beam modeling

Son, K. J., Kartik, V., Wickert, J. A., Sitti, M.

Journal of vibration and control, 12(12):1293-1309, Sage Publications, 2006 (article)

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IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS

VOLZ, RICHARD A, TARN, TJ, MACIEJEWSKI, ANTHONY A, LEE, SUKHAN, BICCHI, ANTONIO, DE LUCA, ALESSANDRO, LUH, PETER B, TAYLOR, RUSSELL H, BEKEY, GEORGE A, ARAI, HIROHIKO, others

2006 (article)

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Design methodology for biomimetic propulsion of miniature swimming robots

Behkam, B., Sitti, M.

Trans.-ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control, 128(1):36, ASME, 2006 (article)

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Augmented reality user interface for an atomic force microscope-based nanorobotic system

Vogl, W., Ma, B. K., Sitti, M.

IEEE transactions on nanotechnology, 5(4):397-406, IEEE, 2006 (article)

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Friction enhancement via micro-patterned wet elastomer adhesives on small intestinal surfaces

Kwon, J., Cheung, E., Park, S., Sitti, M.

Biomedical Materials, 1(4):216, IOP Publishing, 2006 (article)

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Statistical Learning of LQG controllers

Theodorou, E.

Technical Report-2006-1, Computational Action and Vision Lab University of Minnesota, 2006, clmc (techreport)

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Ab-initio calculations: I. Basic principles of the density functional electron theory and combination with phenomenological theories

Fähnle, M.

In Structural defects in ordered alloys and intermetallics. Characterization and modelling, pages: IX-1-IX-10, COST and CNRS, Bonascre [Ariege, France], 2006 (inproceedings)

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Influence of the substrate on the magnetic anisotropy of monatomic wires

Komelj, M., Steiauf, D., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 73, 2006 (article)

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Mechanical properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes based on higher order Cauchy-Born rule

Guo, X., Wang, J. B., Zhang, H. W.

{International Journal of Solids and Structures}, 43, pages: 1276-1290, 2006 (article)

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Vanishing Fe 3d orbital moments in single-crystalline magnetite

Goering, E., Gold, S., Lafkioti, M., Schütz, G.

{Europhysics Letters}, 73(1):97-103, 2006 (article)

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Enhancement of L10 phase formation in FePt nanoparticles by nitrogenization

Dmitrieva, O., Acet, M., Dumpich, G., Kästner, J., Antoniak, C., Farle, M., Fauth, K.

{Journal of Physics D}, 39, pages: 4741-4745, 2006 (article)

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Hard magnetic FePt thin films and nanostructures in L1(0) phases

Goll, D., Breitling, A., Goo, N. H., Sigle, W., Hirscher, M., Schütz, G.

In 13, pages: 97-101, Beijing, PR China, 2006 (inproceedings)

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Structure of historical brass tonques and shallots from baroque organs

Baretzky, B., Friesel, M., Petelin, A., Mazilkin, A., Straumal, B.

{Defect and Diffusion Forum}, 249, pages: 275-280, 2006 (article)

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Three-dimensional modeling of mechanical forces in the extra-cellular matrix during epithelial lumen formation

Zeng, D., Ferrari, A., Ulmer, J., Veligodskiy, A., Fischer, P., Spatz, J. P., Ventikos, Y., Poulikakos, D., Kroschewski, R.

{Biophysical Journal}, 90(12):4380-4391, 2006 (article)

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Miniature endoscopic capsule robot using biomimetic micro-patterned adhesives

Karagozler, M. E., Cheung, E., Kwon, J., Sitti, M.

In Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, 2006. BioRob 2006. The First IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on, pages: 105-111, 2006 (inproceedings)

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Compliant and low-cost humidity nanosensors using nanoporous polymer membranes

Yang, B., Aksak, B., Lin, Q., Sitti, M.

Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 114(1):254-262, Elsevier, 2006 (article)

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Task-based and stable telenanomanipulation in a nanoscale virtual environment

Kim, S., Sitti, M.

IEEE Transactions on automation science and engineering, 3(3):240-247, IEEE, 2006 (article)

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Drawing suspended polymer micro-/nanofibers using glass micropipettes

Nain, A. S., Wong, J. C., Amon, C., Sitti, M.

Applied Physics Letters, 89(18):183105, AIP, 2006 (article)

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Theoretical justification of ground-state moment analysis of magnetic dichroic x-ray absorption spectra for 3d transition metals

Dörfler, F., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 74, 2006 (article)

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Ab-initio calculations: II. Application to atomic defects, phase diagrams, dislocations

Fähnle, M.

In Structural defects in ordered alloys and intermetallics. Characterization and modelling, pages: XIV-1-XIV-11, COST and CNRS, Bonascre [Ariege, France], 2006 (inproceedings)

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Vortex dynamics in coupled ferromagnetic multilayer structures

Chou, K., Puzic, A., Stoll, H., Schütz, G., Van Waeyenberge, B., Tyliszczak, T., Rott, K., Reiss, G., Brückl, H., Neudecker, I., Weiss, D., Back, C. H.

{Journal of Applied Physics}, 99, 2006 (article)

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Electrical transport, magnetic and thermal properties of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystals

Poddar, A., Das, S., Plachke, D., Carstanjen, H.D.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 300(2):263-272, 2006 (article)

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Elektronentheorie der magnetischen EXAFS

Gü\ssmann, M.

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2006 (mastersthesis)

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Aqueous solution deposition of indium hydroxide and indium oxide columnar type thin films

Qiu, Y., Gerstel, P., Jiang, L., Lipowsky, P., Pitta Bauermann, L., Bill, J.

{International Journal of Materials Research}, 97(6):808-811, 2006 (article)

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Enhanced orbital magnetism in Fe50Pt50 nanoparticles

Antoniak, C., Lindner, J., Spasova, M., Sudfeld, D., Acet, M., Farle, M., Fauth, K., Wiedwald, U., Boyen, H.-G., Ziemann, P., Wilhelm, F., Rogalev, A., Sun, S.

{Physical Review Letters}, 97, 2006 (article)

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Approximate nearest neighbor regression in very high dimensions

Vijayakumar, S., DSouza, A., Schaal, S.

In Nearest-Neighbor Methods in Learning and Vision, pages: 103-142, (Editors: Shakhnarovich, G.;Darrell, T.;Indyk, P.), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006, clmc (inbook)

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Toward micro wall-climbing robots using biomimetic fibrillar adhesives

Greuter, M., Shah, G., Caprari, G., Tâche, F., Siegwart, R., Sitti, M.

In Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Autonomous Minirobots for Research and Edutainment (AMiRE 2005), pages: 39-46, 2006 (inproceedings)

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Geckobot: A gecko inspired climbing robot using elastomer adhesives

Unver, O., Uneri, A., Aydemir, A., Sitti, M.

In Robotics and Automation, 2006. ICRA 2006. Proceedings 2006 IEEE International Conference on, pages: 2329-2335, 2006 (inproceedings)

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Towards hybrid swimming microrobots: bacteria assisted propulsion of polystyrene beads

Behkam, B., Sitti, M.

In Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2006. EMBS’06. 28th Annual International Conference of the IEEE, pages: 2421-2424, 2006 (inproceedings)

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Biologically inspired polymer microfibers with spatulate tips as repeatable fibrillar adhesives

Kim, S., Sitti, M.

Applied Physics Letters, 89(26):261911-261911, AIP, 2006 (article)

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Converting polycrystals into single crystals - Selective grain growth by high-energy ion bombardment

Olliges, S., Gruber, P., Bardill, A., Ehrler, D., Carstanjen, H. D., Spolenak, R.

{Acta Materialia}, 54(20):5393-5399, 2006 (article)

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Topological k-space refinement of the configurational energy of alloys

Shchyglo, O., Bugaev, V.N., Drautz, R., Udyanskyy, A., Reichert, H., Dosch, H.

{Physical Review B}, 72, 2006 (article)

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Elektronenspektroskopie an Übergangsmetallclustern

He\ssler, M.

Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, 2006 (phdthesis)

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Synthesis of MgB2 films in Mg vapour flow and their characterization

Matveev, A. T., Albrecht, J., Konuma, M., Christiani, G., Krockenberger, Y., Starke, U., Schütz, G., Habermeier, H.

{Superconductor Science and Technology}, 19, pages: 299-305, 2006 (article)

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Analysis of switching times of inhomogeneous magnetization processes in thin platelets

Goll, D., Schütz, G., Kronmüller, H.

{Physica B: Condensed Matter}, 372(1-2):273-276, 2006 (article)

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The initial oxidation of magnesium: an in situ study with XPS, HERDA and ellipsometry.

Kurth, M., Graat, P. C. J., Carstanjen, H. D., Mittemeijer, E. J.

{Surface and Interface Analysis}, 38, pages: 931-940, 2006 (article)

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Temperature influence of the faceting of \sum3 and \sum9 grain boundaries in Cu

Straumal, B. B., Polyakov, S. A., Mittemeijer, E. J.

{Acta Materialia}, 54, pages: 167-172, 2006 (article)

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Coercivity of 2 : 17 based permanent magnets

Kronmüller, H., Goll, D.

{Journal of the Iron and Steel Research International}, 13(Suppl. 1):39-47, 2006 (article)

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Hydrogen adsorption in a nickel based coordination polymer with open metal sites in the cylindrical cavities of the desolvated framework

Dietzel, P. D. C., Panella, B., Hirscher, M., Blom, R., Fjellvag, H.

{Chemical Communications}, [2006], pages: 959-961, 2006 (article)

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Magnetic ground states and the role of vortices in ferromagnetic hollow nanospheres

Goll, D., Macke, S., Berkowitz, A., Bertram, H. N.

{Physica B: Condensed Matter}, 372(1-2):282-285, 2006 (article)

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Soft microcontact printing with force control using microrobotic assembly based templates

Tafazzoli, A., Sitti, M.

In Advanced Motion Control, 2006. 9th IEEE International Workshop on, pages: 500-505, 2006 (inproceedings)

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Modeling of the supporting legs for designing biomimetic water strider robots

Song, Y. S., Suhr, S. H., Sitti, M.

In Robotics and Automation, 2006. ICRA 2006. Proceedings 2006 IEEE International Conference on, pages: 2303-2310, 2006 (inproceedings)

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Two-dimensional vision-based autonomous microparticle manipulation using a nanoprobe

Pawashe, C., Sitti, M.

Journal of Micromechatronics, 3(3):285-306, Brill, 2006 (article)

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A novel water running robot inspired by basilisk lizards

Floyd, S., Keegan, T., Palmisano, J., Sitti, M.

In Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2006 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on, pages: 5430-5436, 2006 (inproceedings)

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Pulsed-field-gradient NMR study of hydrogen diffusivity in random b.c.c. alloys VyTa1-y

Grinberg, F., Majer, G., Skripov, A. N.

{Journal of Alloys and Compounds}, 425(1-2):24-27, 2006 (article)

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