Metastable Walking on Stochastically Rough Terrain

Katie Byl, Russ Tedrake
2008 Robotics: Science and Systems IV  
Simplified models of limit-cycle walking on flat terrain have provided important insights into the nature of legged locomotion. Real walking robots (and humans), however, do not exhibit true limit cycle dynamics because terrain, even in a carefully designed laboratory setting, is inevitably non-flat. Walking systems on stochastically rough terrain may not satisfy strict conditions for limit-cycle stability but can still demonstrate impressively long-living periods of continuous walking. Here,
more » ... examine the dynamics of rimless-wheel and compass-gait walking on randomly generated rough terrain and employ tools from stochastic processes to describe the 'stochastic stability' of these gaits. This analysis generalizes our understanding of walking stability and may provide statistical tools for experimental limit cycle analysis on real walking systems.
doi:10.15607/rss.2008.iv.030 dblp:conf/rss/BylT08 fatcat:5bih7edfdfdk5m5aekhm7o56zy