Optimal robot excitation and identification

J. Swevers, C. Ganseman, D.B. Tukel, J. de Schutter, H. Van Brussel
1997 IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation  
This paper discusses experimental robot identification based on a statistical framework. It presents a new approach toward the design of optimal robot excitation trajectories, and formulates the maximum-likelihood estimation of dynamic robot model parameters. The differences between the new design approach and the existing approaches lie in the parameterization of the excitation trajectory and in the optimization criterion. The excitation trajectory for each joint is a finite Fourier series.
more » ... s approach guarantees periodic excitation which is advantageous because it allows: 1) time-domain data averaging; 2) estimation of the characteristics of the measurement noise, which is valuable in case of maximum-likelihood parameter estimation. In addition, the use of finite Fourier series allows calculation of the joint velocities and accelerations in an analytic way from the measured position response, and allows specification of the bandwidth of the excitation trajectories. The optimization criterion is the uncertainty on the estimated parameters or a lower bound for it, instead of the often used condition of the parameter estimation problem. Simulations show that this criterion yields parameter estimates with smaller uncertainty bounds than trajectories optimized according to the classical criterion. Experiments on an industrial robot show that the presented trajectory design and maximum-likelihood parameter estimation approaches complement each other to make a practicable robot identification technique which yields accurate robot models.
doi:10.1109/70.631234 fatcat:srn2m55kpjd4bidlczxyobh7pm