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A Robust Region Control Approach for Simultaneous Trajectory Tracking and Compliant Physical Human-Robot Interaction
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  • xiangyun Li ,
  • QI LU ,
  • Zhaoyang Chen ,
  • Qinlin Yang ,
  • Kang Li ,
  • Xiangyun Li ,
  • Jiali Chen ,
  • Ning Jiang
xiangyun Li
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Sichuan University, Sichuan University, Sichuan University

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Zhaoyang Chen
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Qinlin Yang
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Xiangyun Li
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Jiali Chen
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Ning Jiang
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The robot manipulator is widely used in healthcare tasks owning to its advantages of the virus immunity, the intensive service capability, etc. For the safe and smooth robot-assisted healthcare task execution, real-time motion tracking controls and compliant physical human-robot interactions are concurrently important control objectives. In this work, the uncertainty and disturbance estimator (UDE)-based robust region tracking controller for a robot manipulator is developed. The regional feedback error is derived from the potential function to drive the robot manipulator end-effector converging into the target region, where the safe and compliant physical human-robot interaction can be achieved. Utilizing the back-stepping control approach, the regional feedback error is seamlessly integrated into the UDE-based control framework, where the UDE is employed to estimate and compensate unknown payloads, unmodeled dynamics and frictions. Due to the simple structure and strong robustness of the proposed method, only the minimum model information, i.e., a constant inertia matrix, is needed for implementation on multi-degrees of freedom robot manipulators without additional force/torque sensors. The Lyapunov method is used to analyze the stability of the closed-loop control system. With two 7 degrees of freedom(DoFs) redundant manipulators and one 6 DoFs nonredundant manipulator, experimental studies including 3D lemniscate trajectory tracking, human–robot interaction for bilateral rehabilitation and temperature measurement are carried out for controller effectiveness validation. Compared to benchmark adaptive region control method, the proposed approach achieves better robustness with 0.022 m less mean absolute errors and 0.022 m less root mean squared errors in the presence of model uncertainties.
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Oct 2023Published in IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems volume 53 issue 10 on pages 6388-6400. 10.1109/TSMC.2023.3285603