Grid-based Motion Planning using Advanced Motions for Hexapod Robots

Wei Cheah, Hassan Hakim Khalili, Simon Watson, Peter Green, Barry Lennox

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    This paper presents the motion planning framework for a hexapod, based on advanced motions, for accessing challenging spaces, namely narrow pathways and large holes, both of which are surrounded by walls. The advanced motions,
    wall and chimney walking, utilise environment surfaces that are perpendicular to the ground plane to support the robot motion. Such techniques have not yet been studied in the literature. The hierarchical planning framework proposed here is an extension to existing approaches which have only considered
    ground walking where foothold contacts are confined to the ground plane. During the pre-processing phase of the 2.5D grid map, the motion primitives employed are assessed for each cell and stacked to the graph if valid. The A* algorithm is then used to find a path to the goal position. Following that, the
    path is post-processed to smoothen the motions and generate a continuous path. Footholds are then selected along the path. The framework has been evaluated in simulation on the custom designed Corin hexapod. The resulting path enables access to areas that are previously thought to be inaccessible and reduces the travelling distance compared to previous studies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018
    EventIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2018 - Madrid, Spain
    Duration: 1 Oct 20185 Oct 2018


    ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2018
    Abbreviated titleIROS
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    • Robot
    • hexapod
    • advanced motion


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