LEARNING ALGORITHMS FOR MANIPULATOR CONTROL By CHARLES KEVIN HUSCROFT B.A.Sc.(Hons), The University of British Columbia, 1979 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF APPLIED SCIENCE in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES (Department of Electrical Engineering) We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard THE UNIVERSITY OF October © Charles Kevin BRITISH COLUMBIA 1984 Huscroft, 1984 In presenting this thesis in partial fulfilment of the requirements for an advanced degree at the University of British Columbia, I agree that the Library shall make it freely available for reference and study. I further agree that permission for extensive copying of this thesis for scholarly purposes may be granted by the head of my department or by his or her representatives. It is understood that copying or publication of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission. Department Of Electrical Engineering The University of British Columbia 1956 Main Mall Vancouver, Canada V6T 1Y3 Date October 17, 1984 Abstract A method of robot manipulator control is proposed whereby algorithms are used to learn sum of polynomials representations of manipulator dynamics and kinematics relationships. The learned relationships are utilized to control the manipulator using the technique of Resolved Acceleration Control. Such learning is achieved without recourse to analysis of the manipulator; hence the name Self-Learned Control. Rates of convergence of several learning algorithms are compared when learning estimates of various non-linear, multi variate functions. Interference Minimization is found to be superior to the Gradient Method, Learning Identification and the Klett Cerebellar Model. Simplification of the implementation of Interference Minimization is described. A variant, Pointwise Interference Minimization, is introduced that is suitable for certain applications. Self-Learned Control with path specification in Cartesian coordinates is demonstrated for a simulated two link manipulator. It is shown that sum of polynomials representations of the inverse dynamics, inverse kinematics and direct position kinematics relationships are adequate to achieve control comparable to that achieved using their analytical counterparts and can be learned without analysis of the manipulator. Further research is outlined to achieve automatic adaptation to tool mass, implementation of sum of polynomials estimators and enhancement of the Klett Cerebellar Model. Table of Contents Abstract ii List of Figures viList of Tables xiAcknowledgements v 1. Introduction 1 2. Interference Minimization and Related Learning Algorithms 6 2.1 Learned Functional Estimation using Sums of Polynomials 6 2.2 An Improved Learning Algorithm -Interference Minimization 7 2.3 Relationship to Similar Learning Algorithms 9 2.4 Choice of Test Conditions for Comparison of Algorithms 13 2.5 Comparison of the Learning Algorithms 18 2.6 Implementation Considerations for Interference Minimization 28 2.7 Applications where Pointwise Interference Minimization is Appropriate 32 2.8 Summary 33 3. Self-Learned Control of a Two Link Manipulator .. 34 3.1 Resolved Acceleration Control with Cartesian Path Specificaton 34 3.2 A Two Link Manipulator 41 3.3 Simulation of the Manipulator 47 3.4 Path Specification 53 iii 3.5 Manipulator Control using the Analytical Inverse Dynamics and Analytical Inverse Kinematics 61 3.5.1 Ideal Open Loop Control 61 3.5.2 Ideal Closed Loop Control 65 3.5.3 Realizable Closed Loop Control -Standard Analytical Control 67 3.5.4 Choice of Parameters Defining Standard Analytical Control 72 3.6 Adequacy of a Sum of Polynomials Representation of the Inverse Dynamics and Inverse Kinematics 87 3.6.1 Derivation of a Sum of Polynomials Representation of the Inverse Dynamics 87 3.6.2 Pre-Learning of the Inverse Dynamics .. 89 3.6.3 Attempted Derivation of a Sum of Polynomials Representation of the Cartesian Inverse Dynamics 93 3.6.4 Limitation of a Sum of Polynomials Representation of the Cartesian Inverse Dynamics to a Portion of the Manipulator's Space 95 3.6.5 Pre-Learning of the Cartesian Inverse Dynamics 98 3.6.6 Closed Loop Control using the Pre-Learned Cartesian Inverse Dynamics .... 100 3.7 Adequacy of a Sum of Polynomials Representation of the Direct Position Kinematics 102 3.7.1 Derivation of a Sum of Polynomials Representation of the Direct Position Kinematics 103 3.7.2 Pre-Learning of the Direct Position Kinematics 107 3.7.3 Closed Loop Control using the Pre-Learned Cartesian Inverse Dynamics and Pre-Learned Direct Position Kinematics 112 iv 3.8 Self-Learning of the Cartesian Inverse Dynamics 120 3.8.1 A Method for Self-Learning of the Cartesian Inverse Dynamics 120 3.8.2 Closed Loop Control using the Self-Learned Cartesian Inverse Dynamics .... 133 3.9 Self-Learning of the Direct Position Kinematics 139 3.9.1 A Method for Self-Learning of the Direct Position Kinematics 139 3.9.2 Closed Loop Control using the Self-Learned Cartesian Inverse Dynamics and Self-Learned Direct Position Kinematics 155 3.10 Summary 164. Contributions of this Thesis 171 5. Suggestions for Future Research 174 5.1 Further Investigation of Self-Learned Control 175.1.1 Control of a More Complex Manipulator . 174 5.1.2 Adaptation to Tool Mass 175 5.2 Implementation of Sum of Polynomials Estimators 178 5.2.1 Digital Computer Implementation 179 5.2.1 Stochastic Computer Implementation .... 186 5.3 Proposed Modifications to the Klett Cerebellar Model 190 5.3.1 The Klett Cerebellar Model 190 5.3.2 Learned Orthogonalization 193 5.3.3 Input Variable Splitting 199 v Bibliography 206 Appendix A: Analytical Kinematics of the Two Link Manipulator 211 Appendix B: Analytical Dynamics of the Two Link .Manipulator 215 Appendix C: Closed Loop Control of Line 1 using the Self-Learned Cartesian Inverse Dynamics after 200, 400, 600, 800 and 1000 Training Paths 218 Appendix D: View of Circle 1 using the Self-Learned Direct Position Kinematics after 200, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1400, 1800, 2200, 2600, 3000, 3400, 3800, 4200, and 4600 Training Paths 224 vi List of Figures 2.1 Convergence rates when target function is a polynomial with randomly chosen coefficients versus convergence rates when target function is a polynomial with 1's as coefficients, for case s=3 and v=3 15 2.2 Convergence rates for Method 5, the Cerebellar Model, as a function of u for the cases s=1 and v=3, s=3 and v=3, and s=3 and 17 2. 3 Convergence rates for various methods when s= 1 . . 20 2. 4 Convergence rates for various methods when s= 2 . . 21 2. 5 Convergence rates for various methods when s= 3 . . 22 2. 6 Convergence rates for various methods when s= 4 . . 23 2. 7 Convergence rates for various methods when s= 5 . . 24 2. 8 Convergence rates for various methods when s= 6 . . 25 2. 9 Reduction of estimation error , Af, as a function of the number of training points for the case s=3 and v=3 using the various methods (estimation error averaged over each 100 iteration interval) 26 2.10 Pattern of zero and non-zero elements of matrix P for the case s=3 and v=3 (+ = positive, - = negative, 0 = zero) 29 2.11 Total number of elements, number of non-zero elements and order of matrix P for cases where s=3 31 3.1 A two link manipulator 42 3.2 Block diagram of manipulator simulation program . 48 3.3 Standard path line 1 in Cartesian coordinates ... 55 3.4 Standard path line 1 in joint coordinates 56 3.5 Standard path circle 1 in Cartesian coordinates . 58 3.6 Standard path circle 1 in joint coordinates 59 3.7 View of standard path circle 1 (ticks mark intervals of 0.2 sec) 60 vii 3.8 Ideal open loop control of line 1 62 3.9 Torque profile for line 1 64 3.10 Error correcting action of ideal closed loop control 66 3.11 Standard analytical control of line 1 71' 3.12 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that tcaic = 0'02 sec 73 3.13 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that tcaic = 0'03 sec 4 3.14 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that tcaic = 0-04 sec 75 3.15 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that EXACT=.TRUE 7 3.16 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that PRDICT=.FALSE 78 3.17 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that USEOBS=.TRUE 80 3.18 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that k 1 =64 and k2=l024 82 3.19 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that k1=4 and k2=4 3 3.20 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that k1=8 and k2=l28 84 3.21 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that ^=32 and k2=32 5 3.22 Reduction of estimation error during pre-learning of the inverse dynamics (estimation error averaged over each 100 iteration interval) 91 3.23 Reduction of estimation error during pre-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics (estimation error averaged over each 100 iteration interval) 99 3.24 Closed loop control of line 1 using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics 101 3.25 View of circle 1 using the derived direct position kinematics 106 vi i i 3.26 Reduction of estimation error during pre-learning of the direct position kinematics (estimation error averaged over each 100 iteration interval) 109 3.27 View of circle 1 using the pre-learned direct position kinematics 110 3.28 View of circle 1 using the pre-learned direct position kinematics during closed loop control of circle 1 using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and pre-learned direct position kinematics 114 3.29 View of circle 1 during closed loop control of circle 1 using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and pre-learned direct position kinematics 115 3.30 Closed loop control of line 1 using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and pre-learned direct position kinematics 118 3.31 Closed loop control of line 1 using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and pre-learned direct position kinematics with ADJVIS=.TRUE. 119 3.32 Choices of a_ and vm for first 250 training paths used in self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics 127 3.33 View of first 250 training paths used in self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics 128 3.34 Proportion of learning opportunities at which learning took place during self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics 129 3.35 Path errors during self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics 130 3.36 Maximum out of bounds excursions during self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics 131 3.37 Average path, errors during closed loop control of the six standard paths using the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics as a function of the number of training paths used 134 3.38 Closed loop control of line 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics 135 ix 3.39 Closed loop control of circle 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics 136 3.40 Average torque estimation error during closed loop control of the six standard paths using the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics as a function of the number of training paths used ... 138 3.41 Proportion of learning opportunities at which learning took place during self-learning of the direct position kinematics 144 3.42 Path estimation errors during self-learning of the direct position kinematics 145 3.43 View of circle 1 using the final self-learned direct position kinematics 146 3.44 View of circle 1 using the smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics 154 3.45 View of circle 1 using the final self-learned direct position kinematics during closed loop control of circle 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and final self-learned direct position kinematics 156 3.46 View of circle 1 during closed loop control of circle 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and final self-learned direct position kinematics 157 3.47 View of circle 1 using the smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics during closed loop control of circle 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and smoothed final self-learned direct position kinematics ... 160 3.48 View of circle 1 during closed loop control of circle 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics 161 3.49 Closed loop control of line 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics 163 3.50 Closed loop control of line 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics with ADJVIS=.TRUE 164 x 5.1 Block diagram of digital computer implementation of a sum of polynomials estimator 184 5.2 Stochastic computer circuit for summing the products of two pairs of input variables 189 5.3 Block diagram of cerebellar system 190 5.4 Block diagram of the Klett Cerebellar Model 191 5.5 Schematic of Granule cell - Golgi cell network a) showing those locations where amplification could occur b) showing lumped amplifications 194 5.6 Example of input variable splitting 202 5.7 Representations of sin(27rz) • ••• 202 5.8 Encoding of joint angle by input variable splitting 205 5.9 Example of products of split input variables representing joint angle 205 xi List of Tables 2.1 Summary of learning algorithms 13 * 2.2 Step size factors, u, for Method 5, the Cerebellar Model 18 3.1 Data defining standard linear paths .- 54 3.2 Data defining standard circular paths 57 3.3 Path error using ideal open loop control 63 3.4 Path error using ideal closed loop control 67 3.5 Path error using standard analytical control .... 70 3.6 Path error using standard analytical control, except for noted variations 86 3.7 Coefficients for the derived and pre-learned sum of polynonials representations of the inverse dynamics function for torque 92 3.8 Coefficients for the derived and pre-learned sum of polynonials representations of the inverse dynamics function for torque 93 3.9 Path error and torque error using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics for closed loop control 102 3.10 Path estimation error using the derived direct position kinematics 105 3.11 Path estimation error using the model vision system having exact position measurement 107 3.12 Coefficients for the derived and pre-learned sum of polynomials representations of the direct position kinematics functions for positions x 1 and *2 111 3.13 Path estimation error using the pre-learned direct position kinematics 112 3.14 Path error using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and pre-learned direct position kinematics for closed loop control 113 3.15 Path error and torque error using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics for closed loop control 139 xi i 3.16 Path estimation error using the final self-learned direct position kinematics 147 3.17 Coefficients for the derived and final self-learned sum of polynomials representations of the direct position kinematics functions for positions x1 and 148 3.18 Path estimation error using the smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics 152 3.19 Coefficients for the derived and smoothed, final self-learned sum of polynomials representations of the direct position kinematics functions for positions x1 and x2 153 3.20 Path error using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and final self-learned direct position kinematics in closed loop control 158 3.21 Path error using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics in closed loop control 159 3.22 Summary of path errors using various control schemes 170 5.1 Number of terms, m, for systems of various orders, s, and various numbers of input variables, v .... 181 5.2 Multiplications required for estimates of various orders of the Cartesian inverse dynamics for manipulators having various degrees of freedom .. 182 5.3 Multiplications required for estimates of various orders of the direct position kinematics for manipulators having various degrees of freedom .. 182 xi i i Acknowledgements I would like to thank my supervisor, Dr. Peter D. Lawrence, for his enthusiastic encouragement, assistance and support. I would also like to thank fellow student, James J. Clark, for the many ideas he offered during our frequent conversations. My wife, Dulce Estrella, has been a constant source of encouragement and my daughter, Alicia Estrella, has been a constant source of inspiration. I dedicate this thesis to my nephew Lawrence Wyatt Telling, whom I will always remember. This research has been supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada through a Postgraduate Scholarship to its author and Grant #A4924, and by the University of British Columbia in the form of a Teaching Assistanceship. xiv 1 INTRODUCTION There is currently much interest in adaptive control in the field of robotics. Largely, this is due to the desire to avoid analysis of the dynamics and kinematics of robot manipulators. The goal of this thesis is to examine a family of learning algorithms and demonstrate their ability to learn the non linear, multi-variate functions describing the dynamics and kinematics of a robot manipulator. Furthermore, it is intended to show that this learning can be done without recourse to analysis of the dynamics or kinematics of the manipulator. The starting point for this work was the Cerebellar Model proposed by Klett [26]. The learning machine proposed by Klett represents an extension of previous cerebellar models such as those proposed by Albus [1,2] and Marr [31] and draws upon earlier work on perceptrons, and other learning machines [42,49]. The cerebellum is involved in maintaining posture and coordinating motor activities of the body [1,26,38]; i.e. manipulator control. Thus it is reasonable to consider application of the Klett Cerebellar Model in learned manipulator control. Currently, most industrial robot manipulators are based on individual joint servo control. Path specifications in a task oriented coordinate system such as Cartesian coordinates must be transformed into path specifications in terms of successive joint positions, a time consuming task. Individual joint servo control typically neglects coupling dynamic effects and thus 1 performance is limited. Manipulator control techniques have been proposed that make use of the complete analytical dynamics of a manipulator; an example is Resolved Acceleration Control as proposed by Luh et al [30]. The disadvantage of such techniques is that they require analysis of the dynamics and kinematics of each manipulator to be so controlled. This is often a difficult task. Furthermore, the parameters used in the formulation of the dynamics such as link lengths, masses, centers of gravity and moments of inertia may be difficult to obtain by anyone other than the manufacturer of the manipulator. Adaptive techniques have been proposed to avoid the necessity of manipulator analysis and measurement of manipulator parameters [29]. One such technique is the Adaptive Linear Controller proposed by Koivo and Guo [27]. A locally valid model of the manipulator dynamics is estimated on-line, based on recent observations of applied torques and resulting manipulator motion. Performance is quite good and the method does not require a priori analysis of the manipulator or measurement of manipulator parameters. Unfortunately, many mathematical operations are necessary for the on-line operations. Intuitively, the Adaptive Linear Controller would seem to be inefficient because although it is continually adapting, i.e. learning, it is continually forgetting as well. The locally valid model is changed as the manipulator moves from place to place by incorporating information from new observations and forgetting information from old observations. Thus upon 2 repeating a path, the Adaptive Linear Controller does not benefit from the previous experience. Self-Learned Control as proposed in this thesis differs from previous adaptive methods in that a globally valid model of the manipulator dynamics and kinematics is learned. In this respect it is somewhat similar to the Cerebellar Model Articulation Controller proposed by Albus[l,2]. Due to the use of continuous functions as the basis of our learned functional estimates, however, our method requires far fewer weighting coefficients than the method proposed by Albus and no special encoding of input variables. Once the dynamics and kinematics have been learned to a degree adequate for control purposes, no further learning need take place. This assumes, of course, that the manipulator dynamics and kinematics are not changing. Interference Minimization, the principle learning algorithm used in this thesis, was derived by Klett as an intermediate step in the derivation of his Cerebellar Model [26]. Chapter 2 examines the convergence rates of Interference Minimization and related learning algorithms such as the Gradient Method [36,57] and Learning Identification [12,39,50], A method of reducing the number of calculations required to implement Interference Minimization is introduced. Also introduced are Pointwise counterparts of several of these algorithms that have utility in certain applications. In chapter 3 the aforementioned learning algorithms are applied to achieve Self-Learned control of a simulated two link manipulator. Section 3.1 discusses Resolved Acceleration Control 3 using path specification in Cartesian coordinates and section 3.2 provides the analytical dynamics and analytical kinematics of the two link manipulator. Sections 3.3 and 3.4 outline how the two link manipulator was simulated and how standard test path specifications were generated. In section 3.5 the analytical dynamics and analytical kinematics of the two link manipulator are used in a simulation of a realistic implementation of Resolved Acceleration Control that we call Standard Analytical Control. This establishes a performance benchmark for subsequent comparison with Self-Learned control. In sections 3.6 and 3.7 it is shown that the Cartesian inverse dynamics and direct position kinematics of the two link manipulator can be represented adequately as sums of polynomials over a workspace consisting of a sizable portion of the manipulator's reach. Furthermore, it is shown to be possible to Pre-Learn these sum of polynomials representations using the analytical Cartesian inverse dynamics and analytical direct position kinematics as a guide. Finally, in sections 3.8 and 3.9 it is shown that these representations can be Self-Learned without recourse to the analytical dynamics or analytical kinematics. In control using the Self-Learned Cartesian inverse dynamics as shown in section 3.8, a vision system is assumed to observe the manipulator and provide error correcting feedback information. Section 3.9 shows that utilization of the Self-Learned direct position kinematics permits replacement of the vision system once learning is complete. The contributions of this thesis are summarized in chapter 4 4 and chapter 5 offers several detailed suggestions for areas of future research. First, there is the need to apply Self-Learning to a real manipulator having more than 2 degrees of freedom and to extend Self-Learning to allow the Cartesian inverse dynamics to be adjusted automatically to compensate for the attachment to the manipulator of a tool of any mass within a given range. Secondly, investigation is warranted into the implementation of the required sum of polynomials estimators. Finally, proposed modifications of the Klett Cerebellar Model may increase its plausibility. 5 2 INTERFERENCE MINIMIZATION AND RELATED LEARNING ALGORITHMS 2.1 LEARNED FUNCTIONAL ESTIMATION USING SUMS OF POLYNOMIALS In adaptive control, it is often necessary to learn to estimate unknown functional relationships through a learning technique. In this thesis we study techniques whereby functional estimation is learned based on a sum of polynomials representation. One such technique is the Gradient Method used by Widrow et al [57] for adaptive filtering. Another technique is the method of Learning Identification that was formulated for linear systems by Nagumo and Noda [39], Learning Identification was extended to non-linear systems by Roy and Sherman [50]. These and related methods have been investigated by other authors such as Klett [26], Eweda and Odile [14], Bitmead and Anderson [8], Chan and Babu [10,11], Johnson [25] and Billings [7].. These techniques have been used to estimate a function of time samples of a continuous signal [39,50,57], They can also be generalized to estimate functions of arbitrary variables [26,10,11]. We are interested in the learning of non-linear functions of several variables for application in manipulator control. This thesis describes an improved learning algorithm of which the previously mentioned algorithms are simplifications. They thus form a family of learning algorithms. The convergence rates of the various algorithms are compared and factors simplifying the implementation of the improved learning algorithm are discussed. 6 2.2 AN IMPROVED LEARNING ALGORITHM - INTERFERENCE MINIMIZATION This thesis is concerned with algorithms that learn to estimate a function as a sum of polynomials, specifically the Kolmogorov-Gabor [ 18,50] polynomials. The estimate of a function is formed as a weighted sum of polynomial terms, f = I w/cp/c(z) = wTp (2.1) k The basis polynomial terms are the set, {p.(z)J = { n z.ei } (2.2) * i=0 where, v Z e. = s , e. an integer (2.3) i=0 1 1 zQ = 1 (2.4For example, if s=2 and v=2 then the polynomial terms are, (pA.(z)} = { 1, z]t z2, z^f z22, z^2 } (2.5) The space spanned by this set is given by v, the number of input variables, and s, the system order. The number of terms, m, in such a polynomial is given by, (s+v)! m = (2.6) s!v! An estimate formed in this manner can mimic multivariate, non linear functions. Learning takes place by iteratively adjusting the weight vector at a series of training points until the estimate corresponds to the target function throughout the space. An improved learning algorithm can be derived as follows: At each training point the weights are adjusted to eliminate the 7 error in the estimate while minimizing the change in the estimate at other points in the space. We call the algorithm, Interference Minimization. This strategy can be enforced by minimizing the function, c = / (AwTp)2 5S + a(AwTp - Af) (2.7) S using the Lagrange multiplier technique, where S is the domain of the input variables, Aw is the change in the weight vector and Af is the error in the estimation. The error in the estimate is given by, Af = f - f (2.8) * where f is the target function. Setting the partial derivatives of c with respect to Aw and a to zero and solving yields the weight adjustment formula, AfP~1p Aw = (2.9) P P P where, P = / ppT 6S (2.10S The matrix P is real, symmetric and positive definite and thus the inverse, P 1 exists. Interference Minimization was derived by Klett [26] as an intermediate step in the derivation of his Cerebellar Model and can be generalized to allow use of other basis sets. In this work we consider in depth the specific case where K-G polynomials form the basis set. This elicits comparison with other previously described learning algorithms based on K-G polynomials and permits simplification of the implementation of 8 Interference Minimization as is shown in section 2.6. 2.3 RELATIONSHIP TO SIMILAR LEARNING ALGORITHMS Several learning algorithms previously described in the literature can be considered to be simplifications of Interference Minimization. In (2.9) it can be seen that the matrix P 1 does not change the magnitude of the weight adjustment vector Aw, it only changes the direction. If the matrix P 1 is deleted from the weight adjustment formula, the estimation error at a training point is still eliminated, however, the effect of the adjustment at other points in the space is not minimized. This sub-optimal learning algorithm is Learning Identification, which was formulated by Nagumo and Noda [39] using first order polynomials, and by Roy and Sherman [50] using K-G polynomials, Mp Aw = -=- (2.11) P P In (2.11) the denominator serves as a scaling variable that adjusts the step size. When changing the weights, the error in the estimate is exactly eliminated regardless of the location of the training point. If the denominator is replaced by a positive constant, then the direction of the weight adjustment vector is not changed; one still moves towards a new weight set that eliminates the estimation error at the training point. The adjustment formula becomes, Aw = uAfp (2.12) This algorithm is known as the Gradient Method and has been 9 discussed by authors such as Widrow et al [57] and Eweda and Odile [14]. The gain factor u must be chosen such that adjustments are not so large as to cause divergence at any training points within the space. This can be ensured by choosing u such that, u < 2 min{l/(pTp)} (2.13) S This algorithm is even less optimal than (2.11) since many iterations are required at most training points in the space just to eliminate the estimation error at the training point. Two variants of Interference Minimization follow if one selects basis functions such that P 1 is equal to the identity matrix. One method is to form the estimate as, f = wTQp = wTq (2.14) where, Q = [/ ppT 6S]"1/2 = P(p)"l/2 (2.15) S The matrix Q is real, symmetric and positive definite. The terms of the vector q are a set of orthonormal polynomials. With such a basis vector, the matrix P becomes, P(q) = / qqT 6S = / QppTQT SS = P"l/2PP_1/2 = I (2.16) S S The weight adjustment formula now becomes, Mq Aw = -=- (2.17) q q This method is equivalent to Interference Minimization as given previously in (2.9); the weight adjustment eliminates the estimation error at the training point while minimizing the 10 change in the estimate at other points in the space. It really only represents a simplification of the weight adjustment formula at the expense of a more complex estimation formula involving orthonormal polynomials. We call this method, Orthogonal Interference Minimization. As in (2.11), the denominator in (2.17) serves as a scaling variable that adjusts the step size, and can be replaced with a positive constant; Aw = uAf q (2.18) To avoid divergence at any training point within the space, one must choose u such that, u < 2 min{l/(qTq)} (2.19) S Despite its similarity to the Gradient Method, this algorithm is superior due to the use of orthonormal polynomial terms in q. As with the Gradient Method, several iterations are required at a point if one is to eliminate the estimation error, however, each adjustment causes a minimal change in the estimate at other points in the space, thus speeding convergence. We call this algorithm the Cerebellar Model as it was originally proposed by Klett [26] as a model of learning in the mammalian cerebellum. Discrete counterparts of several of the algorithms can be derived as follows: At each training point the weights are adjusted to eliminate error in the estimate at the point while minimizing the change in the estimate at previous training points, rather than minimizing the change in the estimate at all other points in the space as was done for (2.7). The Lagrange 11 multiplier technique can be used to obtain a weight adjustment formula identical to that of Interference Minimization, except that in place of the P matrix there is a matrix D which is used c n at the nth training point; n-1 m T DN = 1/nZ p.p.1 = [(n-1)DN_1 + PnPn ]/n (2.20) where, DQ = I (2.21) We call this algorithm, Pointwise Interference Minimization. As with Interference Minimization, two variants can be implemented in which polynomial terms in the basis vector are made orthogonal using the matrix, E„ = D ~1/2 (2.22) n n We call these variants, Pointwise Orthogonal Interference Minimization and the Pointwise Cerebellar Model. The various algorithms are summarized in table 2.1. 12 METHOD NAME ESTIMATE WEIGHT ADJUSTMENT NOTES -,T— — — 1 Gradient Method f=w p Aw=uAfp _T- - AfP 2 . Learning f=w p Aw= Identification pTp 3 Interference f=w p Aw=-—•=rj— P= / pp dS Minimization pTP p S -T- - M^ - - -1/2 4 Orthogonal f=w q Aw= q=Qp, Q=P / Interference qTq Minimization 5 Cerebellar Model f=w q Aw=uAfq q=Qp AfDn_1p n-1 6 Pointwise f=wTp Aw=- D =l/n 2 ppT Interference pTD -1p /=0 ' 1 c n r Minimization -T- - M^ - - -1/2 -TZ'-lZ At.. /-» —17 ^ 17 _r> 1 / <• nr' n n Pointwise Orthog. f=w q Aw= q=Enp, En=D Interference qTq Minimizat ion -,T— — _ _ _ 8 Pointwise f=w q Aw=uAfq ^=EnP Cerebellar Model Table 2.1 Summary of learning algorithms 2.4 CHOICE OF TEST CONDITIONS FOR COMPARISON OF ALGORITHMS In comparing the various learning algorithms, a convenient first step is to normalize all input variables. Comparison under such conditions allows one to see characteristics that are fundamental properties of the algorithms rather than just anomalies occurring due to particular combinations of input variable ranges. In practice, input variables are normally confined to a finite range of values and thus there is not a 13 loss of generality in normalizing all input variables. In order to allow positive and negative quantities to be represented, all inputs were normalized such that, -1 < z/ < 1 (2.23) Comparisons were made for various combinations of system order, s, and number of input variables, v. In all cases the function whose estimate was to be learned was chosen to be the K-G polynomial corresponding to s and v with all coefficients set to 1. For example, in the case s=2 and v=2, the function whose estimate was to be learned was, * 2 2 f = 1 + z1 + z2 + + z2 + z1z2 (2.24) We have found that relative rates of convergence when estimating these functions are representative of results when estimating functions described by K-G polynomials with coefficients randomly generated from a uniform distribution between -1 and 1. Figure 2.1 compares, for each of the learning algorithms, the results of five trials where the coefficients of the K-G target function were all 1's with the results of five trials where the coefficients were randomly chosen. All of the trials shown are for s=3 and v=3, but several other cases showed similar results. The stopping rule for the various learning sequences was as follows: when the error, Af, at a training point was found to be less than 0.01 at 100 successive training points then it was assumed that the error was less than 0.01 throughout the space and convergence was deemed to have occurred at the first of the 100 such training points. 100 points has proven to be an adequate test for convergence in the cases considered. Several 14 8 h CASE s=3 v=3 METHOD 1 METHOD 2 METHOD 5 METHOD 3 I METHOD 6 RANDOM COEF'S • ALL rs Too" Too" Tio" TRIAL0 NUMBER t.oo Figure 2.1 Convergence rates when target function is polynomial with randomly chosen coefficients versus convergenc rates when target function is a polynomial with 1's a coefficients, for case s=3 and v=3 15 trials were duplicated using a similar stopping rule where acceptance was required at more than 100 successive training points. Convergence occurred after the same number of points as before. The training points were successively chosen from uniform distributions of the input variables and one weight adjustment was performed at each point. For those learning algorithms that require specification of the step size factor u, u was chosen to be as large as allowable without causing divergence to bepossible. For Method 1, the Gradient Method, the condition for non-divergence given in (2.13) was satisfied by choosing, u = 2/m . (2.25) For Method 5, the Cerebellar Model, such an explicit formula * for u was not obtained; for each combination of s and v, a * corresponding u was obtained through simulations where, u = 2 min{l/(qTq)} = 2 min{l/(pTQTQp)} (2.26) S S * In all cases u was obtained by considering 2000 randomly generated input variable vectors {z^.,,2 }. The u factors so obtained are tabulated in table 2.2. It was verified in several cases that such a choice of u is near optimal for Method 5. Figure 2.2 shows the number of steps required for convergence as a function of u for the cases, s=1 and v=3, s=3 and v=3, s=3 and v=1. The choice of u given by (2.26) was near optimal in all cases except for s=3 and v=3. It was noted for this and other cases with a large number of terms, m, that it was typically possible to speed convergence by increasing u slightly from that, 16 8 • i GAIN FACTOR Figure 2.2 Convergence rates for Method 5, the Cerebellar Model, as a function of u for the cases s=1 and v=3, s=3 and v=3, and s=3 and v=1 17 given by (2.26). This entails a degree of risk as with such a choice of u the algorithm was divergent at some points in the space. Thus if occasional groups of several successive training points were in divergent regions of the space, the total algorithm would diverge. This was confirmed by several trials involving 10 or more adjustments per training point in which use of a u greater than that specified by (2.26) would lead to * divergence. Thus it seems reasonable to consider u as given by (2.26) to be the best choice when using Method 5, the Cerebellar Model. s y 6 .082 .022 5 t 5 .112 .036 .015 e m 4 . 161 .064 .034 0 3 .251 .131 .093 .109 .147 — — r d 2 .455 .333 .327 .448 .676 1 . 08 1 .68 3.00 e r 1 1.0 1.18 1 .64 2.69 4.65 8. 31 14.7 27.7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Number of Variables Table 2.2 Step size factors, u, for Method 5, the Cerebellar Model 2.5 COMPARISON OF THE LEARNING ALGORITHMS Comparisons were made of all of the learning algorithms in table 2.1 except methods 4, 7 and 8. Methods 4 and 7 are 18 equivalent to methods 3 and 6, respectively, and converge in the same number of steps. Method 8 was included in table 2.1 for completeness only; in actual application, method 8 appears to require too much computation to be practical. The choice of u to ensure non-divergence depends on En which is changing as learning takes place. Thus the optimal u cannot be calculated beforehand for method 8. Figures 2.3 through 2.8 show the number of steps required for the various learning algorithms to converge. The number of input variables, v, ranged from 1 to 8 and the system order, s, ranged from 1 to 6 in the cases investigated. The data represent the results for single trials except for the first order cases where the results represent the average of three trials. Figure 2.9 shows the reduction of estimation error, M, as a function of the number of iterations for the case s=3 and v=3 using the various learning algorithms. The graph shows the magnitude of Af, averaged over intervals of 100 training iterations. For cases having a low system order there is not much difference between most of the various algorithms; the differences become pronounced only when higher order systems are considered. Method 1, the Gradient Method, is consistently the poorest algorithm. Method 3, Interference Minimization, is consistently much better than the Gradient Method; for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th order systems the factor of improvement is approximately 9, 20, 24 and 28, respectively. Method 2, Learning Identification, is similar in performance to the Gradient Method 19 8 h FIRST ORDER CASES 8 • METHOD 6 K METHOD 5 • METHOD 3 METHOD 2 • METHOD 1 • NUMBER OF 3.00 4.00 8.00 NUMBER OF VARIABLES 7700 8.00 Figure 2.3 Convergence rates for various methods when s=1 20 SECOND ORDER CASES 81 • 1 co8J s I ID Z 8 K • METHOD 6 METHOD 5 METHOO 3 METHOD 2 METHOD 1 NUMBER OF TERMS Too •V.00 Too" 17oo 4.00 8.00 NUMBER OF VARIABLES 8.00 7.00 Figure 2.4 Convergence rates for various methods when s=2 21 THIRD ORDER CASES 8" I 8 8 METHOD 6 METHOD 5 METHOD 3 METHOD 2 METHOD 1 NUMBER OF TERMS 7. oo •f^o i!oo a'.oo Too BTOO i.oo s.oo NUMBER OF VARIABLES 6.00 7.00 gure 2.5 Convergence rates for various methods when s=3 FOURTH ORDER CASES X • METHOD 6 METHOD S METHOD 3 METHOD 2 METHOD 1 NUMBER OF TERMS 8.00 4.00 8.00 NUMBER OF VARIABLES Too" ToT 6.00 Figure 2.6 Convergence rates for various methods when s=4 23 FIFTH ORDER CASES METHOD METHOD METHOD METHOD METHOD 6 5 3 2 1 NUMBER OF TERMS 7. oo ~r "NUMBER OF VARIABLES BTOO" l.oo 7.00 Figure 2.7 Convergence .rates for various methods when s=5 24 SIXTH ORDER CASES X • METHOD 6 METHOD 5 METHOD 3 METHOD 2 METHOD 1 NUMBER OF TERMS Tib" 7.00 iToo iToo BTOO NUMBER OF VARIABLES To7 Figure 2.8 Convergence rates for various methods when s=6 25 (L60 iilo ITio 2~*0 i.oo -103 TRAINING POINTS o ^0.00 Figure 2.9 Reduction of estimation error, Af, as a function of the number of training points for the case s=3 and v«=3 using the various methods (estimation error averaged over each 100 iteration interval) 26 in cases where the system order, s, is larger than the number of input variables, v, however, Learning Identification is much better when v>s, approaching Method 3 in performance. Method 5, the Cerebellar Model, is' intermediate in performance to the Gradient Method and Interference Minimization, much like Learning Identification; except that when s>v the Cerebellum Model is better than Learning Identification. Method 6, Pointwise Interference Minimization, is consistently the best method; for cases where v=1 the Pointwise Interference Minimization is similar to Interference Minimization and for cases where v>1 it is better by a factor of approximately 2, even when s=1 . The choice of which algorithm to use depends on the complexity of implementation as well as the achievable performance. Method 3, Interference Minimization, offers performance second only to Method 6, Pointwise Interference Minimization. As will be shown in section 2.6, the complexity of Interference Minimization is not as great as it might seem, thus simplifying implementation. Pointwise Interference Minimization, however, entails much more computation than the other algorithms as the matrix DR must be updated and inverted yielding D 1 at each training point. Pointwise Interference Minimization is better than Interference Minimization by only a factor of 2 and thus typically does not warrant consideration. There are, however, certain situations in which the use of Pointwise Interference Minimization is appropriate. This is shown in section 2.7. 27 2.6 IMPLEMENTATION CONSIDERATIONS FOR INTERFERENCE MINIMIZATION Interference Minimization achieves its improved performance over the Gradient Method and Learning Identification at the expense of a more complex algorithm. The increase in complexity, however, is not as great as it appears at first. If the input variables are normalized as in (2.23), then the matrix P 1 in (2.9) becomes sparse. P 1 has a special form that allows its sparseness to be easily utilized to speed up the computations required in Interference Minimization. Consider the elements of the matrix P. The element P.. is i J given by the integral, P.. = J p.(z)p.(z) 5S (2.27) J S 1 From the definition of P/C(z) given in (2.2), (2.3) and (2.4) we have, 1 1 v , . p.. = n z.*e/* ey*' 5z,..6z (2.28) lJ -1 -1 *=0 * iv If it occurs that (e^ jc+ej ^)mod2=1 for any variable, z^, then P. .=0. At least half of the elements P. . are zero and for v>>s the vast majority of the elements P^. are zero. An examination of the nonzero elements in P reveals a significant pattern. If the polynomials in the set {p^(z)} are ordered appropriately, the special banded nature of P will become apparent. The matrix has a "kite" form in which all the nonzero elements appear as a series of smaller symmetrical matrices along the diagonal. Operations with P can thus be done as smaller tasks performed on the individual smaller matrices. This means that P 1 and Q have 28 the same "kite" form as P. As an example, figure 2.10 shows the -1 format of P and {p,(z)} for the case s=3 and v=3. {p*(i>} 1 Z1Z1 z2z2 23Z3 ZT Z1Z1Z1 Z122Z2 Z1Z3Z3 Z2 Z2Z1Z1 Z2Z2Z2 Z2Z3Z3 Z3 Z3Z1Z1 Z3Z2Z2 Z3Z3Z3 Z1Z3 Z2Z3 z z z .-1 + - - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - + - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - + - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - + 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 + - - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - + - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - + - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - + 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 + - - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - + - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - + - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - + 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 + - - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - + - - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - + - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - + 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 + 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 + 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 + 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 + Figure 2.10 Pattern of zero and non-zero elements of matrix P for the case s=3 and v=3 (+ = positive, - = negative, 0 = zero) -1 An empirical method of describing the form of P 1 has been found. Consider a system of order s, having v input variables. The number of terms in {p^(z)} and hence the size of P is, (v+s)! m(v,s) = (2.29) v!s! It is useful to define the value of this function when the arguments are zero or negative; m(-v,s) = m(v,-s) = 0 (2.30) m(0,s) = m(s,0) =1 (2.3129 for v,s positive. The size and multiplicity of the smaller matrices identity, s forming P 1 can then be obtained from the terms of the s\2+1 m(v,s) = Z r.d. (2.32) i = 1 11 where \ represents integer division and where, r. = m(v-s-1+2/,s+2-2/) (2.33) d/ = m(v,/-1) (2.34In the matrix P 1, the number of different sizes of submatrices along the diagonal corresponds to the number of terms in the summation of (2.32). There are s\2+1 unique submatrix sizes. The size of each is given by the factor d^ and the number of occurrences of each is given by the factor r^. . The total number of nonzero elements in P 1 is, s\2+1 , nz(v,s) = Z r.d. (2.35) i = 1 2 For a system of order s, nz(v,s) is much smaller than m(v,s) for v>>s, growing in size as v is increased in manner more like that of m(v,s). This is shown for the case s=3 in figure 2.11. The matrix P 1 thus becomes almost diagonal in form for v>>s. Normalization of the input variables as in (2.23) thus significantly reduces the number of multiplications required when implementing Interference Minimization. 30 Figure 2.11 Total number of elements, number of non-ze elements and order of matrix P 1 for cases where s=3 31 2.7 APPLICATIONS WHERE POINTWISE INTERFERENCE MINIMIZATION IS APPROPRIATE In the derivation of Interference Minimization, the error at a training point was eliminated while minimizing the change in the estimate at other points in the space. An equal weighting was assumed for these other points. A more general approach is to allow a non-uniform weighting [26], This would be appropriate when accuracy is more critical at certain regions of the space than others. With this more general approach equation (2.7) becomes, c = J h(S)(AwTp)2 5S + a(AwTp - Af) (2.36) S where h(S) is a strictly positive weighting function. The optimum weight adjustment formula remains as before except that the definition of the matrix P becomes, P = J h(S)ppT 8S (2.37) S One application that demands non-uniform weighting is when the input variables have a non-uniform probability distribution and one wishes to improve the estimate most rapidly in the regions of the space that are most probable. It is then appropriate to use the probability distribution of the input variables as h(S). If h(S) is an even function of the input variables forming S then P is sparse as described previously. If the distribution h(S) is not known beforehand then it is appropriate to use Pointwise Interference Minimization as it effectively learns h(S). In the limit, the matrix Dn converges to be a scaler multiple of the corresponding matrix P. For 32 example, if the input variables are normalized as in (2.23) then, D = P/2 (2.3800 Pointwise Interference Minimization combines the learning of P with the learning of the estimate. 2.8 SUMMARY A family of learning algorithms has been introduced and their convergence characteristics compared. The method of Interference Minimization has been found to be superior to either the Gradient Method or Learning Identification. Further, normalization of the input variables simplifies the implementation of Interference Minimization. Pointwise Interference Minimization has been found to be the best algorithm on the basis of rapid convergence, however, the improvement over Interference Minimization is small and would not seem to justify the significant increase in algorithm complexity. One situation where it may be appropriate to use Pointwise Interference Minimization is when one wishes to have most rapid convergence in those regions of the input variable space that are most probable and the probability distribution, h(S), is unknown. Pointwise Interference Minimization effectively learns this distribution. 33 3 SELF-LEARNED CONTROL OF A TWO LINK MANIPULATOR One of the principle contentions of this thesis, is that learning algorithms can be used to achieve self-learned control of a manipulator. It had been hypothesized that weighted sums of polynomial terms could model the multi-variate, non-linear functions that describe the dynamics and kinematics of a manipulator, and that Interference Minimization or related methods could be used to learn the weighting coefficients, without recourse to analysis of the manipulator, and thus learn the functions necessary to achieve control. 3.1 RESOLVED ACCELERATION CONTROL WITH CARTESIAN PATH SPECIFICATION Given that one has the ability to learn the multi-variate, non-linear functions describing a manipulator, it is then necessary to utilize this capability with a suitable control technique. A family of suitable methods [20,29,30] are those called variously, Inverse Plant, Inverse System, Inverse Problem , etc. One example of these methods that has been applied to manipulator control is Resolved Acceleration Control as described by Luh et al [30], It is within this control framework that we propose to apply learning algorithms to learn manipulator control. In general, the dynamics of a manipulator can be described by a group of functional relationships that we call the direct dynamics; 34 a dir.dyn(7,a,a) (3.1) where a / a 6t (3.2) a / a 6t (3.3) a is a vector of generalized joint angles and 7 is a vector of generalized torques or forces, as appropriate, that are applied to the joints. Application of torque 7 when the manipulator is in position a and moving with velocity a will result in acceleration a. The exact form of the functions comprising the direct dynamics relationships are dependent on the manipulator configuration as to type and number of links, and the link lengths, link masses and mass distributions, joint friction and gravity. The manipulator can be controlled using its inverse dynamics which are described by a group of functional relationships that we call the inverse dynamics; 7 = inv.dyn(a,a,a) (3.4) where, a = 6a(t) (3.58t a = 6a(t) (3.6) 6t To achieve acceleration a when moving at velocity a and in position a, torque 7 must be applied, a and a can be obtained be differentiating the path specification, a(t). In general it is not easy to obtain these relationships, especially for complex manipulators having several degrees of freedom. If these relationships are known exactly, it would appear 35 to be possible to control a manipulator by open loop control. Given that one starts with the initially desired position equal to the actual position, then given the desired path o.^(t) one can calculate torque 7(t) using the inverse dynamics relationships, apply r(t) to the manipulator and cause the manipulator to move such that a(t) equals a^(t). This is expressed mathematically ' as a definition of the direct and inverse dynamics, namely, a(t) = dir.dyn(inv.dyn(a^,a^,a^),a,a) = a^(t) (3.7) given that, a(tQ) = ad(tQ) (3.8) and, a(tQ) = ad(tQ) (3.9) In practice such a control technique is poor due to finite precision in calculations, imprecise knowledge of parameters in the inverse dynamics relationships such as joint masses, joint lengths, etc. and noise-like disturbances of the manipulator by the environment. Even with a very accurate approximation of the inverse dynamics relationships and minimal environmental disturbances, tracking errors will tend to accumulate and cause further tracking errors when using open loop control. Good control can be achieved by using feedback to adjust applied torques to correct for position and velocity errors; 7 = inv.dyn(a(j+k1 (a^-a)+kj(a^-a) ,a,a) (3.10) Application of such torques results in manipulator motion as follows, a - dir.dyn(inv.dyn(ad+k1(ad-a)+k2(ad-a),a,a),a,a)(3.11) 36 which by the definition of the direct and inverse dynamics yields, a = a^+k 1 (a^-a) +k2(a(j-a) (3.12) 0 = (ad~a)+k1(ad-a)+k2(ad-a) (3.13Defining the position error as, e = a, - a (3.14) a a results in a second order, linear, homogeneous differential equation with constant coefficients describing the change in position error with time, 0 = e + k,e + k0e (3.15) a 1a 2 a For stability, or equivalently to have e*a decrease with time, one must choose k^O, and for a critically damped response one 2 must choose k1 =4k2. This technique for manipulator control has already been demonstrated by Luh et al [30] for a complex manipulator whose dynamics were known analytically. One of the main goals of this work is to determine whether this control technique can be successfully applied when the inverse dynamics relationships are learned without recourse to analysis of the dynamics of a manipulator. In resolved acceleration control as put forward by Luh et al, the path specification is in joint coordinates. Typically, it would be more desirable to specify the manipulator path in another coordinate system which is more suitable for the task at hand. For example, one may desire to specify the path of the manipulator end point in Cartesian coordinates, rather than specify the path of the manipulator joints in joint coordinates. 37 Manipulator end point control in Cartesian coordinates can be achieved using the inverse kinematics of the manipulator in conjunction with the inverse dynamics of the manipulator. The inverse kinematics are described by a group of functional relationships as follows: a - pos.inv.kin(x) (3.16) a = vel.inv.kin(x,a) (3.17a = acc.inv.kin(x,a,a) (3.18) Given the vectors x, x and x describing the manipulator end point position, velocity and acceleration in Cartesian coordinates, one can obtain the vectors a, a and a describing the manipulator joint positions, velocities and accelerations. Typically, the combination of joint angles that will place the manipulator end point at a given Cartesian position is not unique. It is thus necessary to apply constraints to permit the inverse kinematics to be described by functional relationships. For example, a revolute joint may be constrained to revolve through less than it radians. Such constraints often physically exist because of the manner in which manipulators are constructed; revolute joints often are restricted to less than a full circle of rotation. For manipulators having more than three degrees of freedom, one typically wants to control more than just the end point of the manipulator. For example, with a six degree of freedom manipulator, one can specify the end point path and the orientation of the last link which is typically thought of as the hand or tool. In this case, the constraints describing the 38 orientation of the hand, which are necessary to permit the inverse kinematics to be described by functional relationships, can be viewed as part of the path specification rather than as constraints. The inverse kinematics and the inverse dynamics can be combined to form a group of functional relationships that we call the Cartesian inverse dynamics; 7 = cart.inv.dyn(x,x,x) (3.19) where, £ = 6x(t) (3.206t x = 6x(t) (3.21) 6t Similarly, the direct kinematics and the direct dynamics can be combined to form a group of functional relationships that we call the Cartesian direct dynamics; x = cart.dir.dyn(7,x,x) (3.22) where, x = J x 6t (3.23x = / x 5t (3.24) The direct kinematics of the manipulator are described by a group of functional relationships as follows, x = pos.dir.kin(a) (3.25) x = vel.dir.kin(a,a) (3.26x = acc.dir.kin(a,a,a) (3.27) Given the vectors a, a and a describing the manipulator joint positions, velocities and accelerations, one can obtain the vectors x, x and x describing the manipulator end point 39 position, velocity and acceleration. In a manner analagous to that described previously, one can control the manipulator using the Cartesian inverse dynamics along with feedback to correct position and velocity errors; T = cart.inv.dyn(x(j+k1 (x^-x)+k2 (x^-x) ,x,x) (3.28) x= cart.dir.dyn(cart.inv.dyn(x^+k1(x^-x)+k2(x^-x),x,x),x,x) (3.29) x = x(3+k1 (xd-x) + k2 (xd~x) (3.300 = (xd-x)+k1(xd-x)+k2(xd~x) (3.31) Defining the Cartesian position error as, ex=xd~x (3.32) -one can choose k1 and k2 as before to achieve stability and critical damping of Cartesian position errors. The Cartesian inverse dynamics relationships are more complex than the inverse arm relationships due to the inclusion of a coordinate transformation through use of the inverse kinematics. Such would be the case if one wanted to use this approach in conjunction with other coordinate systems, such as cylindrical or spherical, that might be more convenient given the task at hand. The key point is that control is desired with respect to a coordinate system that may not be the most natural one for describing manipulator dynamics. A second major goal of the work is thus to determine whether learned resolved acceleration control can be successfully applied using path specification in a task oriented coordinate system such as Cartesian coordinates. When applying resolved acceleration control using 40 Cartesian coordinates for end point path specification, it is necessary to observe the end point Cartesian position in order to use feedback to correct position and velocity errors. Ideally, one could use a vision system to measure the end point path. Equivalently, one can measure joint positions, velocities and accelerations and use the direct kinematic relationships to determine the manipulator end point path. The direct kinematics can be determined by a general technique [44,46] and they are much simpler to derive than the inverse kinematics. Their evaluation requires nothing more than multiplication and summation of sine and cosine terms. Nevertheless, such a method requires manipulator analysis and time consuming, manipulator-specific calculations. With Interference Minimization it should be possible to learn the functional relationships that describe the direct kinematics. This would allow Cartesian path control of manipulator without the use of a vision system and without resort to analysis and calculation of the direct kinematics. The manipulator end point could then be obtained from simple joint path measurements. 3.2 A TWO LINK MANIPULATOR In order to test the feasibility of learned control of a manipulator, a simple two link manipulator was chosen as a test vehicle. The structure of the two link manipulator and associated coordinate reference frames are shown in figure 3.1. 41 Figure 3.1 A two link manipulator Such a simple manipulator was chosen for two basic reasons: First, its dynamics and kinematics are known in analytical form. This permits the arm to be simulated on a computer, with all the advantages that simulation brings; no time consuming hardware development, exact specification of parameters, accurate observation of all variables, and no physical damage when mistakes are made. Also, control performance when using the analytical dynamics and kinematics can serve as benchmarks against which one can compare control performances when using learned dynamics and kinematics. Secondly, as the manipulator was to be simulated, it had to be simple to avoid requiring inordinate amounts of computer time for accurate simulation of 42 numerous movements. In spite of the simplicity of the two link manipulator, its kinematics and dynamics are described by highly non-linear, multi-variate functions as is typical of more complex manipulators. We expect that results using the two link manipulator will be representative of possible results using more complex manipulators. The direct kinematics of the two link manipulator can be obtained by using basic trigonometry to calculate the Cartesian position of the end point as a function of the joint angles. These functions are then differentiated to yield the Cartesian velocity and acceleration of the end point in terms of joint angles, angular velocities and angular accelerations. The direct kinematics are as follows: x1 • 11sin(a1 ) + l^intc^+a^ (3. 33) X2 • -l^osfa 1) - l2cos(a1+a2) (3. 34) x1 = = l1cos(a1 )d1 + l2cos(a1+a2)(d1 +dl ) (3. 35) x2 = • 11 sin(a1 )d1 + l2sin(a1+a2)(d1 +d2 ) (3. 36) x1 -= l1cos(al )d1 + ljcostc^+c^) (d1 + 'd2 ) - 1 2 sin(a1)d1 - l2sin(a1 +a2 )(d1+d2)2 (3. 37) x2 = l1sin(a1 )d1 + l2sin(a1+a2)(d1 +a2 ) + 1 cos(a])d1 + l2cos(a1 +a2 )(d1+d2)2 (3. 38) To obtain the inverse kinematics of the two link manipulator it is necessary to apply a constraint to make functional relationships possible. In the following we restrict a2 to be between 0 and 7r radians. The inverse kinematics can then be written as, a2 = arccosUx^ + x22 - 1^ - 122)/21112) (3.39) 43 a1 = arctan(x1,-x2) _ arctan(l2sin(a2)+ l2cos(a2)) (3.40) d1 = (l2sin(a1+a2)xl - l2cos(a1+a2)x2)/l1l2sin(a2) (3.41 ) d2 = [(-l1sin(a1)x1 + 11cos(a1)x2)/l.l2sin(a2)] - d1 (3.42) 2 a1 = (l2sin(a1+a2)x1 - l2cos(a1+a2)x2 + 11l2cos(a2)d1 + l22(d1+d2)2)/l1l2sin(a2) (3.43) 2 • 2 d2 = [ (-11 sin (a. )x 1 + l^osfa^x^ - 1^ d1 - l^cosU^ (d1+d2)2)/l1l2sin(a2) ] - (3.44) Note that arctan function has two arguments and is thus assumed to yield a value between -it and it. Since it is the sines and cosines of a1 and that are used in subsequent calculations, it is useful to use the following formulas, cos(a2) = (x^ + x22 - l,2 - 122)/21112 (3.45) sin(a2) = (1 " cos(a2)2)l/2 (3.462 2 cos(a1) = [x1llsin(a2) - x2(1.+l2cos(a2))]/(x1 +x2 ) (3.47) sin(ttl) = (1 - cos(ai)2)l/2 (3.48The derivation of the direct and inverse kinematics is shown in appendix A. The inverse dynamics of the two link manipulator can be obtained using Lagrangian mechanics [37,46]. The Lagrangian L is defined as the difference between the kinetic energy K and the potential energy P of the system, L = K - P (3.49) The inverse dynamics equations are obtained as, 44 where are the coordinates in which the kinetic and potential energy are expressed, d^. are the corresponding velocities, and T. the corresponding forces or torques. is either a force or a torque, depending upon whether ai is a linear or angular coordinate. These forces, torques and coordinates are referred to as generalized forces, torques and coordinates. Application of Lagrangian mechanics to a two link manipulator having link lengths 11 and 12, link masses m1 and m2, and oriented as shown in figure 3.1 with respect to g, the gravitational field, yields the following inverse dynamics, T1 = d1iai + dl2d2 + d111a12 + dl22d22 + d112d1d2 + dl21d2d1 + d1 (3*51) r2 = d21a1 + d22d2 + d2nd12 + d222d22 + d212d1d2 + d221d2d1 + d2 (3*52) where, dn = (m1+m2)ll2 + m2l22 + 2m2l1l2cos(a2) (3.53) 2 dl2 = m2l2 + m2l1l2cos(a2) (3.54) d11 1 = 0 (3.55dl22 = ~m2^" 1 •'•2Sin ^a2 ^ (3.56) d112 = ~m2l112s*n^a2^ (3.57dt21 = -m21i12Sin^a2^ (3.58) d1 = (m1+m2)gl1sin(a1) + m2gl2sin(a1+a2) (3.59) d21 = m2122 +m21112cos(a2) (3.60d22 = m2122 (3,S1} d211 = m2l112S^n^a2^ (3.62) 45 d222 = 0 (3.63) d2l2 = 0 (3.64d221 = 0 (3.65d2 = m2gl2sin(a1+a2) (3.66) The derivation of the inverse dynamics is shown in appendix B and follows the approach used by Paul [46]. Note, however, that the results differ slightly from those given by Paul as there is an arithmetic error in the his derivation. Note also that this derivation neglects frictional forces. This is not necessarily a simplification, though, from a control point of view. Friction would tend to damp any oscillations that occur whereas with no friction, oscillations must be damped out by the control system. The direct dynamics can be obtained through algebraic manipulation of the inverse dynamics and are as follows, a1 = [dl2(r2 - g2) + d^tg, - Tt)]/AQ (3.67) a2 = [d21 ( T1 - g,) + dn(g2 - T2)]/d0 (3.68) where, d0 = dl2d21 " ' d11d22 (3. 69) 91 = d111d12 + d122d22 + d1l2d1d2 + dl21d2d1 + d1 (3. 70) 92 = d211d12 A , .2 + d222a2 + d221d2d1 + d2 (3. 71 ) It is the direct dynamics in conjunction with the integral equations, a = / a 6t (3.72) o = / a 8t (3.73that allows simulation of the manipulator on a computer utilizing numerical integration routines. To achieve learned resolved acceleration control in a 46 Cartesian reference frame it is necessary to learn the inverse dynamics and the inverse kinematics. To replace a vision system or its equivalent for feedback purposes, it is necessary to learn the direct kinematics. It can be seen that even 'for a simple two link manipulator the functional relationships to be learned are multi-variate and highly non-linear. 3.3 SIMULATION OF THE MANIPULATOR Testing of various control systems was carried out using a simulation of the two link manipulator. The simulation was performed on a- VAX-11/750 computer using ACSL (advanced continuous simulation language). ACSL permits the simulation of continuous time systems, such as the manipulator, as well as simulation of discrete time systems, such as the digital computing devices that would be used to implement a manipulator control system [58]. A schematic diagram of the simulation is shown in figure 3.2. The various blocks in figure 3.2 can be thought of as separate physical entities. Derivative blocks represent continuous time systems; systems whose states change continuously, whereas discrete blocks represent discrete time systems; systems whose states change at discrete points in time. 47 useobs CD ^ DISCRETE ri BLOCK OJ SAMPLE dlffer-"le antlatton = *e K a differ entiation learning Machine 2 vtalon tyatea) analytical direct dynanlca DERIVATIVE BLOCK ARM analytical dlract kinematic* . taaeh learning Machine 1 taaeh learning Mchlna 2 DISCRETE BLOCK LEARNJ DISCRETE BLOCK LEARN 2 DERIVATIVE BLOCK ARM Derivative block ARM represents the two link manipulator. Given a statement of the direct dynamics in differential form, a = dir.dyn(7,a,a) (3.74) the integration algorithms of ACSL advance the states of the system, a and a, as, a = / a 6t ' (3.75) a = J a 5t (3.76Of the various integration algorithms available in ACSL, the Adams-Moulton variable stepsize, variable order algorithm was chosen. The relative error introduced at each integration step was restricted to be less than 1.0E-6 times the maximum value of the state up to that point in the simulation and the absolute error introduced at each integration step was restricted to be less than 1.0E-6. Since the order of magnitude of the states is about 1 and FORTRAN single precision real variables are used by ACSL for storage, these error bounds are near the limit of what is achievable. Other fixed stepsize, fixed order integration algorithms available in ACSL, such as Euler, 2nd order Runge-Kutta, and 4th order Runge-Kutta, typically required more CPU time to achieve comparable error bounds. The Gear's Stiff variable stepsize, variable order algorithm was not considered as it is only appropriate for certain difficult integration problems, which is not the case here [58]. ACSL ensures that states and derivatives in derivative blocks are up to date at the times when any other blocks are being executed. Thus the simulated two link manipulator appears as a continuous system to 49 the rest of the simulation. DERIVATIVE BLOCK PTHGEN Derivative block PTHGEN contains code to compute the current path specification, x^, x^ and x^, given the current time, t. No integration is performed by PTHGEN as a dynamic system with states is not being modelled here. A derivative block is used in this manner simply to ensure that the path specification is current whenever another block is being executed without having to duplicate the code in each block that uses the path specification. Paths can be either linear or circular as described in section 3.4. DERIVATIVE BLOCK CALC Discrete block CALC performs the computations required to control the manipulator. Inputs are the specification of the desired Cartesian path, x^, x^ and x^, and the view of the resulting joint path, a, a and a. The output is the torque 7 that is applied to the manipulator. Since CALC is a discrete block, it is executed as discrete intervals in time as fixed by t ,_. The output torque is thus updated at intervals of t , and held constant otherwise. The time required to perform the computations of the CALC block would determine the lower bound on t , in an actual implementation of the control system with ca xc a real manipulator. The many subparts of discrete block CALC allow various types of control to be performed. Control can be open loop, using only the desired Cartesian path specification or closed loop, using the view of the resulting joint path for error 50 correcting feedback. Logical variable CLOSED determines whether control is open or closed loop. Since path specification is in Cartesian coordinates, feedback information must also be in Cartesian coordinates. An approximate Cartesian view of the resulting path can be determined from the resulting joint path by using a model of vision system or by using a learned equivalent of the vision system based on Learning Machine 2. Selection is made according to logical variable VISION. Alternatively, the exact resulting Cartesian path can be obtained using the analytical direct kinematics if logical variable EXACT is true. Due to calculation delay in a real application, control using feedback cannot make use of current observations of the resulting path but rather only observations from at least time tcaic previous. A delay of t ^ in the observations of the resulting path is implemented when logical variable DELAY is true. Given that there is a delay in observations, one can attempt to predict what the current observations would be. Such prediction is done whenever logical variable PRDICT is true. Position and velocity prediction is done using either the desired velocity and acceleration or the observed velocity and acceleration depending on the state of logical variable USEOBS. Finally, one can calculate the torque to apply to the manipulator by using the analytical Cartesian inverse dynamics, consisting of the analytical inverse kinematics and the analytical inverse dynamics, or by using a learned equivalent of the Cartesian inverse dynamics, Learning Machine 1. The method of calculation is selected by logical 51 variable INVARM, Learning Machine 1 being selected when INVARM is false. DISCRETE BLOCKS LEARN I AND LEARN 2 Discrete blocks LEARN 1 and LEARN2 contain code that trains Learning Machines 1 and 2, respectively, using observations of the system. These blocks are executed at intervals of t^rn1 and tlrn2 when enabled by logical variables LRNINV and LRNVIS, respectively. DISCRETE BLOCK SAMPLE Discrete block SAMPLE contains code to collect statistical information about the performance of the control system. It is executed at intervals of t „ . t _ was set to be 0.01 sec for samp samp all simulations. Information compiled includes root mean square path error, XERMS = (mean{(x.-x,.)2})1/2 (3.77) VXERMS = (meant (x.-x,. )2})1/^2 (3.78I 0.1 AXERMS = (mean{(x.-x,.)2})1^2 (3.79) i ai root mean square path estimation error, EXERMS = (mean{(x.-x .)2})^2 (3.80) EVERMS = (mean{(x.-x . )2})1//2 (3.81/ ei EAERMS = (mean{(x.-x .)2})1^2 (3.82) / ei root mean square learned path estimation error, LXERMS = (mean{(x.-x, -)2})1/2 (3.83) / lei LVERMS = (mean{(x.-x, .)2})1/2 (3.84i Lei LAERMS = (mean{(x.-x, .)2})1/2 (3.85) / lei root mean square torque estimation error, TERMS = (mean{(rd.-r1/)2})1/2 (3.86) 52 and maximum applied torque, TRQMAX = max{abs()} (3.87) Also compiled are statistics about how often and how far the resulting path motion is out of bounds, as bounds on allowable motion are imposed by certain of the control techniques considered. More detailed descriptions of certain aspects of the simulation are included in following sections when such aspects of the simulation are central to the particular control technique being studied. 3.4 PATH SPECIFICATION Before going on to discuss methods of controlling the manipulator it is necessary to describe how path specifications are generated. Two types of paths are used to test control of the manipulator; linear paths and circular paths. LINEAR PATHS Linear paths simply consist of linear motion between two points given by the coordinates <x^n 1 ,x^n2> anc^ <xfii 'xfi2>* Tne path consists of five phases of motion. No motion occurs until time tft, then there is a phase of constant acceleration, am„. a 0 F max phase of constant velocity, vmax' a Pnase °^ constant decelaration, amax»- anc* finally a period of no motion, again of duration tn. If the initial and final points are close together then v is not reached. This occurs when, max K«fir*in1»2'+ <x£i2-xin2»2],/2 < W^max (3-8e> In this case there is no phase of constant, non-zero velocity, 53 rather there is simply acceleration until halfway along the path and then deceleration until stopped. Four standard linear paths were used for test purposes. The data defining these four standard paths is given in table 3.1. A plot of line 1 in Cartesian coordinates is shown in figure 3.3. Figure 3.4 shows line 1 in joint coordinates. PATH xin1 xin2 Xfi1 Xf i2 V max a max fc0 line 1 0.45 -1 .45 -0.45 -0.55 0.80 0.80 0.50 line 2 0.45 -0.55 -0.45 -1 .45 0.80 0.80 0.50 line 3 . -0.45 -1 .00 0.45 -1 .00 0.80 0.80 0.50 line 4 0.00 -1 .45 0.00 -0.55 0.80 0.80 0.50 Table 3.1 Data defining standard linear paths CIRCULAR PATHS Circular paths are centered about the origin of the work space located at coordinates <xci»xC2> = <0»~,>« Motion can be clockwise or counterclockwise. The initial position is given by the specified radius, p, and the specified starting angle, 6, as follows, xin1 = xc1 + Pcos(e) (3.89) x in2 = xc2 + psin(0) (3.9054 s s CO • • (_> LU toe lo X DO 1.60 T SEC g 8 • —*" o LU <"§ o LU —"• Csl X 2o • X B§ —1 1 '0. S s » , s s CO •i 1 0.80 1.60 T SEC 2.40 3.20 4.00 4.00 Figure 3.3 Standard path line 1 in Cartesian coordinates 55 CO CM • • UJ Od or: 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 4.00 CD" CO" CJ o UJ UJ cn CO £g <E—•-cxa>-—H CNJ 3 O* • CO' CO 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 2.40 3.20 4.00 • o • CO" gB a--• gs acM-—* 5 X H-CN • is • CM" 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 2.40 3.20 4.00 igure 3.4 Standard path line 1 in joint coordinates 56 Motion proceeds along a circular arc for the fraction of a complete revolution specified by /3. Along the tangent, the same five phases of motion occur as with linear paths, except that v. „ and a.„„ replace v and a„ , respectively. The maximum tng tng c max max r J tangential velocities and accelerations must be constrained, however, such that the vector sum of tangential and radial acceleration never exceeds a„ . This is accomplished by max r J choosing, v. = min {vm .(P7amav)l/2} (3.91) tng max max arno = <a„,av2 ~ V.nr,4/P2)l/2 (3.92tng max tng where 7 is a factor that specifies the portion of amax that is to be allocated to centripetal acceleration during the constant tangential velocity phase of motion. Two circular paths were used for test purposes. The data defining these two standard paths is given in table 3.2. A plot of circle 1 in Cartesian coordinates is shown in figure 3.5. Figure 3.6 shows circle 1 in joint coordinates and figure 3.7 shows a plan view of circle 1. PATH P 0/3 7 vm^„ amav tn dir max max u circle 1 0.40 0.00 1.00 0.75 0.90 0.90 1.00 cw circle 2 • 0.40 3.14 1.00 0.75 0.90 0.90 1.00 ccw Table 3.2 Data defining standard circular paths 57-58 CO" OJ • • o UJ COO cn-O UJ to •Q , <r-4 .00 SEC CM in x t~«M CM*" Figure 3.6 Standard path circle 1 in joint coordinates 59 O I o CO • • o" • I CSJ X. o CO o in 0.50 -0.30 •0.10 0.10 DX(1) M Figure 3.7 View of standard path circle (ticks mark intervals of 0.2 sec) 60 3.5 MANIPULATOR CONTROL USING THE ANALYTICAL INVERSE DYNAMICS AND ANALYTICAL INVERSE KINEMATICS Manipulator control using the analytical inverse dynamics and analytical inverse kinematics, which are together called the analytical Cartesian inverse dynamics, warrants investigation as it forms a benchmark against which to compare manipulator control using a learned sum of polynomials representation of the Cartesian inverse dynamics. 3.5.1 IDEAL OPEN LOOP CONTROL Before moving on to more realistic control scenarios, it is instructive to simulate ideal open loop control of the manipulator. The meaning of open loop control is clear, however, ideal requires explanation. By ideal, we mean that the analytical inverse kinematics and analytical inverse dynamics are used to compute the torques required to achieve a given path. It also means that the torque is updated so frequently that it is effectively calculated continuously. To test ideal open loop control, two simulations were carried out with CLOSED=.FALSE. , INVARM= .TRUE. and t: ,„ = 0.0001 sec. Since the C31C duration of motion for the paths was several seconds, such a small t , assures that torque is effectively calculated C cL J. C continuously. Table 3.3 shows the path error that occurred for the paths, line 1 and circle 1, and figure 3.8 shows the resulting path in Cartesian coordinates for the simulation of line 1. The errors that occur are minimal for both paths and the resulting path for line 1 is indistinguishable from the desired path, which is shown in figure 3.3. The errors can be attributed 61 s CM C_> 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 2.40 3.20 4.00 8 8 — </)§ UJ0 cos *— L C\J •— • 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 2.40 3.20 4.00 8 S 8 Xo 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 2.40 3.20 4.00 Figure 3.8 Ideal open loop control of line 1 62 to finite precision in the calculation of the analytical inverse kinematics and analytical inverse dynamics, inaccuracy in the simulation of the manipulator, finite precision in the calculation of the analytical direct kinematics, and the fact that torque is not updated continuously, albeit that torque is updated very frequently. PATH XERMS VXERMS AXERMS line 1 2.54E-5 3.05E-5 1.05E-4 circle 1 2.10E-5 3.22E-5 7.78E-5 Table 3.3 Path error using ideal open loop control While such ideal open loop control is not a realistic control strategy, it serves to test two aspects of the simulation program. First, it confirms that path specification is being performed correctly. The desired acceleration and velocity are indeed the derivatives of the desired velocity and position, respectively. Secondly, it confirms that the inverse kinematics and inverse dynamics are indeed the inverse of the direct dynamics and direct kinematics used. While this does not mean that the kinematics and dynamics are necessarily correct, it does make it very probable that, given that the analytical kinematics and analytical dynamics have been derived correctly, errors have not been introduced in the implementation of the simulation. If either of these assertions were not true, it 63 would be highly unlikely that the resulting path would duplicate the desired path so closely when using open loop control. In addition, ideal open loop control allows one to examine the torques that must be applied to the manipulator to drive it through a specified path. Figure 3.9 shows the torque, as function of time, that is required to drive the manipulator through standard path, line 1. Figure 3.9 Torque profile for line 1 64 3.5.2 IDEAL CLOSED LOOP CONTROL The position and velocity tracking errors that occur when using ideal open loop control can be reduced by using error correcting feedback resulting in ideal closed loop control. Ideal closed loop control assumes exact measurement of the the resulting Cartesian path and continuous updating of the applied torque. To test ideal closed loop control, two simulations were carried out with CLOSED=.TRUE., INVARM=.TRUE., EXACT=.TRUE., PRDICT=.FALSE., DELAY=.FALSE., ^ = 16, k2=64and tcaic=0-0001 sec. The resulting path errors are shown in table 3.4 and are reduced from those occurring with ideal open loop control. In fact, any further reduction of path error is limited by the precision of calculations in the simulation. The error correcting action of closed loop control is illustrated by a simulation in which the manipulator is perturbed from the desired position of <x(ji'x(32> = <UV~1> at time t=0.2 sec and is restored to the desired position by error correcting feedback. Such a simulation is shown in figure 3.10. In theory it would seem that one could achieve critical damping of such position and velocity errors with as short a time constant as desired simply by increasing k1 and k2 while 2 maintaining the condition k1 = 4k2. In practice this cannot be done as ideal closed loop control cannot be achieved. 65 o COB =>g (Do -OTP (SI 0.00 0.20 0. T 40 SEC 0.60 0.80 1.00 o tn g Xo in o m g CM ><o in 0.00 0.20 0.40 T SEC 0.60 0.80 7.00 Figure 3.10 Error correcting action of ideal closed loop control 66 PATH XERMS VXERMS AXERMS line 1 2.37E-6 6.34E-6 1.46E-4 circle 1 1.56E-6 4.97E-6 1.01E-4 Table 3.4 Path error using ideal closed loop control 3.5.3 REALIZABLE CLOSED LOOP CONTROL - STANDARD ANALYTICAL CONTROL In a practical implementation of closed loop control, various constraints necessitate deviation from ideality. These contraints typically have their roots in technological limitations on the speed at which calculations can be performed. CALCULATION DELAY A certain amount of time passes between the observation of the manipulator position, and the calculation of the torque to apply to the manipulator to correct position and velocity errors while tracking a path specification. There is thus a delay between observation of manipulator motion and error correcting action. Such a delay is implemented in the simulation when logical variable DELAY is true as follows, *o(t) = 5se(t"tcalc) (3'93) Unless one uses parallel processing or pipelined processing, the applied torque will be quantized in time by this same calculation interval. To keep computer cost to a minimum, it is desirable to permit this calculation delay to be as large as possible without resulting in poor control. We have chosen tca^c=O.Ol sec as a reasonable compromise. INEXACT VISION Exact measurement of the manipulator path for use in error correcting feedback is an unrealistic assumption. A more realistic assumption, although still rather optimistic, is that the vision system estimates only position, x*v, so accurately as to be considered equal to the exact position, x. Velocity and acceleration would then be obtained by simple differentiation of the observed position as a function of time. We thus model the vision system as follows, xe(t) = xy(t) = x(t) (3.94) xe(t) - [xe(t> - xe(t-tcalc)]/tcalc (3.95) Je(t) = [ie(t> - xe(t-tcalc)]/tcalc (3.96) Note that in addition to the previously mentioned delay of tcalc' tnere are additional effective delays of *-CB\c/2 ^or velocity observations and tca^c for acceleration observations. PREDICTION It is possible to reduce the effect of feedback delay by using prediction. Since one knows the desired velocity and acceleration when the observations are made, one can use this information to predict what the observed position and velocity should be at time t ^ later. These predictions can then be used in the calculation of the torque to apply at time tcaic later. To this end, we make use of position and velocity prediction as follows, 5p(t+tcalc) = *o(t) + *d(t)tcalc + *d(t)tcalc2/2 (3'97) xp(t+tcalc) " *o(t) + ^d(t)tcalc (3'98) 68 Note that it is also possible to use the observed velocity and acceleration for prediction purposes, rather than the desired velocity and acceleration. Such use of observations, however, was found to have certain disadvantages and was not adopted. FEEDBACK GAIN The feedback gains, k1 and k2, cannot be made arbitrarily large in practice. A choice of k1=16 and k2=64 was found to result in good error correction with a minimal tendency to cause instability given our choice of parameters for standard analytical control; closed loop control using the analytical inverse kinematics, analytical inverse dynamics and realistic constraints. STANDARD ANALYTICAL CONTROL Standard analytical control is simulated by setting CLOSED=.TRUE., INVARM=.TRUE., EXACT=.FALSE., VISI0N=.TRUE, DELAY=.TRUE., PRDICT=.TRUE., USEOBS=.FALSE., k1=16, k2=64 and tca^c=0.0l sec. To test standard analytical control, simulations were done of the six standard paths. The resulting path errors are shown in table 3.5. Figure 3.11 shows the resulting path in Cartesian coordinates for the simulation of line 1. Position and velocity tracking is very good but there is a slight overshooting of steps in acceleration. Tracking is significantly poorer, though, than that which appeared possible using ideal open loop or ideal closed loop control. The performance of standard analytical control shown here forms a benchmark for the evaluation of learned control. One should hope to achieve similar results with learned control, but should not expect to 69 exceed the performance of standard analytical control. VXERMS AXERMS 2.29E-3 2.44E-3 2.45E-3 2.42E-3 1.50E-3 1.48E-3 9.54E-2 9.58E-2 9.92E-2 9.87E-2 4.73E-2 4.73E-2 PATH XERMS line 1 line 2 line 3 line 4 circle 1 circle 2 5.99E-4 7.09E-4 6.75E-4 6.32E-4 6.53E-4 6.18E-4 Table 3.5 Path error using standard analytical control 70 o o CM eng 4.00 T SEC Figure 3.11 Standard analytical control of line 1 71 3.5.4 CHOICE OF PARAMETERS DEFINING STANDARD ANALYTICAL CONTROL The parameters used in standard analytical control were chosen so as to achieve good control with the constraint that the system be realizable. The appropriateness of the chosen parameters can be demonstrated by simulations using standard analytical control except that individual parameters are varied. CALCULATION DELAY Calculation delay is unavoidable in a real implementation. It was chosen to be as large as possible without resulting in poor control, as this permits implementation with lower cost computing hardware. Figures 3.12, 3.13 and 3.14.show simulations of line 1 for the cases tcaic = 0«02 sec, t-calc^*^4 sec and tca^c=0.04 sec, respectively. The path error for these simulations is shown in table 3.6. It can be seen that as tca^c is increased from 0.01 sec, the standard value, the control becomes progressively poorer. For the case tcalc=^"^2 sec' position and velocity tracking is quite good, however, there is a noticeable oscillation in the acceleration of the manipulator. This could cause excessive vibration of the links of an actual manipulator, an effect that is not modelled here. It is assumed that the torque must be updated at a reasonably high rate to avoid resonance with the vibrational modes of manipulator links, otherwise manipulators would have to be specially constructed to damp vibrations. 72 4.00 4.00 4.00 T SEC Figure 3.12 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that t , =0.02 sec calc 73 4.00 4.00 4.00 T SEC Figure 3.13 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that t "i "0.03 sec caic 74 4.00 4.00 4.00 T SEC Figure 3.14 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that t , =0.04 sec caic INEXACT VISION Accurate measurement of manipulator motion is necessary for feedback to be useful in improving control. Errors in measurement translate directly into tracking errors. It is thus necessary to invest in a very accurate vision system, or its equivalent using the analytical direct kinematics, if good control is to be achieved. It does seem reasonable, though, that only. Cartesian position needs to be measured accurately. Cartesian velocity and acceleration, if required, can be adequately obtained by differentiating the position. Figure 3.15 shows a simulation of line 1 in which exact vision is used for feedback purposes by setting EXACT=.TRUE. The resulting path error is shown in table 3.6. It can be seen that control with exact vision is not significantly better than with our model of a vision system where velocity and acceleration measurements are obtained by differentiating accurate measurements of position. PREDICTION Prediction has been used in standard analytical control. The benefits of prediction are shown by a simulation in which no prediction was used. The resulting path is shown in figure 3.16 and the path error is listed in table 3.6. Lack of prediction results in more pronounced overshooting of steps in acceleration and a significant increase in path error as compared to results using prediction. For the two link manipulator, prediction requires only 6 multiplications and 6 additions. Prediction was thus adopted for use in standard analytical control as it requires a minimal amount of additional computation and 76 CM COo 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC o o o 5° —'o 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC o m Xo in 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 4.00 Figure 3.15 Standard analytical control of line 1f except that EXACT=.TRUE. 77 4.00 4.00 4.00 T SEC Figure 3.16 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that PRDICT=.FALSE. 78 significantly improves tracking. In standard analytical control, prediction is implemented using the desired velocity and acceleration. It is also possible to use the observed velocity and acceleration for this purpose. Figure 3.17 shows a simulation of line 1 with USEOBS=.TRUE. The resulting path error is shown in table 3.6. Tracking is no better than with prediction using the desired velocity and acceleration specification. When control is marginal such that the resulting velocity and acceleration differ somewhat from the desired velocity and acceleration, it might be more beneficial to use the observed velocity and acceleration for-prediction. We see prediction, however, as a way of improving control that is already adequate, not as a way of making inadequate control become adequate. Also, observation of acceleration is not otherwise required, except when learning, as will be shown later. Observation of acceleration is thus an additional computational expense with little benefit. Hence we adopted prediction using the desired velocity and acceleration for use in standard analytical control. FEEDBACK GAIN With the departures from ideality present in realizable, closed loop control, it is not possible to arbitrarily increase the feedback gains, k1 and k2, to achieve ever better control. Because of these departures from ideality, the non-linearities of the manipulator and vision system are only approximately cancelled by the analytical inverse dynamics and analytical inverse kinematics. Thus the characterization of the control 79 Figure 3.17 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that USEOBS=.TRUE. 80 system by a second order, linear, homogeneous differential equation with constant coefficients as in (3.31) is only approximately true. We found that k1=16 and k2=64 gave about the best control in combination with the other chosen parameters defining standard analytical control. Figure 3.18 shows a simulation of line 1 with k1=64 and k2=l024. The control system is clearly becoming oscillatory as the feedback gains are increased. Figure 3.19 shows a simulation of line 1 where the feedback gains are reduced to ^=4 and k2=4. Now the control system is not oscillatory but the path error is increased from that of standard analytical control due to the slower correction of velocity and position errors. The effect of departure from 2 . the constraint that k1 =4k2 is shown in figures 3.20 and 3.21 where line 1 is simulated with feedback gains of ^=8, k2=128 and k1=32, k2=32, respectively. The path errors for these simulations with various feedback gains are listed in table 3.6. It can be seen that ^=16 and ^2=64 are reasonable choices for use in standard analytical control. Standard analytical control has been established by reasonably choosing the parameters necessary to implement a realizable, closed loop control system for the two link manipulator. Standard analytical control thus serves as a reasonable benchmark against which to compare learned control. 81 4.00 4.00 4.00 T SEC Figure 3.18 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that k,=64 and ko=!024 82 CM Wo %8 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 4.00 o o —'o 0.00 1.60 T SEC 4.00 tn o o Xo in 4.00 Figure 3.19 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that k1=4 and k2=4 83 o o o o CM COo Csl CJ COo CM is 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 2.40 3.20 4.00 o o CJ COo 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 2.40 3.20 4.00 o in Xo tn 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 4.00 Figure 3.20 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that k1=8 and k2=128 84 Figure 3.21 Standard analytical control of line 1, except that k =32 and k0=32 85 ( PATH XERMS VXERMS AXERMS NOTES line 1 5 .99E-4 2. 29E-3 line 1 1 .12E-3 4. 53E-3 line 1 1 .62E-3 9. 70E-3 line 1 2 •87E-3 3. 71E-2 line 1 2 .60E-4 1 . 64E-3 line 1 4 .57E-3 7. 06E-3 line 1 6 .60E-4 2. 05E-3 line 1 1 .55E-4 6. 57E-3 line 1 2 .44E-3 3. 06E-3 line 1 2 .47E-4 2. 64E-3 line 1 1 .36E-3 2. 92E-3 9. 54E- 2 Standard 1 . 20E- 1 'calc = °-02 sec 2. 06E- 1 ^alc = °-03 sec 6. 45E- 1 ^alc = °-04 sec 9. 02E- 2 Exact Vision 1 . 12E- 1 No Prediction 9. 66E- 2 Use Observations 4. 38E- 1 k1 = 64, k2 = 1024 8. 74E- 2 k1 = 4, k2 = 4 9. 35E- 2 k1 =8, k2 = 128 1 . 09E- 1 k1 = 32, k2 = 32 Table 3.6 Path error using standard analytical control, except for npted variations 86 3.6 ADEQUACY OF A SUM OF POLYNOMIALS REPRESENTATION OF THE INVERSE DYNAMICS AND INVERSE KINEMATICS A principal goal of this work is to learn a sum of polynomials representation of the inverse dynamics and inverse kinematics of the two link manipulator without recourse to analysis of the manipulator. Before considering how such learning is to be performed, it is instructive to consider whether the inverse dynamics and inverse kinematics can even be adequately represented by a sum of polynomials for the purposes of control. 3.6.1 DERIVATION OF A SUM OF POLYNOMIALS REPRESENTATION OF THE INVERSE DYNAMICS Although the inverse dynamics are quite complex, it is straightforward to derive a sum of polynomials representation that closely approximates the analytical inverse dynamics. The analytical inverse dynamics are given by equations (3.51) through (3.66). To derive a sum of polynomials equivalent it is necessary to consider a two link manipulator with specific parameters. To this end we have chosen a two link manipulator as follows, m1 = 1 Kg (3.99) m2 = 1 Kg (3.10011 = 1 m (3.10112 = 1 m (3.102) The standard gravitational acceleration has been assumed; g = 9.81 m/sec2 (3.103) For these choices of parameters, the coefficients in the 87 analytical inverse dynamics are, neglecting units, as follows, dn = 3 + 2cos(a2) (3.104) d12 = 1 + cos(a2) (3.105dni = 0 (3.106d122 = - sin(a2) (3.107) d112 = - sin(a2) (3.108dl21 = - sin(a2) (3.109) d1 = I9.62sin(a1) + 9.81 sin(a}+a2) (3.110) and, d21 = 1 + cos(a2) (3.111) d22 = 1 (3.112d211 = sin(a2) (3.113) d222 = 0 (3.114d212 = 0 (3.115d221 = 0 (3.116) d2 = 9.81sin(a1+a2) (3.117With these coefficients the analytical inverse dynamics are, T1 = 3d1 + 2cos(a2)d1 + d2 + cos(a2)d2 2 - sin(a2)d2 - 2sin(a2)d1d2 + I9.62sin(a1) + 9.81 sin(a1+a2) (3.118) T2 = d1 + cos(a2)d1 + d2 + sin(a2)d12 + 9.81sin(a,+a2) (3.119) The sine and cosine terms can be approximated over the range -7r < a. < 7r using their equivalent series representations, truncated to 4th order and lower terms, cos(a2) « 1 - a22/2 + a24/24 (3.120) sin(a2) * a2 - a23/6 (3.12188 sin(ai ) = a. - (3. 122) 3 2 2 3 sin(a^+a2) — + a2 - /6 - Q^^2 ~ ala2 ^2 ~ a2 ^ (3.123) Substituting these approximations for the sine and cosine terms and keeping the resulting terms of 4*"*1 order or lower yields a sum of polynomials representation for the inverse dynamics, T1 <* 29.4a1 - 4.9la13 + 9.81a2 - 4.9la12a2 - 4.9la1a22 3 . . .2 » 2-- 1.64a2 - 2a2a^a2 - °-2a2 + ^a1 ~ a2 a1 + 2d2 - 0.5a22d2 (3. 124) T2 * 9.8la1 - 1.64a13 + 9.8la2 - 4.9la12a2 - 4.9la1a22 3 2 2 - 1.64a2 + 0^2°-] + 2d.j - 0. 5a2 d^ + d2 (3.125) Demonstration of the accuracy achievable with such a 4^ order sum of polynomials representation is done in the following sections. 3.6.2 PRE-LEARNING OF THE INVERSE DYNAMICS Having derived a sum of polynomials representation of the inverse dynamics, it seemed natural to determine whether this representation could be learned using the analytical inverse dynamics as a guide. We call this pre-learning as the sum of polynomials representation is learned off-line, before being used in any control scheme. This was done using a program analagous to that used in chapter 2 to investigate the convergence rates of the various learning algorithms except that the target functions used were the two functions that make up the inverse dynamics. Pre-learning was carried out using Method 2, Learning Identification, for the cases, f = T1 and f = r2. The number of input variables was v = 6 and the system order was 89 s = 4. The input variables were, z1=a1 (3.126) z2 = a2 (3.127z3 = o1 (3. 128) z4 = d2 (3.129z5 = a1 • (3.130) Zg = d2 (3.131Training points were randomly generated uniformly over the space, -1 < z. < 1, and 20,000 iterations were performed. Torques T1 and T2 were learned as sums of polynomials of the input variables, z.. Figure 3.22 shows the reduction of Af1 and Af2 as a function of the number of training iterations. The graphs show the magnitudes of Af1 and Af2, averaged over intervals of 100 training iterations. It can be seen that the average error in estimating the target functions (in this case the torques T1 and T2) has dropped to about 0.05 N»m. Note that the estimates of the torques do not improve after about 5000 iterations. This implies that better accuracy cannot be achieved without increasing, s, the system order. Table 3.7 and 3.8 shows the coefficients derived previously and shown in equations (3.124) and (3.125) along with their counterparts that were pre-learned. Clearly, as learning proceeds, the coefficients are converging to values close to those obtained by derivation. One should not expect an exact correspondence as the best 4th order approximation of the analytical inverse dynamics is not likely to be exactly that 90 0.00 0.40 O^BO L20 -10^ ITERATIONS 1.60 2.00 o_ Figure 3.22 Reduction of estimation error during pre-learning of the inverse dynamics (estimation error averaged over each 100 iteration interval) 91 obtained by truncating the series representations of the sine and cosine terms, as done' here. Furthermore, Learning Identification does not quite converge to the best 4tn order approximation as it is limited by the constraint that learning eliminates estimation error at the last training point. There should be, however, a close correspondence between the derived and pre-learned coefficients. POLYNOMIAL DERIVED PRE-LEARNED TERM COEFFICIENT COEFFICIENT z1 29.4 29.3 z13 -4.91 -4.47 Z2 9.81 9.67 z z 2 Z2Z1 -4.91 -4.24 z 2z Z2 Z1 -4.91 -4.23 -1 .64 -1 .33 Z4Z3Z2 -2.00 -1.81 Z4% -1 .00 -0.92 Z5 5.00 5.00 2 Z5Z2 -1 .00 -0.91 Z6 2.00 1 .99 z z 2 26Z2 -0.50 -0.51 others 0.00 <0.06 Table 3.7 Coefficients for a sum of polynomials representation of the inverse dynamics function for torque T1 obtained by derivation and by pre-learning 92 POLYNOMIAL TERM DERIVED COEFFICIENT PRE-LEARNED COEFFICIENT z1 9.81 9.69 3 z1 . -1 .64 -1 .36 Z2 9.81 9.71 2 22Z1 -4.91 -4.24 2 Z2 Z1 -4.91 -4.22 Z23 -1 .64 -1.41 z 2z Z3 Z2 1 .00 0.90 Z5 2.00 2.00 2 Z5Z2 -0.50 -0.44 Z6 1 .00 0.99 others 0.00 <0.05 Table 3.8 Coefficients for a sum of polynomials representation of the inverse dynamics function for torque r2 obtained by derivation and by pre-learning 3.6.3 ATTEMPTED DERIVATION OF A SUM OF POLYNOMIALS REPRESENTATION OF THE CARTESIAN INVERSE DYNAMICS To achieve our goal of learned control with path specification in Cartesian coordinates, it is necessary to learn the Cartesian inverse dynamics. Thus it is instructive to attempt to derive a sum of polynomials representation of the inverse kinematics of the two link manipulator, which together with the inverse dynamics form the Cartesian inverse dynamics of the manipulator as given in (3.19). It was found that an 93 adequate sum of polynomials representation of the Cartesian inverse dynamics.could only be achieved over a portion at a time of the space over which the manipulator is capable.of moving. The inverse kinematics of the two link manipulator are given by equations (3.39) through (3.44). Since it is the sines or cosines of the angular positions, rather than the angles themselves, that are required for substitution into the inverse dynamics, it is useful to consider equations (3.44) through (3.48) rather than the inverse kinematics functions for angular position. -Given the link lengths chosen previously, the formulas for the sines and cosines of angular position become, cos(a2) = x^/2 + x22/2 - 1 (3. 1 32) sin(a2) = (1 - cos2(a2))l/2 (3.1332 2 cos(o]) = x1sin(a2)/(x1 +x2 ) - x2/2 (3.134) sinU^ = (1 - cos2(a1))1/2 (3.135The first two functions given here, (3.132) and (3.133), can be well represented by a sum of polynomials over the whole space within the manipulator's reach, except.very close to the origin. The second two functions, (3.134) and (3.135), appear to not be 2 2 representable by a sum of polynomials due to the term (x1 +x2 ) in the denominator of (3.134). The inverse kinematics functions for d1, d2, d1 and d2 all have the term sin(a2) appearing in a denominator position. This means that these functions have singularities at the origin and at the limits of the manipulator's reach where sin(a2) is zero. The singularities at the origin and at the limits of the 94 manipulator's reach reflect control difficulties that are inherent with the manipulator. One should not expect to have good control at these points using path specification in Cartesian coordinates. One would normally not utilize the manipulator at these problematic points in the space. The difficulty in representing cos(a1) with a sum of polynomials is more significant. Even neglecting points near the origin and near the limits of the manipulator's reach, it does not appear to be possible to represent function (3.134) as a sum of polynomials over the rest of the manipulator's reach. It seems that any sum of polynomials that is good in one quadrant is bad in the opposite quadrant. Attempts to learn cos(a1) over a circular band excluding the origin and the limits of the manipulator's reach proved futile. It was thus necessary to limit learning of the inverse kinematics and hence the Cartesian inverse dynamics to a portion of the space. 3.6.4 LIMITATION OF A SUM OF POLYNOMIALS REPRESENTATION OF THE CARTESIAN INVERSE DYNAMICS TO A PORTION OF THE MANIPULATOR'S SPACE To permit a sum of polynomials representation of the Cartesian inverse dynamics, it was necessary to limit learning to a portion of the manipulator's space. This is not a great restriction of the technique as most real manipulators have revolute joints that are constrained to within a fraction of a complete circle of motion. One normally uses the manipulator in a restricted region or workspace, typically in front of or below the manipulator origin. Further, one can use several different 95 sum of polynomials representations of the Cartesian inverse dynamics, each for ' a different portion of the manipulator's space. We restricted our attention to a workspace below the origin of the two link manipulator, namely the region specified by, -0.5 < x1 < 0.5 m (3.136) -1.5 < x2 < -0.5 m (3.137Velocity and acceleration were restricted to magnitudes of less 2 than 1 m/sec and 1 m/sec , respectively. The normalized input variables for the learning algorithms were thus, z1 = 2x1 (3.138) z2 = 2x2 +2 (3.139z3 = x1 . (3.140) z4 = x2 (3.141 ) z5 = x1 (3.142z6 = x2 (3.143) Over this portion of the manipulator's reach it is possible to represent the Cartesian inverse dynamics as sums of polynomials. The cosine of a2 is already exactly represented as a sum of polynomials of Cartesian coordinates, cos(a2) = z^/6 + z22/6 - z2/2 - 1/2 (3.144) The sine of a2 is equal to the binomial expansion of the right hand side of (3.133), 7 4 6 sin(a2) = 1 - cos(a2) /2 - cos(a2) /8 - cos(a2) /16 ... (3.145) A good approximation for sin(a2) can be obtained by truncating the series (3.145) at an appropriate length, substituting in the 96 expression for cos(a2), and then retaining all polynomial terms of a given maximum order or less, say 4fc^ order. This is rather difficult to do, however, as a large number of the terms of (3.145) have significant components of 4*"*1 order or lower. Over the workspace the cosine of a1 is, cos(a.,) = 1/2 - z2/4 + z1 sin(a2)/(z12/2+z22/2-2z2+2) (3.146) The troublesome polynomial in the denominator of (3.146) can be replaced with its Taylor series equivalent taken about the origin of the workspace, (zl2/2+z22/2-2z2 + 2)"1 = \/2 + z2/2 - z^/8 + 3z22/8 - 3Z]2Z2/12 + 3Z23/12 ... (3.147) The expression for cos(a^) can then be truncated to those terms of 4fck order or lower. Given a sum of polynomials representation of cos(a1), one can then obtain the sine of using a binomial expansion of the right hand side of (3.135) , as was done for s i n (a 1 ), sin(a2) = 1 - cos(a2)2/2 - cos(a2)4/8 - cos(a2)6/l6 ... (3.148) The factor l/sin(a2) that appears in the inverse kinematics functions for d1, d2, d1 and d2 can be replaced with the Taylor series for the reciprocal of the polynomial approximation for sin(a2), taken about the origin of the workspace. Accurate representation of these sine, cosine and cosecant terms can be obtained using the polynomial series shown here, truncated to a certain maximum order, 4*"** order for example. Substituting these results into the inverse kinematics 97 relationships and subsequently combining the inverse kinematics with inverse dynamics, one can obtain an accurate sum of polynomials expression for the Cartesian inverse dynamics. Again, only terms of ascertain maximum order or less need be retained. It is clearly difficult to perform the algebra necessary to derive such a sum of polynomials representation of the Cartesian inverse dynamics. The feasibility of such a representation can be demonstrated, however, by pre-learning a sum of polynomials representation of the Cartesian inverse dynamics. 3.6.5 PRE-LEARNING OF THE CARTESIAN INVERSE DYNAMICS To demonstrate the adequacy of sum of polynomials representation of the Cartesian inverse dynamics, such a representation was pre-learned using the analytical Cartesian inverse dynamics as a guide. This was done using a program analagous to that used in chapter 2 to investigate the convergence rates of the various learning algorithms except that the target functions used were the two functions that make up the Cartesian inverse dynamics. Pre-learning was carried out * using Method 2, Learning Identification, for the cases f = r1 * and f ~ T2' Tne number °f input variables was v = 6 and the system order was s = 4. The input variables were those given in equations (3.138) through (3.143). Training points were randomly generated uniformly over the space, -1 < z. < 1, and 20,000 iterations were performed. Figure 3.23 shows the reduction of Af1 and Af2 as a function of the number of training iterations performed. The 98 0.00 0.40 0JBC) JL20 «io« ITERATIONS 1.60 2.00 Figure 3.23 Reduction of estimation error during pre-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics (estimation error averaged over each 100 iteration interval) 99 graphs show the magnitudes of Af1 and Af2, averaged over intervals of 100 training iterations. The average error in estimating the target functions (in this case the torques T1 and r2) has dropped to about 0.6 N.m. It was found that the Cartesian inverse dynamics, as pre-learned here, were adequate to achieve control comparable to that using the analytical Cartesian inverse dynamics. 3.6.6 CLOSED LOOP CONTROL USING THE PRE-LEARNED CARTESIAN INVERSE DYNAMICS To test the adequacy of the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics, simulations were carried out in which the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics were substituted for the analytical inverse in otherwise standard analytical control. Simulation parameters were set as follows: CLOSED=.TRUE., INVARM=.FALSE., EXACT=.FALSE., VISION=.TRUE., DELAY=.TRUE., PRDICT=.TRUE., USEOBS=.FALSE., k1=16, k2=64 and tcaic=0«u1 sec• Tne pre-learned coefficients were used in Learning Machine 1 to estimate torques. No learning took place during the simulations. Simulations were carried out for all six standard paths. The resulting path errors are shown in table 3.9. Mean position tracking error is about 3 mm compared to about 0.5 mm when using standard analytical control. Velocity and accelaration tracking errors are similarly increased. Also shown in table 3.9 is the error in estimating the torque and the maximum torque that is applied during each path. The error in the estimating the torque is typically about 4 percent of the maximum applied torque. Figure 3.24 shows a plot of path 1. It is evident that 100 Figure 3.24 Closed loop control of line 1 using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics 101 control is quite stable as no large glitches are occuring other than some overshooting of steps in acceleration. While the performance is not quite as good as with standard analytical control, it is good enough to demonstrate that a sum of polynomials representation of the Cartesian inverse dynamics is adequate to achieve good control. PATH XERMS VXERMS AXERMS TERMS TRQMAX line 1 3. 82E-3 7. 26E-3 9. 94E-2 3 • 44E-1 8.33 line 2 8. 88E-3 2. 02E-3 1 . 36E-1 4 .08E- 1 9.15 line 3 6. 05E-4 2. 76E-3 1 . 01E-1 1 .65E- 1 14.1 line 4 3. 32E-3 6. 49E-3 1 . 01E-1 4 . 56E-1 6.79 circle 1 2. 46E-3 6. 19E-3 5. 30E-2 3 .21E- 1 9.62 circle 2 2. 01E-3 6. 41E-3 5. 56E-2 2 .68E- 1 13.6 Table 3.9 Path error and torque error using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics in closed loop control 3.7 ADEQUACY OF A SUM OF POLYNOMIALS REPRESENTATION OF THE DIRECT POSITION KINEMATICS Another principal goal of this work is to learn a sum of polynomials representation of the direct kinematics of the two link manipulator without recourse to analysis of the manipulator. As with the inverse dynamics and inverse kinematics, it is instructive to first consider whether the 102 direct position kinematics can be adequately represented by a sum of polynomials for the purpose of replacing the vision system. 3.7.1 DERIVATION OF A SUM OF POLYNOMIALS REPRESENTATION OF THE DIRECT POSITION KINEMATICS A sum of polynomials representation of the direct position kinematics can be derived quite easily. Since the direct kinematics of any manipulator can be obtained in a similar form by a general technique, it would appear that a sum of polynomials representation of the direct kinematics is achievable for all manipulators. The analytical direct position kinematics are given by equations (3.32) and (3.33). For a two link manipulator with parameters as given in equations (3.99) through (3.103), the analytical direct kinematics are as follows, x1 = sin(a1) + sin(a1 + a2) (3.149) x2 = -cosla^) - cos(a1 + a2) (3.150Since we are concerned with modelling the direct position kinematics over the workspace in particular, the input variables a sum of polynomials representation can be chosen as follows, z} = (a, + ir/3)/U/2) (3.151) z2 = (a2 - 27r/3)/(7r/2) (3.152<z1,z2> = <0,0> corresponds to the center of the workspace and the workspace is enclosed in the region defined by -1 < z. < 1. With such a normalization of the input variables the direct position kinematics become, 103 x1 = [sin(7rz ^/2) - i/3cos(irz ^/2) + 5^(7^/2)005(7^2/2) + cos (7T2 ^2)5111(7:22/2) + ^3005(7:2^2)005(7:22/2) - l/Ssindrz /2)sin(irz2/2) ]/2 (3.153) x2 = [~cos(7:z1/2) - i/3sin(7T2^/2) - 005(7:2^2)005(7:22/2) + sin ( T:Z1/2) sin (irz2/2) + v/3sin(7:z1/2)cos(7:z2/2) + /3cos (7^/2) sin (7:z2/2 ) ]/2 (3.154) The sine and cosine terms can be replaced with their series equivalents, truncated to 4fc^ order or lower terms, sin(jrz1/2) « *zy/2 - vZz,3/4B (3.155) cos(-irz1/2) <* 1 - T:2Z12/4 + ir4z14/384 (3. 1 56) sin(ff22/2) * KZy/2 - T:3Z1 3/48 (3. 1 57) cos(irz2/2) « 1 - %2z2/k + 7^2^/384 (3.158) Substituting these expressions into equations (3.153) and (3.154), and keeping those terms of 4th order or lower yields a sum of polynomials representation of the direct position kinematics, x1 = irZj/2 + T:22/4 - V/3T:22122/8 - v/3T:2222/16 - n3z^3/48 - T:3223/96 - T:3Z12Z2/32 - Tp>zyz2/Z2 + v/3T:4Z 322/192 + I/3T:4Z1Z23/192 + V/3T:4Z 1 2Z22/1 28 + I/3T:4Z24/768 (3.159) x2 = -1 + ]/3nz2/A + T:2212/8 + %2z2/\S> - y/ZtC'z 2z2/Z2 - V/3T:321222/64 + T:22122/8 - V/3T:3223/96 - 7^2^/384 - T:421322/192 - T:4Z12Z22/128 - T:4Z1Z23/192 - T:4Z24/768 (3. 160) To test the accuracy of the derived direct position kinematics, simulations were carried out using standard analytical control for the six standard paths while using the 104 derived direct position kinematics to estimate the position at successive points in time. As with the modelled vision system, velocity and acceleration estimates are obtained by simple differentiating of the position estimates. Table 3.10 shows the error in path estimation for the various standard paths. Estimates of velocity and acceleration compare well with those obtained using the modelled vision system in which position estimates are exact. Errors in path estimation by the vision system are shown in table 3.11. Figure 3.25 shows the resulting view of standard path circle 1 using the derived direct position kinematics. PATH LXERMS LVERMS LAERMS line 1 line 2 line 3 line 4 circle 1 circle 2 4.89E-3 3.43E-2 8.69E-4 1 .28E-.2 6.60E-3 6.58E-3 7.75E-3 3.64E-2 3.42E-3 1.65E-2 1.53E-3 1.43E-3 5.25E-2 1.09E-1 4.82E-2 6.92E-2 6.08E-2 5.70E-2 Table 3.10 Path estimation error using the derived direct position kinematics 105 o in o o' • - . •o" I CM X UJO o to o in ).50 •0.30 •0.10 0,10 LEX(l) M 0.30 0.50 Figure 3.25 View of circle 1 using the derived direct position kinematics 106 PATH LXERMS LVERMS LAERMS line 1 0.0 3.01E-3 4.62E-2 line 2 0.0 3.02E-3 4.64E-2 line 3 0.0 3.21E-3 4.80E-2 line 4 0.0 3.20E-3 4.56E-2 circle 1 0.0 2.90E-3 2.56E-2 circle 2 0.0 2.89E-3 2.57E-2 Table 3.11 Path estimation error using the vision system which has exact position estimation 3.7.2 PRE-LEARNING OF THE DIRECT POSITION KINEMATICS Having derived a sum of polynomials representation of the direct position kinematics, it was verified that this representation could be pre-learned using the analytical direct position kinematics as a guide. This was done using a program analagous to that used in chapter 2 to investigate the convergence rates of the various learning algorithms except that the target functions used were the two functions that make up the direct position kinematics. Method 2, Learning Identification, was used for the cases, f = x1 and f = x2« The number of input variables was v = 6 and the system order was s = 4. The input variables were those given in equations (3.151) and (3.152). Training points were randomly generated uniformly over the space, -1 < z. < 1, and 30,000 iterations were performed. 107 Figure 3.26 shows the reduction of the estimation errors, Af 1 and Af2, as a function of the number of iterations. The graphs show the magnitudes of Af1 and Af2, averaged over intervals of 100 training iterations. The average error in estimating the target functions (in this case the positions x1 and x2> decreases to about 0.03 m. This represents the best accuracy achievable with a order system as further iterations were not reducing the error. Table 3.12 lists the pre-learned coefficients alongside the derived coefficients from equations (3.159) and (3.160). It can be seen that the learned coefficients are quite close to those derived previously. Given the similarity in coefficients, one would expect that path estimation errors using the pre-learned direct position kinematics would be similar to those that occurred previously with the derived direct position kinematics. Table 3.13 shows the errors in path estimation for the various standard paths when simulated using standard analytical control and viewed with the pre-learned direct position kinematics. Figure 3.27 shows the resulting view of circle 1. 108 ex -o -Figure 3.26 Reduction of estimation error during pre-learning of the direct position kinematics (estimation error averaged over each 100 iteration interval) 109 110 POLYNOMIAL TERM X(1) COEFFICIENTS DERIVED PRE-LEARNED X(2) COEFFICIENTS DERIVED PRE-LEARNED 1 0.0 0.020 -1 .00 -1 .02 z1 1 .57 1 .50 0.0 -0.082 2 21 0.0 0.044 1 .23 1.18 Z/ -0.646 -0.496 0.0 0. 1 33 -I4 0.0 0.056 -0.254 -0.226 Z2 0.785 0.730 1 .36 1 .26 Z221 -2.14 -2.04 1 .23 1.14 2 Z2Z1 -0.969 -0.668 -1 .68 -1 .12 Z2Z13 0.879 0.613 -0.507 -0.398 2 z2 -1 .07 -1 .02 0.617 0.580 z 2z z2 Z1 -0.969 -0.667 -0.839 -1.16 1 .32 0.984 -0.761 -0.542 -0.323 -0.221 -0.559 -0.364 z h 0.879 0.632 -0.507 -0.380 z24 0.220 0.146 -0.127 -0.112 Table 3.12 Coefficients for derived and pre-learned sum of polynomials representations of the direct position kinematics functions for positions x. and x9 111 PATH LXERMS LVERMS LAEPvMS line 1 line 2 line 3 line 4 circle 1 circle 2 3.17E-2 4.49E-2 3.74E-2 3.27E-2 3.74E-2 3.73E-2 1.59E-2 3.11E-2 2.52E-2 1.79E-2 2.18E-2 2.40E-2 5.78E-2 7.67E-2 7.00E-2 5.37E-2 4.85E-2 4.98E-2 Table 3.13 Path estimation error using the pre-learned direct position kinematics 3.7.3 CLOSED LOOP CONTROL USING THE PRE-LEARNED CARTESIAN INVERSE DYNAMICS AND PRE-LEARNED DIRECT POSITION KINEMATICS Simulations verified that closed loop control is possible using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and pre-learned direct position kinematics. Simulation parameters were set as follows: CLOSED=.TRUE., INVARM=.FALSE., EXACT=.FALSE., VI SION=.FALSE., DELAY=.TRUE., PRDICT=.TRUE., USEOBS=.FALSE., k=16, k~=64 and t , =0.01 sec. All six standard paths were simulated. The resulting path errors are shown in table 3.14. 112 PATH XERMS VXERMS AXERMS line 1 2.77E-2 2.27E-2 1.78E-1 line 2 4.08E-2 6.13E-2 3.10E-1 line 3 3.66E-2 5.87E-2 3.16E-1 line 4 2.82E-2 2.83E-2 1.87E-1 circle 1 3.52E-2 3.24E-2 1.56E-1 circle 2 3.37E-2 3.19E-2 1.41E-1 Table 3.14 Path error using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and pre-learned direct position kinematics in closed loop control Tracking is significantly worse than that achieved with the vision system, however, this is to be expected due to the inaccuracies of the pre-learned direct position kinematics. Path position errors are of the same order of magnitude as position estimation errors, as shown previously in table 3.12. The control system perceives that it is forcing the manipulator to closely follow the path specification. For example, figure 3.28 shows the resulting path as seen using the pre-learned direct position kinematics. Standard path circle 1 appears to be followed closely. Due to the inaccuracies in the pre-learned direct position kinematics, the actual path is somewhat different, as shown in figure 3.29. The manipulator must move through a distorted trajectory such that the perceived trajectory follows the path specification. 113 r0.50 -0.30 -0.10 0.10 0.30 0.50 LEX(l) M Figure 3.28 View of circle 1 using the pre-learned direct position kinematics during closed loop control of circle 1 using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and pre-learned direct position kinematics 114 o in tn ^O.SO -0.30 -0.10 0.10 0.30 0.50 XU) M Figure 3.29 View of circle 1 during closed loop control of circle 1 using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and pre-learned direct position kinematics 115 Figure 3.30 shows the resulting path for the simulation of line 1. The large accelerations that initially occur are due to the sudden perceived position error that results when one switches from the accurate vision system to the less accurate pre-learned direct position kinematics. This undesirable glitch can be eliminated by using Interference Minimization or Learning Identification to perform one iteration of additional learning of the direct position kinematics before switching to use of the pre-learned direct position kinematics for feedback purposes. This is invoked by setting logical variable ADJVIS to be true. Since Interference Minimization and Learning Identification eliminate estimation error at the training point, this avoids the sudden perceived position error when subsequently switching to the pre-learned direct position kinematics. Figure 3.31 shows a simulation of line 1 using this technique. Notice how tracking is improved near the training point but minimally affected away from the training point. Similar glitches at the end of a path where the pre-learned direct position kinematics are used can be avoided by measuring the final position error with the vision system and then executing a short corrective path using the vision system for feedback purposes. In figures 3.30 and 3.31 there are several other unexplained glitches in the acceleration profiles. These occur because the learned Cartesian inverse that drives the manipulator is doing only a nominal job of cancelling the direct dynamics and the direct kinematics based on the learned direct position kinematics. It appears that at certain points in path 116 space, the mismatch in the inverse and direct components is causing feedback to°become positive, thus briefly reinforcing errors until such problematic points in path space are left. Clearly, if the pre-learned direct position kinematics were much less accurate, control would become unstable over large regions of path space and path specifications could not be followed. Nevertheless, the simulations show that coarse control is possible using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and pre-learned direct position kinematics. Finer control appears to require only an improvement in the accuracy of the learned direct position kinematics. 117 o o —1 -1 CM • • UJ0 Sg 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 2.40 3.20 4.00 Figure 3.30 Closed loop control of line 1 using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and pre-learned direct position kinematics 118 o o CM O COo , 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 2.40 3.20 4.00 s s c_> I±J0 cos 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 2.40 3.20 4.00 s in 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 2.40 4.00 Figure 3.31 Closed loop control of line 1 using the pre-learned Cartesian inverse dyanmics and pre-learned direct position kinematics with ADJVIS=.TRUE. 119 3.8 SELF-LEARNING OF THE CARTESIAN INVERSE DYNAMICS Having demonstrated that a sum of polynomials representation of the Cartesian inverse dynamics is adequate to achieve good control, it remains only to find a method of learning the Cartesian inverse dynamics without recourse to analysis of the manipulator. We have found that this can be done through observation of applied torques and corresponding manipulator motion; hence the name self-learning. 3.8.1 A METHOD FOR SELF-LEARNING OF THE CARTESIAN INVERSE DYNAMICS THE METHOD Given sufficient and varied observations of the manipulator position, velocity, torques and resulting acceleration, one can use Interference Minimization or related methods to learn the Cartesian inverse dynamics. The correspondence between position, velocity, acceleration and torque imposed by the direct dynamics and direct kinematics, ie. the manipulator and the vision system, is the same as that imposed by the Cartesian inverse dynamics; an n-tuple of observations valid for the direct relationships is also a valid n-tuple for the inverse relationships. To learn the Cartesian inverse dynamics over a path space such as that defined by equations (3.138) through (3.143), two conditions must be met: First, one must obtain observations corresponding to all regions of the path space, -1 < z. < 1. Here the z. are the normalized Cartesian positions, velocities and accelerations that act as input variables in the .sum of 120 polynomials representation of the Cartesian inverse dynamics. Observations corresponding to the infinite number of points in path space are fortunately not necessary; the generalization that occurs when using Interference Minimization or related methods will effectively interpolate between training points. There must be sufficient and varied observations, however, to allow accurate interpolation over the whole of path space and to overcome the learning interference that occurs during training. Secondly, one must constrain manipulator motion to be within the bounds -1 < z. < 1 in order that learning can take place. Such constraints cannot be imposed using the as yet unlearned Cartesian inverse dynamics and must not require use of the analytical Cartesian inverse dynamics. A simple method has been found for restoring manipulator motion to be within the path space -1 < z. < 1 whenever it is observed that manipulator motion has exceeded the bounds of this path space. The method meets the above mentioned requirements. The center of path space is defined by zf. equal to zero. This corresponds to zero velocity and zero acceleration while at Cartesian position, <x ,,x 0> = <0,-1> m (3.161) c 1 c2 This corresponds to joint position, <ac1'ac2> = <2»r/3 ,-TT/3> (3.162) By simple static analysis of the manipulator, the corresponding torques are, T , = -8.50 N-m (3.163) c l T ~ — 8.50 N-m (3.164c2 121 One can apply uncoupled joint servo control to maintain the manipulator at joint position <acyaC2> or restore the manipulator to this position if disturbed from it. An example of such uncoupled joint servo control is the following, T1 = Tc1 - j 1 a. 1 - j2(a1~acl) (3.165) T2 = rc2 " j1d2 " j2(a2_ac2) (3.166Since the servoed joint position corresponds to the center of the Cartesian path space, such simple joint servo control can be used to return the manipulator within the bounds -1 < z. < 1. The angular position is easily measured with potentiometers and the angular velocity can be obtained from these measurements by simple differentiation. Given . a method for constraining the manipulator within the path space or more correctly returning the manipulator within the path space when it is observed to be out of bounds, it is only necessary to find a mechanism to cause the manipulator to move so as to explore all the regions of path space. We have found that this can be done by learning the sum of polynomials representation of the Cartesian inverse dynamics while using the same partially learned Cartesian inverse dynamics to drive the manipulator over a sequence of randomly generated paths that encompass the regions of path space. Initially, when the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics are very poorly known, the path specifications are not followed and constraining action is frequently required to restore the manipulator within the bounds -1 < Zj < 1. During such poorly controlled thrashing, however, learning can take place whenever the manipulator is 122 within bounds. In fact the manipulator acceleration may immediately become out of bounds when driven by the as yet unlearned Cartesian inverse dynamics; learning may initially only be possible at those instances when the constraining action has just returned the manipulator within bounds. Later, when the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics become more accurate, the path specifications are followed more closely. The self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics are eventually, learned over the whole of path space if the training paths cover the whole of path space. Simulations were performed of 1000 training paths during which self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics was carried out. Simulation parameters were set as follows: CLOSED=.TRUE., INVARM=.FALSE., EXACT=.FALSE., VISION=.TRUE., DELAY=.TRUE., PRDICT=.TRUE., USEOBS=.FALSE., k1=4, k2=4, and tca^c=0.0l sec. The feedback gains were reduced somewhat from those used in standard analytical control as this permitted stable control to be achieved earlier in the training process; higher feedback gains cause better path tracking, when the Cartesian inverse dynamics have been well learned but create more instability during earlier stages of training when the Cartesian inverse dynamics are only partially learned. Learning parameters were set as follows: LRNINV=.TRUE., t, =0.01 sec and Af . =0.01 N«m. Using the nomenclature of lrn1 min chapter 2, Method 2, Learning Identification, was the learning algorithm used. The number of input variables was v = 6 and the system order was s = 4. The input variables were those given in 123 equations (3.138) through (3.143). Constraining action was invoked whenever the manipulator was observed to be out of bounds. The gains used in the uncoupled joint servo control defined in (3.165) and (3.166) were, j1 = 4 (3.167j2 = 4 (3.168) In addition the magnitudes of the applied torques were restricted at all times to be less than TRQLIM = 24 N»m. This models the finite drive capability present in real manipulators; in practice applied torques are limited by the motors, hydraulics, or pneumatics used. At each interval of t^rn1, learning was conditionally performed. First, the observed manipulator motion had to be within the bounds -1 < z. < 1 in order that learning could take place. Then the coefficients of the partially learned sum of polynomials representation of the Cartesian inverse dynamics were used off-line to estimate the torques corresponding to the observed manipulator motion. Initially these coefficients were all zero. By off-line we mean that these estimated torques are not applied to the manipulator. Note that this means that self-learning does not have to be done in real time. In self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics, the estimation error, Af, is the difference between the estimated torque and the corresponding torque that was applied to the manipulator at the instant that the motion was observed. If this estimation error was greater than Afm^n for either of the torques then the sum of 124 polynomials representation of the Cartesian inverse dynamics function for the corresponding torque was adjusted using Learning Identification. Note that manipulator motion was assumed to be measured exactly for the purposes of self-learning. This is not such an unreasonable assumption as it might seem. Because self-learning is done off-line without real time contraints, one can devote more computer time to obtaining accurate estimates of velocity and acceleration based on changes in observed position. Since self-learning from a point of no knowledge of the Cartesian inverse dynamics is a one time event, occurring before a manipulator is put to work, it is reasonable to assume that additional computing capability can temporarily be utilized. Note also that one can base acceleration and velocity estimates on observations of position, after, as well as before, the point in time in question. Thus it is reasonable to assume that observations of manipulator motion for self-learning purposes can be made much more accurately than observations for use in closed loop control. Linear paths were used for training purposes. The acceleration specification for each path was chosen uniformly between the limits, The velocity specifications were chosen uniformly between the limits, 0.1 < a max < 0.9 m/sec (3.169) 0.05 < v, < 0.95 m/sec (3.170) max a max and v max could not be chosen too close to zero as the path 125 specification would take an inordinate amount of time to be carried out. The final position of each path was chosen uniformly from within the region defined by, 0.375 < abs(x-.,-x ,) < 0.45 m (3.171) 111 c l 0.375 < abs(x..~-x -) < 0.45 m (3.172) 112 CZ Note that the final position of each path is the initial position of each subsequent path. The upper limits on acceleration, velocity, and position serve to avoid path specifications that are near the bounds of path space and thus likely to invoke constraining action even when tracking errors are quite small. Figure 3.32 shows the randomness of the choices of a and v for the first 250 training paths. The max max restriction that paths begin and end in a band near the edge of the workspace results in a fairly uniform coverage of positions within the workspace by the training paths. Figure 3.33 shows the positions of the first 250 training paths. RESULTS During the initial stages of self-learning, the manipulator is frequently out of bounds and thus learning cannot take place at every interval of ^mi* Later, as better control is achieved, the proportion of opportunities at which learning takes place increases. Finally, as the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics become quite accurate, the proportion of opportunities at which learning takes place decreases since the estimation error is frequently less than the threshold, Afmin = 0.01 N«m. The proportion of opportunities during each path at which learning takes place is shown in figure 3.34. 126 Figure 3.32 Choices of amax and vmax for first 250 training paths used in self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics 127 Figure 3.33 View of first 250 training paths used in self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics 128 Figure 3.34 Proportion of learning opportunities at which learning took place during self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics As self-learning proceeds, the path specifications are followed more and more closely. Figure 3.35 shows the path errors that occurred during each of the training paths. Path errors are clearly being reduced as training takes place. Better control also means that the manipulator goes out of bounds less often. Figure 3.36 shows the maximum out of bounds excursions that occurred during each of the training paths. The frequency and extent of out of bounds excursions are reduced with training. 129 0.00 0.20 0.40 0.60 0.80 -io3 TRAINING PATHS Figure 3.35 Path errors during self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics 130 o CM-'"" CJ UJ CO •-V.O OO Xo <LkiL.k J<| ....fl . .1. A I i j t| ill I , I i ,1 Li 1 0.00 0.20 0.40 0.60 0.80 1.00 •IO* TRAINING PATHS 0.20 0.40 0.60 0.80 1.00 •103 TRAINING PATHS o in CD O •JULJ .—I 1 1—• —i 1 0.00 0.20 0.40 0.60 0.80 1.00 •io3 TRAINING PATHS Figure 3.36 Maximum out of bounds excursions during self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics 131 It is acceleration that is most poorly tracked and hence most frequently out of bounds. In fact, slight overshooting of steps in acceleration can exceed the bounds on acceleration and cause constraining action to be invoked which, may then result in velocity and position exceeding their bounds. This occurs because constraining action simply returns the manipulator within bounds without concern as to where. When constraining action is ceased, the large path tracking error that is likely to exist may cause a large corrective acceleration which again takes the manipulator out of bounds. Thus a slight overshooting of steps in acceleration can lead to an episode of thrashing in which velocity and position bounds are also exceeded. Many of the out of bounds excursions that occurred during the latter stages of training appeared to be of this nature. Constraints on acceleration are necessary during the initial stages of self-learning. Once the Cartesian inverse dynamics are well learned, however, it appears that more reliable control is achievable when no constraints on acceleration are imposed; one then relies on the limitation of applied torques to limit acceleration. A better constraining technique might be to invoke constraining action that would initially damp out manipulator motion. After the manipulator is stopped, joint servoing could then be used to slowly move the manipulator towards the center of Cartesian path space, as before. Once the manipulator is observed to again be within Cartesian path space, the next training path could be begun, starting from the current manipulator position. This should avoid the protracted episodes 132 of thrashing that occurred using the simplistic constraining technique described previously. As mentioned previously, self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics required 1000 training paths. This corresponded to 2948 seconds (49 minutes) of self-learning. If t^rn1 were increased then required self-learning time would also increase. 3.8.2 CLOSED LOOP CONTROL USING THE SELF-LEARNED CARTESIAN INVERSE DYNAMICS The coefficients of the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics were saved after 200, 400, 600, 800 and 1000 training paths. Simulations of closed loop control of all of the six standard paths were carried out to test the adequacy of the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics as learning progressed. Simulation parameters were set as follows: CLOSED=.TRUE., INVARM=.FALSE., EXACT=.FALSE., VISION=.TRUE., DELAY=.TRUE., PRDICT=.TRUE., USEOBS=.TRUE., ^=16, k2=64 and tcalc=°*°1 SSC* The resulting path errors, averaged over the six standard paths, are shown in figure 3.37 as a function of the number of training paths used in self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics. Figure 3.38 shows the simulation of line 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics. Plots of the other simulations of line 1 are shown in appendix C. Figure 3.39 shows a plot of the simulation of circle 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics. 133 Figure 3.37 Average path errors during closed loop control of the six standard paths using the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics as a function of the number of training paths used. 134 4.00 4.00 4.00 T SEC Figure 3.38 Closed loop control of line 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics 135 Figure 3.39 Closed loop control of circle 1 using self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics the final 136 Torque estimates using the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics were compared to torque calculated with the analytical Cartesian inverse dynamics. Torque error, averaged over the six standard paths are shown in figure 3.40 as a function of the number of training paths used. Path errors and torque error decrease during self-learning until minimum values are reached. After 1000 training paths it appears that these errors cannot be reduced further. The control performance after 1000 training paths thus represents the limit of what can be achieved with a 4fc^ order, self-learned sum of polynomials representation of the Cartesian inverse dynamics. The resulting path errors for the simulations of the six standard paths using the Cartesian inverse dynamics self-learned over 1000 training paths are listed in table 3.15. Also listed in table 3.15 are the torque error and the maximum torque applied during each standard path. Performance is only slightly poorer than with standard analytical control. Position tracking errors are typically less than 3 mm. 137 -LU CM ~*0.00 0.20 0.40 0.60 0.80 1.00 -io3 TRAINING PATHS Figure 3.40 Average torque estimation error during closed loop control of the six standard paths using the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics as a function of the number of training paths used. 138 PATH XERMS VXERMS AXERMS TERMS TRQMAX line 1 1 .60E-3 4.02E-3 1.01E-l 1.96E-1 8.27 line 2 2 .15E-3 4.75E-3 1.03E-1 2.47E-1 9.41 line 3 1 .47E-3 3.90E-3 1.08E-1 1.64E-1 14.0 line 4 1 .74E-2 4.09E-2 2.92E-1 3.00E-1 6.64 circle 1 1 .16E-3 3.85E-3 5.29E-2 1.52E-1 9.59 circle 2 1 .62E-3 3.45E-3 5.26E-2 2.00E-1 13.5 Table 3.15 Path error and torque error using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics in closed loop control 3.9 SELF-LEARNING OF THE DIRECT POSITION KINEMATICS A sum of polynomials representation of the direct position kinematics has been pre-learned and found adequate for coarse control. It remains only to find a method of learning the direct position kinematics without recourse to analysis of the manipulator. We have found that this can be done through observation of manipulator joint positions and the corresponding manipulator end point position in Cartesian coordinates as seen by the vision system. 3.9.1 A METHOD FOR SELF-LEARNING OF THE DIRECT POSITION KINEMATICS THE METHOD Given sufficient and varied observations of the manipulator position in joint coordinates and manipulator position in 139 Cartesian coordinates, one can use Interference Minimization or related methods to learn the direct position kinematics. To learn the direct position kinematics over the joint position space given by equations (3.151) and (3.152), the same two conditions must be met as during self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics: First, one must obtain observations corresponding to all regions of the position space, -1 < z. < 1. Here the z. are the normalized joint positions that act as input variables in the sum of polynomials representation of the direct position kinematics. Secondly, one must constrain the manipulator motion to be within the bounds -1 < z. < 1 in order that learning can take place. Since we wish to use the direct position kinematics only over the workspace, it is only necessary that we learn the direct position kinematics over the work space, not over the whole joint position space given by -1 < zi < 1. Also, since the workspace is within the joint space given by equations (3.151) and (3.152), constraining manipulator motion within the workspace as was done during self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics also serves to constrain the manipulator within the joint space -1 < z. < 1. It was thus possible to perform self-learning of the direct position kinematics simultaneously with the self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics. Note that, unlike the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics, the self-learned direct position kinematics were not used for control purposes while self-learning was taking place. Simulations were performed of 4200 training paths during 140 which self-learning of the direct position kinematics was carried out. For the first 1000 training paths self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics was simultaneously carried out. Thus the simulation parameters were the same as given previously. Nothing was changed for the simulation of the final 3200 training paths except that self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics was disabled by setting LRNINV=.FALSE. Learning parameters were set as follows: LRNVIS=.TRUE., t, ,,=0.01 sec and Af . =0.001 m. Method 3, Interference lrn2 nun Minimization was used. The number of input variables was v = 2 and the system order was s = 4. The input variables were those given in equations (3.151) and (3.152). At each interval of tirn2' learning was conditionally performed. First, the observed manipulator joint positions had to be within the bounds -1 < z. < 1 in order that learning could take place. Then the coefficients of the partially learned sum of polynomials representation of the direct position kinematics were used off-line to estimate the Cartesian position corresponding to the observed joint positions. These coefficients were initially zero. In self-learning of the direct position kinematics, the estimation error, Af, is the difference between the estimated Cartesian position and the corresponding Cartesian position that was observed by the vision system at the instant that the joint positions were observed. If this estimation error was greater that Af . for either of the 3 mm Cartesian coordinates then the sum of polynomials representation of the direct position kinematics function for the corresponding 141 Cartesian coordinate was adjusted using Interference Minimizat ion. The .training paths that were used were the same as described previously for self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics. The proportion of opportunities during each path at which learning takes place is shown in figure 3.41. Unlike during self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics, this proportion remains relatively constant during self-learning of the direct position kinematics. This reflects the fact that the manipulator exceeds the bounds on input variables representing normalized joint positions for the direct position kinematics, less often than it exceeds the more extensive bounds on input variables representing normalized Cartesian end point positions for the Cartesian inverse dynamics. Also, typical learned position estimation error of less than 0.001 m throughout the workspace could not be achieved with a 4fc^ order system and thus position estimation error was infrequently less than the threshold, Af . = 0.001 m. It is probable that Af . could have been mm c mm increased, to say 0.01 m, without increasing the number of training paths necessary to self-learn the direct position kinematics while reducing the number of learning iterations 0.01 m did little to speed convergence. The coefficients of the self-learned direct position kinematics were saved at various points during the learning RESULTS required. Training at points where Af min was between 0.001 m and 142 process. Simulations of circle 1 were carried out using standard analytical control to ensure accurate tracking of the path specification. The self-learned direct position kinematics were used to obtain a view o'f circle 1 for each of the simulations. Figure 3.42 shows the improvement in the accuracy of path estimation as a function of the number of training paths used in self-learning of the direct position kinematics. Figure 3.43 shows the view of circle 1 using the final self-learned direct position kinematic^.. Plots of the view using the self-learned direct position kinematics for the other simulations of circle 1 are shown in appendix D. It can be seen that the self-learned path estimates initially become more accurate with training but are not improving after 4200 training paths. The performance after 4200 training paths is thus representative of the best accuracy that can be achieved using a self-learned, 4fc^ order sum of polynomials representation of the direct position kinematics. Table 3.16 lists the path estimation errors using the final self-learned direct position kinematics. 143 1.00 (i\20 (MO CL60 euro 1.00 -io3 TRAINING PATHS Figure 3.41 Proportion of learning opportunities at which learning took place during self-learning of the direct position kinematics 144 Figure 3.42 Path estimation errors during self-learning of the direct position kinematics 145 o w o • o O' i Figure 3.43 View of circle 1 using the final self-learned direct position kinematics 146 PATH LXERMS LVEPvMS LAERMS line 1 line 2 line 3 1 ine 4 circle 1 circle 2 1.37E-1 9.96E-2 2.75E-2 7.56E-2 4.97E-2 5.28E-2 1.66E-1 1.13E-1 4.65E-.2 7.86E-2 9.61E-2 9.01E-2 4/17E-1 2.90E-1 1.64E-1 2.52E-1 3.1OE-1 3.02E-1 Table 3.16 Path estimation error using the final self-learned direct position kinematics Table 3.17 lists the coefficients for the final self-learned sum of polynomials representation of the direct position kinematics alongside the derived coefficients. The correspondence is quite good except for the higher order terms. The innaccuracy in the higher order terms is not surprising as these terms are most significant near the bounds on z^. for the self-learned direct position kinematics; these bounds are outside the workspace and thus little self-learaing took place near them. Self-learning of the direct position kinematics required 4200 training paths. This corresponded to 12250 seconds (3 hours 24 minutes) of self-learning. 147 POLYNOMIAL X(1) COEFFICIENTS X(2) COEFFICIENTS TERM DERIVED SELF-LEARNED DERIVED SELF-LEARNED 1 0.0 -0.009 -1 .00 -1 .04 z1 1 .57 1 .67 0.0 -0.006 2 Z1 0.0 -0.040 1 .23 2.20 «,3 -0.646 -1 .77 0.0 0. 155 -I* 0.0 0.209 -0.254 -0.731 Z2 0.785 0.787 1 .36 1 .58 Z2Z1 -2.14 -2.60 1 .23 1 .62 z z 2 Z2Z1 -0.969 -0.276 -1 .68 -0.750 z z 3 Z2Z1 0.879 1 .49 -0.507 -1.41 Z2" -1 .07 -0.879 0.617 0.277 z 2z z2 Z1 -0.969 -0.051 -0.839 -0.699 2 2 z2 Z1 1 .32 -0.492 -0.761 -2.05 Z23 -0.323 -0.653 -0.559 -1 .54 z 3z z2 Z1 0.879 1 .45 -0.507 -0.633 «2* 0.220 0.982 -0.127 1.13 Table 3.17 Coefficients for the derived and final self-learned sum of polynomials representations of the direct position kinematics functions for positions x. and x« 148 From * the derivation and pre-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics and direct position kinematics, one would expect the direct position kinematics to be easier to learn. Several factors combine, however, to make it more difficult to self-learn a sum of polynomials representation of the direct position kinematics that are adequate for control purposes than to do likewise for the the Cartesian inverse dynamics. First, the Cartesian inverse dynamics do not need to be known very accurately . to achieve good control. For feedback error correction to be reasonably effective it appears to only be necessary that sign of the differential, ST^./SCL , be known accurately throughout path space; the magnitude needs only to be roughly known. Secondly, the direct position kinematics must be very accurately known. Errors in the self-learned direct position kinematics translate directly into tracking errors and, if significant enough, obviate the cancellation of system non-linearities required for stable resolved acceleration control of the manipulator. Finally, the training paths are less effective in providing suitable training points for the self-learning of the direct position kinematics. When self-learning the Cartesian inverse dynamics, the training paths result in changes to all of the six input variables being used. Furthermore, steps in acceleration occur. This means that training points close together in time are often far apart in terms of the space represented by the six input variables. When self-learning the direct position kinematics there are only two input variables and these variables are not changing quickly. Training points 149 close together in time are thus close together in terms of the space represented by the two input variables. Since Interference Minimization eliminates estimation error exactly at a training point and the sum of polynomials estimate is continuous, there will be little estimation error at nearby subsequent training points. Self-learning only takes place when estimation errors occur and hence it requires more time to self-learn the direct position kinematics. It also seems surprising that the self-learned direct position kinematics are not as accurate as the pre-learned direct position kinematics. Again, this is due to difference in the way training points are chosen. In self-learning, the final training points all occur on the final training path which represents only one region of the space. Thus the self-learned kinematics are quite accurate in the region of the last training path at the expense of increased inaccuracy at other points in the workspace. The random choosing of training points during pre-learning of the direct position kinematics does not favor one particular region of the workspace and thus results in a mean accuracy that is better. It is possible to modify self-learning so that training points are less frequent and therefore more distributed over the workspace during the final stages of self-learning. One can also achieve a similar averaging or smoothing effect during the final stages of self-learning by introducing a gain factor of less than 1 in the weight adjustment formula for Interference Minimization such that estimation errors are only reduced at training points, not 150 eliminated. These methods should only be applied during the final stages of self-learning as they would reduce the rate of convergence during the early stages of self-learning. To test these methods for averaging or smoothing, an additional 400 training paths were simulated during which self-learning of. the direct position kinematics was carried out. Simulation and learning parameters were the same as for training paths 1001 to 4200, except that the learning interval was changed to tirn2=^1'1 sec • In addition the learning algorithm adjustment formula was modified from that of normal Interference Minimization by inclusion of a gain factor of 1/10 as follows, AfP~1p Aw = 1/10 -= =- (3.173) P P P After completion of this additional smoothing, simulations were carried out to determine the extent of improvement. Standard analytical control was used to simulate the six standard paths and ensure accurate tracking of the path specifi cations. The smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics were used to obtain a view of each standard path. Table 3.18 lists the path estimation errors for each path using the smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics. Figure 3.44 shows the corresponding view of circle 1. Table 3.19 lists the coefficients for the final self-learned direct position kinematics after additional smoothing. As in table 3.17, the correspondence is quite good except for higher order terms. Clearly, the additional self-learning with smoothing has 151 improved the accuracy of the sum of polynomials representation of the direct position kinematics. It is doubtful, though, that additional such modifications of self-learning could yield further improvements. Probably a better way to achieve improvements is to use a higher order sum of polynomials, say 6 order, that can more accurately represent the direct position kinematics, without requiring special variations of self-learning. PATH LXERMS LVERMS LAERMS line 1 5.32E-2 7.43E-2 2.73E-1 line 2 3.08E-2 4.42E-2 1.77E-1 line 3 1.16E-2 2.37E-2 9.48E-2 line 4 2.33E-2 3.37E-2 1.41E-1 circle 1 1.04E-2 3.48E-2 1.47E-1 circle 2 1.17E-2 3.42E-2 1.45E-1 Table 3.18 Path estimation error using the smoothed, final self-learned direct position,kinematics 152 POLYNOMIAL TERM X( 1) COEFFICIENTS DERIVED SELF-LEARNED & SMOOTHED X(2) COEFFICIENTS DERIVED SELF-LEARNED & SMOOTHED 1 0.0 0.009 -1 .00 -0.993 z1 1 .57 1 .64 0.0 -0.015 2 Z1 0.0 -0.186 1 .23 1-11 3 z1 -0.646 -1.61 0.0 0.234 4 Z1 0.0 0.345 -0.254 -0.437 Z2 0.785 0.809 1 .36 1 .39 Z2Z1 -2.14 -2.34 1 .23 1 .28 2 Z2Z1 -0.969 -0.453 -1 .68 -0.799 z z 3 Z2Z1 0.879 1 .36 -0.507 -1.13 2 Z2 -1 .07 -1 .26 0.617 0.407 z 2z z2 Z1 -0.969 -0.076 -0.839 -0.794 2 2 z2 Z1 1 .32 -0.312 -0.761 -1 .84 Z23 -0.323 -0.568 -0.559 -1.21 z 3z Z2 Z1 0.879 1 .21 -0.507 -0.383 4 z2 0.220 1 .38 -0.127 1 .00 Table 3.19 Coefficients for the derived and smoothed, final self-learned sum of polynomials representations of the direct position kinematics functions for positions x1 and x~ 153 Figure 3.44 View of circle 1 using the smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics 154 3.9.2 CLOSED LOOP CONTROL USING THE SELF-LEARNED CARTESIAN INVERSE DYNAMICS AND THE SELF-LEARNED DIRECT POSITION KINEMATICS Simulations verified that closed loop control is possible using the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and self-learned direct position kinematics. We call this blind control. Simulation parameters were set as follows: CLOSED=.TRUE., INVARM=.FALSE., EXACT=.FALSE., VI SION=.FALSE., DELAY=.TRUE., PRDICT=.TRUE., USEOBS=.FALSE., k =8, k0=16 and t , =0.01 sec. 1 Z C 3 X C The standard feedback gains, k1=16 and k2=64, were deemed too high as they resulted in instability. The best results were obtained by reducing the feedback gains to the values given above. All six standard paths were simulated. The resulting path errors are shown in table 3.20. Tracking is worse than that achieved with the pre-learned direct kinematics, however, this is to be expected as the final self-learned direct position kinematics are less accurate than the pre-learned direct position kinematics. Path errors are of the same order of magnitude as position estimation errors, as shown previously in table 3.16. Figure 3.45 shows the resulting path as seen using the final self-learned direct position kinematics during blind control of circle 1. Control is clearly marginal as the control system is unable to make the perceived path follow the path specification that well. The actual path is shown in figure 3.46 and is somewhat worse than the perceived path, as expected. 155 I o rs. o o O) O' I CNJ—' © in ^0.50 -0.30 -0.10 0.10 0.30 0.50 LEX(1) M Figure 3.45 View of circle 1 using the final self-learned direct position kinematics during closed loop control of circle 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and final self-learned direct position kinematics 156 Figure 3.46 View of circle 1 during closed loop control of circle 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics a.nd final self-learned direct position kinematics 157 PATH XERMS VXERMS AXERMS line 1 line 2 line 3 line 4 circle 1 circle 2 1.37E-1 9.96E-2 2.75E-2 7.56E-2 4.97E-2 5.28E-2 1.66E-1 1.13E-1 4.65E-2 7.86E-2 9.61E-2 9.01E-2 4.17E-1 2.90E-1 1.64E-1 2.52E-1 3.10E-1 3.02E-1 Table 3.20 Path error using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and final self-learned direct position kinematics in closed loop control Additional simulations were carried out using the smoothed, final self-learned direct positions kinematics in closed loop control. Simulation parameters were not altered. All six standard paths were simulated. The resulting path errors are listed in table 3.21. Tracking is now as good as that achieved with the pre-learned direct position kinematics. This is to be expected as the additional averaging has rendered the smoothed, final direct position kinematics to be as accurate as the pre-learned direct position kinematics. Path errors are of the same order of magnitude as position estimation errors, as given previously in table 3.18. Figure 3.47 shows the resulting path as seen using the smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics during blind control of circle 1. Control is much better now 158 than when using the final self-learned direct position kinematics without smoothing, since the control system is able to make the perceived path follow the path specification. The actual path is shown in figure 3.48 and is somewhat worse than the perceived path, as expected. PATH XERMS VXERMS AXERMS line 1 3.83E-2 9.27E-2 4.04E-1 line 2 8.41E-2 1.18E-2 2.34E+0 line 3 1.15E-2 2.71E-2 1.41E-1 line 4 1.85E-2 3.53E-2 1.65E-1 circle 1 1.11E-2 3.86E-2 1.71E-1 circle 2 1.40E-2 4.13E-2 1.79E-1 Table 3.21 Path error using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics in closed loop control 159 o in o o CO (\J— . * x7 LU o CO o in 0.50 -0.30 -0.10 LEX(i) M 0.10 0.30 0.50 Figure 3.47 View of circle 1 using the smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics during closed loop control of circle 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics 160 o in & on o fx O' I Figure 3.48 View of circle 1 during closed loop control of circle 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics 161 Figure 3.49 shows the resulting path during blind control of line 1. The large accelerations that initially occur are due to the sudden perceived position error that results when one switches from the accurate vision system to the less accurate smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics. As was done before when using the pre-learned direct position kinematics, this glitch can be eliminated by utilizing an initial iteration of Learning Identification or Interference Minimization before switching from the vision system to the smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics. Figure 3.50 shows the resulting path during blind control of line 1 where this technique was enabled by setting ADJVIS=.TRUE. 162 Figure 3.49 Closed loop control of line 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics 163 4.00 '0.00 0.80 1.60 2.40 3.20 4.00 T SEC in in 4.00 T SEC Figure 3.50 Closed loop control of line 1 using the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics with ADJVIS=.TRUE. 164 These simulations show that coarse control is possible using the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics and self-learned direct position kinematics. Finer control appears to require only an improvement in the accuracy of the self-learned direct position kinematics. By using averaging or smoothing techniques during the final stages of self-learning, it is possible to improve the accuracy of the self-learned direct position kinematics to the point that they are equal to or better than the pre-learned direct position kinematics. Good control is possible using the smoothed, final self-learned direct position kinematics. Further improvements are likely if higher order sum of polynomials representations are used that can more accurately represent the direct position kinematics over the workspace. Since there are only two input variables when estimating the direct position kinematics, one can use high order, sum of polynomials representations without incurring the computational costs of having a large number of terms in the sums. 3.10 SUMMARY The concept of self-learned control has been introduced and its performance demonstrated using a simulated two link manipulator. This performance has been compared to the control performance achieved using the analytical dynamics and kinematics of the two link manipulator. Control using the analytical dynamics and kinematics has been extensively tested to ensure that standard analytical control forms a realistic 165 benchmark against which to compare self-learned control. Self-learning is based on the fact that it is possible to represent the non-linear, multi-variate dynamics and kinematics relationships of the two link manipualator as weighted sums of polynomials. Using Interference Minimization or related learning algorithms, it is possible to learn the weighting coefficients of the sums of polynomials and thus learn the functional relationships necessary to achieve control. Furthermore, it is possible to learn these functional relationships without recourse to analysis of the manipulator. The inverse^ dynamics of the two manipulator can be well represented as a sum of polynomials over the whole of the manipulator's reach. This would seem to be true in general for manipulators as their inverse dynamics appear in a similar format [28,46]. The sum of polynomials representation can be thought of as merely replacing the various sine and cosine terms by their series equivalents and combining alike terms. This was demonstrated by derivation of a sum of polynomials representation by just such a technique. The sum of polynomials representation thus yields an efficient computational format for evaluation of the functional relationships as well as permitting the learning of these relationships with Interference Minimization. The inverse kinematics of the two link manipulator can only be represented by sums of polynomials over a portion of the manipulator's reach at a time. The inverse kinematics of manipulators in general are difficult to obtain analytically and 166 are likely to contain relationships that cannot be represented by sums of polynomials over the whole of a manipulator's reach. Nevertheless we found that the inverse kinematics of the two link manipulator can be well represented as a sum of polynomials over a workspace consisting of a sizable portion of the manipulator's reach. Hence the Cartesian inverse dynamics can be self-learned over this workspace. The workspace was not specially chosen; other portions of the manipulator's reach could have been used. It would be possible to subdivide the whole manipulator space into portions and self-learn unique sum of polynomials representations for each portion. One splitting technique that may be viable is discussed in chapter 5. Another solution that may be possible is to use a more general type of learned functional estimation, perhaps based on representation consisting of a ratio of two sums of polynomials. It would appear that self-learning can be achieved for manipulators in general over a portion of the space within their reach and over the whole of their reach if a splitting technique or other more general type of learned functional estimation can be used. The control method within which these self-learned relationships are applied is resolved acceleration control. The self-learned inverse dynamics are used to cancel the non-linearities of the manipulator dynamics yielding a combined system which is approximately linear and can be controlled using simple error correcting feedback. Self-learned control using path specification in joint coordinates would appear to be easy to apply in general since 167 the inverse dynamics appear in general to be well represented by a sum of polynomials over the whole of a manipulator's reach. In this work we have implemented self-learned control using path specification in Cartesian coordinates, which is more convenient to use but more difficult to implement as it requires self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics which contain the difficult to learn, inverse kinematics. Path specification in Cartesian coordinates also necessitates the use of a vision system, or its equivalent using the analytical direct position kinematics, to observe the manipulator position in Cartesian coordinates for use in error correcting feedback. The vision system or its equivalent must be very accurate as inaccuracies translate directly into path tracking errors. The direct position kinematics of the two link manipulator can be well represented using sums of polynomials over the whole of the manipulator's reach. This appears to be possible for manipulators in general since their analytical direct position kinematics consist of sums and products of sine and cosine terms. The direct position kinematics of the two link manipulator were self-learned and used in place of the vision system in closed loop control. Table 3.22 summarizes the path error, averaged over the six standard paths, that results when using the various control schemes. It can be seen that performance using the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics is quite comparable to that achieved using the analytical Cartesian inverse dynamics. Closed loop control using the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics in 168 conjunction with an accurate vision system, or its equivalent, is a very viable control technique. When the self-learned direct position kinematics are used instead of the vision system, performance is degraded, reflecting the inaccuracies in the self-learned direct position kinematics. Nevertheless it serves to demonstrate the technique. We found that an averaging or smoothing technique applied in the final stages of self-learning significantly improved the accuracy of the self-learned direct position kinematics and the resulting control performance. To achieve better performance only requires that the self-learned direct position kinematics be more accurate, as could be achieved using higher order, sum of polynomials representations. 169 XERMS VXERMS AXERMS CONTROL SCHEME 6.48E-4 2.10E-3 8.06E-2 3.52E-3 5.22E-3 9.10E-2 4.23E-3 1.01E-2 1.18E-1 3.37E-2 3.92E-2 2.15E-1 7.37E-2 8.60E-2 2.89E-1 2.96E-2 4.11E-2 5.67E-1 Standard Analytical Control Pre-Learned Cartesian Inverse Dynamics Self-Learned Cartesian Inverse Dynamics Pre-Learned Cartesian Inverse Dynamics & Pre-Learned Direct Position Kinematics Self-Learned Cartesian Inverse Dynamics & Self-Learned Direct Position Kinematics Self-Learned Cartesian Inverse Dynamics & Smoothed Self-Learned Direct Position Kinematics Table 3.22 Summary of path errors using various control shemes 170 4 CONTRIBUTIONS OF THIS THESIS This thesis has shown that Interference Minimization and related learning algorithms can be used to learn the non-linear, multi-variate functions describing the dynamics and kinematics of a robot manipulator. It has been shown that this learning can be done without recourse to analysis of the dynamics and kinematics of the manipulator. This is possible through learning based on observation of applied torques and corresponding manipulator motion; hence the name self-learning. A family of learning algorithms has been studied. It has been shown that the Gradient Method and Learning Identification are simplifications of Interference Minimization, the principal learning algorithm used in this thesis. The convergence rates of Interference Minimization and these related learning algorithms have been compared for sum of polynomials estimates of various orders, having various numbers of input variables. A method has been documented for reducing the number of calculations required when implementing Interference Minimization. A new variant of Interference Minimization called Pointwise Interference Minimization has been introduced and compared with the other learning algorithms. Applications where Pointwise Interference Minimization is appropriate have been described. The concept of self-learning has been introduced and its viability demonstrated using a simulated two link manipulator. It has been shown that the functional relationships forming the inverse dynamics, the inverse kinematics (which together form 171 the Cartesian inverse dynamics) and the direct position kinematics of the two link manipulator can be adequately th represented by 4 order sums of polynomials. This can be done over all of the two link manipulator's reach or a portion thereof sufficient to be considered a useful workspace. Self-learning of the Cartesian inverse dynamics permits resolved acceleration control to be applied using path specifications conveniently given in Cartesian coordinates. Performance using the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics with only a 4fc^ order representation has been found to be almost as good as performance using the analytical Cartesian inverse dynamics. The Cartesian inverse dynamics can be learned by utilizing training points consisting of n-tuples of applied torques and resulting end point Cartesian positions, velocities and accelerations as imposed by the direct dynamics of the manipulator and observed using a vision system. The direct position kinematics can be learned by utilizing training points consisting of n-tuples of measured joint positions and corresponding end point Cartesian positions observed using a vision system. A simple technique has been demonstrated that permits the manipulator end point motion to be constrained within a desired range of Cartesian positions, velocities, and accelerations during the early stages of self-learning when the Cartesian inverse dynamics are not known well enough to control the manipulator. It has been shown that the vision system used during self-learning can be replaced with the final self-learned direct position kinematics during subsequent use of the 172 manipulator. While self-learned control has only been demonstrated for a simulated two link manipulator, evidence has been presented that would lead one to believe that self-learned control is a general approach that can be applied to manipulators having more degrees of freedom using path specification in a coordinate system that is convenient for the tasks to be carried out. Detailed suggestions for future research are presented (in the following chapter, chapter 5) covering such topics as further investigation of self-learned control (especially automatic adaptation for an unknown -tool mass), hardware implementation of the required sum of polynomials estimators, and modification of the Klett Cerebellar Model (the major inspiration for this thesis) to increase its plausibility. 173 5 SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH The characterization of a family of learning algorithms and formulation and demonstration of self-learned control of the two link manipulator utilizing these learning algorithms is the principal contribution of this thesis, however, perhaps just as important are certain proposals related to this work that may form the basis for future research. 5.1 FURTHER INVESTIGATION OF SELF-LEARNED CONTROL 5.1.1 CONTROL OF A MORE COMPLEX MANIPULATOR From the outset it was hoped that self-learned control would prove a viable control scheme for complex industrial manipulators having up to 6 degrees of freedom. The two link manipulator was merely a preliminary test vehicle. We believe that no simplifying assumptions have been made that would prohibit the extension of self-learned control to a real manipulator having up to 6 degrees of freedom. The logical next step would be to attempt to apply self-learned control to a real manipulator with more than 2 degrees of freedom. Many of the aspects of self-learning need to be studied further. It was apparent that many parameters had an effect on the rate of self-learning. One might experiment by changing feedback gains during self-learning as the optimum feedback gain in terms of minimizing out of bounds excursions, ie. instability, while minimizing path tracking error, changes as self-learning progresses. It is also apparent that the choice of 174 training paths, frequency of learning iterations, and forcefulness of constraining action have an effect on the learning rate. As discussed in section 3.9.1, the constraining technique used in these simulations was very simplistic and improved techniques were proposed. Investigation is warranted into changing parameters of the constraining technique used here or development of better techniques in order to minimize such quantities as maximum out of bounds excursions, risk of out of bounds excursions that might damage a real manipulator, etc. For example the constraining technique used here was found to limit out of bounds excursions quite well but there may be situations where large unacceptable out of bounds excursions occur during self-learning using this constraining technique; it has not been proven otherwise. It is also apparent that averaging techniques as discussed in section 3.9.1 can improve the mean estimation accuracy achievable with a given order sum of polynomials representation. It may also be possible to use learning algorithms based on estimation using functions other than polynomials. The costs to apply when evaluating the numerous possibilities in terms of required computing capability, self-learning time, control performance, and adequacy of constraining action, etc. will become more apparent upon application to a real manipulator. 5.1.2 ADAPTATION TO TOOL MASS The initial intent of this thesis was to demonstrate self-learning of the inverse dynamics or the more difficult Cartesian inverse dynamics. A vision system was to be used for feedback 175 purposes. It soon became apparent that self-learning could be applied in other areas, for example to learn to estimate the direct position kinematics and thus replace the vision system, or free it for use in specific areas of the workspace where high resolution is required to achieve fine path tracking. Andther area that invites the application of self-learning is in adaptation of control according to the tool mass. Consider again the two link manipulator. One can imagine that the second link mass consists of the mass of the final link and the mass of .the tool that the manipulator is holding, m2 = mlink + mtool (5'1) The link masses along with other manipulator parameters such as link lengths, etc. were considered to be constants in functions forming the Cartesian inverse dynamics. One can also think of mtool as another input variable in the Cartesian inverse dynamics, r = cart.inv.dyn(x,x,x,mtoo^) (5.2) Given that mtoo^ is specified, one should be able to self-learn the Cartesian inverse dynamics for a range of tool masses. A good technique might be to initially fix the input variable, mtool' and attach a tool of the corresponding mass to the manipulator while self-learning the Cartesian inverse dynamics. Once good control is achieved, one could then begin to vary the mass of the attached tool and correspondingly the variable mtooi and thus self-learn the Cartesian inverse dynamics for a range of tool masses. To adjust the Cartesian inverse dynamics to be appropriate for the mass of the tool in use, one need only know 176 mtool and aPP^v ^ as an input. variable of the final self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics. A logical next step is to ask whether the tool mass can be determined simply by observing manipulator motion and applied torques. If one could discern mtooi based on observations of manipulator motion and applied torques then control of the manipulator could be adjusted appropriately when a tool of unknown mass is attached, a very desirable capability. Consider the inverse dynamics of the two link manipulator as given in equations (3.51) through (3.66). One could substitute equation (5.1) into the inverse dynamics relationships and solve for mtool yielding a functional relationship that we will call the tool dynamics, mtool = tool.dyn(7,a,a,a) (5.3) A preliminary look suggests that this function will probably not be representable over the whole of the manipulator's reach using a sum of polynomials. It is likely, however, that it can be so represented over a portion of the manipulator's reach, such as the workspace that was chosen so that the Cartesian inverse dynamics were representable. If so, then the tool dynamics could be self-learned. The process of generalization of self-learning need not stop here. Clearly, self-learning of the tool dynamics is quite analogous to force feedback. One merely substitutes an unknown applied force for the unknown applied tool mass. With an applied force one needs to estimate its direction as well as magnitude and hence one must learn several functional relationships. 177 Conceptually, though, the technique would be similar. A wealth of possible applications for self-learning are apparent. These examples are from the field of manipulator control; applications may well exist in other fields, anywhere that learning of non-linear, multi-variate functional relationships is required. The viability of the self-learning in these applications, however, remains to be demonstrated. In some cases self-learning may theoretically be applicable but difficult to implement because of the number of calculations required when dealing with many input variables.. In other cases the functions to be estimated may only be representable as sums of polynomials over narrow portions of their domains making self-learning difficult to apply with.the learning algorithms given here. 5.2 IMPLEMENTATION OF SUM OF POLYNOMIALS ESTIMATORS A principal reason for investigating self-learned control using sum of polynomials representations is the regularity of the resulting computational structure. The three learning algorithms, Interference Minimization, Learning Identification and the Gradient Method are all based on the same sum of polynomials estimator, f = wTp (5.4) In a control application it is the evaluation of the estimate that is the time critical task. Learning of the weighting coefficients can take place off-line utilizing a method appropriate for the computing capability available and the rate 178 of learning desired; for example, Interference Minimization converges much faster than the Gradient Method but uses a more complex, and thus time consuming weight adjustment formula. Due to the regularity of the sum of polynomials estimator and its applicability to problems of various sizes, investigation is warranted into the implementation of sum of polynomials estimators using specially developed hardware. Preliminary work has been done for implementation using digital computing hardware and stochastic computing hardware. More work is required to demonstrate the viability of these approaches. 5.2.1 DIGITAL COMPUTER IMPLEMENTATION In a digital computer implementation, the rate limiting factor is the number of multiplications required to evaluate the sum of polynomials. Fortunately, evaluation of the sum of polynomials does not require as many multiplications as one might assume. Recall that, for a system of order s having v input variables, the polynomial terms are the set, v {p,(z)} = { n z.ei } (5.5) * i=0 where, v Z e. *= s . e, an integer (5.6) £ = s , e. r i-0 1 zn = 1 (5.7The input variables and the constant 1 form the first v+1 terms. Each of the remaining higher order terms can be formed as the product of two lower order terms. The total number of terms is, 179 (s+v)! m = (5.8) v! s! Table 5.1 shows the number of terms for systems of various orders, s, and having various numbers of input variables, v. The number of mutiplications required to form the polynomial terms ism- (v+1). In a manipulator control application the same polynomial terms will typically be used in the estimation of several functions. In modelling the Cartesian inverse dynamics of a manipulator with r degrees of freedom, the number of input variables will be v = 3r, corresponding to an acceleration, velocity and position for each degree of freedom. There will be r functions forming the Cartesian inverse dynamics. For such a manipulator, one pass requiring m-v-1 multiplications is necessary to form the polynomial terms and r passes requiring m multiplications and additions each are necessary to accumulate the weighted sum of these terms to complete the estimates of the r functions. For estimates of order s for each of the functions forming the Cartesian inverse dynamics, the number of multiplications required is thus, (r+1)(s+3r)! cid(r,s) = - (3r+1) (5.9) s!(3r) ! In modelling the direct position kinematics of a manipulator having r degrees of freedom, the number of input variables will be v=r, corresponding to the position for each degree of freedom. There will be r functions forming the direct position kinematics. For estimates of order s for each of the functions forming the 180 direct position kinematics, the number of multiplications is thus, (r+1)(s+r)! dpk(r,s) = - (r+1) (5.10) s! r! System Order 1 2 3 4.5 6 N u 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 m 2 3 6 10 15 21 28 b 3 4 10 20 35 56 84 e 4 5 15 35 70 126 210 r 5 6 21 56 126 252 462 6 7 28 84 210 462 924 0 7 8 36 120 330 792 1716 f 8 9 45 165 495 1287 3003 9 10 55 220 715 2002 5005 V 10 1 1 66 286 1001 3003 8008 a 1 1 12 78 364 1365 4368 12376 r 1 2 1 3 91 455 1820 6188 18564 i 13 14 105 560 2380 8568 27132 a 1 4 1 5 120 680 3060 1 1628 38760 b 1 5 16 1 36 816 3876 15504 54264 1 16 17 153 969 4845 20349 74613 e 1 7 18 171 1 140 5985 26334 100947 s 18 19 190 1330 7315 33649 134596 Table 5.1 Number of terms, m, for sytems of various orders, s, and various numbers of input variables, v Table 5.2 summarizes the number of multiplications required to evaluate the estimates of the Cartesian inverse dynamics for estimators of various orders, s, and having input variables corresponding to various numbers of degrees of freedom, r. Likewise, table 5.3 summarizes the number of multiplications required to evaluate the estimates of the direct position 181 kinematics. Sytem Order D F 1 2 3 4 5 6 e r 1 4 16 36 66 108 1 64 g o e 2 14 77 245 623 1379 2765 r f e 3 30 210 870 2850 7998 20010 e d 4 52 442 2262 9087 30927 92807 e o 5 80 800 4880 23240 93008 325568 s m 6 1 1 4 1311 9291 51 186 235524 942153 Table 5.2 Multiplications required for estimates of various orders of the Cartesian inverse dynamics for manipulators having various degrees of freedom System Order D F 1 2 3 4 5 6 e r 1 4 6 8 10 12 1 4 g o e 2 9 18 30 45 63 84 r f e 3 16 40 80 140 224 336 e d 4 25 75 175 350 630 1050 e o 5 36 126 336 756 1512 2772 s m 6 49 196 588 1470 3234 6468 Figure 5.3 Multiplications required for estimates of various orders of the direct position kinematics for manipulators having various degrees of freedom For a 4 order model of a 2 degree of freedom manipulator such as the two link manipulator studied here, 623 multiplications are required. Assuming that tcaic^*01 sec» this corresponds to 16 usee per multiplication. If self-learned 182 control can be extended to a 6 degree of freedom manipulator, 51186 multiplications would be required. For t^i^O'^1 sec, this corresponds to 195 nsec per multiplication, quite a high rate, but nevertheless achievable with current technology, especially if only fixed point operations are necessary. Evaluation of the direct position kinematics estimates requires far fewer multiplications and thus is easier to achieve. The basic components of a digital computer implementation of a general purpose sum of polynomials estimator are a multiplier, an accumulator, a sequence controller to perform fetching of operands and storage of results, and memory. All portions of this system would be designed for very high speed operation; if only low speed operation were required, a standard general purpose computer could be used. This dedicated system would be supervised by a general purpose computer. Learning, which is a less time critical, but more algorithmically complex task, is assumed to be performed using one's chosen learning algorithm utilizing the supervising computer. Figure 5.1 shows a block diagram of the proposed digital computing hardware. The digital sum of polynomials estimator would have two modes of operation. In the first mode, the set of K-G polynomial terms is generated. To begin this operation, the supervising computer places the initial terms, consisting of the constant 1 and the v input variables, into the two operand memories. It is assumed that the supervising computer has access to the operand memories and pointer memories as well registers within the sequence controller and accumulator. The higher order 183 SEQUENCE CONTROLLER ACCUMULATOR / \ result address 2 MULTIPLIER address 1 / \ / \ \ / POINTER MEMORY 1 \ / \ / \. / POINTER MEMORY 2 \ / \ / \ / \ / p P W W 0 0 E E L L I I Y Y G G N \ N H H 0 result 0 T T M / M I I S S A A E E L L T T S S 1 r E E T T operand 1 operand 2 OPERAND MEMORY 1 OPERAND MEMORY 2 Figure 5.1 Block diagram of digital computer implementation of a sum of polynomials estimator 184 terms in the set of polynomials are formed in turn as products of lower order terms and appended to the set of polynomials in the two operand memories. Selection of appropriate pairs of lower order polynomial terms is performed by the pointer memories. The special pattern of addresses stored in the pointer memories is fixed for a system of given order, s, and having a specific number of input variables, v. These addresses can be generated once by the supervising computer and placed in the pointer memories. During operation, the sequence controller indexes through the pointer memories with easily generated sequential addresses. The set of polynomial terms is duplicated in each of the operand memories so that both of the required lower order polynomial term operands can be fetched at the same time. The higher order result is assumed to be written back into both operand memories simultaneously. In the second mode of operation, each estimate is formed as a weighted sum of polynomial terms. The two operand memories are now addressed sequentially, directly by the sequence controller. Operands read from operand memory 1 consist of the polynomial terms while those read from operand memory 2 consist of the corresponding weighting coefficients for the function to be estimated. Their products are summed in the accumulator and read from the accumulator by the supervising computer at the completion of each pass. Several such passes are made using a different weight set each time until estimates have been evaluated for all r functions. Note that the number of words of memory required using this approach is, 185 (r+4)(s+2r)! mem(r,s)= (5.11) s!r! A key factor in determining the viability of this approach for very high speed operation is the precision required in the computations. In our simulations of self-learned control, approximately 7 decimal digits of precision were used. Our self-learned estimates of the Cartesian inverse dynamics, however, were only accurate representations of the analytical functions to about 2 or 3 decimal digits and yet were adequate for control purposes. Input variables are normalized between -1 and 1, and the weighting coefficients could also be normalized. It would thus appear that fixed point binary operations with a precision of perhaps 8 to 10 binary digits would be sufficient for control purposes. Such fixed point operations should be achievable at the rate required using current technology. If higher precision or floating point representation were found to be necessary, it would be much more difficult to implement the digital sum of polynomials estimator. 5.2.2 STOCHASTIC COMPUTER IMPLEMENTATION It may also be possible to implement a sum of polynomials estimator using stochastic computing techniques. The stochastic computer [19,48] is distinct form either the analog or digital computer as numbers are represented by the probability of occurrence of a 1 in the bit sequences on the data lines permitting multiplication to be performed by a single gate. For example, consider a situation in which the numbers A and B, which are between 0 andM, are represented as the 186 probabilities of the occurence of a 1 on their respective data lines, Prob(A=1) = A/M (5.12) Prob(B=1) = B/M (5.13If these signals are fed into an AND gate then its output, C, will be a 1 whenever both inputs are 1's. The probability of the output being a 1 is, Prob(C=1) = Prob(A=1 and B=1) (5.14) If the probabilities on the input lines A and B are independent then, Prob(C=1) = Prob(A=1)-Prob(B=1) (5.15) and the number represented on the output line is the normalized product of A and B, C = AB/M2 (5.16) This is a unipolar form of representation. A bipolar form of representation is also possible which permits signed multiplication using a single EXCLUSIVE OR gate [19]. Normalized summation can also be performed with similarly simple circuitry. Adequately random input signals for a stochastic computer can be formed using a pseudorandom sequence generator and suitable logic circuitry [19]. This is done by repeatedly comparing an N bit binary representation of the input signal with an N bit binary random number obtained from a pseudorandom sequence generator. The successive results of comparison form a Bernoulli sequence whose probability of a 1 corresponds to the input signal. We have shown that adequately random input signals can also 187 be obtained by randomization of pulse-rate-encoded signals using jitter stages [23], Simple hardware and parallel operation make stochastic multiplication and summation a potential parallel processing technique. Its simplicity makes is attractive for VLSI implementation. A principal drawback, however, is that multiplications and summations may be very slow. Consider the example given in figure 5.2. Products are formed of two pairs of inputs and these products are then summed (more correctly averaged). Assuming that the probabilities of a 1 at all inputs are independent, the probability of a 1 at the output G is, Prob(G=l) = [Prob(A=1)-Prob(B=1) + Prob(D=1)-Prob(E=1)]/2 (5.17) This structure could be extended to implement a sum of polynomials estimator. To make use of the result at the output it is necessary to estimate this probability by estimating the mean proportion of 1's that occur at the output. For example, if N samples are taken of the output and 0 of these samples are 1's, an estimate of the probability of the output being a 1 is, MEAN = O/N (5.18) Since the output is a Bernoulli sequence, the standard deviation in this estimate of the probability is, SDEV = [Prob(G=l)(l-Prob(G=D)/N]1//2 (5.19) To halve the standard deviation in one's estimate of the output probability one must quadruple the number of observations of the output. Thus while stochastic computing may be comparatively 188 fast for low accuracy computations involving many input variables, it becomes very slow if high accuracy computations are required. As discussed in section 5.2.1, it appears that the accuracy of estimates required to achieve adequate control is not very great. Thus stochastic computer implementation of a sum of polynomials estimator may be feasible. Note that, as when using fixed point arithmetic in a digital computer, narrow range restrictions are imposed on all variables at all points within a stochastic computer. Further investigation is required to determine the feasibility of such an approach. B > INPUTS ARE INDEPENDENT BERNOULLI SEQUENCES ) -CL y PSEUDORANDOM Figure 5.2 Stochastic computer circuit for summing the product! of two pairs of input variables 189 5.3 MODIFICATION OF THE KLETT CEREBELLAR MODEL The starting point for this work was the Klett Cerebellar Model. During the course of this research, several insights have occurred about ways of modifying the Cerebellar Model to make it more plausible as a model of the mammalian cerebellum. 5.3.1 THE KLETT CEREBELLAR MODEL Klett [26] models the mammalian cerebellum as a sum of polynomials estimator using orthogonal polynomials. Figure 5.3 shows a block diagram of the cerebellar system. The Cerebellar Model includes only those neural pathways that are highlighted. These are the principal pathways. PARALLEL FIBERS GRANULE CELLS 75+ GOLGI CELLS BASKET t STELLATE CELLS \ KEY MOSS; FIBERS -J- EXCITATORY SYNAPSE — INHIBITORY SYNAPSE -V SUBCORTICAL NUCLEAR CELLS CEREBELLAR CORTEX TO MOTOR CENTERS VIA VARIOUS ROUTES CLIMBING FIBERS Figure 5.3 Block diagram of cerebellar system 190 A block diagram of the Cerebellar Model is shown in figure 5.4. Purkinje cells are excited by the parallel fibers of the granule cells and inhibited by the basket and stellate cells which are also excited by parallel fibers. The net effect would be equivalent if Purkinje cells could be excited or inhibited by the parallel fibers thus eliminating the need for basket and stellate cells. Purkinje cells and their associated basket and stellate cells are thus modelled as weighted summation points having either positive or negative weighting coefficients, f = I w^q^ = wTq (5.20) k It is through modification of these weighting coefficients by corrective climbing fiber activity that learning is assumed to take place, Aw = uAfq (5.21) Note that such learning is performed based on only locally available information in each Purkinje cell. CLIMBING Figure 5.4 Block diagram of the Klett'Cerebellar Model 191 Granule cells are excited by the Mossy fibers. The Granule cells are modelled as forming the product of the variables represented by Mossy fiber activity. This product is summed with the negative, inhibitory Golgi Cell activity and the result output as Parallel fiber activity. The Golgi cells are themselves excited by parallel fiber activity. The Granule cell - Golgi cell network is modelled as a negtive feedback network, q = p - Gq (5.22) Steady state Parallel fiber activity is thus, q = (I+G)"1p = Qp (5.23) If the Parallel fiber - Golgi cell synaptic weights represented by the matrix G are chosen appropriately then the the matrix Q becomes an orthogonalization matrix. This results in improved learning performance as shown previously in chapter 2. Such orthogonalization results if, Q = [J ppT 6S]~1/2 (5.24) S This requires that G be chosen as, G = [/ ppT 6S]1/2 - I (5.25) S In the Klett Cerebellar Model, these special Parallel fiber Golgi cell synaptic weights are assumed, not learned. There is evidence that multiplication and summation required here can be performed by neurons and neural networks [26]. It is certainly possible to perform multiplication or summation of pulse-rate-encoded variables with simple digital logic gates that are analogous to neurons using stochastic computing techniques [19,48]. 192 5.3.2 LEARNED ORTHOGONALIZATION A principal criticism of the Klett Cerebellar Model is that it assumes the special synaptic weights in the Granule cell Golgi cell network. This makes the Cerebellar Model rather implausible as it would require an enormous amount of information to genetically specify these weights. To counter this argument we have found that orthogonalization is not neccesary to permit learning to take place. Without orthogonalization, the Cerebellar Model becomes equivalent to the Gradient Method outlined in chapter 2. The Gradient Method is a less optimal learning algorithm in terms of convergence rates. Nevertheless, it is capable of learning accurate sum of polynomials estimates, given enough training. Furthermore, we have found that it is possible to learn the orthogonalization matrix Q in a manner that could conceivably be performed in the cerebellum. The learning can be done using information that is locally available in the Granule cells and Golgi cells. Figure 5.5a shows a schematic of the Granule cell - Golgi cell network showing those locations where amplification could occur. Figure 5.5b shows the same schematic but with amplifications lumped as much as possible. With this model the Parallel fiber activity is given by, q = a (b.p. - L g..q.) (5.26) j*i J 1 Note that an individual Granule cell is assumed to not synapse with those Golgi cells that it is being inhibited by. 193 Figure 5.5 Schematic of Granule cell - Golgi cell network a) showing those locations where amplification could occur b) showing lumped amplifications 194 Expressing this in matrix form yields, q = A(Bp - Gq): (5.27) A and B are diagonal matrices and G is anti-diagonal (ie. the diagonal elements are zero). Solving for q in terms of p yields, q = (l+AG)_1ABp (5.28) To ensure that q is an orthonormal basis set, the Pointwise Cerebellar Model discussed in chapter 2 is used. We thus desire that, q = E 5 (5.29) where, -1/2 n-1 E = D ,/z (5.30n n D=l/nLp.p.T (5.31) n /=0 ' ' Therefore we must ensure that, (I+A G )_1A B = Eo = D "1/2 (5.32) n n n n n n or equivalently, B ~1A "1(I+A G ) = Dn,/2 (5.33) n n n n n An adjustment scheme has been found that meets these requirements while using only locally available information. After the nth adjustment, the elements of the matrices GR, An and Bn are as follows; %ij ' U\l*ki*kj (5'34) a .. - 0 (5.35mj b . = 0 (5.36) nij for i±j , and, g . =0 (5.37195 an/y = [w\l0*ki*kjl~} (5-38) bn/. - 1 (5.39for i=j . Note that we are assuming that the gains ^n/y are fixed, not learned. In matrix notation the Golgi feedback matrix is thus as follows, Gn = l/nX^*T " An"1 (5'40) A:=0 It can be confirmed that such a choice of gains results in the desired matrices by showing that equation (5.33) is satisfied. First we can remove the matrix Bn 1 from equation (5.33) as it is equal to the identity matrix. B~1A~1(I+AG) = A~1(I+AG) (5.41) n n n n n n n Then this result can be simplified. An"1(I+An6n) = An"' + [l/n/A^T] " ^ (5'42) An"1(I+AnGn) = ^\L[h^ (5'43) k = 0 Substituting in equation (5.28) yields, An"1(I+An6n> = 1 /n^P(I+AnGn}"'An]T (5*44) Let us assume that the matrices An and Gn converge such that they appear as constants (to the degree of precision that we are concerned with) after a finite number of adjustments. If we consider equation (5.44) as n-°°r we can assume that the matrices A and G have fixed values for all terms of the summation n n without introducing significant error into the sum. The matrices 196 in the summation of (5.44) can thus be factored out. Ao.~1(l+Ac.GJ = t l/n^P*P*T ][(I+A=OGCO>"1AOO]T (5-45> Rearrangement then yields, A00"1(l+AooGa)[Aca-1(I+AaGoo)]T = (5.46) The matrix A^ is symmetrical. It is not obvious that the matrix (I+A G ) is also symmetrical. Let us assume that (I+A G ) is symmetrical. Then the transpose in the left hand side of (5.46) can be removed yielding, [A/1 (I + A^GJ]2 = }/nnLpkpkT (5.47) k=0 Thus in the limit we have, [A "1(I + AG)]2 = (5.48) OO 00 OO OO A _1(I + A G ) = D 1/2 = E _1/2 (5.49OO 00 CO CO oo Recalling from chapter 2 that E^ equals a scaler multiple,_of Q, it is apparent that the result is as desired. We have not actually been able to prove that this adjustment scheme will work as we had to assume convergence of the matrices A and G , and we had to assume that (I+A G ) was n n oo oo symmetrical. If these assumptions are true, then it is possible to learn orthogonalization. In the cerebellum it does not appear to be possible to perform the adjustments of the gains as shown in equations (5.34) through (5.39). A more plausible hypothesis is that the gains are adjusted by exponential averaging where, q.Ak) = ( 1-e)g. . (Jfc-1 ) + ep.(Jfc)q.U) (5.50) 3z j 1J 1 J 197 for i*j , and, af.U) = (l-e)a/ . ) + ep. (it )q ( k) (5.51) for /=/, and the other adjustment relationships are as before, e is a small positive gain factor. These adjustments might occur continually but with such a small gain factor, e, that adaptation is slow, resulting in behavior analogous to a low pass filter. These adjustments might also be triggered to occur when learning is taking place at the Purkinje cells as indicated by Climbing fiber activity. Through simulation we have found that this proposed method for learned orthogonalization will work with either true averaging or exponential averaging. Succesive values of the input variables zf. used to generate the polynomial terms in p were chosen randomly. It has also been found to work regardless of whether the polynomial terms in p are strictly positive or not. It thus may prove a useful method of orthogonalizing signals, quite apart from its validity as a model of part of the cerebellum. Several problems remain in defending this scheme as a cerebellar model. First, using such learned orthogonalization, the resulting vector, q, is not strictly positive. Signals carried on the parallel fibers of the cerebellum are unipolar in nature, albeit that they may effectively represent positive and negative values over a finite range through offset by a positive bias. A more plausible orthogonalization scheme would be one that ensures that q - (1,...,1) is orthogonal. Secondly, it is not clear that all Golgi cells synapse with mossy fibers such 198 that each Golgi cell has access to the signal p^. upon which adjustment of Golgi feedback gains are based in this model. A more plausible model in terms of having gain adjustments being based on locally accessible signals is one where the gains * are adjusted as follows, gn/y = 1/nI?0q*; (5'52) a .. = 0 (5.53TUJ bp.. - 0 (5.54) for /*j , and, gn/y = 0 (5.55n-1 _, a . = [1/n I q ] (5.56) niJ k=0 J n-1 . b . . = [1/n Z p. ] (5.57niJ k=0 Kl Now the gains are assuredly adjusted on the basis of locally available information. This method cannot be proven to work, however, precisely because the q^. are not strictly positive. It has been found not to work in simulations, for the same reason. If a method can be found for offsetting q to ensure that the q^. are strictly positive, a variant of these methods may then be a functional and plausible model for learning orthogonalization in the cerebellum. 5.3.3 INPUT VARIABLE SPLITTING In order to self-learn the Cartesian inverse dynamics of the two link manipulator, we had to restrict ourselves to a portion of the manipulator's reach. This was necessary because 199 certain functional relationships in the inverse kinematics of the two link manipulator could not be represented as a sum of polynomials over the whole of the manipulator's reach. This represents a limitation imposed by the use of K-G polynomials as a basis set. As mentioned in chapter 3, one could use several unique sum of polynomials representations for each portion of the manipulator's reach. One would thus be modelling the functional relationships over the whole space as piecewise linear, quadratic, or quartic, etc., according to the order of the sum of polynomials representations used in each region. Clearly a more general class of functions can be modelled in this way. It may be possible that one could use a method that we call input variable splitting to achieve the same end. By input variable splitting, we mean that a single input variable from a control point of view, is encoded on several input variables from the point of view of the sum of polynomials estimator. It is best illustrated by an example. Consider a sum of polynomials representation for the function, f = sin(27rz) (5.58) over the range, -1 < z < 1 (5.59Clearly a fifth order sum of polynomials representation is * required to achieve a minimal likeness of f. An example of such a representation is, sin(2;rz) * 5.7z - 28.4z3 + 22.7z5 (5.60) 200 which was obtained by noting that even power terms were not needed and then choosing the coefficients of the odd power terms such that a match is achieved at z equal to 1/4, 1/2, and 1. Now assume that the information of variable z is split among 4 input variables as follows, z. = max{-1, min{l, 4z + 5 - 2i}} (5.61) Note that over most of the range of z, the variables z^. are saturated at either -1 or 1. It is only over specific portions of the space that each z. varies. It is possible to represent sin(27rz) as a sum of polynomials in z. , namely, 2 2 2 2 sin(27rz) =* - z1 + z2 ~ z3 + z4 (5.62) Figure 5.6 shows the variables, z^. , as functions of- z. Figure 5.7 shows a plot of sin(27rz) along with the two sum of polynomials representations. It can be seen that the representation using input variable splitting is much better. It remains to be determined whether Interference Minimization or related learning algorithms can be made to work when input variables are split in this manner. Efforts to develop such methods of learning piecewise non-linear estimates of functions are warranted as it could overcome the limitations we have encountered using estimates based on sums of K-G polynomials. It might make it possible to learn the Cartesian inverse dynamics over the whole of the two link manipulator's reach, and likewise in other situations where functions are not well represented as sums of polynoials over the region of interest. 201 Figure 5.6 Example of input variable splitting S M.00 -0.60 -0.20 0.20 0.60 J.00 Figure 5.7 Representations of sin(2jrz) 202 With regards to the Cerebellar Model, it is unlikely that input variables are split in the previously described fashion. A more plausible scenario is outlined in the following. Consider an input variable to the cerebellum from a control point of view. One such variable could be a joint angle, say at the elbow. The position of the joint can be effectively encoded by signals representing the tension or extension in the various muscles acting upon the joint. Since there are numerous muscles and they are generally paired into opponents, it is reasonable to assume that some signals would decrease and others would increase as the joint rotated from its minimum to maximum angular displacement. Also it is reasonable to assume that some signals would change from low levels to saturated high levels over narrow ranges of joint movement while others would change similarly over large ranges of joint movement. Figure 5.8 shows a simple example where the joint angle, is encoded on several different input variables. If these variables are taken two at a time and multiplied together, the products form functions such as those shown in figure 5.9. Note how these products resemble spline functions. Some are narrow and some are rather wide. Consider now a more realistic physiological scenario in which a parameter such as a joint angle is encoded on the signals coming from perhaps thousands of muscle fiber sensors. If these signals are taken randomly, four or five at a time as they are in the Mossy Fiber - Granule Cell network in the cerebellum, and multiplied together, the set of basis functions that result probably contains many spline-like 203 functions. This hypothesis remains to be tested, however. As pointed out by Klett [26], spline functions have desirable properties in terms of minimizing learning interference. Spline functions can be used to form estimates of a more general class of functions than K-G polynomials. Many such spline functions may be required in order to effectively span the domain of the functions to be estimated, however, many such splines could be generated in the cerebellum. Incorporation of spline functions into a modified Klett Cerebellar Model would render the model more similar to the previous model proposed by Albus[l]. The modified Klett Model would retain the advantage of requiring many fewer weighting coefficients than the Albus Model, because of its use of continuous variables versus essentially binary variables in the Albus Model. Use of spline functions would free the Klett Model from its previous disadvantage^ of only being applicable for estimating functions that are well represented by polynomials; it would gain the generality.of the Albus Model in terms of functions that can be learned. Finally, the Albus Model is based on the implausable assumption that each discernable point in its input space is encoded by a set of maximally active input variables. 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[58] ACSL User Guide/Reference Manual, Mitchell and Gauthier, Assoc., Inc., Concord, Mass. 210 APPENDIX A ANALYTICAL KINEMATICS OF THE TWO LINK MANIPULATOR THE TWO LINK MANIPULATOR THE DIRECT KINEMATICS From the figure the direct position kinematics can be immediately obtained, Xj = ljSin(aj) .+ l2sin(a1+o2) x2 «= -ljcostttj) - ljcosta^oj) Differentiation of these relationships yields the direct velocity kinematics, ljcosfaj) • l^os^+aj) , ljCOsCa^Oj) ljSinUj) + l2sin(a1+o2) , ljSinUj+Oj) which can be rearranged as, IJCOSUJ) , l2cos(at+a2) ljSinfaj) , ^sinUj+aj) a1+a2 211 and represented as, - - — — " M1 _*2_ _d1+d2_ The direct velocity kinematics can be differentiated to yield the direct acceleration kinematics, x 1 l1cos(a1) l1sin(al) , l2cos(a1+a2) , l2sin(a1+a2) 1 a1+a2 -l1sin(a1) , -ljSinCa^aj) llcos(a1) ljcosft^+a,,) • 2 a1 (d1+d2V which can be represented as, - -- M1 -I _ai+a2. + M, "1 (d1+d2)2 THE INVERSE KINEMATICS Referring again to the figure, the cosine rule can be applied to yield, cosU-a2) = (X2-ll2-l22)/(-l1l2) and thus, cos(a2) = (X2-l12-l22)/l1l2 By the rule of Pythagoras we have that, 2 2 2 XZ = X^ + X2 and thus, cos(a2) = (x12+x22-l12-l22)/l1l2 or equivalently, 2 2 2 2 a2 = arccos((x1 +x2 -11 -12 J/^l^ which is the inverse position kinematics function for a2. The inverse position kinematics function for a1 can be 212 obtained by noting that, tanU) = (l2sin(a2) )/(l1+l2cos(a2)) and, tan(tf) = x^/(-x2) Since, o1 = ^ - <t> this means that, a1 = arctan(x1,-x2) - arctan(l2sin(a2),11+l2cos(a2)) Note that the arctan function used here has two arguments and is thus assumed to yield a result in the range -TT to TT. An alternative representation of the inverse position kinematics for a1 can be obtained by noting that, cos(a1) = cos(\/>-0) = cos(\//)cos(0) + sin (\p) sin (4>) By inspection of the figure we have, cos(^) = -x2/X and, sin(^) = Xj/X Application of the cosine rule yields, cosU) = (X2+f12-l22)/2l1X Application of the sine rule yields, sin(#)/l2 = sin(ir-a2)/X = sin(a2)/X and hence, sin(0) = l2sin(a2)/X Substituting these expressions into our previous expression for costa^ yields, cosU,) = -x2(X2+l12-l22)/2l1X2 + x1l2sin(a2)/X2 2 Subsitituting in the previous expression for X and combining 213 terms that are equal to cos(o2) yields, 2 2 cosfc^) = [x1l1sin(a2> - x2(l1+l2cos(a2)) ]/(x1 +x2 ) another form of the inverse kinematics function of a1. From the direct velocity kinematics we have, x 1 X. = M 1 which can be rearranged to yield the inverse velocity kinematics as, "1 d1+d2 = M -1 1 or equivalently, d1 a1+a2 l1l2sin(a2) l2sin(a1+a2) , -^cos (+a2) -llsin(a1) l1cos(a1) From the direct acceleration kinematics we have, 2 a1 + M, x = M 1 d1+o2 (a,+a2)2 which can be rearranged to yield the inverse acceleration kinematics as, ""1 d1+d2 = M -1 M1 1>42 • 2 (d}+a2)2 or equivalently, 0, '1 1 2 l1l2sin(a2) l1l2sin(a2) l2sin(a1+a2) , -ljcosft^+a.,) -l1sin(o1) l1cos(a1)• LX2J -l^jcosfaj) , -1^ , ^ljCOSfdj) . 2 (d^dj) 214 APPENDIX B ANALYTICAL DYNAMICS OF THE TWO LINK MANIPULATOR INVERSE DYNAMICS The Lagrangian [46,37] is defined as the difference between the kinetic energy of a system, K, and the potential energy of a system, P, L = K - P The inverse dynamics equations are obtained as, r. = 6_ [SL 1 - 3L 6t jaaj da. The derivation of the inverse dynamics equations begins by noting that the kinetic energy of mass m1 is, K1 <= 1/2 m}vy2 = 1/2 n^l^d,2 which is equal to 0 when not moving. The potential energy of mass m2 is, Pj » -n^gh « -m1gl1cos(a1) which is equal to 0 when x2«0, ie. at the height of the origin. The kinetic energy of mass m2 is, 2 K2 « 1/2 n»2v2 The square of the velocity of mass m2 can be obtained from the direct velocity kinematics equations given in appendix A by noting that, v22 - i* + x22 and hence, v22 « l,2*,2"* l22(d12+2d1a2+d22) + 2lll2o1(a1+d2)cos(a2) Thus the kinetic energy of mass m2 is, 215 K2 = 1/2 n^l^d,2 + 1/2 m2l22(d12+2d1d2+d22) 2 + n^^^cosfa^ (d, +a^a2) The potential energy of mass m2 is, P2 = m2gh = -m2gl^osta^) - m2gl2cos(a1+a2) Combining terms yields the Lagrangian of the two link manipulator, L = 1/2 (m1+m2)l12d]2 + 1/2 m^2(a,2+2d, o2+d22) 2 + m2l1l2cos(a2)(d1 +a^a2) + (m1+m2)gl1cos(ol) + m2gl2cos(a^+a2) Various derivatives of the Lagrangian need to be obtained and combined to yield the inverse dynamics function for torque Ty. The derivatives are, 2 2 2 3L/3d1 «= (m1+m2)l1 d1 + m2l2 d1 + m212 d2 + 2m2l1l2cos(a2)d1 + m^ljCOsta^dj 6/6t(bL/dd}) = [(m}+m2)l,2 + m2l22 + 2m2l1l2cos(o2)3d, + [m2l2 + nijl^jcostaj) ]d2 2 - 2m2l1l2sin(a2)d1d2 - n»2l1l2sin(o2)d2 3L/3a1 = -(ml+m2)gllsin(a1) - m2912sin^ai+a2^ Combining these derivatives yields the inverse dynamics equation for torque T1, T1 = d11£1 + dl2a2 + d111A12 + dl22A22 + d1l2d1A2 + d121A2d1 + d1 where, dn = (n^+m^lj2 + m2l22 + 2m2l1l2cos(o2) d12 = m212 + m21i^2COS^a2^ dl22 " ~m2l1l2sin^a2^ 216 d112 = -m2l1l2sin(a2) d121 = -«>21l12sin(a2) d1 = (m1+m2)gl1sin(al) + m2gl2sin(a,+a2) Similarly, various derivatives of the Lagrangian need to be obtained and combined to yield the inverse dynamics function for torque T2. The derivatives are, 2 2 9L/9d2 = n»212 d1 +m212 d2 + m21112C0S ^ a2 ^d1 2 5/6t(3L/9d2) = [m2l2 + m2l112cos^a2^^1 2 + m2l2 &2 ~ m2^i^2S^n^a2^d1d2 2 9L/9a2 = - m2l1l2Sin(a2)d1 - n^l1l2sin(o2)d1d2 - m2gl2sin(a1+a2) Combining these derivatives yields the inverse dynamics equation for torque T2, r2 = d2ld1 + d22o2 + d2nd12 + d222d22 + d2!2d1d2 + d221d2d1 + d2 where, d21 = m2l22 ^l^cosU.,) d22 = m2l22 d2l1 = m2l1l2sin(o2) d222 * 0 d2l2 * 0 d221 = 0 d2 = m2gl2sin(a1+a2) This derivation of the inverse dynamics follows the approach used by Paul [46]. Note, however, that the results differ slightly from those given by Paul as there is an arithmetic error in his derivation. 217 APPENDIX C CLOSED LOOP CONTROL OF LINE 1 USING THE SELF-LEARNED CARTESIAN INVERSE DYNAMICS AFTER 200, 400, 600, 800 AND 1000 TRAINING PATHS 218 0.00 S S o COB UJo COB ^d-CNJ =>§ =>§ 0.00 0.60 0.80 1.60 T SEC 1.60 T SEC 2.40 3.20 4.00 4.00 in 8 o" 1.60 T SEC 4.00 Closed loop control of line 1 using the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics after 200 training paths 219 8 8 CM CM COo CM 0.00 M—1 r—i 0.80 1.60 T SEC 2.40 3.20 4.00 8 8 4.00 Closed loop control of line 1 using the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics after 400 training paths 220 s s CM • • CJ LU0 COS CM CJ COo CM 6.00 0.80 J'SEC 2,40 3.20 4.00 8 8 CJ 0.00 0.80 1.60 T SEC 2.40 4.00 8 8 Xo in 0.00 0.80 1.60 _ T.W T SEC 3.20 4.00 Closed loop control of line 1 using the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics after 600 training paths 221 S 8 OJ • • CJ COo 2R 0.00 8 8 CJ 3° 0.80 1.60 2.40 T SEC 3.20 4.00 4.00 o m 8 o'" Xo OT 0.00 0.80 1.60 2.40 T SEC 3.20 4.00 Closed loop control of line 1 using the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics after 800 training paths 222 8 8 CM UJo 0.00 8 8 CJ UJo CO 5 >8 0.80 T SEC 3.20 4.00 4.00 in 8 Xo in Closed loop control of line 1 using the self-learned Cartesian inverse dynamics after 1000 training paths 223 APPENDIX D VIEW OF CIRCLE 1 USING THE SELF-LEARNED DIRECT 'POSITION KINEMATICS AFTER 200, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1400, 1800, 2200, 2600, 3000, 3400, 3800, 4200, AND 4600 TRAINING PATHS 224 View of circle 1 using the self-learned direct position kinematics after 200 training paths 225 8 CM in 2Eo* • X UJCO s -0.80 -0.48 •0.16 0.16 LEX CI) M 0.48 0.80 View of circle 1 using the self-learned direct position kinematics after 400 training paths 226 View of circle 1 using the self-learned direct position kinematics after 600 training paths 227 View of circle 1 using the self-learned direct pos kinematics after 800 training paths 228 View of circle 1 using the self-learned direct position kinematics after 1000 training paths 229 o (SI O" I CO O" I (SI-X • LU CO t ).80 -0.48 -0.16 LEX(l) M 0.16 0.48 0.80 View of circle 1 using the self-learned direct position kinematics after 1400 training paths 230 o CM O" I CM tn oo CM— 9 S 1 1 JTT .80 -0.48 -0.16 0.16 LEX(I) M 0.48 0.80 View of circle 1 using the self-learned direct position kinematics after 1800 training paths 231 LEX(l) M View of circle 1 using the self-learned direct position kinematics after 2200 training paths 232 8 on CM in I OD o' I CM— LU K80 :(M8 ^OAB OAS (M8 0.80 LEX(l) M View of circle 1 using the self-learned direct position kinematics after 2600 training paths 233 View of circle 1 using the self-learned direct position kinematics after 3000 training paths 234 8 • View of circle 1 using the self-learned direct position kinematics after 3400 training paths 235 t O" o xT LU s 0.80 -0.48 -0.16 ^ LEX(1) M 0.16 0.48 —i 0.80 View of circle 1 using the self-learned direct position kinematics after 3800 training paths 236 8 LEX(l) M View of circle 1 using the self-learned direct position kinematics after 4200 training paths 237 View of circle 1 using the self-learned direct position kinematics after 4600 training paths (final 400 with smoothing) 238
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Publisher | University of British Columbia |
Date | 1984 |
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Description | A method of robot manipulator control is proposed whereby algorithms are used to learn sum of polynomials representations of manipulator dynamics and kinematics relationships. The learned relationships are utilized to control the manipulator using the technique of Resolved Acceleration Control. Such learning is achieved without recourse to analysis of the manipulator; hence the name Self-Learned Control. Rates of convergence of several learning algorithms are compared when learning estimates of various non-linear, multivariate functions. Interference Minimization is found to be superior to the Gradient Method, Learning Identification and the Klett Cerebellar Model. Simplification of the implementation of Interference Minimization is described. A variant, Pointwise Interference Minimization, is introduced that is suitable for certain applications. Self-Learned Control with path specification in Cartesian coordinates is demonstrated for a simulated two link manipulator. It is shown that sum of polynomials representations of the inverse dynamics, inverse kinematics and direct position kinematics relationships are adequate to achieve control comparable to that achieved using their analytical counterparts and can be learned without analysis of the manipulator. Further research is outlined to achieve automatic adaptation to tool mass, implementation of sum of polynomials estimators and enhancement of the Klett Cerebellar Model. |
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