Constrained Control of non-Holonomic Mobile Manipulator by Explicit Reference Governor

  • A. B. H. Luiz UFSC
  • S. E. Ebrahim UFSC
  • R. P. Edson UFSC


Mobile manipulators have advantages over fixed manipulators in terms of mobility, work-space, and utility. However, because it is a nonlinear system with complex operations, several types of controllers are explored for the movement and control of the system. Nevertheless, few articles address constrained motion. This paper presents a constrained control strategy known as Explicit Reference Governor (ERG) applied to a nonholonomic mobile manipulator with two degrees of freedom (2-DOF) guidance problem subject to constraints in work-space and singularities. In contrast to other solutions for the control with restriction problem, the ERG provides low-cost computation solutions applied directly to the controlled system, which are interesting for robotic systems whose computational and energetic resources are limited. Given a pre-stabilized system, the ERG generates a modified reference to the system conducted to the desired one respecting the restriction. For the proposed application, it is necessary the model and pre-stabilization of the mobile manipulator. For simplicity, we control the system in its work-space with inverse dynamics control (IDC). We study and prove the effectiveness of the proposition with simulation results considering restrictions in the robot work-space.
Palavras-chave: Couplings, Service robots, Navigation, Simulation, Education, Control systems, Nonlinear dynamical systems
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LUIZ, A. B. H.; EBRAHIM, S. E.; EDSON, R. P.. Constrained Control of non-Holonomic Mobile Manipulator by Explicit Reference Governor. In: SIMPÓSIO BRASILEIRO DE ROBÓTICA E SIMPÓSIO LATINO AMERICANO DE ROBÓTICA (SBR/LARS), 13. , 2021, Online. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2021 . p. 156-161.