Adjustment of home posture of biped humanoid robot using sensory feedback control

Jung Hoon Kim, Jung Yup Kim, Jun Ho Oh

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Humanoid robot dynamic walking is seriously affected by the initial home posture (walking ready posture). If the initial home posture is not accurate, the robot may fall down during walking despite using robust walking control algorithm. Moreover, the initial home posture of a real physical robot is slightly different at every setting because the zero position of the joint is not exactly the same. Therefore, an accurate and consistent initial home posture is essential when we compare and analyze walking control algorithms. In order to find a zero position, an incremental encoder with a limit switch or an absolute encoder such as a potentiometer can generally be used. However, the initial calibration of this method for a multi-axis humanoid robot that enables the desired initial sensor signal is difficult and time-consuming. Furthermore, it has the disadvantage that additional limit switches or absolute encoders can interfere with the design objective of compactness. Therefore, this paper describes a novel adjustment method of the home posture for a biped humanoid robot utilizing incremental encoders, an inertial sensor and force torque sensors. Four kinds of controllers are proposed for the adjustment of the home posture and adjusted offsets are measured when the outputs of the controllers have converged. Experimental results from KHR-2 show the effectiveness of the proposed adjustment algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-438
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems: Theory and Applications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Apr

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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