Development of an Intelligent Joint Actuator Prototype for Climbing and Walking Robots

Jens Hilljegerdes; Peter Kampmann; Stefan Bosse; Frank Kirchner

In: Mobile Robotics - Solutions and Challenges. International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines (CLAWAR-09), 12th, September 9-11, Istanbul, Turkey, Pages 942-949, ISBN 978-981-4291-26-2, 2009.


In this paper, a new joint actuator is introduced which builds the basis for the newly developed SpaceClimber robot by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. Based on in-house developed joint actuators for ambulating robots, this complete new design combines performance, stability, and space-related components. The newly developed on-board electronics enables the possibility of a biologically inspired functionality like decentralized autonomous joint control. In this paper, we explain the design and the control architecture of the actuator. We describe the selected components and present the fully functional prototype. The results of the first performance experiments are presented.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence