A Simulation-Based Design of Extraterrestrial Six-Legged Robot System

Yong-Ho Yoo, Mohammed Ahmed, Malte Langosz, Frank Kirchner

In: Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON-09) November 3-5 Porto Portugal 2009.


The advanced simulation technology with the rapid growth of computing power leads many new approaches towards design of robot systems. In the typical top-down design of a robot system, the design of the lower phase would be limited by the design from the higher phase. Moreover, it is difficult to well-design the higher phase in predicting problems of the lower phase. Such problems can be effectively improved in the simulation-based system design. All design phases can be done simultaneously with the suitable simulation environment where the hardware and software properties can be flexibly selected and changed. In this paper, a simulation-based design approach of an extraterrestrial six-legged robot (named SpaceClimber) is presented. The highlevel system properties such as fitness functions, energy-efficient morphology and intelligent locomotions are designed in the realtime simulation. The low-level system properties such as joint motor, robot kinematics and dynamical control properties are designed in the precise simulation based on ADAMS/VIEW and MATLAB/SIMULINK.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence