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Learning to Move in Modular Robots using Central Pattern Generators and Online Optimization

Spröwitz, A., Moeckel, R., Maye, J., Ijspeert, A. J.

The International Journal of Robotics Research, 27(3-4):423-443, 2008 (article)

Abstract
This article addresses the problem of how modular robotics systems, i.e. systems composed of multiple modules that can be configured into different robotic structures, can learn to locomote. In particular, we tackle the problems of online learning, that is, learning while moving, and the problem of dealing with unknown arbitrary robotic structures. We propose a framework for learning locomotion controllers based on two components: a central pattern generator (CPG) and a gradient-free optimization algorithm referred to as Powell's method. The CPG is implemented as a system of coupled nonlinear oscillators in our YaMoR modular robotic system, with one oscillator per module. The nonlinear oscillators are coupled together across modules using Bluetooth communication to obtain specific gaits, i.e. synchronized patterns of oscillations among modules. Online learning involves running the Powell optimization algorithm in parallel with the CPG model, with the speed of locomotion being the criterion to be optimized. Interesting aspects of the optimization include the fact that it is carried out online, the robots do not require stopping or resetting and it is fast. We present results showing the interesting properties of this framework for a modular robotic system. In particular, our CPG model can readily be implemented in a distributed system, it is computationally cheap, it exhibits limit cycle behavior (temporary perturbations are rapidly forgotten), it produces smooth trajectories even when control parameters are abruptly changed and it is robust against imperfect communication among modules. We also present results of learning to move with three different robot structures. Interesting locomotion modes are obtained after running the optimization for less than 60 minutes.

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Passive compliant quadruped robot using central pattern generators for locomotion control

Rutishauser, S., Spröwitz, A., Righetti, L., Ijspeert, A. J.

In Proceedings of the 2008 2nd Biennial IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, pages: 710-715, IEEE, Scottsdale, AZ, 2008 (inproceedings)

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We present a new quadruped robot, “Cheetah”, featuring three-segment pantographic legs with passive compliant knee joints. Each leg has two degrees of freedom - knee and hip joint can be actuated using proximal mounted RC servo motors, force transmission to the knee is achieved by means of a Bowden cable mechanism. Simple electronics to command the actuators from a desktop computer have been designed in order to test the robot. A Central Pattern Generator (CPG) network has been implemented to generate different gaits. A parameter space search was performed and tested on the robot to optimize forward velocity.

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Graph signature for self-reconfiguration planning

Asadpour, M., Spröwitz, A., Billard, A., Dillenbourg, P., Ijspeert, A. J.

In Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pages: 863-869, IEEE, Nice, 2008 (inproceedings)

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This project incorporates modular robots as build- ing blocks for furniture that moves and self-reconfigures. The reconfiguration is done using dynamic connection / disconnection of modules and rotations of the degrees of freedom. This paper introduces a new approach to self-reconfiguration planning for modular robots based on the graph signature and the graph edit-distance. The method has been tested in simulation on two type of modules: YaMoR and M-TRAN. The simulation results shows interesting features of the approach, namely rapidly finding a near-optimal solution.

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An active connection mechanism for modular self-reconfigurable robotic systems based on physical latching

Spröwitz, A., Asadpour, M., Bourquin, Y., Ijspeert, A. J.

In Proceedings on the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2008, pages: 3508-3513, IEEE, Pasadena, CA, 2008 (inproceedings)

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This article presents a robust and heavy duty physical latching connection mechanism, which can be actuated with DC motors to actively connect and disconnect modular robot units. The special requirements include a lightweight and simple construction providing an active, strong, hermaphrodite, completely retractable connection mechanism with a 90 degree symmetry and a no-energy consumption in the locked state. The mechanism volume is kept small to fit multiple copies into a single modular robot unit and to be used on as many faces of the robot unit as possible. This way several different lattice like modular robot structures are possible. The large selection for dock-able connection positions will likely simplify self-reconfiguration strategies. Tests with the implemented mechanism demonstrate its applicative potential for self-reconfiguring modular robots.

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Ab-initio Elektronentheorie der magnetischen Anisotropie im System FePt mit der Clusterentwicklungsmethode

Subkow, S.

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2008 (mastersthesis)

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Texture, microstructure and mechanical properties of equiaxed ultrafine-grained Zr fabricated by accumulative roll bonding

Jiang, L., Perez-Prado, M. T., Gruber, P. A., Arzt, E., Ruano, O. A., Kassner, M. E.

{Acta Materialia}, 56(6):1228-1242, 2008 (article)

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Theory of size mismatched alloy systems: many-body Kanzaki forces

Shchyglo, O., Diaz-Ortiz, A., Udyansky, A., Bugaev, V. N., Reichert, H., Dosch, H., Drautz, R.

{Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter}, 20, pages: 1-9, 2008 (article)

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Pinning of domain walls in composite particles

Kronmüller, H., Goll, D.

{Physica B}, 403, pages: 237-241, 2008 (article)

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Chaotic vortex dynamics and low current phases in the remanent state of MgB2 thin films

Albrecht, J., Audehm, P., Djupmyr, M.

{Superconductor Science and Technology}, 21, 2008 (article)

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Continuous and discontinuous grain-boundary wetting in ZnxAl1-x

Straumal, B. B., Gornakova, A. S., Kogtenkova, O. A., Protasova, S. G., Sursaeva, V. G., Baretzky, B.

{Physical Review B}, 78, 2008 (article)

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Magnetic circular dichroism in two-photon absorption and depth-resolved magnetic microscopy

Seib, J., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 77, 2008 (article)

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Heat of adsorption for hydrogen in microporous high-surface-area materials

Schmitz, B., Müller, U., Trukhan, N., Schubert, M., Férey, G., Hirscher, M.

{ChemPhysChem}, 9, 2008 (article)

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Untersuchungen der Desorption von Wasserstoff in metall-organischen Gerüsten

Panella, B., Hönes, K., Müller, U., Trukhan, N., Schubert, M., Pütter, H., Hirscher, M.

{Angewandte Chemie}, 120, pages: 2169-2173, 2008 (article)

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Influence of domain wall pinning on the dynamic behavior of magnetic vortex structures: Time-resolved scanning x-ray transmission microscopy in NiFe thin film structures

Vansteenkiste, A., De Baerdemaeker, J., Chou, K. W., Stoll, H., Curcic, M., Tyliszczak, T., Woltersdorf, G., Back, C. H., Schütz, G., Van Waeyenberge, B.

{Physical Review B}, 77, 2008 (article)

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Temperature dependence of mechanical properties in ultrathin Au films with and without passivation

Gruber, P. A., Olliges, S., Arzt, E., Spolenak, R.

{Journal of Materials Research}, 23(9):2406-2419, 2008 (article)

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Structure, phase composition, and microhardness of carbon steels after high-pressure torsion

Mazilkin, A. A., Straumal, B., Protasova, S. G., Dobatkin, S. V., Baretzky, B.

{Journal of Materials Science}, 43, pages: 3800-3805, 2008 (article)

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Magnetism of amorphous and highly anisotropic multilayer systems on flat substrates and nanospheres

Amaladass, E. P.

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2008 (phdthesis)

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Wetting and premelting of triple junctions and grain boundaries in the Al-Zn alloys

Straumal, B., Kogtenkova, O., Protasova, S., Mazilkin, A., Zieba, P., Czeppe, T., Wojewoda-Budka, J., Faryna, M.

In 495, pages: 126-131, Alicante, Spain, 2008 (inproceedings)

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Interfaces in driven Ising models: shear enhances confinement

Smith, T. H. R., Vasilyev, O., Abraham, D. B., Maciolek, A., Schmidt, M.

{Physical Review Letters}, 101(6), 2008 (article)

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Bose-Theorie der Dämpfung der Bewegung einer magnetischen Domänenwand

Hähnel, D.

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2008 (mastersthesis)

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Planar high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device gradiometer for simultaneous measurements of two magnetic field gradients

Steppke, A., Becker, C., Grosse, V., Dörrer, L., Schmidl, F., Seidel, P., Djupmyr, M., Albrecht, J.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 92, 2008 (article)

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Terminal contact elements of insect attachment devices studied by transmission X-ray microscopy

Eimüller, T., Guttmann, P., Gorb, S. N.

{Journal of Experimental Biology}, 211, pages: 1958-1963, 2008 (article)

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Increase of Co solubility with decreasing grain size in ZnO

Straumal, B. B., Mazilkin, A. A., Protasova, S. G., Myatiev, A. A., Straumal, P. B., Baretzky, B.

{Acta Materialia}, 56, pages: 6246-6256, 2008 (article)

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Hydrogen adsorption (Carbon, Zeolites, Nanocubes)

Hirscher, M., Panella, B.

In Hydrogen as a Future Energy Carrier, pages: 173-188, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, 2008 (incollection)

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Uncompensated moments in the MnPd/Fe exchange bias system

Brück, S., Schütz, G., Goering, E., Ji, X., Krishnan, K. M.

{Physical Review Letters}, 101, 2008 (article)

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Aqueous deposition of ultraviolet luminescent columnar tin-doped indium hydroxide films

Qiu, Y., Bellina, P., Jeurgens, L. P. H., Leineweber, A., Welzel, U., Gerstel, P., Jiang, L., van Aken, P. A., Bill, J., Aldinger, F.

{Advanced Functional Materials}, 18, pages: 2572-2583, 2008 (article)

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Unified theory of near-adiabatic magnetization dynamics for collinear and noncollinear magnetization

Steiauf, D., Seib, J., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 78, 2008 (article)

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Hardmetals with nanograin reinforced binder: binder fine structure and hardness

Konyashin, I., Ries, B., Lachmann, F., Cooper, R., Mazilkin, A., Straumal, B., Aretz, A., Babaev, V.

{International Journal of Refractory Metals \& Hard Materials}, 26, pages: 583-588, 2008 (article)

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Interfaces in confined Ising models: Kawasaki, Glauber and sheared dynamics

Smith, T. H. R., Vasilyev, O., Abraham, D. B., Maciolek, A., Schmidt, M.

{Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter}, 20(49), 2008 (article)

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Critical fields of an exchange coupled two-layer composite particle

Goll, D., Kronmüller, H.

{Physica B}, 403, pages: 1854-1859, 2008 (article)

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Coercivity and domain structure of nanograined Fe-C alloys after high-pressure torsion

Protasova, S. G., Straumal, B., Dobatkin, S. V., Goll, D., Schütz, G., Baretzky, B., Mazilkin, A. A., Nebrasov, A. N.

{Journal of Materials Science}, 43, pages: 3775-3781, 2008 (article)

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Epitaxial growth and properties of (001)-oriented TbBaCo2O6-αfilms

Kasper, N. V., Wochner, P., Vigliante, A., Dosch, H., Jakob, G., Carstanjen, H. D., Kremer, R. K.

{Journal of Applied Physics}, 103, 2008 (article)

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Magnetic properties of exchange-coupled L10-FePt/Fe composite elements

Goll, D., Breitling, A., Macke, S.

{IEEE Transactions on Magnetics}, 44(11):3472-3475, 2008 (article)

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Colloidal cobalt-doped ZnO nanorods: synthesis, structural, and magnetic properties

Büsgen, T., Hilgendorff, M., Irsen, S., Wilhelm, F., Rogalev, A., Goll, D., Giersig, M.

{Journal of Physical Chemistry C}, 112(7):2412-2417, 2008 (article)

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Raman studies of hydrogen adsorbed on nanostructured porous materials

Panella, B., Hirscher, M.

{Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics}, 10, pages: 2910-2917, 2008 (article)

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Thermal evolution and grain boundary phase transformations in severely deformed nanograined Al-Zn alloys

Straumal, B., Valiev, R., Kogtenkova, O., Zieba, P., Czeppe, T., Bielanska, E., Faryna, M.

{Acta Materialia}, 56(20):6123-6131, 2008 (article)

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Hydrogen storage properties of Pd nanoparticle/carbon template composites

Campesi, R., Cuevas, F., Gadiou, R., Leroy, E., Hirscher, M., Vix-Guterl, C., Latroche, M.

{Carbon}, 46, pages: 206-214, 2008 (article)

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Reversible transformation of a grain-boundary facet into a rough-to-rough ridge in zinc

Straumal, B. B., Gornakova, A. S., Sursaeva, V. G.

{Philosophical Magazine Letters}, 88(1):27-36, 2008 (article)

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GdFe-Multilagen zur Vergrö\sserung des magnetischen Vortexkerns

Sackmann, V.

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2008 (mastersthesis)

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Dissipative Magnetisierungsdynamik: Ein Zugang über die ab-initio Elektronentheorie

Steiauf, D.

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2008 (phdthesis)

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The hole is important! The quest for ferromagnetism in doped ZnO

Tietze, T., Gacic, M., Schütz, G., Jakob, G., Brück, S., Goering, E.

{BESSY Highlights 2007}, pages: 14-15, 2008 (article)

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Limitations of a simple quantum mechanical model: Magnetic dichroism in a relativistic one-electron atom

Rodr\’\iguez, J. C., Kostoglou, C., Singer, R., Seib, J., Fähnle, M.

{Physica Status Solidi (B)}, 245(4):735-739, 2008 (article)

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Impact of irradiation-induced point defects on electronically and ionically induced magnetic relaxation mechanisms in titano-magnetites

Walz, F., Brabers, V. A. M., Kronmüller, H.

{Physica Status Solidi (A)}, 205(12):2934-2942, 2008 (article)

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Polarization selective magnetic vortex dynamics and core reversal in rotating magnetic fields

Curcic, M., van Waeyenberge, B., Vansteenkiste, A., Weigand, M., Sackmann, V., Stoll, H., Fähnle, M., Tyliszczak, T., Woltersdorf, G., Back, C. H., Schütz, G.

{Physical Review Letters}, 101, 2008 (article)

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X-ray spectroscopic investigations of Zn0.94Co0.06O thin films

Mayer, G., Fonin, M., Voss, S., Rüdiger, U., Goering, E.

{IEEE Transactions on Magnetics}, 44(11):2700-2703, 2008 (article)

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Experimental realization of graded L10-FePt/Fe composite media with perpendicular magnetization

Goll, D., Breitling, A., Gu, L., van Aken, P. A., Sigle, W.

{Journal of Applied Physics}, 104, 2008 (article)

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