Publication:Advances in Real-World Applications for Legged Robots

Publication: Advances in Real-World Applications for Legged Robots

Authors: Bellicoso, C. D.; Bjelonic, M.; Wellhausen, L.; Holtmann, K.; Günther, F.; Tranzatto, M.; Fankhauser, P.; Hutter, M.

This paper provides insight into the application of the quadrupedal robot ANYmal in outdoor missions of industrial inspection (ARGOS Challenge) and search and rescue (European Robotics League (ERL) Emergency Robots). In both competitions, the legged robot had to autonomously and semi-autonomously navigate in real-world scenarios to complete high-level tasks such as inspection and payload delivery. In the ARGOS competition, ANYmal used a rotating LiDAR sensor to localize on the industrial site and map the terrain and obstacles around the robot. In the ERL competition, additional Real-Time Kinematic (RTK)-Global Positioning System (GPS) was used to co-localize the legged robot with respect to a Micro Aerial Vehicle (MAV) that creates maps from the aerial view. The high mobility of legged robots allows overcoming large obstacles, e.g. steps and stairs, with statically and dynamically stable gaits. Moreover, the versatile machine can adapt its posture for inspection and payload delivery. The paper concludes with insight into the general learnings from the ARGOS and ERL challenges

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Posted on: April 23, 2019