Learning Model Predictive Control for Quadrotors

Guanrui Li, Alex Tunchez, Giuseppe Loianno

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Aerial robots can enhance their safe and agile navigation in complex and cluttered environments by efficiently exploiting the information collected during a given task. In this paper, we address the learning model predictive control problem for quadrotors. We design a learning receding-horizon nonlinear control strategy directly formulated on the system nonlinear manifold configuration space SO(3)×R3. The proposed approach exploits past successful task iterations to improve the system performance over time while respecting system dynamics and actuator constraints. We further relax its computational complexity making it compatible with real-time quadrotor control requirements. We show the effectiveness of the proposed approach in learning a minimum time control task, respecting dynamics, actuators, and environment constraints. Several experiments in simulation and real-world set-up validate the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2022 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781728196817
StatePublished - 2022
Event39th IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2022 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: May 23 2022May 27 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
ISSN (Print)1050-4729


Conference39th IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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