Periodic DMP formulation for Quaternion Trajectories

Fares J. Abu-Dakka, Matteo Saveriano, Luka Peternel

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Imitation learning techniques have been used as a way to transfer skills to robots. Among them, dynamic movement primitives (DMPs) have been widely exploited as an effective and an efficient technique to learn and reproduce complex discrete and periodic skills. While DMPs have been properly formulated for learning point-to-point movements for both translation and orientation, periodic ones are missing a formulation to learn the orientation. To address this gap, we propose a novel DMP formulation that enables encoding of periodic orientation trajectories. Within this formulation we develop two approaches: Riemannian metric-based projection approach and unit quaternion based periodic DMP. Both formulations exploit unit quaternions to represent the orientation. However, the first exploits the properties of Riemannian manifolds to work in the tangent space of the unit sphere. The second encodes directly the unit quaternion trajectory while guaranteeing the unitary norm of the generated quaternions. We validated the technical aspects of the proposed methods in simulation. Then we performed experiments on a real robot to execute daily tasks that involve periodic orientation changes (i.e., surface polishing/wiping and liquid mixing by shaking).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2021 20th International Conference on Advanced Robotics, ICAR 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665436847
StatePublished - 2021
Event20th International Conference on Advanced Robotics, ICAR 2021 - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: Dec 6 2021Dec 10 2021

Publication series

Name2021 20th International Conference on Advanced Robotics, ICAR 2021


Conference20th International Conference on Advanced Robotics, ICAR 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software


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