Passivity-based variable impedance control for redundant manipulators

Youssef Michel, Christian Ott, Dongheui Lee

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Kinematic redundancy significantly improves the dexterity and flexibility of robotic manipulators. The redundant degrees of freedom can be exploited to fulfill additional tasks that can be executed without disturbing the primary task. In this work, we investigate how a time varying impedance behavior can be embedded into redundant manipulators where it is desired to achieve such a behavior both for the primary and null space tasks. A passivity based controller is developed, relying on the concept of energy tanks which are filled by the dissipated power in the system, and compensate for non-passive control actions. This guarantees that the system remains passive, which ensures stable interactions with any passive environment. The method is validated in simulations where the interactive behavior of the main and null space tasks is specified by a time varying stiffness profile.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9865-9872
Number of pages8
JournalIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event21st IFAC World Congress 2020 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 12 Jul 202017 Jul 2020


  • Energy tanks
  • Passivity-based control
  • Redundant manipulators
  • Robot control
  • Variable impedance control


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