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    Approaching dual quaternions from matrix algebra  Open access

     Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    IEEE transactions on robotics
    Vol. 30, num. 5, p. 1037-1048
    DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2014.2341312
    Date of publication: 2014
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    Dual quaternions give a neat and succinct way to encapsulate both translations and rotations into a unified representation that can easily be concatenated and interpolated. Unfortunately, the combination of quaternions and dual numbers seem quite abstract and somewhat arbitrary when approached for the first time. Actually, the use of quaternions or dual numbers separately are already seen as a break in mainstream robot kinematics, which is based on homogeneous transformations. This paper shows how dual quaternions arise in a natural way when approximating 3D homogeneous transformations by 4D rotation matrices. This results in a seamless presentation of rigid-body transformations based on matrices and dual quaternions which permits building intuition about the use of quaternions and their generalizations.

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    The univariate closure conditions of all fully parallel planar robots derived from a single polynomial  Open access

     Rojas Libreros, Nicolás Enrique; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    IEEE transactions on robotics
    Vol. 29, num. 3, p. 758-765
    DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2013.2242376
    Date of publication: 2013
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    The real roots of the univariate polynomial closure condition of a planar parallel robot determine the solutions of its forward kinematics. This paper shows how the univariate polynomials of all fully parallel planar robots can be derived directly from that of the widely known 3-RPR robot by simply formulating these polynomials in terms of distances and oriented areas. This is a relevant result because it avoids the case-by-case treatment that requires different sets of variable eliminations to obtain the univariate polynomial of each fully-parallel planar robot.

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  • Application of distance geometry to tracing coupler curves of pin-jointed linkages

     Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Rojas Libreros, Nicolás Enrique
    Journal of mechanisms and robotics
    Vol. 5, num. 2, p. 021001-
    DOI: 10.1115/1.4023515
    Date of publication: 2013
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    In general, high-order coupler curves of single-degree-of-freedom plane linkages cannot be properly traced by standard predictor–corrector algorithms due to drifting problems and the presence of singularities. Instead of focusing on finding better algorithms for tracing curves, a simple method that first traces the configuration space of planar linkages in a distance space and then maps it onto the mechanism workspace, to obtained the desired coupler curves, is proposed. Tracing the configuration space of a linkage in the proposed distance space is simple because the equation that implicitly defines this space can be straightforwardly obtained from a sequence of bilaterations, and the configuration space embedded in this distance space naturally decomposes into components corresponding to different combinations of signs for the oriented areas of the triangles involved in the bilaterations. The advantages of this two-step method are exemplified by tracing the coupler curves of a double butterfly linkage.

  • The univariate closure conditions of all fully parallel planar robots derived from a single polynomial

     Rojas Libreros, Nicolás Enrique; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    IEEE transactions on robotics
    Vol. 29, num. 3, p. 758-765
    DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2013.2242376
    Date of publication: 2013-06
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    The real roots of the univariate polynomial closure condition of a planar parallel robot determine the solutions of its forward kinematics. This paper shows how the univariate polynomials of all fully parallel planar robots can be derived directly from that of the widely known 3-RPR robot by simply formulating these polynomials in terms of distances and oriented areas. This is a relevant result because it avoids the case-by-case treatment that requires different sets of variable eliminations to obtain the univariate polynomial of each fully parallel planar robot.

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    A bilinear formulation for the motion planning of non-holonomic parallel orienting platforms  Open access

     Grosch Obregon, Patrick John; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
    p. 953-958
    DOI: 10.1109/IROS.2013.6696465
    Presentation's date: 2013
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    This paper deals with the motion planning problem for parallel orienting platforms with one non-holonomic joint and two prismatic actuators which can maneuver to reach any three-degree-of-freedom pose of the moving platform. Since any system with two inputs and up to four generalized coordinates can always be transformed into chained form, this path planning problem can be solved using well-established procedures. Nevertheless, the use of these procedures requires a good understanding of Lie algebraic methods whose technicalities have proven a challenge to many practitioners who are not familiar with them. As an alternative, we show how by (a) properly locating the actuators, and (b) representing the platform orientation using Euler parameters, the studied path planning problem admits a closed-form solution whose derivation requires no other tools than ordinary linear algebra.

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  • Honorable mention, ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Committee Best Paper Award

     Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Rojas, Nicolas
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    On closed-form solutions to the position analysis of Baranov trusses  Open access

     Rojas Libreros, Nicolás Enrique; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    Mechanism and machine theory
    Vol. 50, p. 179-196
    DOI: 10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2011.10.010
    Date of publication: 2012
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    The exact position analysis of a planar mechanism reduces to compute the roots of its characteristic polynomial. Obtaining this polynomial usually involves, as a first step, obtaining a system of equations derived from the independent kinematic loops of the mechanism. Although conceptually simple, the use of kinematic loops for deriving characteristic polynomials leads to complex variable eliminations and, in most cases, trigonometric substitutions. As an alternative, a method based on bilateration has recently been shown to permit obtaining the characteristic polynomials of the three-loop Baranov trusses without relying on variable eliminations or trigonometric substitutions. This paper shows how this technique can be applied to solve the position analysis of all catalogued Baranov trusses. The characteristic polynomials of them all have been derived and, as a result, the maximum number of their assembly modes has been obtained. A comprehensive literature survey is also included.

  • Formulating Assur kinematic chains as projective extensions of Baranov trusses

     Rojas, Nicolás; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    Mechanism and machine theory
    Vol. 56, p. 16-27
    DOI: 10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2012.05.006
    Date of publication: 2012-10
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  • Computational Kinematics 2013 (CK2013)

     Thomas Arroyo, Federico
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    On the primal and dual forms of the Stewart platform pure condition  Open access

     Borras Sol, Julia; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    IEEE transactions on robotics
    Vol. 28, num. 6, p. 1205-1215
    DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2012.2204531
    Date of publication: 2012
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    The algebraic characterization of the singularities of a Stewart platform is usually presented as a 6 × 6 determinant, whose rows correspond to the line coordinates of its legs, equated to zero. This expression can be rewritten in a more amenable way, known as the pure condition, as sums and products of 4×4 determinants whose rows correspond to the point coordinates of the legs attachments. Researchers usually rely on one of these two expressions to find the geometric conditions associated with the singularities of a particular Stewart platform. Although both are equivalent, it is advantageous to use either line or point coordinates depending on the platform topology. In this context, an equivalent expression involving only plane coordinates, a dual expression to that using point coordinates, seems to be missing. This paper is devoted to its derivation and to show how its use is advantageous in many practical cases mainly because of its surprising simplicity: it only involves the addition of 4 × 4 determinants whose rows are plane coordinates defined by sets of three attachments.

  • Distance-Based Formulations For The Position Analysis Of Kinematic Chains  Open access

     Rojas Libreros, Nicolás Enrique
    Institute of Industrial and Control Engineering (IOC), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
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    This thesis addresses the kinematic analysis of mechanisms, in particular, the position analysis of kinematic chains, or linkages, that is, mechanisms with rigid bodies (links) interconnected by kinematic pairs (joints). This problem, of completely geometrical nature, consists in finding the feasible assembly modes that a kinematic chain can adopt. An assembly mode is a possible relative transformation between the links of a kinematic chain. When an assignment of positions and orientations is made for all links with respect to a given reference frame, an assembly mode is called a configuration. The methods reported in the literature for solving the position analysis of kinematic chains can be classified as graphical, analytical, or numerical. The graphical approaches are mostly geometrical and designed to solve particular problems. The analytical and numerical methods deal, in general, with kinematic chains of any topology and translate the original geometric problem into a system of kinematic analysis of all the Assur kinematic chains resulting from replacing some of its revolute joints by slider joints. Thus, it is concluded that the polynomials of all fully-parallel planar robots can be derived directly from that of the widely known 3-RPR robot. In addition to these results, this thesis also presents an efficient procedure, based on distance and oriented area constraints, and geometrical arguments, to trace coupler curves of pin-jointed Gr¨ubler kinematic chains. All these techniques and results together are contributions to theoretical kinematics of mechanisms, robot kinematics, and distance plane geometry. equations that defines the location of each link based, mainly, on independent loop equations. In the analytical approaches, the system of kinematic equations is reduced to a polynomial, known as the characteristic polynomial of the linkage, using different elimination methods —e.g., Gr¨obner bases or resultant techniques. In the numerical approaches, the system of kinematic equations is solved using, for instance, polynomial continuation or interval-based procedures. In any case, the use of independent loop equations to solve the position analysis of kinematic chains, almost a standard in kinematics of mechanisms, has seldom been questioned despite the resulting system of kinematic equations becomes quite involved even for simple linkages. Moreover, stating the position analysis of kinematic chains directly in terms of poses, with or without using independent loop equations, introduces two major disadvantages: arbitrary reference frames has to be included, and all formulas involve translations and rotations simultaneously. This thesis departs from this standard approach by, instead of directly computing Cartesian locations, expressing the original position problem as a system of distance-based constraints that are then solved using analytical and numerical procedures adapted to their particularities. In favor of developing the basics and theory of the proposed approach, this thesis focuses on the study of the most fundamental planar kinematic chains, namely, Baranov trusses, Assur kinematic chains, and pin-jointed Gr¨ubler kinematic chains. The results obtained have shown that the novel developed techniques are promising tools for the position analysis of kinematic chains and related problems. For example, using these techniques, the characteristic polynomials of most of the cataloged Baranov trusses can be obtained without relying on variable eliminations or trigonometric substitutions and using no other tools than elementary algebra. An outcome in clear contrast with the complex variable eliminations require when independent loop equations are used to tackle the problem. The impact of the above result is actually greater because it is shown that the characteristic polynomial of a Baranov truss, derived using the proposed distance-based techniques, contains all the necessary and sufficient information for solving the position

    Esta tesis aborda el problema de análisis de posición de cadenas cinemáticas, mecanismos con cuerpos rígidos (enlaces) interconectados por pares cinemáticos (articulaciones). Este problema, de naturaleza geométrica, consiste en encontrar los modos de ensamblaje factibles que una cadena cinemática puede adoptar. Un modo de ensamblaje es una transformación relativa posible entre los enlaces de una cadena cinemática. Los métodos reportados en la literatura para la solución del análisis de posición de cadenas cinemáticas se pueden clasificar como gráficos, analíticos o numéricos. Los enfoques gráficos son geométricos y se diseñan para resolver problemas particulares. Los métodos analíticos y numéricos tratan con cadenas cinemáticas de cualquier topología y traducen el problema geométrico original en un sistema de ecuaciones cinemáticas que define la ubicación de cada enlace, basado generalmente en ecuaciones de bucle independientes. En los enfoques analíticos, el sistema de ecuaciones cinemáticas se reduce a un polinomio, conocido como el polinomio característico de la cadena cinemática, utilizando diferentes métodos de eliminación. En los métodos numéricos, el sistema se resuelve utilizando, por ejemplo, la continuación polinomial o procedimientos basados en intervalos. En cualquier caso, el uso de ecuaciones de bucle independientes, un estándar en cinemática de mecanismos, rara vez ha sido cuestionado a pesar de que el sistema resultante de ecuaciones es bastante complicado, incluso para cadenas simples. Por otra parte, establecer el análisis de la posición de cadenas cinemáticas directamente en términos de poses, con o sin el uso de ecuaciones de bucle independientes, presenta dos inconvenientes: sistemas de referencia arbitrarios deben ser introducidos, y todas las fórmulas implican traslaciones y rotaciones de forma simultánea. Esta tesis se aparta de este enfoque estándar expresando el problema de posición original como un sistema de restricciones basadas en distancias, en lugar de directamente calcular posiciones cartesianas. Estas restricciones son posteriormente resueltas con procedimientos analíticos y numéricos adaptados a sus particularidades. Con el propósito de desarrollar los conceptos básicos y la teoría del enfoque propuesto, esta tesis se centra en el estudio de las cadenas cinemáticas planas más fundamentales, a saber, estructuras de Baranov, cadenas cinemáticas de Assur, y cadenas cinemáticas de Grübler. Los resultados obtenidos han demostrado que las técnicas desarrolladas son herramientas prometedoras para el análisis de posición de cadenas cinemáticas y problemas relacionados. Por ejemplo, usando dichas técnicas, los polinomios característicos de la mayoría de las estructuras de Baranov catalogadas se puede obtener sin realizar eliminaciones de variables o sustituciones trigonométricas, y utilizando solo álgebra elemental. Un resultado en claro contraste con las complejas eliminaciones de variables que se requieren cuando se utilizan ecuaciones de bucle independientes. El impacto del resultado anterior es mayor porque se demuestra que el polinomio característico de una estructura de Baranov, derivado con las técnicas propuestas, contiene toda la información necesaria y suficiente para resolver el análisis de posición de las cadenas cinemáticas de Assur que resultan de la sustitución de algunas de sus articulaciones de revolución por articulaciones prismáticas. De esta forma, se concluye que los polinomios de todos los robots planares totalmente paralelos se pueden derivar directamente del polinomio característico del conocido robot 3-RPR. Adicionalmente, se presenta un procedimiento eficaz, basado en restricciones de distancias y áreas orientadas, y argumentos geométricos, para trazar curvas de acoplador de cadenas cinemáticas de Grübler. En conjunto, todas estas técnicas y resultados constituyen contribuciones a la cinemática teórica de mecanismos, la cinemática de robots, y la geometría plana de distancias. Barcelona 13-

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    Motion planning for parallel robots with non-holonomic joints  Open access

     Tchon, Krzysztof; Jakubiak, Janusz; Grosch Obregon, Patrick John; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    International Symposium on Advances in Robot Kinematics
    p. 115-122
    DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-4620-6_15
    Presentation's date: 2012
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    Designing a robot manipulator with fewer actuators than the dimension of its configuration space —to reduce bulk, weight and cost— becomes feasible by introducing mechanical elements that lead to non-holonomic constraints. Unfortunately, the mechanical advantages of these non-holonomic designs are usually darkened by the complexity of their control. This paper deals with motion planning for parallel robots with non-holonomic joints shedding new light on their control strategies. As a case study, the motion planning problem is solved for a 3-˘UPU parallel robot,where ˘U stands for a non-holonomic joint whose instantaneous kinematics are equivalent to that of a universal joint. It is thus shown how the three prismatic actuators can maneuver to reach any six-degree-of-freedompose of the moving platform. The motion planning has been addressed as a control problem in the control system representation of the robot’s kinematics and a motion planning algorithm has been devised based on a Jacobian inversion of the end-point map of the representation. Performance of the algorithm is illustrated with numeric computations.

  • Simplified Voronoi diagrams for motion planning of quadratically-solvable Gough-Stewart platforms

     Vaca Alzate, Ruben Hernando; Aranda López, Juan; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    International Symposium on Advances in Robot Kinematics
    p. 157-164
    DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-4620-6_20
    Presentation's date: 2012
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  • The octahedral manipulator revisited

     Rojas Libreros, Nicolás Enrique; Borras Sol, Julia; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
    p. 2293-2298
    DOI: 10.1109/ICRA.2012.6224908
    Presentation's date: 2012
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    Distance-based position analysis of the three seven-link Assur kinematic chains  Open access

     Rojas Libreros, Nicolás Enrique; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    Mechanism and machine theory
    Vol. 46, num. 2, p. 112-126
    DOI: 10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2010.10.004
    Date of publication: 2011-02
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    The position analysis of planar linkages has been dominated by resultant elimination and tangent-half-angle substitution techniques applied to sets of kinematic loop equations. This analysis is thus reduced to finding the roots of a polynomial in one variable, the characteristic polynomial of the linkage. In this paper, by using a new distance-based technique, it is shown that this standard approach becomes unnecessarily involved when applied to the position analysis of the three seven-link Assur kinematic chains. Indeed, it is shown that the characteristic polynomials of these linkages can be straightforwardly derived without relying on variable eliminations nor trigonometric substitutions, and using no others tools than elementary algebra.

  • Closed-form solution to the position analysis of Watt¿Baranov trusses using the bilateration method

     Rojas Libreros, Nicolás Enrique; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    Journal of mechanisms and robotics
    Vol. 3, num. 3, p. 1-10
    DOI: 10.1115/1.4004031
    Date of publication: 2011
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    The forward kinematics of 3-RPR planar robots: a review and a distance-based formulation  Open access

     Rojas Libreros, Nicolás Enrique; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    IEEE transactions on robotics
    Vol. 27, num. 1, p. 143-150
    DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2010.2092251
    Date of publication: 2011
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    The standard forward kinematics analysis of 3-RPR planar parallel robots boils down to computing the roots of a sextic polynomial. There are many different ways to obtain this polynomial but most of them include exceptions for which the formulation is not valid. Unfortunately, near these exceptions the corresponding polynomial exhibits numerical instabilities. In this paper, we provide a way around this inconvenience by translating the forward kinematics problem to be solved into an equivalent problem fully stated in terms of distances. Using constructive geometric arguments, an alternative sextic —which is not linked to a particular reference frame— is straightforwardly obtained without the need of variable eliminations nor tangent-half-angle substitutions. The presented formulation is valid, without any modification, for any planar 3-RPR parallel robot, including the special architectures and configurations —which ultimately lead to numerical instabilities— that cannot be directly handled by previous formulations.

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  • Desplegament de l'exposició RSME imaginari a Catalunya. Fase 2011

     Xambó Descamps, Sebastian; Plans Berenguer, Bernat; Borras Sol, Julia; Barja Yañez, Miguel Angel; Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Quer Bosor, Jordi; Torras, Carme; Alberich Carramiñana, Maria
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  • Superficies programables

     Rull Sanahuja, Aleix; Pérez Gracia, María Alba; Grosch Obregon, Patrick John; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
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  • Architectural singularities of a class of pentapods

     Borras Sol, Julia; Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Torras, Carme
    Mechanism and machine theory
    Vol. 46, num. 8, p. 1107-1120
    DOI: 10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2011.03.005
    Date of publication: 2011
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  • Singularity-invariant families of line-plane 5-SPU platforms

     Borras Sol, Julia; Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Torras, Carme
    IEEE transactions on robotics
    Vol. 27, num. 5, p. 837-848
    DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2011.2158018
    Date of publication: 2011-10
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  • Singularity-invariant leg rearrangements in stewart-gouch platforms

     Borras Sol, Julia
    Institute of Industrial and Control Engineering (IOC), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
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  • A coordinate-free approach to tracing the coupler curves of pin-jointed linkages  awarded activity

     Rojas Libreros, Nicolás Enrique; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences
    p. 417-426
    DOI: 10.1115/DETC2011-48147
    Presentation's date: 2011
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    In general, high-order coupler curves of plane mechanisms cannot be properly traced by standard predictor-corrector algorithms due to drifting problems and the presence of singularities. Instead of focusing on finding better algorithms for tracing curves, a simple coordinate-free method that first traces these curves in a distance space and then maps them onto the mechanism workspace is proposed. Tracing a coupler curve in the proposed distance space is much simpler because (a) the equation of this curve in this space can be straightforwardly obtained from a sequence of bilaterations; and (b) the curve in this space naturally decomposes into branches in which the signs of the oriented areas of the triangles involved in the aforementioned bilaterations remain constant. A surjective mapping permits to map the thus traced curves onto the workspace of the mechanism. The advantages of this two-step method are exemplified by tracing the coupler curves of a double butterfly linkage, curves that can reach order 48.

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  • New geometric approaches to the singularity analysis of parallel platforms

     Borras Sol, Julia; Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Torras, Carme
    Workshop Español de Robótica
    p. 173-180
    Presentation's date: 2011
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  • Motion Planning for a Novel Recon¿gurable Parallel Manipulator with Lockable Revolute Joints

     Grosch Obregon, Patrick John; Di Gregorio, Silvana; López, Javier; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    IEEE International conference on robotics and automation
    p. 469-4702
    Date of publication: 2010-05
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  • Generation of under-actuated manipulators with non-holonomic joints from ordinary manipulators

     Grosch Obregon, Patrick John; Di Gregorio, Silvana; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    Journal of mechanisms and robotics
    Vol. 2, num. 1, p. 11005-11012
    DOI: 10.1115/1.4000527
    Date of publication: 2010
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  • DESPLEGAMENT DE L'EXPOSICIÓ RSME-IMAGINARY A CATALUNYA - FASE 2010

     Xambó Descamps, Sebastian; Borras Sol, Julia; Quer Bosor, Jordi; Plans Berenguer, Bernat; Barja Yañez, Miguel Angel; Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Torras, Carme; Alberich Carramiñana, Maria
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  • Factories del futur pel sector manufacturer a Catalunya (manucat)

     Casado Lopez, Ramon; Rodriguez Sendra, Rosa Maria; Buj Corral, Irene; Gomà Ayats, Joan Ramon; Fenollosa Artes, Felip; Napoles Alberro, Amelia Emelina; Martinez Miralles, Jordi Ramon; Fruitos Bickham, Oscar Alejandro; Travieso Rodríguez, José Antonio; Maspoch Ruldua, Maria Lluïsa; Martinez Velasco, Antonio Benito; Tort-Martorell Llabres, Javier; Vivancos Calvet, Joan; Roure Fernandez, Francisco; Puigjaner Corbella, Luis; Espuña Camarasa, Antonio; Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Pastor Artigues, M. Magdalena; Minguella Canela, Joaquim
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  • GARNICS: Gardening with a Cognitive System (FP7-ICT-247947)

     Moreno Noguer, Francesc d'Assis; Torras, Carme; Agostini, Alejandro Gabriel; Husain, Syed Farzad; Dellen, Babette Karla Margarete; Alenyà Ribas, Guillem; Jimenez Schlegl, Pablo; Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Rozo Castañeda, Leonel; Foix Salmeron, Sergi
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    Singularity-invariant leg rearrangements in Stewart-Gough platforms  Open access

     Borras Sol, Julia; Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Torras, Carme
    International Symposium on Advances in Robot Kinematics
    p. 421-428
    DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9262-5_45
    Presentation's date: 2010
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    Singularity-invariant leg rearrangements in doubly-planar Stewart-Gough platforms  Open access

     Borras Sol, Julia; Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Torras, Carme
    Robotics: Science and Systems
    p. 1-8
    Presentation's date: 2010
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    In general, rearranging the legs of a Stewart-Gough platform, i.e., changing the locations of its leg attachments, modifies the platform singularity locus in a rather unexpected way. Nevertheless, some leg rearrangements have been recently found to leave singularities invariant but, unfortunately, these rearrangements are only valid for Stewart-Gough platforms containing rigid components. In this work, the authors go a step further presenting singularity-invariant leg rearrangements that can be applied to any Stewart-Gough platform whose base and platform attachments are coplanar. The practical consequences of the presented theoretical results are illustrated with several examples including well-known architectures.

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    A one-motor full-mobility 6-PUS manipulator  Open access

     Grosch Obregon, Patrick John; Di Gregorio, Silvana; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    CISM-IFToMM Symposium on Robot Design, Dynamics and Control
    p. 49-56
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-7091-0277-0_5
    Presentation's date: 2010
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    This paper presents the feasibility study of an under-actuated parallel manipulator with 6-PUS topology, destined to handle work-tables in CNC machine tools. The proposed device exploits the fact that, in such an application, the path between the initial and final poses of the mobile platform is not assigned to reduce the number of actuators to only one.

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    A robust forward kinematics analysis of 3-RPR planar platforms  Open access

     Rojas, Nicolás; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    International Symposium on Advances in Robot Kinematics
    p. 23-32
    DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9262-5_3
    Presentation's date: 2010
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    The standard forward kinematics analysis of 3-RPR planar parallel platforms boils down to computing the roots of a sextic polynomial. There are many different ways to obtain this polynomial but all of them include exceptions for which the formulation is not valid. Unfortunately, near these exceptions the corresponding polynomial exhibits numerical instabilities. In this paper, we provide a way around this inconvenience by translating the forward kinematics problem to be solved into an equivalent problem fully stated in terms of distances. Using constructive geometric arguments, an alternative sextic —which is not linked to a particular reference frame— is straightforwardly obtained without the need of variable eliminations nor tangent-half-angle substitutions. The presented formulation is valid, without any modification, for any planar 3-RPR parallel platform, including the special architectures and configurations —which ultimately lead to numerical instabilities— that cannot be directly handled by previous formulations.

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    A family of quadratically-solvable 5-SPU parallel robots  Open access

     Borras Sol, Julia; Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Torras, Carme
    IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
    p. 4703-4708
    DOI: 10.1109/ROBOT.2010.5509965
    Presentation's date: 2010
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    A 5-SPU robot with collinear universal joints is well suited to handling an axisymmetric tool, since it has 5 controllable DoFs and the remaining one is a free rotation around the tool. The kinematics of such a robot having also coplanar spherical joints has previously been studied as a rigid subassembly of a Stewart-Gough platform, it being denoted a line-plane component. It was shown that this component has 8 assembly modes corresponding to the roots of a bi-quartic polynomial. Here we identify a whole family of these 5-SPU robots having only 4 assembly modes, which are obtained by solving two quadratic equations. This family is defined by a simple proportionality constraint relating the coordinates of the base and platform attachments. A geometric interpretation of the architectural singularities of this type of robots in terms of conics is provided, which facilitates their avoidance at the design stage. Parallel singularities obey also a neat geometric structure, which permits deriving a cell decomposition of configuration space. Two practical features of these quadratically-solvable robots are the large maneuverability within each connected component and the fact that, for a fixed orientation of the tool, the singularity locus reduces to a plane. Index Terms—Parallel manipulators, Stewart-Gough platforms, robot kinematics, kinematics singularities.

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  • A distance-based formulation of the octahedral manipulator kinematics

     Rojas Libreros, Nicolás Enrique; Borras Sol, Julia; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    IFToMM Symposium on Mechanism Design for Robotics
    p. 1-12
    Presentation's date: 2010
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  • Singularity-invariant leg substitutions in pentapods

     Borras Sol, Julia; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
    p. 2766-2771
    DOI: 10.1109/IROS.2010.5652202
    Presentation's date: 2010
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    Motion planning for a novel reconfigurable parallel manipulator with lockable revolute joints  Open access

     Grosch Obregon, Patrick John; Di Gregorio, Silvana; López, Javier; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
    p. 4697-4702
    DOI: 10.1109/ROBOT.2010.5509305
    Presentation's date: 2010
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    This paper introduces a class of reconfigurable parallel robots consisting of a fixed base and a moving platform connected by serial chains having RRPS (Revolute-Revolute-Prismatic-Spherical) topology. Only the prismatic joint is actuated and the first revolute joint in the chain can be locked or released online. The introduction of these lockable joints allow the prismatic actuators to maneuver to approximate 6-DoF motions for the moving platform. An algorithm for generating these maneuvers is first described. Then, a motion planner, based on the generation of a Probabilistic RoadMap (PRM) whose nodes are connected using the described maneuvers, is presented. The generated trajectories avoid singularities and possible collisions between legs. (See accompanying video)

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    "Adaptive Neural Control of Nonlinear Systems"  Open access

     Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Baruch, I; Flores, JM; Garrido, R
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-02172-5_18
    Date of publication: 2009-06-12
    Book chapter

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    The present paper addresses pedestrian detection using local boosted features that are learned from a small set of training images. Our contribution is to use two boosting steps. The first one learns discriminant local features corresponding to pedestrian parts and the second one selects and combines these boosted features into a robust class classifier. In contrast of other works, our features are based on local differences over Histograms of Oriented Gradients (HoGs). Experiments carried out to a public dataset of pedestrian images show good performance with high classification rates

  • On Delta-Transforms

     Borras Sol, Julia; Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Torras, Carme
    IEEE transactions on robotics
    Vol. 25, num. 6, p. 1225-1236
    DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2009.2032956
    Date of publication: 2009-12
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  • Stratifications of the Euclidean motion group with applications to robotics

     Alberich Carramiñana, Maria; Gonzalez, V.; Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Torras, Carme
    Geometricae dedicata
    Vol. 141, num. 1, p. 19-32
    DOI: 10.1007/s10711-008-9341-2
    Date of publication: 2009-08
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    Partially flagged parallel manipulators: singularity charting and avoidance  Open access

     Alberich Carramiñana, Maria; Garolera Huguet, Marçal; Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Torras, Carme
    IEEE transactions on robotics
    Vol. 25, num. 4, p. 771-784
    DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2009.2018970
    Date of publication: 2009-08
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    There are only three 6-SPS parallelmanipulatorswith triangular base and platform, i.e., the octahedral, the flagged, and the partially flagged, which are studied in this paper. The forward kinematics of the octahedralmanipulator is algebraically intricate, while those of the other two can be solved by three trilaterations. As an additional nice feature, the flagged manipulator is the only parallel platform for which a cell decomposition of its singularity locus has been derived. Here, we prove that the partially flagged manipulator also admits a well-behaved decomposition, technically called a stratification, some of whose strata are not topological cells, however. Remarkably, the adjacency diagram of the 5-D and 6-D strata (which shows what 5-D strata are contained in the closure of a 6-D one) is the same as for the flaggedmanipulator. The availability of such a decomposition permits devising a redundant 7-SPS manipulator, combining two partially flagged ones, which admits a control strategy that completely avoids singularities. Simulation results support these claims.

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    On ¿-transforms  Open access

     Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Torras, Carme; Borras Sol, Julia
    IEEE transactions on robotics
    Vol. 25, num. 6, p. 1225-1236
    DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2009.2032956
    Date of publication: 2009
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    Anyset of two legs in a Gough–Stewart platform sharing an attachment is defined as a Δcomponent. This component links a point in the platform (base) to a line in the base (platform). Thus, if the two legs, which are involved in a Δ component, are rearranged without altering the location of the line and the point in their base and platform local reference frames, the singularity locus of the Gough–Stewart platform remains the same, provided that no architectural singularities are introduced. Such leg rearrangements are defined as Δ-transforms, and they can be applied sequentially and simultaneously. Although it may seem counterintuitive at first glance, the rearrangement of legs using simultaneous Δ-transforms does not necessarily lead to leg configurations containing a Δcomponent. As a consequence, the application of Δ-transforms reveals itself as a simple, yet powerful, technique for the kinematic analysis of large families of Gough–Stewart platforms. It is also shown that these transforms shed new light on the characterization of architectural singularities and their associated self-motions.

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    Concise proof of Tienstra's formula  Open access

     Porta Pleite, Josep M.; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    Journal of surveying engineering (ASCE)
    Vol. 135, num. 4, p. 170-172
    Date of publication: 2009
    Journal article

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    The resection problem consists in finding the location of an observer by measuring the angles sub-tended by lines of sight from this observer to three known stations. Many researchers and practitioners recognize that Tienstra’s formula provides the most compact and elegant solution to this problem. Un- fortunately, all available proofs for this remarkable formula are intricate. This paper shows how, by using barycentric coordinates for the observer in terms of the locations of the stations, a neat and short proof is straightforwardly derived.

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    A linear relaxation technique for the position analysis of multiloop linkages  Open access

     Porta Pleite, Josep M.; Ros Giralt, Lluis; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    IEEE transactions on robotics
    Vol. 25, num. 2, p. 225-239
    DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2008.2012337
    Date of publication: 2009
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    This paper presents a new method to isolate all configurations that a multiloop linkage can adopt. The problem is tackled by means of formulation and resolution techniques that fit particularly well together. The adopted formulation yields a system of simple equations (only containing linear, bilinear, and quadratic monomials, and trivial trigonometric terms for the helical pair only) whose structure is later exploited by a branch-and-prune method based on linear relaxations. The method is general, as it can be applied to linkages with single or multiple loops with arbitrary topology, involving lower pairs of any kind, and complete, as all possible solutions get accurately bounded, irrespective of whether the linkage is rigid or mobile.

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    A reconfigurable 5-DoF 5-SPU parallel platform  Open access

     Borras Sol, Julia; Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Ottaviano, Erika; Ceccarelli, Marco
    ASME/IFToMM International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots
    p. 617-623
    Presentation's date: 2009
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    This paper presents a 5-SPU platform whose base leg attachments can be easily reconfigured, statically or dynamically, without altering its singularity locus. This permits to adapt the platform’s geometry to particular tasks without increasing the complexity of its control. The allowed reconfigurations permit to reduce the risk of collisions between legs, or even improving the stiffness of the platform, in a given region of its configuration space. It is also shown that no architectural singularities are introduced by the proposed reconfigurations.

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    Kinematics of line-plane subassemblies in Stewart platforms  Open access

     Borras Sol, Julia; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
    p. 4094-4099
    Presentation's date: 2009
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    When the attachments of five legs in a Stewart platform are collinear on one side and coplanar on the other, the platform is said to contain a line-plane subassembly. This paper is devoted to the kinematics analysis of this subassembly paying particular attention to the problem of moving the aforementioned attachments without altering the singularity locus of the platform. It is shown how this is always possible provided that some cross-ratios between lines -defined by points in the plane- are kept equal to other cross-ratios between points in the line. This result leads to two simple motion rules upon which complex changes in the location of the attachments can be performed. These rules have interesting practical consequences as they permit a designer to optimize aspects of a parallel robot containing the analyzed subassembly, such as its manipulability in a given region, without altering its singularity locus.

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    Straightening-free algorithm for the singularity analysis of Stewart-Gough platforms with collinear/coplanar attachments  Open access

     Borras Sol, Julia; Thomas Arroyo, Federico; Torras, Carme
    Computational Kinematics
    p. 359-366
    Presentation's date: 2009-05-08
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    An algorithm to derive the pure condition of any double-planar Stewart-Gough platform in a standard form suitable for comparison is presented. By applying the multilinear properties of brackets directly to the superbracket encoding of the pure condition, no straightening is required. It is then shown that any 3-3 platform has a corresponding 6-6 platform having its same superbracket, meaning that they have identical singularity loci. In general, the superbracket of any doubleplanar platform can be written as a linear combination of the superbrackets of 3-3 platforms, leading to a direct singularity assessment by inspecting the resulting decomposition.

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  • Generation of under-actuated parallel robots with non-holonomic joints and kinetostatic analysis of a case-study

     Grosch Obregon, Patrick John; Di Gregorio, Silvana; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences
    p. 1-8
    Presentation's date: 2009
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    It will be shown how to generate under-actuated manipulators by substituting non-holonomic spherical pairs (nS pairs) for (holonomic) spherical pairs (S pairs) in fully-parallel manipulators (FPMs). Through this pair substitution, an under-actuated manipulator, previously proposed by one of the authors, will be demonstrated to be generated from an inversion of the 6-3 FPM. Moreover, the kinetostatic analysis of this manipulator will be reconsidered to obtain a simple and compact formulation. This reformulated analysis can be used both in the design of the underactuated manipulator, and in its control.

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    A wire-based active tracker  Open access

     Andrade Cetto, Juan; Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    IEEE transactions on robotics
    Vol. 24, num. 3, p. 642-651
    DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2008.924260
    Date of publication: 2008-06
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    Wire-based tracking devices are an affordable alternative to costly tracking devices. They consist of a fixed base and a platform, attached to the moving object, connected by six wires whose tension is maintained along the tracked trajectory. One important shortcoming of these devices is that they are forced to operate in reduced workspaces so as to avoid singular configurations. Singularities can be eliminated by adding more wires, but this causes more wire interferences, and a higher force exerted on the moving object by the measuring device itself. This paper shows how, by introducing a rotating base, the number of wires can be reduced to three, and singularities can be avoided by using an active sensing strategy. This also permits reducing wire interference problems and the pulling force exerted by the device.

  • A short account of Leonardo Torres' endless spindle

     Thomas Arroyo, Federico
    Mechanism and machine theory
    Vol. 43, num. 8, p. 1055-1063
    DOI: 10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2007.07.003
    Date of publication: 2008
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    At the end of the 19th century, several analog machines had been proposed for solving algebraic equations. These machines – based not only on kinematics principles but also on dynamic or hydrostatic balances, electric or electromagnetic devices, etc. – had one important drawback: lack of accuracy. Leonardo Torres was the first to beat the challenge of designing and implementing a machine able to compute the roots of algebraic equations that, in the case of polynomials of degree eight, attained a precision down to 1/1000. The key element of Torres’ machine was the endless spindle, an analog mechanical device designed to compute log(a + b) from log(a) and log(b). This short account gives a detailed description of this mechanism.