Fast collision-free trajectory planning for robot manipulator based on distortional configuration space

Masaaki Shibata, Toshiyuki Murakami, Kouhei Ohnishi

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The paper describes a nobel method to plan the collision avoiding trajectory for a robot manipulator in the existence of obstacles. The method is based on Distortional Configuration Space, proposed in this paper, which a conventional C-Space is transformed into by artificial attractive potentials. In the Distortional C-Space, all the forbidden areas are eliminated by the potentials, and then a collision-free path is planned without considering the interference with them. In order to obtain a feasible trajectory, it is important to define appropriate potentials in the C-Space. The definition of the potentials depends on the positions and the shapes of forbidden areas, though it needs enormous calculation time to get exact information of C-Space. By applying the approximate forbidden area and by determining the appropriate potential function, the processing time gets shorter, and then the proposed method realizes a quick trajectory planning. The validity of the method is confirmed in the results of numerical experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1476-1483
Number of pages8
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Industry Applications
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1995


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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