Uncalibrated robotic visual servo tracking for large residual problems

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Munnae, Jomkwun
Lipkin, Harvey
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In visually guided control of a robot, a large residual problem occurs when the robot configuration is not in the neighborhood of the target acquisition configuration. Most existing uncalibrated visual servoing algorithms use quasi-Gauss-Newton methods which are effective for small residual problems. The solution used in this study switches between a full quasi-Newton method for large residual case and the quasi-Gauss-Newton methods for the small case. Visual servoing to handle large residual problems for tracking a moving target has not previously appeared in the literature. For large residual problems various Hessian approximations are introduced including an approximation of the entire Hessian matrix, the dynamic BFGS (DBFGS) algorithm, and two distinct approximations of the residual term, the modified BFGS (MBFGS) algorithm and the dynamic full Newton method with BFGS (DFN-BFGS) algorithm. Due to the fact that the quasi-Gauss-Newton method has the advantage of fast convergence, the quasi-Gauss-Newton step is used as the iteration is sufficiently near the desired solution. A switching algorithm combines a full quasi-Newton method and a quasi-Gauss-Newton method. Switching occurs if the image error norm is less than the switching criterion, which is heuristically selected. An adaptive forgetting factor called the dynamic adaptive forgetting factor (DAFF) is presented. The DAFF method is a heuristic scheme to determine the forgetting factor value based on the image error norm. Compared to other existing adaptive forgetting factor schemes, the DAFF method yields the best performance for both convergence time and the RMS error. Simulation results verify validity of the proposed switching algorithms with the DAFF method for large residual problems. The switching MBFGS algorithm with the DAFF method significantly improves tracking performance in the presence of noise. This work is the first successfully developed model independent, vision-guided control for large residual with capability to stably track a moving target with a robot.
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