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Humanoid Whole-Body Movement Optimization from Retargeted Human Motions


Motion retargeting and teleoperation are powerful tools to demonstrate complex whole-body movements to hu-manoid robots: in a sense, they are the equivalent of kinesthetic teaching for manipulators. However, retargeted motions may not be optimal for the robot: because of different kinematics and dynamics, there could be other robot trajectories that perform the same task more efficiently, for example with less power consumption. We propose to use the retargeted trajectories to bootstrap a learning process aimed at optimizing the whole-body trajectories w.r.t. a specified cost function. To ensure that the optimized motions are safe, i.e., they do not violate system constraints, we use constrained optimization algorithms. We compare both global and local optimization approaches, since the optimized robot solution may not be close to the demonstrated one. We evaluate our framework with the humanoid robot iCub on an object lifting scenario, initially demonstrated by a human operator wearing a motion-tracking suit. By optimizing the initial retargeted movements, we can improve robot performance by over 40%.
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hal-02290473 , version 1 (17-09-2019)


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Waldez Gomes, Vishnu Radhakrishnan, Luigi Penco, Valerio Modugno, Jean-Baptiste Mouret, et al.. Humanoid Whole-Body Movement Optimization from Retargeted Human Motions. IEEE/RAS Int. Conf. on Humanoid Robots, Oct 2019, Toronto, Canada. ⟨hal-02290473⟩
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