NEURAL NET COMPUTER CONTROLLER FOR A SIX AXIS MANIPULATOR

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,775.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
11800
Agency Tracking Number:
11800
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
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Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1715 Glastonberry Road, Rockville, MD, 20854
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Leonard S Haynes
President
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
A SIX LEGGED PARALLEL LINK MANIPULATOR (CALLED A STEWART PLATFORM) HAS THE ABILITY TO PERFORM SIX DEGREE OF FREEDOM MANIPULATION, AND IS MECHANICALLY MUCH SIMPLER THAN CONVENTIONAL SERIAL MECHANISMS WITH SIMILAR MANIPULATIVE CAPABILITY. DESPITE THEIR MECHANICAL SIMPLICITY, SUCH MECHANISMS HAVE NOT BEEN EXPLOITED EXCEPT FOR LOW ACCURACY, LOW SPEED APPLICATIONS BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTY IN PERFORMING REAL-TIME CONTROL OF THE HIGHLY NON-LINEAR, HIGHLY COUPLED MECHANISM. THE CONTROL PROBLEM IS EXACERBATED BY THE FACT THAT THERE IS NO KNOWN CLOSED FORM SOLUTION TO THE FORWARD KINEMATICS OF SUCH PLATFORMS. THIS PROPOSAL OUTLINES TWO COOPERATING NEURAL NETS WHICH TOGETHERHELP CONTROL A SIX LEGGED PARALLEL LINK MANIPULATOR IN THE HIGH SPEED, HIGH ACCURACY DOMAIN. EACH OF THE TWO PROPOSED NEURAL NETS IS ITSELF COMPOSED OF TWO CASCADED NEURAL NETS. THE PROPOSED SYSTEM IS INTERESTING BECAUSE IT SOLVES A PROBLEM FOR WHICH THERE IS NO KNOWN ACCEPTABLE SOLUTION, ANDALSO BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY IMPORTANT APPLICATIONS WHICH COULD BE COST EFFECTIVELY IMPLEMENTED WITH A STEWART PLATFORM IF THE CONTROL PROBLEM COULD BE OVERCOME. THE PROPOSED SYSTEM IS ALSO SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE ITS CASCADED ORGANIZATION OF NEURAL NETS SHOULD GREATLY REDUCT THE TRAINING TIME REQUIRED FOR THE SYSTEM TO ACHIEVE GOOD RESULTS.

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