Simultaneous learning and control of parallel Stewart platforms with unknown parameters

Mohammed Aquil Mirza, Shuai Li, Long Jin

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Redundancy resolution of parallel manipulators is widely studied and have brought many challenges in the control of robotic manipulators. The dual neural network, which is categorized under the recurrent neural network inherits parallel processing capabilities, are widely investigated for the control of serial manipulators in past decades and has been extended to the control of parallel Stewart platforms in our previous work. However, conventional dual neural network solutions for redundancy resolution requires prior knowledge of the robot, which may not accessible accurately in real applications. In this paper, we establish a model-free dual neural network to control the end-effector of a Stewart platform for the tracking of a desired spacial trajectory, at the same time as learning the unknown time-varying parameters. The proposed model is purely data driven. It does not rely on the system parameters as a priori and provides a new solution for stabilization of the self motion of Stewart platforms. Theoretical analysis and results show that global convergence can be achieved for the neural network employed in this paper with dual dynamics. It is also shown to be optimal per the model free criterion. In this paper, we carried out numerical simulations which highlight and illustrate relatable performance capability in terms of model-free optimization. Simulation results provided, verify the tracking control of the end effector efficiently while controlling the dynamic motion of the Stewart platform.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-122
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2017


  • Kinematic control
  • Recurrent neural networks
  • Redundancy resolution
  • Stewart platform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Artificial Intelligence


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