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Modular robot control and continuous constraint satisfaction


Continuous constraint satisfaction is at the core of many real-world applications. One example is in the control of modular, hyper-redundant robots, which are robots with many more degrees of freedom than required for typical tasks. Casting the control problem as a constraint problem is a promising approach for robustly handling a variety of non-standard constraints found in such robots. However, before we can scale to the many degrees of freedom and nonlinearities of this system and deploy constraint solvers for embedded, real-time control, we need to better understand the complexity issues arising in these problems. In this paper, we first present a parametric model for robotic control. We then study the complexity of related but simpler problems by analyzing two classes of artificial constraint satisfaction problems inspired by (discrete) 3-SAT problems, which have a strong relation between structure and search cost. With this, we also propose a generic benchmarking model for continuous constraint satisfaction problems.


Fromherz, M. P. J. ; Hogg, T. H. ; Jackson, W. B. ; Shang, Y. Modular robot control and continuous constraint satisfaction. IJCAI `01 Workshop on Modelling and Solving Problems with Constraints; 2001 August 5; Seattle, WA.