Donghyun Kim

Donghyun Kim
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | MIT · Department of Mechanical Engineering

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September 2012 - present
University of Texas at Austin
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  • PhD Student

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Publications (35)
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This paper proposes an online gain adaptation approach to enhance the robustness of whole-body control (WBC) framework for legged robots under unknown external force disturbances. Without properly accounting for external forces, the closed-loop control system incorporating WBC may become unstable, and therefore the desired task goals may not be ach...
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Demonstrating acrobatic behavior of a humanoid robot such as flips and spinning jumps requires systematic approaches across hardware design, motion planning, and control. In this paper, we present a new humanoid robot design, an actuator-aware kino-dynamic motion planner, and a landing controller as part of a practical system design for highly dyna...
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Animal-level agility and robustness in robots cannot be accomplished by solely relying on blind locomotion controllers. A significant portion of a robot's ability to traverse terrain comes from reacting to the external world through visual sensing. However, embedding the sensors and compute that provide sufficient accuracy at high speeds is challen...
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Whole-body control (WBC) is a generic task-oriented control method for feedback control of loco-manipulation behaviors in humanoid robots. The combination of WBC and model-based walking controllers has been widely utilized in various humanoid robots. However, to date, the WBC method has not been employed for unsupported passive-ankle dynamic locomo...
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Dynamic legged locomotion is a challenging topic because of the lack of established control schemes which can handle aerial phases, short stance times, and high-speed leg swings. In this paper, we propose a controller combining whole-body control (WBC) and model predictive control (MPC). In our framework, MPC finds an optimal reaction force profile...
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Robust Bipedal Locomotion Based on a Hierarchical Control Structure – CORRIGENDUM - Jianwen Luo, Yao Su, Lecheng Ruan, Ye Zhao, Donghyun Kim, Luis Sentis, Chenglong Fu
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This paper describes the control, and evaluation of a new human-scaled biped robot with liquid cooled viscoelastic actuators (VLCA). Based on the lessons learned from previous work from our team on VLCA [1], we present a new system design embodying a Reaction Force Sensing Series Elastic Actuator (RFSEA) and a Force Sensing Series Elastic Actuator...
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To improve biped locomotion's robustness to internal and external disturbances, this study proposes a hierarchical structure with three control levels. At the high level, a foothold sequence is generated so that the Center of Mass (CoM) trajectory tracks a planned path. The planning procedure is simplified by selecting the midpoint between two cons...
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Whole-body control (WBC) is a generic task-oriented control method for feedback control of loco-manipulation behaviors in humanoid robots. The combination of WBC and model-based walking controllers has been widely utilized in various humanoid robots. However, to date, the WBC method has not been employed for unsupported passive-ankle dynamic locomo...
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We present a sampling-based kinodynamic planning framework for a bipedal robot in complex environments. Unlike other footstep planner which typically plan footstep locations and the biped dynamics in separate steps, we handle both simultaneously. Three advantages of this approach are (1) the ability to differentiate alternate routes while selecting...
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In this paper, we devise methods for the multi- objective control of humanoid robots, a.k.a. prioritized whole- body controllers, that achieve efficiency and robustness in the algorithmic computations. We use a form of whole-body controllers that is very general via incorporating centroidal momentum dynamics, operational task priorities, contact re...
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In this paper, whole body operational space (WBOS) framework for three dimensional passive-foot biped robot is presented. The stability of WBOS controller is analyzed and a foot placement planner is proposed. In many cases, WBOS controller generates torque commands to execute the trajectories planned by high-level planners every control loop. The p...
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We design, build, and empirically test a robotic leg prototype using a new type of high performance device dubbed a viscoelastic liquid cooled actuator (VLCA). VLCAs excel in the following five critical axes of performance, which are essential for dynamic locomotion of legged systems: energy efficiency, torque density, mechanical robustness, positi...
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We propose a robust dynamic walking controller consisting of a dynamic locomotion planner, a reinforcement learning process for robustness, and a novel whole-body locomotion controller (WBLC). Previous approaches specify either the position or the timing of steps, however, the proposed locomotion planner simultaneously computes both of these parame...
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We model Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI) scenarios as linear dynamical systems and use Model Predictive Control (MPC) with mixed integer constraints to generate human-aware control policies. We motivate the approach by presenting two scenarios. The first involves an assistive robot that aims to maximize productivity while minimizing the human's workl...
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Whole-body operational space controllers (WBOSCs) are versatile and well suited for simultaneously controlling motion and force behaviors, which can enable sophisticated modes of locomotion and balance. In this paper, we formulate a WBOSC for point-foot bipeds with series-elastic actuators (SEA) and experiment with it using a teen-size SEA biped ro...
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Legged robots naturally exhibit continuous and discrete dynamics when maneuvering over level-ground and uneven terrains. In recent years, numerous studies have focused on locomotion hybrid dynamics. However, locomotion on more challenging terrains such as split wedges in Figure 1 has rarely been explored, let alone its hybrid dynamics. In this stud...
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This paper presents a control scheme for ensuring that a 3D, under-actuated, point-foot biped robot remains balanced while walking. It achieves this by observing the center of mass (COM) position error relative to a reference path and re-planning a new reference trajectory to remove this error at every step. The Prismatic Inverted Pendulum Model (P...
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In this paper we present advancements in control and trajectory generation for agile behavior in bipedal robots. We demonstrate that Whole-Body Operational Space Control (WBOSC), developed a few years ago, is well suited for achieving two types of agile behaviors, namely, balancing on a high pitch split terrain and achieving undirected walking on f...
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This paper presents an extensive experimental study of the first steps of the Hume robot. Hume is an adult sized, 20 kg, series-elastic, point-foot biped robot capable of very fast leg movements. In this study, Hume is constrained to planar motion by a linkage mechanism. We present our application of phase space planning to one, two, and three step...
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We propose a stochastic optimal feedback control law for generating natural robot arm motions. Our approach, inspired by the minimum variance principle of Harris and Wolpert (1998 Nature 394 780-4) and the optimal feedback control principles put forth by Todorov and Jordan (2002 Nature Neurosci. 5 1226-35) for explaining human movements, differs in...
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We utilize here regression tools to plan dynamic locomotion in the Phase Space of the robot’s center of mass behavior and state feedback controllers to accomplish the desired plans. In real robotic systems, simplified locomotion models and disturbances in the control processes result in deviations from the actual closed loop dynamics with respect t...

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Aiming to study the robust whole body control