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Force Sensorless Admittance Control with Neural Learning for Robots with Actuator Saturation

Peng, Guangzhu; Yang, Chenguang; He, Wei; Chen, C. L.Philip


Guangzhu Peng

Wei He

C. L.Philip Chen


© 1982-2012 IEEE. In this paper, we present a sensorless admittance control scheme for robotic manipulators to interact with unknown environments in the presence of actuator saturation. The external environment is defined as linear models with unknown dynamics. Using admittance control, the robotic manipulator is controlled to be compliant with external torque from the environment. The external torque acted on the end-effector is estimated by using a disturbance observer based on generalized momentum. The model uncertainties are solved by using radial basis neural networks (NNs). To guarantee the tracking performance and tackle the effect of actuator saturation, an adaptive NN controller integrating an auxiliary system is designed to handle the actuator saturation. By employing Lyapunov stability theory, the stability of the closed-loop system is achieved. The experiments on the Baxter robot are implemented to verify the effectiveness of the proposed method.


Peng, G., Yang, C., He, W., & Chen, C. L. (2020). Force Sensorless Admittance Control with Neural Learning for Robots with Actuator Saturation. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 67(4), 3138-3148.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 25, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 29, 2019
Publication Date Apr 1, 2020
Deposit Date May 9, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 9, 2019
Journal IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Print ISSN 0278-0046
Electronic ISSN 1557-9948
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 67
Issue 4
Pages 3138-3148
Keywords adaptive neural control, observer, neural networks (NNs),
admittance control
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