Class #3: Configuration Space of a Robot
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The 3 drawings on the left shows two representations of the configuration space of a 2-revolute-joint arm: a torus and a square. The drawings on the right illustrate the mapping of workspace obstacles into the configuration space.

  • Topics:
    - Notion of a robot configuration and configuration space
    - Parameterizations of a configuration
    - Notion of a path and a trajectory
    - Obstacle mapping

    - Other types of forbidden regions
    - Topological structure of configuration space
  • Required Readings:
    • J.C. Latombe. Robot Motion Planning. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1991. (Chap. 2) [Hardcopy will be given in class]

  • Other Readings:
    • J.C. Latombe. Robot Motion Planning. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1991. (Chap. 3) [Hardcopy available on demand]

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