A trigonometric trajectory generator for robotic arms

Dan Simon, Can Isik

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Interpolation of a robot joint trajectory is realized using trigonometric splines. This method is based on the assumption that joint-space knots have been generated from cartesian knots by an inverse kinematics algorithm. The use of trigonometric splines results in smooth joint trajectories and is amenable to real-time obstacle avoidance. Some of the spline parameters can be chosen to minimize an objective function (e.g. jerk or energy). If the objective function is minimum jerk, a closed-form solution is obtained. This paper introduces a trajectory interpolation algorithm, discusses a method for trajectory optimization, and includes simulation examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-517
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Control
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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