Nonlinear observer for 3D rigid body motion

Sérgio Brás, Maziar Izadi, Carlos Silvestre, Amit Sanyal, Paulo Oliveira

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Observer design for rigid body translational and rotational motion has important applications to unmanned or manned vehicles operating in air, underwater, or in space. An observer design for pose and velocity estimation for threedimensional rigid body motion, in the framework of geometric mechanics, is presented here. Resorting to convenient defined Lyapunov function, a nonlinear observer on the Special Euclidean Group (SE(3)) is derived. This observer is based on the exponential coordinates, which are used to represent the group of rigid body motions. Exponential convergence of the estimation errors is shown and boundedness of the estimation error under bounded unmodeled torques and forces is established. Since exponential coordinates can describe uniquely almost the entire group of rigid body motions, the resulting observer design is almost globally exponentially convergent. The observer is then applied to the free dynamics of a rigid vehicle. Numerical simulation results are presented to show the performance of this observer, both in the absence and with unmodeled forces and torques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE 52nd Annual Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781467357173
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2013 - Florence, Italy
Duration: Dec 10 2013Dec 13 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
ISSN (Print)0743-1546
ISSN (Electronic)2576-2370


Other52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control and Optimization


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