One notice in industry a clear development of devices that can be defined as
robots or manipulating arms at various degrees. The extent of their possibilities,
on one hand, the variety and complexity of the movements they can make and on
the other hand their ability to respond automatically to external information
makes the issue of command, control and perception becomes an important topic
of study and research in robotics (Weibing and Di, 1994;
Reignier, 1994; Krzystof and Dariusz,
2004. The actual combination or fusion of information in the multi sensors
systems for mobile robot has been a particularly active area of research (Li
et al., 2004; Sredan Mitrovic, 2006). So
that, a robot could be able to adapt itself efficiently to its environment,
would be interesting to develop its modelling. The calculator possesses a model
of the mechanical articulated system, the model of the environment (Chavant
and Colle, 1998); the data on tasks which must be performed and a number
of computational resources (strategies and computing) using exteroceptive information
(state of the environment), which are obtained from sensors. The robot can grasp
its environment and adapt itself (detection of obstacles, controlling position,
coercive measures etc). There are many sensors used in mobile robotics. We focus
on ultrasonic sensors for their range, one to two meters. They are best suited
to the measurement of distance and positioning (Kai and Charles
Chang, 1993; Reignier, 1994); moreover, they have
relatively less encumbering, compact and inexpensive.
We developed a method of avoidance reflex, based on the artificial potentials
fields (Khatib, 1985). Based on a qualitative method
of estimation of the configuration of the obstacles obtained from data sensors,
this approach takes account on the one hand of the configuration of the obstacles
in the robot local space and on the other hand possibilities of the robot avoidance.
The developed model is expressed in the form of two indices of constraints characterizing
left and right spaces.
The adaptation on line of the qualitative model, allows to increase the strategy robustness and to generalize its field of application to varied environments. We also developed an approach allowing the addition of a tropism in the form of two parameters, speeds and orientation, our algorithm acting as corrector of the principal command.
SENSOR, INTERACTION WITH ENVIRONMENT
The measurements are often done using analogue sensors usually consisting of a
conditioning device and a transmitter, the information exchanged between the sensor
and controller is in an analogue form. Thus, the controller integrates A/D converters
for the measurements and D/A converters for commands (Sredan
Mitrovic, 2006; Maki Habib, 2007). The evolution of
technology, particularly in the field of microprocessors has led to use these
components in the sensors. This innovation was simply to introduce these new sensors
as intelligent ones. Robert et al. (1993) proposed
a new vision of the sensor in its environment. It is presented as a system that
can be defined as a set of subsystems; the basic systems being the transducers
and actuators that have a physical interface with the outside world.
APPROACH ON THE SMART SENSOR
A description in terms of functionality, derived from the white book (Benoit
and Foulloy, 1991) sets out the broad lines of the concept. A smart sensor;
must above all, make a valid measure. This is then transmitted to the user,
who must have previously set the smart sensor which highlights the functionality
measure, configuration and communication (Fig. 1) (Chavant
and Colle, 1998; Reignier, 1994).
Measurement functionality: A smart sensor, must before all, carry out a validated measurement: the functionality measurement integrates the aspects of metrology and signal processing related to the sensor as well as to the exteroceptive physical variables. It is necessary to add the variables of self-checking, which are associated at the technological measurements that characterize the state of the sensor at a specific time t, the time which ensures a coherent dating of information and models which contribute at various levels of validation of a database.
It is interesting to note that all these sizes can be classified in:
||Local variables, characterizing the physical environment of
the smart sensor; for example, primary measurement: ambient temperature
||Distant variables characterizing the system environment of
the smart sensor, for example; system clock, network occupancy rate and
also any information emitted by any other sensor. All these variables contribute
to obtain a measurement
Validation functionality: Functional measurement must be validated by
the taking into account of technological measurements which characterize the
correct operation of the smart sensor, so much in term of technology such as
measurement of the supply voltage, integrity of the acquisition chain and checking
of the good unfolding of an algorithm; that in term of methodology, is a question
of testing the coherence of measurement compared to models such as: variation
in the measurement extent detection of aberrant measurements in a time series.
|| Smart sensor functionalities
Configuration functionality: The functionality configuration includes:
||A technological configuration resulting from a whole actions
and their validations aiming at integrating the sensor in its physical environment;
a functional configuration aiming at returning the sensor measuring and
||An operational configuration aiming at dedicating the sensor
to the application
The functional and operational initial configurations can be modified on the initiative of the operator.
Communication functionality: The functionality communication ensures the exchange of information between the sensor and its environment. It must decode and interpret the orders and messages, which arrive at the sensor and consequently start the adequate actions. It also has in charge the setting of information to transmit from the smart sensor towards the external world.
The Grafcet in Fig. 2 must be supplemented by the test reports analysis; the test request can be activated by the operator or the intelligent sensor itself.
In particular, the tests results, can make lead to:
||A stop, possibly associated a corrective maintenance
||A degraded exploitation which will have to be followed of
a corrective maintenance
||A declaration, smart sensor out service; associated with the
possible delivery of a value with fold what implies a passage by the initial
The smart sensor consists of a sensor, an internal arithmetic unit and an interface of communication; it will deliver either a value but information.
The processor, which is associated for him, makes a pre-treatment and returns information more precise than that provided by a non intelligent sensor.
|| Grafcet state of a smart sensor
The fuzzy set theory was introduced by Lee Chuen (1990)
and Zadeh and Yager (1992), it reasoned on knowledge which
can be at the same time fuzzy (badly described) and dubious whose validity is
subjected to a fuzzy control is a method of adjustment that tolerates a weak
knowledge of the process, it finds its efficiency in the badly defined and complex
processes which can be controlled by a human operator, specialized, without
knowledge of their basic dynamics. The structure of a fuzzy controller is made
of four parts (Glonnerec, 1996).
Database and rule: This block contains information concerning the applicability
and the operation of the system in the fuzzy controller, the dynamic behavior
of the systems is described by linguistic rules of the form <<if (conditions)
then (consequences)>>, generally deduced from knowledge by an expert of
the system (Abdelmoudjib, 1999). This coding is mostly
used because of the causality that it expresses.
Fuzzification: Here, an actual value of a state variable is transformed into a variable compatible with the representation of the sets which one will be chosen. The phase of fuzzification consists of making a partition of the field definition of the entries in fuzzy intervals. This partition is used then for the linguistic description of the relations between entries and outputs.
Fuzzy inference: Here, one determines the degree of validity of the rules brought into play starting from the state variable fuzzified and one deduces a fuzzy conclusion.
Défuzzification: The fuzzy conclusion is translated into likely no fuzzy ordering of controller suitably the process.
In this study, Khatib (1985); the strategy which we
develop is based on the artificial potential field for the obstacles avoidance
and privileges the advance of the robot systematically. Any obstacle being located
at the back the robot is being regarded as moving away relative to the robot
and does not present any more danger of collision. The obstacles are not reconstituted
in the local plan of the robot because it does not know their geometries, for
the robot these are modelling by segments whose configuration is approximate.
It is characterized by its orientation and its position in the relative reference
mark of the robot. In addition a mobile obstacle will be regarded as static
at the sampling moment T in the reference mark of the robot, the tactics of
displacement will not be different, because the dynamics of the scene is being
represented between two sampling moments (T and T+1).
In addition to the position control, it is only a question of detecting or not, the presence of an object; relevant information is the distance. One chooses the ultrasonic sensors for their low cost and they provide information of distance to the price of a simple treatment, which is significant in the real time processing. The analysis of the data is done according to the three sides of the robot (front, left, right).
The calculation of the distance is obtained from the first obstacle met by the ultrasonic wave in a given direction (principal direction of the beam is carried out by time measurement of flight of the emitted wave); interval of time between the emission beginning and the reception of the first echo.
Analytical model: Controller takagi-sugeno the general form of the rule
is written (Takagi and Sugeno, 1985):
where, fij is an analytical function of the controller inputs x
and y. A particular case of rules of takagi-sugeno is that the functions fij
are constant. The preceding rule becomes:
where, Sij is a fuzzy singleton corresponding to the Rij rule. Method of inference being method of individual inference, each rule is treated individually.
The treatment can be described by 3 stages:
||The calculation of membership of the entry to the vague sets
which make the antecedent of the rule (fuzzification)
||The weighting of the whole of exit describing the rule consequent
by the weight of this rule
||The balanced values of the exits are aggregate to give the
exit total value
If one takes again the Rij rule the degrees of membership of the entries x0, y0 to the fuzzy values.
The weight or rate of the rule excitation is then:
The individual inference gives for each rule the fuzzy exit:
where, U being composed of singletons; we have:
The exit value u0 value after défuzzification is then:
The calculation of U0, on all the field of excursion of (x, y) gives the analytical model.
|| Rule for index collision risk controller
Qualitative model: The qualitative model represented by the data of the two collision risk indices in half spaces right and left, allows choosing an avoidance movement. when obstacles occurred.
This movement can be carried out in function of the model, in the form of a linear velocity (advances) and an angle of rotation (orientation). Induced displacement must tend to a reduction in the greatest risk.
The base of rules of the controller of the collision risk index noted I, is obtained from the analysis of the data sensors and results from knowledge qualitative of the kinematics possibilities of the robot. They are given under form:
One notes this rule Rlm and Ilm linguistic variable characterizing the collision risk is associated with Rlm (l, ∈ [1, 4]). Ilm is the consequent one in the Rlm rules. What gives us, the tables of the form rules following. Figure 3 developed on this model gives the index collision risk for the half right and left spaces.
The base of rules of the collision risk index controller offers 16 different possibilities; who indicate the possible collision risk of the robot with its environment. The stability of the robot is reached for a symmetrical model, not in geometrical term, but with respect to the collision risk with the environment.
A module of orientation control consists of a fuzzy controller whose inputs are the Ig, Id, components of the qualitative model; and they will also be used as inputs, for the linear speed controller.
The two constraint indices of left and right spaces, give a qualitative representation of the robot's mobility; and forms the doublet (Ig, Ig).
|| Qualitative model algorithm (Ig, Id)
|| Algorithm of calculation (dij)
Id is the défuzzified output of the left index controller; and Ig is the défuzzified output of the right index controller (Fig. 4).
Measurements of distances are determinates by the calculation algorithm (Fig. 5), which simulates the operation of the ultrasound sensors
We take for speed of the robot Vnom = 2 m sec and an acceleration
maximum of 1.5 m sec-2. One chose:
The membership functions of the variable λE are fuzzy singletons which distribution is defined in a heuristic way.
λE = 0 corresponds to a space charged with obstacles: (Id
= 0; Ig = 0), which causes the robot to stop
λE = 1 corresponds to an open spac:
(Id = 3; Ig = 3) which gives a maximum speed
Figure 6a and b show the results of the simulation of the behaviour of the robot where fixed obstacles of various dimensions, are placed.
Figure 7 shows the simulation of the behaviour in an Unknown environment together with another mobile obstacle. This example, show the difficulties characterizing the performances of a reactive system.
Indeed a number of parameters intervene, like the rate of obstruction of space; the robot's relative configuration; the mobile obstacle; their respective speeds.
Each behaviour is consisted a base of fuzzy rules, a controller allows inferred an action starting from sensory information. Membership functions of the variable λ are fuzzy singletons whose distribution is defined in a heuristic way.
Method of fusion actions, depends on the trajectory followed by the robot. Indeed, the behaviour of the robot can be radically different according to criteria's set up.
The choice of the smart sensor concept allows low level management of information sensor and to reduce the main program of the behaviors management.
Based on a qualitative method of estimate of the obstacles configuration starting from the data sensors, this approach takes account on one hand of the obstacles configuration in the robot space and possibilities of avoidance of robot on the other hand. The adaptation on line of the qualitative model makes it possible to increase the robustness of the strategy installed and to generalize its field of application to varied environments.
|| (a, b) Fixed obstacles avoidance
|| Mobile obstacle avoidance
As a whole the algorithm of simulation shows good performances for our qualitative model. There is however a case of failure for a singular situation, inherent to present model; however a solution to manage this situation would be introduce a bias in orientation.
Present major contribution can be summarized as the proposed reactive strategy system; can fixed the direction of the target in a cluttered indoor environment without scanning this environment.
Based on the good theoretical predictions, we can affirm that the robot will be able to self-navigate toward the target, avoiding the obstacles that occlude the path to the target.
Present future effort includes an algorithm to minimize time between perception
and action and the recovery of the distorted signals for efficient localization
and the enhancement of self-navigation with other aiding sensors, like Rfid
system (Zhou, 2007; Takayuki et