Consensus Complementarity Control for Multi-Contact MPC


We propose a hybrid model predictive control algorithm, consensus complementarity control (C3), for systems that make and break contact with their environment. Many state-of-the-art controllers for tasks which require initiating contact with the environment, such as locomotion and manipulation, require a priori mode schedules or are too computationally complex to run at real-time rates. We present a method based on the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM) that is capable of high-speed reasoning over potential contact events. Via a consensus formulation, our approach enables parallelization of the contact scheduling problem. We validate our results on five numerical examples, including four high-dimensional frictional contact problems, and a physical experimentation on an underactuated multi-contact system. We further demonstrate the effectiveness of our method on a physical experiment accomplishing a high-dimensional, multi-contact manipulation task with a robot arm.

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Adam Wei
Adam Wei
EECS Ph.D. Candidate

I am interested in robotics, manipulation, machine learning, and optimization.