A Convex Polynomial Force-Motion Model for Planar Sliding: Identification and Application

Research paper by Jiaji Zhou, Robert Paolini, J. Andrew Bagnell, Matthew T. Mason

Indexed on: 15 Jun '16Published on: 15 Jun '16Published in: Computer Science - Robotics


We propose a polynomial force-motion model for planar sliding. The set of generalized friction loads is the 1-sublevel set of a polynomial whose gradient directions correspond to generalized velocities. Additionally, the polynomial is confined to be convex even-degree homogeneous in order to obey the maximum work inequality, symmetry, shape invariance in scale, and fast invertibility. We present a simple and statistically-efficient model identification procedure using a sum-of-squares convex relaxation. Simulation and robotic experiments validate the accuracy and efficiency of our approach. We also show practical applications of our model including stable pushing of objects and free sliding dynamic simulations.