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Title:Development of a modular and submersible soft robotic arm system and corresponding learned kinematics models
Author(s):Null, David
Advisor(s):Zhang, Yang
Department / Program:Electrical & Computer Eng
Discipline:Electrical & Computer Engr
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Soft Robotics
Machine Learning
Neural Network
Control Theory
Underwater Robotics
Abstract:Most soft-body organisms found in nature exist in underwater environments. It is helpful to study the motion and control of soft robots underwater as well. However, a readily available underwater soft robotic system is not available for researchers to use because they are difficult to design, fabricate, and waterproof. Furthermore, submersible robots usually do not have configurable components because of the need for sealed electronics packages. This thesis presents the development of a submersible soft robotic arm which consists of mostly off-the-shelf components and 3D printable parts which can be assembled in a short amount of time. Also, its modular design enables multiple shape configurations and easy swapping of soft actuators. As a first step to exploring machine learning control algorithms on this platform, two deep neural network models were developed, trained, and evaluated to estimate the robot's forward and inverse kinematics. The techniques developed for controlling this underwater soft robotic arm can help advance understanding on how to control soft robotic systems in general.
Issue Date:2021-12-10
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 David Null
Date Available in IDEALS:2022-04-29
Date Deposited:2021-12

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