Experimental Results of Concurrent Learning Adaptive Controllers
Author(s)Chowdhary, Girish; Wu, Tongbin; Ure, Nazim Kemal; Cutler, Mark Johnson; How, Jonathan P.
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Commonly used Proportional-Integral-Derivative based UAV flight controllers are often seen to provide adequate trajectory-tracking performance only after extensive tuning. The gains of these controllers are tuned to particular platforms, which makes transferring controllers from one UAV to other time-intensive. This paper suggests the use of adaptive controllers in speeding up the process of extracting good control performance from new UAVs. In particular, it is shown that a concurrent learning adaptive controller improves the trajectory tracking performance of a quadrotor with baseline linear controller directly imported from another quadrotors whose inertial characteristics and throttle mapping are very di fferent. Concurrent learning adaptive control uses specifi cally selected and online recorded data concurrently with instantaneous data and is capable of guaranteeing tracking error and weight error convergence without requiring persistency of excitation. Flight-test results are presented on indoor quadrotor platforms operated in MIT's RAVEN environment. These results indicate the feasibility of rapidly developing high-performance UAV controllers by using adaptive control to augment a controller transferred from another UAV with similar control assignment structure.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Proceedings of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Chowdhary, Girish, Tongbin Wu, Mark Cutler, Nazim Kemal Ure, and Jonathan How. “Experimental Results of Concurrent Learning Adaptive Controllers.” In AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2012.
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