A Recurrent Neural-Network-Based Real-Time Dynamic Model for Soft Continuum Manipulators

Abbas Tariverdi*, Venkatasubramanian Kalpathy Venkiteswaran, Michiel Richter, Ole Jacob Elle, Sarthak Misra, Jim Torresen, Kim Mathiassen, Orjan G. Martinsen

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This paper introduces and validates a real-time dynamic predictive model based on a neural network approach for soft continuum manipulators. The presented model provides a real-time prediction framework using neural-network-based strategies and continuum mechanics principles. A time-space integration scheme is employed to discretize the continuous dynamics and decouple the dynamic equations for translation and rotation for each node of a soft continuum manipulator. Then the resulting architecture is used to develop distributed prediction algorithms using recurrent neural networks. The proposed RNN-based parallel predictive scheme does not rely on computationally intensive algorithms; therefore, it is useful in real-time applications. Furthermore, simulations are shown to illustrate the approach performance on soft continuum elastica, and the approach is also validated through an experiment on a magnetically-actuated soft continuum manipulator. The results demonstrate that the presented model can outperform classical modeling approaches such as the Cosserat rod model while also shows possibilities for being used in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article number631303
JournalFrontiers in robotics and AI
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2021


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