Robust Tracking Control of Aerial Robots Via a Simple Learning Strategy-Based Feedback Linearization

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  • Mohit Mehndiratta, Nanyang Technological University
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  • Erkan Kayacan, The University of Queensland
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  • Mahmut Reyhanoglu, University of North Carolina
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  • Erdal Kayacan

To facilitate accurate tracking in unknown/uncertain environments, this paper proposes a simple learning (SL) strategy for feedback linearization control (FLC) of aerial robots subject to uncertainties. The SL strategy minimizes a cost function defined based on the closed-loop error dynamics of the nominal system via the gradient descent technique to find the adaptation rules for feedback controller gains and disturbance estimate in the feedback control law. In addition to the derivation of the SL adaptation rules, the closed-loop stability for a second-order uncertain nonlinear system is proven in this paper. Moreover, it is shown that the SL strategy can find the global optimum point, while the controller gains and disturbance estimate converge to a finite value which implies a bounded control action in the steady-state. Furthermore, utilizing a simulation study, it is shown that the simple learning-based FLC (SL-FLC) framework can ensure desired closed-loop error dynamics in the presence of disturbances and modeling uncertainties. Finally, to validate the SL-FLC framework in real-time, the trajectory tracking problem of a tilt-rotor tricopter unmanned aerial vehicle under uncertain conditions is studied via three case scenarios, wherein the disturbances in the form of mass variation, ground effect, and wind gust, are induced. The real-time results illustrate that the SL-FLC framework facilitates a better tracking performance than that of the traditional FLC method while maintaining the nominal control performance in the absence of modeling uncertainties and external disturbances, and exhibiting robust control performance in the presence of modeling uncertainties and external disturbances.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Access
Pages (from-to)1653-1669
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Feedback linearization control, learning control, nonlinear system, uncertain systems, unmanned aerial vehicle

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