An extended passive motion paradigm for human-like posture and movement planning in redundant manipulators

Paolo Tommasino, Domenico Campolo

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A major challenge in robotics and computational neuroscience is relative to the posture/movement problem in presence of kinematic redundancy. We recently addressed this issue using a principled approach which, in conjunction with nonlinear inverse optimization, allowed capturing postural strategies such as Donders' law. In this work, after presenting this general model specifying it as an extension of the Passive Motion Paradigm, we show how, once fitted to capture experimental postural strategies, the model is actually able to also predict movements. More specifically, the passive motion paradigm embeds two main intrinsic components: joint damping and joint stiffness. In previous work we showed that joint stiffness is responsible for static postures and, in this sense, its parameters are regressed to fit to experimental postural strategies. Here, we show how joint damping, in particular its anisotropy, directly affects task-space movements. Rather than using damping parameters to fit a posteriori task-space motions, we make the a priori hypothesis that damping is proportional to stiffness. This remarkably allows a postural-fitted model to also capture dynamic performance such as curvature and hysteresis of task-space trajectories during wrist pointing tasks, confirming and extending previous findings in literature.

Original languageEnglish
JournalFrontiers in Neurorobotics
Issue numberNOV
Publication statusPublished - Nov 30 2017


  • Donders' law
  • Kinematic redundancy
  • Movement
  • Pointing
  • Postural synergies
  • Posture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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