A neural-network committee machine approach to the inverse kinematics problem solution of robotic manipulators

Koker R., Cakar T., Sari Y.

ENGINEERING WITH COMPUTERS, vol.30, no.4, pp.641-649, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00366-013-0313-2
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.641-649
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


In robotics, inverse kinematics problem solution is a fundamental problem in robotics. Many traditional inverse kinematics problem solutions, such as the geometric, iterative, and algebraic approaches, are inadequate for redundant robots. Recently, much attention has been focused on a neural-network-based inverse kinematics problem solution in robotics. However, the result obtained from the neural network requires to be improved for some sensitive tasks. In this paper, a neural-network committee machine (NNCM) was designed to solve the inverse kinematics of a 6-DOF redundant robotic manipulator to improve the precision of the solution. Ten neural networks (NN) were designed to obtain a committee machine to solve the inverse kinematics problem using separately prepared data set since a neural network can give better result than other ones. The data sets for the neural-network training were prepared using prepared simulation software including robot kinematics model. The solution of each neural network was evaluated using direct kinematics equation of the robot to select the best one. As a result, the committee machine implementation increased the performance of the learning.