Design of trajectory tracking control for an differential drive wheeled mobile robot

  • Stephen I.C. Gulo Universitas Katolik Parahyangan
  • Tua Tamba Universitas Katolik Parahyangan


Differential drive wheeled mobile robots (DDWMR) is a class of mobile robots which has been used in various applications due to its mobile abilities. One important issue in the development of DDWMR is regarding the design of control methods to ensure the DDWMR can move autonomously from initial to final poses. The main challenge in such an issue is the need to design a controller which respects the nonholonomic constraint of DDWMR movements. To address such a challenge, this paper proposes a control method which combines techniques in smooth reference trajectory generation and Lyapunov-based tracking control designs. In the proposed method, a reference trajectory that is represented as polynomial function is first generated to connect the initial and final poses based on some waypoints information between them. A feedback control law based on Lyapunov’s stability method is then design to help control the DDWMR in tracking the generated reference trajectory with minimum error. Numerical simulation results are given to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed method,


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How to Cite
Stephen I.C. Gulo, & Tamba, T. (2021). Design of trajectory tracking control for an differential drive wheeled mobile robot. Jurnal Nasional Teknik Elektro Dan Teknologi Informasi, 10(3), 272-281.