Integrable systems in planar robotics

Friday, 20 September, 2019

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The main purpose of this paper is to investigate commuting flows and integrable systems on the configuration spaces of planar linkages. Our study leads to the definition of a natural volume form on each configuration space of planar linkages, the notion of cross products of integrable systems, and also the notion of multi-Nambu integrable systems. The first integrals of our systems are functions of Bott-Morse type, which may be used to study the topology of configuration spaces.
Dedicated to Anatoly T. Fomenko on the occasion of his 75th birthday


Tudor S. Ratiu
Nguyen Tien Zung