The robot, , can be *rotated* counterclockwise by some angle
by mapping every
as

(3.30) |

Using a rotation matrix,

the transformation can be written as

Using the notation of Section 3.2.1, becomes , for which . For linear transformations, such as the one defined by (3.32), recall that the column vectors represent the basis vectors of the new coordinate frame. The column vectors of are unit vectors, and their inner product (or dot product) is zero, indicating that they are orthogonal. Suppose that the and coordinate axes, which represent the body frame, are ``painted'' on . The columns of can be derived by considering the resulting directions of the - and -axes, respectively, after performing a counterclockwise rotation by the angle . This interpretation generalizes nicely for higher dimensional rotation matrices.

Note that the rotation is performed about the origin. Thus, when defining the model of , the origin should be placed at the intended axis of rotation. Using the semi-algebraic model, the entire robot model can be rotated by transforming each primitive, yielding . The inverse rotation, , must be applied to each primitive.

Steven M LaValle 2012-04-20