To traverse complex scenarios reliably a legged robot needs to move its base aided by the ground reaction forces, which can only be generated by the legs that are momentarily in contact with the ground. A proper selection of footholds is crucial for maintaining balance. In this paper, we propose a foothold evaluation criterion that considers the transition feasibility for both linear and angular dynamics to overcome complex scenarios. We devise convex and nonlinear formulations as a direct extension of  in a receding-horizon fashion to grant dynamic feasibility for future behaviours. The criterion is integrated with a Vision-based Foothold Adaptation (VFA) strategy that takes into account the robot kinematics, leg collisions and terrain morphology. We verify the validity of the selected footholds and the generated trajectories in simulation and experiments with the 90kg quadruped robot HyQ
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