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DESIRE WEB 2.0 - Integration management and distributed software development for service robots

: Reiser, Ulrich; Klauser, Regina; Parlitz, Christopher; Verl, Alexander

Schraft, R.D.; Hägele, M. ; Gesellschaft für Produktionssysteme GmbH -GPS-, Stuttgart; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Robotik; IEEE Robotics and Automation Society:
ICAR 2009, 14th International Conference on Advanced Robotics. Proceedings. CD-ROM : Being held in the Munich Marriott Hotel, Germany, from June 22th to 26th, 2009
Stuttgart: Fraunhofer Verlag, 2009
ISBN: 3-8396-0035-9
ISBN: 978-3-8396-0035-1
6 pp.
International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR) <14, 2009, München>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPA ()
DESIRE; Serviceroboter; Unstrukturierte Umgebung; Robotersystem; Roboter

In the last decades many robotic demonstrators were built, the vast majority of which are constrained to a limited set of operations, often focusing on the development of single robotic components like navigation, manipulation, human-machine interaction, etc. These specialized robots thus are not intended and commonly also not flexible enough to solve many complex tasks, in particular concerning dynamic and unstructured environments, requiring the combination of different components. More recently there have been efforts to create robots that are capable of performing various tasks in households or public domain and are dependable enough for every-day use (e.g. DESIRE). This requires the integration of many expert technologies from the different robotic domains and different developers that are located at different places. A capable integration management is needed, including not only software engineering tools but support for distributed development and remote testing on robot hardware in particular.
This paper proposes software engineering methods and tools that support integration and a new webportal for the distributed development and remote testing of service robots. The webportal permits centrally managed configuration, control and monitoring of software component processes through a user interface, that is available at any time from any place, through arbitrary operating systems. It is shown in the results, that the effort for organisation and coordination of hardware tests could be substantially reduced in the DESIRE project by the usage of the webportal.