Proposal of Robot Software Platform with High Sustainability
Masahito Fukuda, Tomokazu Takahashi, Masato Suzuki, Yasushi Mae, Yasuhiko Arai, and Seiji Aoyagi
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Science, Kansai University
3-3-35 Yamate-cho, Suita, Osaka 564-8680, Japan
At present, various robotics competitions are being held, including the Tsukuba Challenge. The purpose of participating in a robotics competition is to confirm what can be done with the current technology and to demonstrate new research results. Participating teams often use open source software (OSS) for path planning and autonomous navigation. OSS is advantageous in facilitating participation in robotics competitions. However, applying it to a new robot is difficult when a new research does not involve OSS. In addition, robot systems do not consist only of OSS, and the burden of developing and maintaining other systems is significant. To solve the above problems, a software platform that allows for the addition of research achievements of individual robots is desired. With such a platform, research elements that have already been developed can be shared without the need to develop a new system. This makes it easier to maintain and manage the system and increase its sustainability.
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