Friday, October 14, 2011

Robot Software

The concept of robot software is very important in developing robots. This software is different from normal software because of the real time requirement. Besides the structure of the software could be different based on the structure and requirement of the robot.

There are three basic concept that have to be understood:

1) Modularity
Every function in the robot can be split into modules rather than having them all clumped up in a software. Advantage of doing this is because it is easier to troubleshoot and easier for development. It is better for code understanding.

2) Hierarchy
Even with modules, there should be some hierarchy to determine the level of the module. Either it be input output module, filtering module, utility modules, or application modules. With this, it is better when defining a module and to classify them.

3) Connection
Even with module or without, connecting the component is not easy. Communication from one module to another should be put in a defined and standard manner. This is important due to the complexity when number of modules are increasing.

This is a presentation I have made to compile the work my colleague and I have done for a year.

Enough of say...

There is a blog that I would recommend. A blog by Professor Adrian Boeing.

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