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A ROS-Simulink Real-Time Communication Bridge Using UDP With a Driver-in-the-Loop Application

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Mohamed Wahba, Robert Leary, Nicolás Ochoa-Lleras, Jariullah Safi, Sean Brennan

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Paper No. DSCC2016-9693, pp. V002T23A002; 7 pages
  • ASME 2016 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 2: Mechatronics; Mechatronics and Controls in Advanced Manufacturing; Modeling and Control of Automotive Systems and Combustion Engines; Modeling and Validation; Motion and Vibration Control Applications; Multi-Agent and Networked Systems; Path Planning and Motion Control; Robot Manipulators; Sensors and Actuators; Tracking Control Systems; Uncertain Systems and Robustness; Unmanned, Ground and Surface Robotics; Vehicle Dynamic Controls; Vehicle Dynamics and Traffic Control
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, October 12–14, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5070-1
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


This paper presents implementation details and performance metrics for software developed to connect the Robot Operating System (ROS) with Simulink Real-Time (SLRT). The communication takes place through the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) which allows for fast transmission of large amounts of data between the two systems. We use SLRT’s built-in UDP communication and binary packing blocks to send and receive the data over a network. We use implementation metrics from several examples to illustrate the effectiveness and drawbacks of this bridge in a real-time environment. The time latency of the bridge is analyzed by performing loop-back tests and obtaining the statistics of the time delay. A proof of concept experiment is presented that utilizes two laboratories that ran a driver-in-the-loop system despite a large physical separation. This work provides recommendations for implementing data integrity measures as well as the potential to use the system with other applications that demand high speed real-time communication.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME



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