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Run-Time Integration of Robotic Manipulators and Their Controllers

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Fredrerick M. Proctor, Christopher J. Scrapper, Benjamin Balaguer

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Paper No. IMECE2007-43362, pp. 229-235; 7 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 3: Design and Manufacturing
  • Seattle, Washington, USA, November 11–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4297-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3812-9


This paper describes an information model and interface by which a general purpose robotic manipulator can publish its kinematic- and dynamic parameters to enable real-time trajectory control. The motivation for the work was the control of various robotic manipulators in USARSim, an urban search and rescue simulation environment, wherein manipulators are dynamically introduced. The objective was to avoid a static description, such as a configuration file, in favor of real-time communication channels. Although the interface originated with simulations, it has been applied to real robotic manipulators, including serial- and parallel kinematics. The interface is being used as the basis for robot competitions in the RoboCup Rescue Simulation league, which provides a plug-and-play software environment for robots and the competing controllers.



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