Best practice in robot algorithms

Harmonizing robotics algorithms, so that they are easily replaceable by another, is often not viewed as a fundamental scientific problem, but a software engineering task. Although there is a substantial amount of software engineering effort involved in this activity, there is also a number of fundamental issues to address. The BRICS consortium wants to develop a framework that can be applied to a large number of robotic tasks and algorithms, and not only to one or two.

The challenge is to make such a framework sustainable, so that it accommodates not only existing algorithms but also future developments, and the real challenge is to make this framework really appealing to the robotics community.

The following scientific and technical key issues will be addressed in this activity:

To reach the goals of this activity five major contributions are planned: