XRobots: A flexible language for programming mobile robots based on hierarchical state machines

Steve Tousignant, Eric Van Wyk, Maria Gini

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Abstract

This paper introduces a domain-specific language for programming mobile robots that is based on hierarchical state machines. Following Brooks, we refer to states as behaviors. A novelty of this language is that behaviors are treated as first class objects in the language and thus they can be passed as arguments to other parameterized behaviors. The language has template behaviors which allow generalized behaviors to be customized and instantiated. This makes the language quite flexible in terms of programming styles. An example of its flexibility are presented, followed by a description of the challenges in the language design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2012
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1773-1778
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781467314039
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2012 - Saint Paul, MN, United States
Duration: May 14 2012May 18 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Other

Other 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySaint Paul, MN
Period5/14/125/18/12

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