ROSAPL: towards a heterogeneous multi‐robot system and Human interaction framework
Tutor / director / evaluatorVázquez Salceda, Javier
Document typeMaster thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
The appearance of numerous robotic frameworks and middleware has provided researchers with reliable hardware and software units avoiding the need of developing ad-hoc platforms and focus their work on how improve the robots' high-level capabilities and behaviours. Despite this none of these are facilitating frameworks considering social capabilities as a factor in robots design. In a world that everyday seems more and more connected, with the slow but steady advance of the Internet of Things to many aspects of our daily lifes, the lack of social capabilities in a robot limits developers and researchers on areas where robots are seen as part of a solution, and not the solution. This thesis states that a social layer should be accessible in any robotic platform in order to ease the development of systems where such platforms are just a piece in the whole socio-technical system. As result of this e ort we present the ROSAPL framework to develop social robots on top of ROS middleware. We tested our approach in a real scenario at IBEC's Robotics group in the context of the InHANDS, which project tries to assist a handicapped persons in the kitchen. For them we designed and implemented a prototype to proof ROSAPL applicability. This latter will be fully implemented to o er real functionalities for the kitchen.