Robot Architecture Layer and Frameworks

Goals

Obtain information on robot architecture layers and frameworks to teach business professionals on the topic. Determine the definition of a robot architecture layer and framework, and whether layers and frameworks are different or similar. Determine also why robot architecture layers and frameworks are important. Obtain information also on primary robot architecture layers and frameworks and their usecases. Obtain statistics also on robot architecture layers and frameworks on where these are widely used. Determine also how have robot architecture layers and frameworks changed recently. Obtain information also on whether newer layers or frameworks have been developed, the use cases for them, and why were they created. Determine also if some frameworks are no longer used and why.

Early Findings

Robot Architecture Layer and Frameworks

  • A robotic framework is composed of "software tools, libraries, and conventions."
  • The framework aims to streamline the work involved in creating programs for complex robotic machineries or devices.
  • For majority of the cases, the framework serves as the reference for the overall architecture principles of the final software such as if it will be centralized, on-demand, and others.
  • As robotic programming is highly complex, the framework can help by enabling rapid robotic software development as it establishes the required modules for a robotic network such as safe message transmission, motor control, and others.
  • Most multi-robot networks can depend on contingent communication between components. However, some complex undertakings such as the construction of complex structures need a more stringent coordination between these robotic systems as each system need to cooperate with each other to complete bigger tasks. This is where layers can help.
  • Robotic layers are internal functional components within each robotic systems that can perform specific sets of tasks. Some examples include a planning layer that make the decision on how to complete high-level objectives; an executive layer that ensure sychronization between agents, put tasks into the right order, and tracks their completion; and a behavioral layer that communicates to the robot's sensors and effectors.
  • Each layer can communicate with the other layer above and below it in single robotic systems.
  • In multiple robotic networks, each robotic agent can communicate with each other via direct interfacing between similar types of layers.
  • This layer-specific communication allows the system to be more flexible and efficient in terms of coordination.
  • These layers can directly communicate with the appropriate layers of other robots.

Proprietary Database Search Results

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Summary of Findings

  • Our one hour of research provided the definition of a robot architecture layer and framework.
  • Based on the purpose, layers and frameworks are different.
  • As there was no geographic focus provided to us, we are assuming a global focus. If a more targeted approach is desired, for example, the United States, this would have to be clearly communicated to us in any reply.

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