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A Study on Challenges of Testing Robotic Systems - Interview Script [article]

Afsoon Afzal, Claire Le Goues, Michael Hilton, Christopher Steven Timperley
2020 Zenodo  
Although numerous studies have investigated the challenges of software testing in practice, no such study has been conducted on testing robotic systems.  ...  Robotic systems are increasingly a part of everyday life.  ...  The interview script The purpose of this research study is to study how developers in robotics do testing and verification. For that reason, we will be interviewing developers who work with robotics.  ... 
doi:10.5281/zenodo.3625199 fatcat:sitd3unqfzclhepge4dx44xtjq

Prototyping installation and commissioning of novel a cleaning robot by using virtual tools – lessons learned

Lars Andre Langøyli Giske, Tommy Benjaminsen, Ola Jon Mork
2019 Procedia CIRP  
Abstract This paper presents a simulation study in which virtual product development tools are used to support the design of a novel robotic cleaning solution for fish processing facilities.  ...  Abstract This paper presents a simulation study in which virtual product development tools are used to support the design of a novel robotic cleaning solution for fish processing facilities.  ...  Acknowledgements This research is funded by The Research Council of Norway (grant numbers 245613/O30 and 257070) and Optimar AS.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.procir.2019.04.223 fatcat:5exkbbp6vne2fbivn32tjpvr6m

Robotics Software Engineering: A Perspective from the Service Robotics Domain [article]

Sergio García, Daniel Strüber, Davide Brugali, Thorsten Berger, Patrizio Pelliccione
2020 arXiv   pre-print
In this paper, we present the first large-scale empirical study to assess the state of the art and practice of robotics software engineering.  ...  In contrast to industrial robots, the development of service robots comes with severe software engineering challenges, since they require high levels of robustness and autonomy to operate in highly heterogeneous  ...  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Research supported by the EU H2020 Prog. under GA No. 731869 (Co4Robots) and the Centre of EXcellence on Connected, Geo-Localized, and Cybersecure Vehicle (EX-Emerge), funded by Italian  ... 
arXiv:2006.10608v3 fatcat:ikvdx6nbhzecdnnxcxyuup3tua

Robotics and science literacy: Thinking skills, science process skills and systems understanding

Florence R. Sullivan
2008 Journal of Research in Science Teaching  
This paper reports the results of a study of the relationship of robotics activity to the use of science literacy skills and the development of systems understanding in middle school students.  ...  This study analyzes how students utilized thinking skills and science process skills characteristic of scientifically literate individuals to solve a robotics challenge.  ...  (2) Does students' system understanding change as a result of participation in robotics study as measured by a prepost test?  ... 
doi:10.1002/tea.20238 fatcat:nhxjenccdzcf5lrbdssn3l2rly

Challenges in Developing a Collaborative Robotic Assistant for Automotive Assembly Lines

Vaibhav Vasant Unhelkar, Julie A. Shah
2015 Proceedings of the Tenth Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction Extended Abstracts - HRI'15 Extended Abstracts  
Industrial robots are on the verge of emerging from their cages, and entering the final assembly to work along side humans.  ...  In this work, we briefly discuss a few of these challenges along with developed solutions and proposed methodologies, and their implications for improving human-robot collaboration.  ...  We have developed and tested a control and sensing system for the robot, which is being followed up with development of an autonomous navigation system.  ... 
doi:10.1145/2701973.2702705 dblp:conf/hri/UnhelkarS15 fatcat:wmok6tkozrbo3jupt3erfbdvai

A Study on the Challenges of Using Robotics Simulators for Testing [article]

Afsoon Afzal, Deborah S. Katz, Claire Le Goues, Christopher S. Timperley
2020 arXiv   pre-print
Robotics simulation plays an important role in the design, development, and verification and validation of robotic systems.  ...  Recent studies have shown that simulation may be used as a cheaper, safer, and more reliable alternative to manual, and widely used, process of field testing.  ...  Any opinions, findings, or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the US Government.  ... 
arXiv:2004.07368v1 fatcat:qcib4ji3evadpevdxi22w6juam

Autonomous Rollator: A Case Study in the Agebots Project [article]

Jonas Frei, Anina Havelka, Markus Wüst, Einar Nielsen, Andreas Ziltener, Katrin S. Lohan
2021 arXiv   pre-print
In this paper, we present an iterative development process for a functional model of an autonomous, location-orienting rollator.  ...  This example shows that the design thinking method is suitable for the development of frontier technology devices in the care sector.  ...  Iteration 1 Application development of the robot systems based on findings of lab test 1.  ... 
arXiv:2108.13648v2 fatcat:bkxxbzvu7zd6pdobml4zalirzm

How Does Soft Robotics Drive Research in Animal Locomotion?

John H. Long, Stacey Combes, Janna Nawroth, Melina Hale, George Lauder, Sharon Swartz, Roger Quinn, Hillel Chiel
2014 Soft Robotics  
On the other hand, I feel that many biologists experience some discomfort with a focus on studying engineered mechanical systems.  ...  I see Sharon addressing this question when she talks about the gray area between tests of a robotic system clearly addressing its own functioning and clearly not addressing a fully complex biological system  ... 
doi:10.1089/soro.2014.1502 fatcat:4ay6yvs265f67kba5xpev75z34

The Robotic Vision Scene Understanding Challenge [article]

David Hall, Ben Talbot, Suman Raj Bista, Haoyang Zhang, Rohan Smith, Feras Dayoub, Niko Sünderhauf
2020 arXiv   pre-print
To help provide a standard for testing scene understanding systems, we present a new robot vision scene understanding challenge using simulation to enable repeatable experiments with active robot agency  ...  However, it is difficult to evaluate progress in this area due to a lack of standardized testing which is limited due to the need for active robot agency and perfect object ground-truth.  ...  To enable active agents and perform holistic testing of a robot system at a task, some challenges choose to only constrain the testing environment.  ... 
arXiv:2009.05246v1 fatcat:wjoxwdhsoza75ef2unvddcatqy

Autonomous robots for harsh environments: a holistic overview of current solutions and ongoing challenges

Cuebong Wong, Erfu Yang, Xiu-Tian Yan, Dongbing Gu
2018 Systems Science & Control Engineering  
Key examples of these deployments are studied with an analysis on how high-level autonomy is a key issue that must be addressed.  ...  2018) Autonomous robots for harsh environments : a holistic overview of current solutions and ongoing challenges. Systems Science and Control Engineering, 6 (1).  ...  A report on the performance of teams in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (Atkeson et al., 2015) stated that one of the major causes of failure was robots' inability to handle small variations in their tasks  ... 
doi:10.1080/21642583.2018.1477634 fatcat:pkbtyuyy7vaizbuzkmsxs56lg4

Towards Automated Acceptance testing for industrial robots [article]

Marcela G. dos Santos, Fabio Petrillo
2021 arXiv   pre-print
In this kind of system, with increased complexity in which cost is related to the time the system keeps working, the system must operate with a minimum number of failures.  ...  In other words, a quality aspect important in industry is reliability. We hypothesize that Automated Acceptance Testing improves reliability for industrial robot program.  ...  According to [3] one of top main challenges in robotics is achieving robustness.  ... 
arXiv:2104.11351v1 fatcat:56jnwjaz5baermwxdtofdjggli

Robotically assisted laparoscopy benefits surgical performance under stress

Lee J. Moore, Mark R. Wilson, Elizabeth Waine, John S. McGrath, Rich S. W. Masters, Samuel J. Vine
2015 Journal of Robotic Surgery  
This study aimed to examine surgeons' cardiovascular responses to, and performance during, a surgical task performed either on a robotic system or a laparoscopic system, under three stressful conditions  ...  A ball pick-and-drop task was completed on either the robotic system or the laparoscopic system.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s11701-015-0527-y pmid:26530839 fatcat:ukuifo7aircd7g7zc4xrkxz5ua

An Experimental Protocol for Benchmarking Robotic Indoor Navigation [chapter]

Christoph Sprunk, Jörg Röwekämper, Gershon Parent, Luciano Spinello, Gian Diego Tipaldi, Wolfram Burgard, Mihai Jalobeanu
2015 Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics  
Robot navigation is one of the most studied problems in robotics and the key capability for robot autonomy.  ...  We define standardized environments and introduce the concept of a reference robot to allow comparison between different navigation systems at different experimentation sites.  ...  Despite being one of the most studied field in robotics, there is a relatively small amount of literature related to benchmarking robot navigation.  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-23778-7_32 fatcat:rua2oij43javtmdlglsex4nfii

Social robots helping people with dementia: Assessing efficacy of social robots in the nursing home environment

Wendy Moyle, Cindy Jones, Marie Cooke, Siobhan O'Dwyer, Billy Sung, Suzie Drummond
2013 2013 6th International Conference on Human System Interactions (HSI)  
This paper explores the challenges of testing the efficacy of social robots in the nursing home environment.  ...  The challenges experienced by the researchers when undertaking a randomized controlled trial and using a case study design to test the social robots with people with dementia are examined.  ...  these robots.  ... 
doi:10.1109/hsi.2013.6577887 dblp:conf/hsi/MoyleJCOSD13 fatcat:jihmex5l7rfypcbfa3h6ldn334

Simulation-Based Testing to Improve Safety of Autonomous Robots

Luca Vittorio Sartori
2019 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering Workshops (ISSREW)  
As testing of these systems is usually done through field testing, which is costly and is limited in the reproducible scenarios, system-level pre-validation can be done in virtual worlds through simulation  ...  of dynamic agents in the tests.  ...  The author thanks Hélène Waeselynck, Jérémie Guiochet, Magnus Albert, and Rob Alexander for their guidance during the first months of this PhD.  ... 
doi:10.1109/issrew.2019.00053 dblp:conf/issre/Sartori19 fatcat:fp4cujwnwzhi5fper4ao3lna54
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