Robotics API Development Platform

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"Robotics as just another API in a modern programming language"

With the Robotics API Development Platform, you can program complex, real-time critical tasks for your robots in Java. A convenient, flexible programming model enables you to develop sophisticated applications easy and fast. The innovative software architecture of the Robotics API Development Platform ensures reliable execution of robotic applications and guarantees exact timing of critical operations.

Using Java as a robot language has various advantages. You will profit from a modern, object-oriented programming language, hundreds of existing libraries and elaborate Integrated Development Environments. Development of the Java ecosystem is actively driven by a large community, ensuring that the language will evolve in the future.

Architecture overview

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The Robotics API Development Platform consists of two separate architectural tiers: Applications are running on top of the Java-based Robotics API, while real-time critical device control is done by the Robot Control Core (RCC). The RCC has to run on a real-time capable operating system which can communicate with all hardware devices via the respective buses and protocols. Robotics API applications can run on any Java-capable operating system on any hardware, as long as it can communicate with the RCC via network.

Robotics API applications support communication with multiple RCCs on different systems. However, when multiple hardware devices should be controlled in a real-time synchronous manner by the applications, those devices have to be controlled by the same RCC instance.


Creating a Robotics API application

Running a Robotics API application

For controlling robots (also simulated ones), a connection to a Robot Control Core is required. Thus remember to start an RCC instance!

Getting started

Publications (excerpt)

  1. Planning and Execution of Collision-free Multi-robot Trajectories in Industrial Applications
    Andreas Angerer, Alwin Hoffmann, Lars Larsen, Michael Vistein, Jonghwa Kim, Michael Kupke and Wolfgang Reif
    47th Symposium on Robotics - International Symposium on Robotics 2016, Munich, Germany, June 21-22, 2016
  2. Robotics API: Object-Oriented Software Development for Industrial Robots
    Andreas Angerer, Alwin Hoffmann, Andreas Schierl, Michael Vistein and Wolfgang Reif
    published 07.06.2013 Journal of Software Engineering for Robotics, ISBN: 2035-3928
  3. Hiding Real-Time: A new Approach for the Software Development of Industrial Robots
    Alwin Hoffmann, Andreas Angerer, Frank Ortmeier, Michael Vistein and Wolfgang Reif
    2009 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), October 11 - 15, 2009, St. Louis, MO, USA