Perceptual Science Series
rosbridge: Towards a World Wide Web for Robotics
Dr. Chad Jenkins
Monday, September 22, 2014, 12:00pm - 07:00pm
Brown University, Department of Computer Science
Our work aims to make robots a seamless technology that people can easily use and program for a wide variety of purposes. We posit that the convergence of robotics with Internet and Web technologies will lead to a thriving robotics ecosystem with greater levels of reproducibility, interoperability, and accessibility. Building on the World Wide Web analogy, broader populations of users and applications developers will be able to use and create "apps" that address various needs across society, while building on continuing advances in robotics research and development.
Currently, other than online videos, the impact of the great achievements and capabilities in robotics remains relatively limited to robotics research labs. Robotics has made great strides in producing a variety of capable and affordable off-the-shelf platforms comprised of physically capable hardware, richer perception of unstructured environments, and general purpose robot middleware. However, these robots lack a common and general format for exchanging information that both limits interoperability between systems and accessibility of interfaces for developing applications for broader