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In this paper, we propose RT-middleware for robot system integration. "RT" means "robot technology", which is applied not only to industrial field but also to nonindustrial field such as human daily life support systems. RT-middleware which is proposed in this paper is a software platform for RT systems. We have studied modularization of RT elements and have developed RT-middleware, which promotes application of RT in various fields. Robotic system development methodology and our RT-middleware concepts are discussed. The RT-component, which is a basic software unit of RT-middleware based system integration, is derived from this discussion. A methodology of system development by using RT-components, and a framework for component development are proposed. Evaluations of some RT-component based systems are performed. Finally, conclusions and future work is described.
Date of Conference: 2-6 Aug. 2005