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Abstract -- A Remote Robotics Laboratory on the Internet Application Technology Track
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A Remote Robotics Laboratory on the Internet

Cao, Y. U. ( yu@cs.ucla.edu)
Chen, T.-W. ( tsuwei@cs.ucla.edu)
Harris, M. ( mharris@cs.ucla.edu)
Kahng, A. B. ( abk@cs.ucla.edu)
Lewis, M. A. ( tlewis@cs.ucla.edu)
Stechert, A. D. ( andre@cs.ucla.edu)


This paper describes ongoing work toward a remote robotics research site which allows repeatable remote experimentation on multiple mobile robots. Our system consists of ten small mobile robots hosting on-board Unix workstations. The robots provide facilities for sensing and moving obstacles, inter-robot positioning and communications, and user input. The Unix workstations allow the user to control the robots using common languages in a familiar environment, while also providing an interface to mass-market peripherals (secondary storage and vision), network access (telnet, FTP, mail, and HTTP), and robust multi-tasking. We believe that this work provides a foundation for future efforts toward new paradigms for remote research and user interaction with taskable hardware (e.g., colonies of application-specific robots). We envision applications in such domains as agriculture, environmental monitoring, and deep-space exploration.