Anis Koubâa 1,2,3 , Mohamed-Foued Sriti 4, Yasir Javed 2 , Maram Alajlan 2,5, Basit Qureshi 1, Fatma Ellouze 2, 7, Abdelrahman Mahmoud 6,5
1 Prince Sultan University, College of Computer and Information Sciences, Saudi Arabia.
2 Gaitech International Ltd., China.
3 CISTER/INESC-TEC, ISEP, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Porto, Portugal.
4 Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Saudi Arabia.
5 King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
6 German University of Cairo, Egypt.
7 National Engineering Institute of Sfax (ENIS), Tunisia.
This paper1 presents a viable solution for the development of service robots by leveraging cloud and Web services technologies, modular software architecture design, and Robot Operating System (ROS). The contributions of this paper are two-folded (1) Design of ROS Web services to provide new abstract interfaces to service robots that makes easier the interaction with and the development of service robots applications, and (2) Integration of the service robot to the cloud using the ROSLink protocol. We demonstrate through real-world implementation on the MyBot robot the effectiveness of these software abstraction layers in developing applications for service robots through the Internet and the cloud, and in accessing them through Internet. We believe that this work represents an important step towards a more popular use of service robots.
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