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Lepuschitz W.,Practical Robotics Institute Austria | Lobato-Jimenez A.,Practical Robotics Institute Austria | Axinia E.,COPA DATA GmbH | Merdan M.,Practical Robotics Institute Austria | Merdan M.,AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2015

Agent technology and model-based engineering have proven potential in various prototypical implementations and academic environments but are not yet well accepted in industrial practice. However, it is evident that upcoming manufacturing systems need to integrate more rigorous foundations of semantics than currently applied data models and architectures but the conformance with industrial standards is crucial for their acceptance. This paper presents a survey on standards and ontologies for the process domain carried out during the first phase of the project BatMAS, which aims at the integration of a system ontology for providing an extensive knowledge base. On the one hand, the knowledge base should be accessed by an agent-based system for batch process automation and on the other hand, it should provide access for various functionalities of a complete automation solution. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. Source

Krofitsch C.,Practical Robotics Institute Austria | Lepuschitz W.,Practical Robotics Institute Austria | Klein M.,Practical Robotics Institute Austria | Koppensteiner G.,Practical Robotics Institute Austria
Proceedings - 2015 International Conference on Control, Automation and Robotics, ICCAR 2015 | Year: 2015

Robotics is considered to be a powerful tool for teaching STEM especially when employing white-box platforms to build and program robots. In this context, programming environments should be simple and understandable for increasing the learning success and for easing the entry for teachers with non-informatics background. Furthermore, many robotics applications can also benefit from flexibility in the program deployment in contrast to the usual code-compile-download paradigm. To address these issues, this paper presents a flexible programming environment based on a layered robot control architecture, which involves the usage of mobile devices. Source code created on a smartphone or tablet can be downloaded to the robot controller, which organizes the programs having on-board compilation and execution environments. Besides, a versioning system adds to the comfort. The presented approach enables students to intuitively handle their robots, but can also be applied in more sophisticated scenarios where module-based flexible programming is required. © 2015 IEEE. Source

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