Lessons Learned in Designing User-configurable Modular Robotics

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User-configurable robotics allows users to easily configure robotic systems to perform task-fulfilling behaviors as desired by the users. With a user configurable robotic system, the user can easily modify the physical and func-tional aspect in terms of hardware and software components of a robotic sys-tem, and by making such modifications the user becomes an integral part in the creation of an intelligence response to the challenges posed in a given environ-ment. I.e. the overall intelligent response in the environment becomes the inte-gration of the user’s construction and creation with the semi-autonomous com-ponents of the user-configurable robotic system in interaction with the given environment. Components constituting such a user-configurable robotic system can be characterized as modules in a modular robotic system. Several factors in the definition and implementation of these modules have consequences for the user-configurability of the system. These factors include the modules’ granular-ity, autonomy, connectivity, affordance, transparency, and interaction
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2nd International Conference on Robot Intelligence and Applications
Number of pages8
Publication date2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2nd International Conference on Robot Intelligence and Applications - Denver, Colorado, United States
Duration: 18 Dec 201320 Dec 2013


Conference2nd International Conference on Robot Intelligence and Applications
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, Colorado


  • Human-robot interaction
  • Reconfigurable robots
  • Educational robots
  • Distributed intelligence
  • Modular robotics

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