Spatial Computing with Labels

U. P. Schultz, M. Bordignon, David Johan Christensen, K. Stoy

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A reconfigurable robot is a robot that can change shape. Programming reconfigurable robots is complicated by the need to adapt the behavior of each of the individual module to the overall physical shape of the robot. In this position paper, we investigate a simple approach to allow the programmer to abstract over the concrete shape of a robot using the notion of a label as a simple means of addressing various parts of the structure of a robot. Labels provide the programming language designer with a means of stratifying two main components of a spatial programming language for modular robots, namely specifying the physical structure of a robot and specifying its behavior. Based on previous experience with the ATRON robot, we find that labels are a useful concept for programming modular robots.
Keyword: Spatial computing,Robotics,Spatial programming language,Programming languages,Programming language designer,Modular robots,ATRON robot,Software engineering,Robot programming,Reconfigurable robot
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2nd IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems Workshops : SASOW 2008
PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
Publication date2008
ISBN (Print)9780769535531
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems Workshops -
Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …
Conference number: 2


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems Workshops
Period01/01/2008 → …

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