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Good Experimental Methodologies and Simulation in Autonomous Mobile Robotics
 

Summary: Good Experimental Methodologies and
Simulation in Autonomous Mobile Robotics
Francesco Amigoni and Viola Schiaffonati
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Laboratory, Dipartimento di Elettronica e
Informazione, Politecnico di Milano, Italy {amigoni,schiaffo}@elet.polimi.it
Experiments have proved fundamental constituents for natural sciences and
it is reasonable to expect that they can play a useful role also in engineering,
for example when the behavior of an artifact and its performance are diffi-
cult to characterize analytically, as it is often the case in autonomous mobile
robotics. Although their importance, experimental activities in this field are
often carried out with low standards of methodological rigor. Along with some
initial attempts to define good experimental methodologies, the role of simu-
lation experiments has grown in the last years, as they are increasingly used
instead of experiments with real robots and are now considered as a good tool
to validate autonomous robotic systems. In this work, we aim at investigat-
ing simulations in autonomous mobile robotics and their role in experimental
activities conducted in the field.
1 Introduction
The field of autonomous mobile robotics has recently started an effort to
develop good experimental methodologies, after recognizing that experimen-

  

Source: Amigoni, Francesco - Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences