On the Benefits of Component-Defined Real-Time Visualization of Robotics Software

  • Max Reichardt
  • Gregor Zolynski
  • Michael Arndt
  • Karsten Berns
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8810)


The idea of component-defined visualization is introduced and benefits for different challenges in robotics software development are discussed – including system maintenance, component integration, and identification of critical behavior or malfunction. Design considerations for integration in state-of-the-art robotic software frameworks are presented – with an open source implementation for the Finroc framework as a proof-of-concept. Its use in two very different autonomous systems is illustrated. Experiments with these systems indicate that the proposed approach has in fact relevant advantages.


Autonomous mobile robots Framework design Programming environments Software visualization System maintenance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Max Reichardt
    • 1
  • Gregor Zolynski
    • 1
  • Michael Arndt
    • 1
  • Karsten Berns
    • 1
  1. 1.Robotics Research Lab., Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany

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