The work on RobotFlow has begun in september 2001 as an University of Sherbrooke project in the Mobile Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (LABORIUS). The work on the project still continues and will become available to everybody through SourceForge as a LGPL project. We hope with this toolkit to create a standard & open platform that all people from hobbyists to researchers could use and improve over time. It primarily supports Linux/Unix using the GNOME GUI.
The FlowDesigner & the Robotflow toolkit are
written in C++ and provide fully customizable control and processing blocks :
- Drivers & interfaces for Pioneer2 Robots
- Vision processing algorithms (color training & tracking, etc.)
- Player / Stage simulator drivers for Overflow/RobotFlow
- Signal processing algorithms (audio + video)
- Basic Behaviors
- Fuzzy Logic control
- Artificial Neural Networks
- Embedded super blocks (subnets, iterators)
- Basic networking (TCP/IP, broadcast)
- Device control (Sony EVI-D30, SICK lasers, etc.)
- Finite State Machine (beta)
Networks created with the visual interface called "flowdesigner" can also be run as scripts (with no graphical interface), enabling robots with lower resources to fully take advantage of FlowDesigner / RobotFlow. FlowDesigner provides an easy way to create your own data types/structures and blocks as toolkits.
Please contact Dominic Létourneau for more information.