Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Abstract In this paper, we present a system called the Active Vision Shell (AV-shell) which provides a programming framework for expressing and implementing autonomous robotic tasks using perception and action where perception is provided by active vision. The AV-shell is a system with a powerful interactive C-shell style interface providing many important capabilities including: (1) architectural support; (2) an abstract interface enabling interaction with a wide variety of devices; (3) a rich set of visual routines; and (4) a process composition framework. The utility of the AV-shell is demonstrated in several examples showing the relevance of the AV-shell to meaningful applications in autonomous robotics.
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