Robbit is a open-source cross-platform software which provide 3D simulation environment for multiple robot system. Robbit has been developed thinking in researchers, students, roboticists and hobbyists who want to design, test and simulate mobile robots and research topics like autonomous navigation techniques, obstacle avoidance, artificial intelligence etc.
Robbit enables the users to write their own controllers, modify the environment and, in future release, use sensors in order to test control algorithm and visualize their effects on different types of robots. It is desgined to be simple, modular and extensible for educational purpose.
Robbit has been developed at Industrial Automation Lab, Univ. of Cassino, Italy in collaboration with students from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. See list of all people.
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Following video shows a slighly older version (v3.0 Beta) of Robbit in action.
Robbit was featured in MATHMOD 2009 - 6th Vienna International Conference on Mathematical Modelling - took place February 11 - 13, 2009. Please cite following conference proceeding if you use Robbit or its derivatives in your work:
Antonelli Gianluca, Arrichiello Filippo, Bhushan Chitresh, Chiaverini Stefano, and Purkayasth Sayandeep, ROBBIT: an Open Source Simulator for Education in Robotics, Proceedings MATHMOD 09 Vienna, I. Troch, F. Breitenecker (ed.); ARGESIM Reports, 35 (2009), ISBN: 978-3-901608-35-3, February 2009, PDF
Abstract: An open source software, named ROBBIT, aimed at the simulation of multiple mobile robots has been developed at the Universita degli Studi di Cassino, Italy together with students coming from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. The main project's objective was to develop a software platform with educational purposes in robotics, computer sciences, non-linear control, behavioral and cognitive sciences. Several potential applications have been identified in order to use this software as a teaching tool for graduate, master thesis and PhD students. ROBBIT is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
The simulator can take the pre-saved datafile (ASCII format) to implement offline simulation as well as the code itself to implement online simulation. For both the offline and online situations, simulator provide following features :
Robbit is open source and is distributed under the GNU General Public License, published by the Free Software Foundation (version 3 of the License, or any later version). You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
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