Start date: 15.11.2007
End date: 31.03.2012
Funded by: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Infrastruktur, Verkehr und Technologie (StMWIVT)
Local head of project: Alwin Hoffmann
Local scientists: Prof. Dr. W. Reif
Dr. Gerhard Schellhorn
Alwin Hoffmann
Andreas Angerer
Andreas Schierl
Michael Vistein
External scientists / cooperations: KUKA Roboter GmbH
MRK-Systeme GmbH
Publications: Publication list


Software engineering has advanced essentially. The two major concepts are the change from imperative to object-oriented programming languages and the introduction of service-oriented architectures. During this process powerful instruments have been created to industrialize software construction. As a consequence, complex applications can be realized with a fractional amount of manpower.

The main intention of the project SoftRobot is to transfer these two concepts to industrial robotics. Therefore, a new software architecture for controlling industrial robots will be developed. The combination of modern software paradigms and the consideration of hard real-time is an innovative approach. The resulting reference architecture can change the development in industrial robotics tremendously.

Moreover, an intuitive and graphical development environment for engineering robotics software will be created. Traditionally, programming an industrial robot requires profound knowledge and needs to be performed by an expert. Nowadays graphical development tools enable non-experts to create complex software products. However, the approaches in robotics are only rudimental and will be extended to a graphical programming language during the project.

The project is performed in cooperation with KUKA Roboter and MRK Systeme and funded by Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Infrastruktur, Verkehr und Technologie (StMWIVT).