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The Internet's next evolution will require the current Internet (which concentrates on information access) to combine with an Internet of Things. Consequently, Web services that operate on information will need to seamlessly interoperate with services, and perhaps robotic capabilities, which interact with physical objects. While the paradigm known as(More)
Today, the Internet has become a resource where human users expect to find answers. If Web information and services are so useful for human users, then why not share these resources with autonomous software and robotic systems? A significant barrier to realizing this goal is the mismatch in the design and operation of robotic systems when compared to(More)
As the Web has evolved, web-based capabilities or web services have become a significant aspect of day-to-day routines for businesses and individuals, alike. Interactions with the Web and its services represent a significant portion of overall global power consumption. With the current national emphasis on sustainable resources and energy-efficiency, it is(More)
This paper presents two different approaches for utilizing virtual environments to enable learning for both human and robotic students. In the first approach, we showcase a 3D interactive environment that allows a human user to learn how to interact with a virtual robot, before interaction with a physical robot. In the second approach, we present a method(More)
In this paper, we discuss an approach for enabling students with a visual impairment (VI) to validate the program sequence of a robotic system operating in the real world. We introduce a method that enables the person with VI to feel their robot's movement as well as the environment in which the robot is traveling. The design includes a human-robot(More)