A Survey of Research on Cloud Robotics and Automation


The Cloud infrastructure and its extensive set of Internet-accessible resources has potential to provide significant benefits to robots and automation systems. We consider robots and automation systems that rely on data or code from a network to support their operation, i.e., where not all sensing, computation, and memory is integrated into a standalone system. This survey is organized around four potential benefits of the Cloud: 1) Big Data: access to libraries of images, maps, trajectories, and descriptive data; 2) Cloud Computing: access to parallel grid computing on demand for statistical analysis, learning, and motion planning; 3) Collective Robot Learning: robots sharing trajectories, control policies, and outcomes; and 4) Human Computation: use of crowdsourcing to tap human skills for analyzing images and video, classification, learning, and error recovery. The Cloud can also improve robots and automation systems by providing access to: a) datasets, publications, models, benchmarks, and simulation tools; b) open competitions for designs and systems; and c) open-source software. This survey includes over 150 references on results and open challenges. A website with new developments and updates is available at: http://goldberg.berkeley.edu/cloud-robotics/.

DOI: 10.1109/TASE.2014.2376492

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@article{Kehoe2015ASO, title={A Survey of Research on Cloud Robotics and Automation}, author={Ben Kehoe and Sachin Patil and Pieter Abbeel and Kenneth Y. Goldberg}, journal={IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering}, year={2015}, volume={12}, pages={398-409} }