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Tue 10 Nov 2020 17:41 - 17:42 at Virtual room 2 - Empirical Perspectives

Robots that support humans by performing useful tasks (a.k.a., service robots) are booming worldwide. In contrast to industrial robots, the development of service robots comes with severe software engineering challenges, since they require high levels of robustness and autonomy to operate in highly heterogeneous environments. As a domain with critical safety implications, service robotics faces a need for sound software development practices. In this paper, we present the first large-scale empirical study to assess the state of the art and practice of robotics software engineering. We conducted 18 semi-structured interviews with industrial practitioners working in 15 companies from 9 different countries and a survey with 156 respondents from 26 countries from the robotics domain. Our results provide a comprehensive picture of (i) the practices applied by robotics industrial and academic practitioners, including processes, paradigms, languages, tools, frameworks, and reuse practices, (ii) the distinguishing characteristics of robotics software engineering, and (iii) recurrent challenges usually faced, together with adopted solutions. The paper concludes by discussing observations, derived hypotheses, and proposed actions for researchers and practitioners.

Tue 10 Nov
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17:30 - 17:32
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Research Papers
Linda ErlenhovChalmers University of Technology, Sweden / University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Francisco Gomes de Oliveira NetoChalmers University of Technology, Sweden / University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Philipp LeitnerChalmers University of Technology, Sweden / University of Gothenburg, Sweden
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17:33 - 17:34
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Yvonne DittrichIT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Christian Bo MichelsenIT University of Copenhagen, Paolo TellIT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Pernille Lous, Allan Ebdrupn.n., n.n.
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17:35 - 17:36
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Industry Papers
Gvozden MarinkovicPlusPlus NT, Belgrade, Serbia, Nikola LukicUniversity of Southern California, Nenad MedvidovićUniversity of Southern California, USA
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17:37 - 17:38
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Hennie HuijgensDelft University of Technology, Netherlands, Ayushi RastogiDelft University of Technology, Netherlands, Ernst MuldersDelft University of Technology, Netherlands, Georgios GousiosFacebook, USA, Arie van DeursenDelft University of Technology, Netherlands
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17:39 - 17:40
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Visions and Reflections
Vard AntinyanVolvo Car Group
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17:41 - 17:42
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Sergio GarciaChalmers University of Technology, Sweden / University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Daniel StrüberRadboud University Nijmegen, Davide BrugaliUniversity of Bergamo, Italy, Thorsten BergerChalmers University of Technology, Sweden / University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Patrizio PelliccioneUniversity of L'Aquila and Chalmers | University of Gothenburg
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17:43 - 18:00
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Paper Presentations
Ayushi RastogiDelft University of Technology, Netherlands, Linda ErlenhovChalmers University of Technology, Sweden / University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Nenad MedvidovićUniversity of Southern California, USA, Sergio GarciaChalmers University of Technology, Sweden / University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Yvonne DittrichIT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Vard AntinyanVolvo Car Group, M: Brittany JohnsonGeorge Mason University