Date of Award

5-3-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Computer Science

First Advisor

Xiaolin Hu - Chair

Second Advisor

Michael Weeks

Third Advisor

Yanqing Zhang

Abstract

Modeling and simulation provides a powerful technology for engineers and managers to understand, design, and evaluate a system under development. Traditionally, simulation is only used in early stages of a system design. However, with the advances of hardware and software technology, it is now possible to extend simulation to late stages for supporting a full life cycle simulation-based development. Robot-in-the-loop simulation, where real robots work together with virtual ones, has been developed to support such a development process to bridge the gap between simulation and reality.

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