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System-Level Testing and Evaluation Plan for Field Robots: A Tutorial with Test Course Layouts

Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Transportation Building 117, 104 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
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Robotics 2019, 8(4), 83; https://doi.org/10.3390/robotics8040083
Received: 22 August 2019 / Revised: 19 September 2019 / Accepted: 19 September 2019 / Published: 22 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Agricultural and Field Robotics)
Field robotics is a very important sub-field of robotic systems, focusing on systems which need to navigate in open, unpredictable terrain and perform non-repetitive missions while monitoring and reacting to their surroundings. General testing and validation standards for larger robotic systems, including field robots, have not been developed yet due to a variety of factors including disagreement over terminology and functional/performance requirements. This tutorial presents a generalized, step-by-step system-level test plan for field robots under manual, semi-autonomous/tele-operated, and autonomous control schemes; this includes a discussion of the requirements and testing parameters, and a set of suggested safety, communications, and behavior evaluation test courses. The testing plan presented here is relevant to both commercial and academic research into field robotics, providing a standardized general testing procedure. View Full-Text
Keywords: field robotics; testing and evaluation; testing plan; robotic systems design field robotics; testing and evaluation; testing plan; robotic systems design
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Norris, W.R.; Patterson, A.E. System-Level Testing and Evaluation Plan for Field Robots: A Tutorial with Test Course Layouts. Robotics 2019, 8, 83.

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