Conference Papers

An Approach to Close the Gap between Simulation and Real Robots

AuthorYuan Xu, Heinrich Mellmann, Hans-Dieter Burkhard
Source2nd International Conference on Simulation, Modeling and Programming for Autonomous Robots (SIMPAR) 

Numerous simulators have been developed over the years to assist robotics research in the development, testing, and evaluation. Nevertheless, there is still a big gap between the simulation and the reality. This makes it difficult to transfer methods and code. The 3D simulator — SimSpark is developed and used by a big community of AI researchers in RoboCup. But up to now there are only few applications to real robots. In this paper, we discuss the general possibilities how the SimSpark simulator can be used to support research in cognitive robotics and present applications on the humanoid robot Nao. As a result of our investigation we have developed a unified team playing both in Simulation League and Standard Platform League in RoboCup.