OpenJAUS Robotics Toolkit Enables Developers to Quickly Implement Standardized Interoperable Systems
The OpenJAUS development group has announced the release of their latest code base, OpenJAUSv3.3.0.
OpenJAUS is an open source development kit for creating interoperable robotic systems. It provides a cross
platform framework that allows multiple organizations to integrate their robotic systems. This common
methodology for command and control makes the systems capable of seamless interoperation. The latest code
release has been in development for over nine months, and it has been in closed beta testing for the past three
months with various groups from industry and academia. OpenJAUS is run by a collective of active members in
the autonomous vehicle community that have a variety of experience as robotic system designers, implementers
and software developers.
OpenJAUSv3.3.0 conforms to the Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS) (www.jauswg.org
reference architecture version 3.3 and SAE AS-4 data transport protocols. The latest release contains a complete
message library that supports: dynamic discovery, mission planning, world modeling, robotic manipulators,
various unmanned vehicle platforms, and more. OpenJAUS also provides a runtime node manager that allows
the system to execute in a distributed computing environment by automatically discovering and routing
messages to multiple nodes. A simple component framework API allows developers to quickly integrate their
software into a new system. These features can be applied to predominant academic and civil robotics activities.
OpenJAUS offers comparable performance to products such as Microsoft Robotics Studio and Evolution
The original OpenJAUS codebase was released publicly in 2006 as a result of efforts by graduate students at the
University of Florida who developed it for the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. It has shown proven reliability
and interoperability with many existing JAUS toolkits at various experiments coordinated by the JAUS
Working Group over the past three years. OpenJAUS is released under a BSD-style license which allows for
full integration with commercial products and imposes the least restriction on companies wishing to expand
their market by including JAUS compatibility within their systems.
The new release is a vast improvement from previous releases of OpenJAUS as many more messages have been
added and the node manager has been redesigned to improve modularity and performance. Code documentation
is provided through online tutorials that show new users how to get started and migrate existing code. Please
to learn more.