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Robot Development Using Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio

1st Edition

By Shih-Chung Kang, Wei-Tze Chang, Kai-Yuan Gu, Hung-Lin Chi

Chapman and Hall/CRC

287 pages | 579 B/W Illus.

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The Microsoft® Robotics Developer Studio (MSRDS) and LEGO® robots together offer a flexible platform for creating robotic systems. Designed for novices with basic programming skills, Robot Development Using Microsoft® Robotics Developer Studio provides clear instructions on developing and operating robots. It includes an extensive array of examples, with corresponding step-by-step tutorials and explanations.

The first several chapters of the book introduce the development environment of MSRDS, including concurrency and coordination runtime (CCR), decentralized software services (DSS), visual simulation environment (VSE), and the Microsoft Visual Programming Language (MVPL). The text then covers the inputs and outputs to the robot and control logic and describes how MSRDS can be used to control a LEGO robot’s hearing and vision. It also presents a real-life example involving a sumo robot contest. The final chapter provides information on related academic courses, websites, and books.

The top-down approach used in this text helps readers think of a robot as a system rather than an assemblage of parts. Readers gain an understanding of methods for integration, design trade-offs, and teamwork—all essential skills for building robots. The MSRDS codes for all examples are available at


Readers will appreciate the authors’ step-by-step approach to programming and constructing a basic robot that can interact with the world. This combination of a top-down approach and a step-by-step guide instructs the reader to take a holistic, system-based perspective rather than a traditional functional-component-based one when exploring the construction of an autonomous robot.

—Eric W. Yocam, Computing Reviews, March 2012

Table of Contents

Challenges and Solutions in Robotics

Research Challenges: Moving from Industrial-Type to Service-Type Robots

Challenges in the Software Platform for Service Robots

Educational Challenges in the Development of Service Robots

Top-Down Learning Strategy

Using LEGO Mindstorms Education NXT Base Set Robots and MSRDS

Book Structure

Microsoft Robotics Development Platform

Origins of Development

Concurrency and Coordination Runtime (CCR)

Decentralized Software Services (DSS)

Visual Simulation Environment (VSE)

Microsoft Visual Programming Language (MVPL)

System Requirements


MSRDS Program List

Microsoft Visual Programming Language


MVPL Programming Environment

Basic Activities and Services Component

Basic Process Control in a Program

Concurrent Program Control

Creating a Custom Service Component


Visual Simulation Environment


Robot Simulation

Using MVPL to Control the Simulated LEGO Robot

Scene Setup

Creating a Simulated Custom Robot in VSE


Robot I/O Unit


Bluetooth Module

Sensor and Motor


Robot Motion Behavior



Autonomous Motion Robot Programming


Controlling the Robot through Sounds


Sound Sensor

Voice Control


Robot Vision


Robot Visual Recognition Example


A Real Application—Sumo Robot Contest


Contest Design

Robot Design

Contest Results

Related Learning Resources


Related Course Websites

Other Website Resources

Related Books


About the Authors

Shih-Chung (Jessy) Kang is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at National Taiwan University (NTU). Dr. Kang began using MSRDS on a research project in 2006 before its official launch by Microsoft and now often teaches about robotics using it. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Wei-Tze (Aries) Chang is a postdoctoral researcher at NTU. Dr. Chang is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Tamkang University. He earned his Ph.D. from NTU.

Kai-Yuan Gu is a digital design engineer for the Mighty Power Solutions Corp., where he designs automated products for energy-saving devices and lighting. He earned a master’s degree from NTU.

Hung-Lin Chi is a doctoral student in the Department of Civil Engineering at NTU. He is currently researching the integration of robot-sensing techniques into remote-controlled systems for cranes.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Programming / Games
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / Systems Analysis & Design
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General