Urbi is a robotics software platform. It includes a C++/Java middleware API called UObject to interface components such as motors, cameras, and algorithms, and an innovative scripting language, urbiscript, with built-in support for parallel and event-based programming, used to write high-level behaviors and orchestrate the interactions between components. UObject components are built as shared libraries exposed as native objects within urbiscript, and either hot-plugged in a running Urbi engine, or started as a remote autonomous process communicating with the engine via the network. At any time, new urbiscript code can be sent to a running Urbi engine via a simple telnet, to introspect the state of components, modify existing code, or add new behaviors. Urbi is cross-platform and supports several robots (Gostai Jazz, Lego Mindstorms, Aldebaran Nao, Segway RMP, Spykee, Bioloid, etc.) and a simulator (Webots).
YML is a research project that aims to provide tools for using global computing middleware such as GRID, peer to peer, and metacomputing environments. The YML software architecture enables the definition of parallel applications, independently of the underlying middleware used. Parallel applications are defined using a workflow language called YvetteML.