The Pyro Toolkit for AI and Robotics

  • Douglas Blank
  • Deepak Kumar
  • Lisa Meeden
  • Holly Yanco


This article introduces Pyro, an open-source Python robotics toolkit for exploring topics in AI and robotics. We present key abstractions that allow Pyro controllers to run unchanged on a variety of real and simulated robots. We demonstrate Pyro's use in a set of curricular modules. We then describe how Pyro can provide a smooth transition for the student from symbolic agents to real-world robots, which significantly reduces the cost of learning to use robots. Finally we show how Pyro has been successfully integrated into existing AI and robotics courses.
How to Cite
Blank, D., Kumar, D., Meeden, L., & Yanco, H. (2006). The Pyro Toolkit for AI and Robotics. AI Magazine, 27(1), 39.