Robot capabilities and models or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Robotics
This event took place on Friday 14 July 2017 at 11:30
Complex robotic systems integrating advanced hardware components and sophisticated algorithms are nowadays gaining in popularity, thanks to the widespread use of robotic middlewares such as the Robot Operating System (ROS), whose aim is to relieve developers from the management of low-level components (i.e., communication, synchronization, drivers). As a direct consequence, the world of robotics is being approached by domain-experts with other backgrounds, which are often less interested in the robot as a system, while focusing more on specific robot capabilities. While they could all greatly contribute to the robotic community, a considerable amount of effort is still spent in learning how to efficiently use ROS to develop a fully-fledged robotic system.
In this talk, we will present multiple solutions that can be used to simplify and streamline robot software development. The problem will be approached on two different levels: high-level applications, such as commanding a robot to patrol an area, and fine-grained implementation, e.g. embedding existing algorithms in specific ROS components. I will show the continuity between these two different approaches, not only outlining how they could benefit from each other, but also how they could make robotics more accessible for experts from different fields.
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