ROS: an open platform for applied research in robotics and automation


This short talk will summarize the importance of ROS in our applied research at Fraunhofer Italia.

The spinning wheel of reinventions in robotic research motivated people a decade ago to invent the Robot Operating System (ROS). This collection of software-libraries, tools and state-of-the-art algorithms facilitates building robotic applications and brings a very strong open-source community with it. It did not take long until Industry and big robotic suppliers started to furnish their applications with ROS-capabilities and open drivers for ROS. Constantly trying to research on applied solutions for tomorrow, ROS has made it into the laboratories of Fraunhofer Italia. Based on two use-case examples, flexibility and robustness of this tool will be demonstrated.