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Sunday, July 25, 2010

European Robotics Brain Pool

The Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for Robotics in Europe "Robotic Vision to 2020 and beyond", funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme and published in July 2009 by the industry-driven Coordination Action for Robotics in Europe (CARE) is the result of an intensive networking effort supported by leading industrial and academic robotics experts all over Europe.
The SRA document includes product visions, application scenarios, application requirements and technology outlooks based on the brain power of the participating European robotics experts.

This brain pool includes 106 experts from academia and 87 from industry, many well established in the international robotics community. The brain pool is dominated by experts from Germany (DE) with 37 experts, Spain (ES) with 33 experts and Italy (IT) with 32 experts. Not surprisingly of 193 experts only 13 are women.

The network graph below shows the contributing experts by country. Please click on the image to enlarge. 


Friday, July 23, 2010

Urbi Robotic Software Platform Goes Open Source

Open Source Robotics (OSR) is an emerging technology trend to broaden the development basis for next generation robotics. Leading robot engineers believe in the development of a standardised robot based on an open-source operating system in order to kick-start the mass production of next generation service robots. Advantages with OSR are lower development costs, interchangeability and platform independability.
French robotics developer Gostai has announced that its core Urbi Operating System for robotics is now going open source. Urbi is an advanced robotics operating system, already available for a large number of robots like Aldebaran® Nao, Segway® RMP or Lego® Mindstorm, among 15 other different robots. One of its main innovations lies in a new orchestration script language called urbiscript, which natively integrates parallelism and event-based programming. Next to Urbi, Gostai also offers the Gostai Studio graphical programming tools, and compatibility with various simulators, making the Urbi framework one of the most advanced and complete solution for robot and complex system programming available today. Urbi is also very simple to use, even for beginners. It is perfectly suitable for advanced industrial or academics applications, as well as for the educational market.

The source code is covered by an Affero GNU GPL v3 license and is available for immediate download and use from Gostai’s website. This initiative will allow developers worldwide to participate in the growth of the industry's most innovative robotic software solution.

Other Open Source Robotics initiatives are i.e. the European OROCOS (Open RObot COntrol Software) project, OpenJAUS, ROS (Robot Operating System) open-source software running on the Willow Garage robots.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Robotland among the "51 Coolest Robotics Blogs"

Robotland has been listed among the "51 Coolest Robotics Blogs" by OnlineDoctorateDegree.org, a nonprofit website devoted to providing students who are considering entering into an online doctoral degree program with unbiased information which they can use to assess the pros and cons of such decisions.

A comprehensive global overview of doctoral degree research programs in Robotics can be find at Global Robotics Brain 2010. For more information see here.