[ros-users] Enterprise Version of ROS

Weißhardt, Florian Florian.Weisshardt at ipa.fraunhofer.de
Tue Apr 24 15:45:39 UTC 2012

Dear ROS Enterprise/ROS Industrial enthusiasts,


It is great to hear that some people and institutions are forming a group now to bring ROS into a challenging field of application: the industrial field. This is well inline with the Fraunhofer mission of applied research and techtransfer "bridging the gap between research and industry". We, the Service Robotic group at Fraunhofer IPA, are very much interested in joining this process. 


For those who don't know us so far: Fraunhofer Association is a German Non-Profit Research organization and our institute Fraunhofer IPA has been, among others, focusing on Service Robotics in the domestic and industrial field for over 50 years. We have been using ROS for over 3 years now and we are developing open source software in more 20 ROS Stacks as well as supporting the Care-O-bot platform. Besides that we have projects together with industrial companies focusing on Service Robotic applications. We already started some time ago with transferring (at least some parts of) ROS to these industrial projects and of course are curious about seeing more of ROS in this field. One example is a successful cooperation with Schunk where we offer our support for industrial partners using ROS in conjunction with Schunk products like Powercubes, Powerballs, light-weight arm LWA3 and industrial grippers.


Unfortunately we cannot participate in some personal meeting around ICRA/ROSCON but still we would like to state our interest in actively participating in an ROS Industrial group forming an Enterprise version of ROS.


We would be happy to discuss further details and our possible contributions with you.


Best regards,

Florian Weisshardt


Dipl.-Ing. Florian Weißhardt

Fraunhofer IPA, Abt. 320/Roboter- und Assistenzsysteme
Nobelstrasse 12, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany)
Phone +49(0)711-970-1046,
Fax +49(0)711-970-1008
http://www.ipa.fraunhofer.de/ <http://www.ipa.fraunhofer.de/> 




Von: ros-users-bounces at code.ros.org [mailto:ros-users-bounces at code.ros.org] Im Auftrag von Kartik Babu
Gesendet: Freitag, 20. April 2012 01:19
An: User discussions
Betreff: Re: [ros-users] Enterprise Version of ROS


So, given that there isn't an Enterprise ROS group (yet), can I ask for a show of hands for those that are interested in starting the discussion while at ROSCON? I'm keen on looking into where/how we can get started on some of the tasks discussed in this thread.



On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM, Ken Conley <kwc at willowgarage.com <mailto:kwc at willowgarage.com> > wrote:

On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 8:22 AM, Jack O'Quin <jack.oquin at gmail.com <mailto:jack.oquin at gmail.com> > wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 9:26 AM, Edwards, Shaun M. <sedwards at swri.org <mailto:sedwards at swri.org> > wrote:
>> Is there already a SIG that would consider this topic or do we need to form a new one?  Is there a set time for SIG meetings at ROSCON?
> The only named SIGs I know about were ad-hoc groups created to do
> planning for Fuerte. In my view, it was a good idea that worked pretty
> well.
>  http://www.ros.org/wiki/fuerte/Planning <http://www.ros.org/wiki/fuerte/Planning> 

SIGs will be renewed for Groovy fairly soon.  'Renewing' will ensure
that we only track active SIGs and that there is opportunity to
reorganize as releases evolve.

> In addition, there are informal groups working on specific project
> areas, such as Ackermann steering or embedded ROS.
>  http://www.ros.org/wiki/Ackermann%20Group <http://www.ros.org/wiki/Ackermann%20Group> 
>  http://www.ros.org/news/2010/10/embedded-project-for-ros-eros.html <http://www.ros.org/news/2010/10/embedded-project-for-ros-eros.html> 
> I know of no comprehensive list of such activities.
> I doubt there is any group working on Enterprise ROS already, but
> there is enough interest here to form one.
> The ROScon site mentions space available for Birds-of-a-Feather
> meetings, hacking, and information presentations.


 - Ken

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