Finally, the SwRI team presented and demonstrated the A5 platform, which is a mobile manipulation platform designed to perform numerous processes on large aircraft in an unstructured setting. The process demonstrated was sanding of a test panel overhead. Overviews of the localization and planning on the visualization were included.
Talks for the afternoon centered around OEM and Integration service providers, and included:
- ADLINK Neuron: An industrial oriented ROS2-based platform - Hao-Chih Lin - ADLINK
- Unique ROS Combination with Safety and PLC - Thomas Linde - KEBA
- Leveraging ROS-Industrial to Deliver Customer Value - Joe Zoghzoghy - Bastian Solutions
This set of talks brought home innovations by the OEM and service provider communities. Bastian Solutions’ story of concept via working with the ROS-Industrial team, through pilot and into production, demonstrated a real value proposition for mobile solution, and broader ROS-enabled, development for the integrator community.
The morning of the 8th featured:
- RIC-Americas Highlights and Upcoming Events - Matt Robinson & Levi Armstrong - SwRI
- RIC-Europe Highlights & ROSiN Update - Mirko Bordignon - Fraunhofer IPA
- ROS-Industrial Lessons from Bootstrapping in Asia Pacific - Min Ling Chan - ARTC
- ROS2 is Here - Dirk Thomas - Open Robotics
- ARM Institute Introduction & Update - Bob Grabowski - ARM Institute
- Windows IoT & Robotics - Lou Amadio - Microsoft
Matt Robinson covered strategic initiatives for the Consortium followed by Levi Armstrong covering RICA technical developments, including TrajOpt and Intelligent Part Reconstruction, Noether, PCL Afront Mesher, and Qt Creator updates and upcoming release.
Mirko Bordignon highlighted for the Americas audience what is happening around the ROSIN initiative, driving awareness, and furthering the global nature of ROS-I. Min Ling Chan shared progress within the Asia-Pacific region and the progress and status of the Pack ML Focused Technical Project, which has a Phase 2 launch coming soon.
Dirk Thomas of Open Robotics presented the latest on ROS2, and for the first time we were happy to welcome Bob Grabowski of the ARM Institute. The ARM Institute is the newest DoD Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and this is the first Annual Meeting since the Institute’s launch. Synergies between the ARM Institute and ROS-I will be important to monitor moving forward.
The morning session concluded when the Windows IoT and Azure teams were represented respectively by Lou Amadio and Ryan Pedersen, presenting their current strategy for ROS support and their plans moving forward, particularly for ROS2.
The featured keynote was presented by Dr. Phil Freeman of Boeing, “Why Boeing is Using ROS-Industrial.” Phil offered great insights to the value of ROS-Industrial for Boeing, and what it has enabled for their operations in the context of the challenges Boeing faces. The talk featured example applications and conveyed the message that within the robotics space we truly are at a tipping point with regards to capability and accessibility.