Dear Roboticist,

In the past two months the RobMoSys team organised two successful workshop days in Leuven, an Expert Workshop to shape the second Open Call, and a half-day tutorial at MODELS Conference in Copenhagen. All presentations of the workshops and tutorial are available for download on our website.

What do we mean by model-driven? During these public events it became evident that we all talk about modelling, but with different definitions in mind. This is why we decided to provide a coherent definition of the term in the RobMoSys context. Read here.

Using the YARP Framework and the R1 robot with RobMoSys - Take a look at how to use software building blocks based on the YARP framework via RobMoSys tooling.

The RobMoSys Wiki has been extended to describe examples of composition using the RobMoSys methodology. You can easily keep track of changes in the Wiki in our Changelog as the RobMoSys consortium continuously updates the results.

In this newsletter, we would like to tell you more about the RobMoSys ITP dealing with manipulation: EG-ICP, Extension of Intrinsically Passive Control Model by University of Twente and TNO.

Get involved! Join us on the RobMoSys Discourse platform: what do you think about the RobMoSys SmartMDSD Toolchain 3.6 ?

Wishing you great weekend,

Anna Principato
on behalf of the RobMoSys consortium


Meeting RobMoSys -

RobMoSys workshops and the MODELS Conference

The RobMoSys community had many chances to meet up with the Core Consortium in the past weeks: an Open Community Workshop and a ITP workshop in the historic university town of Leuven in Belgium. Around 40 roboticists, representatives of the robotics and software engineering community + beneficiaries of the first set of Integrated Technical Projects (ITPs) discussed the challenges of an EU Digital Industrial Platform for Robotics. We received very valuable input for the ongoing work within the project.  All presentations of the workshop can be found here.

MODELS - THE forum to exchange research results and innovative practical experiences around modeling and model-driven software and systems. Of course this event did not take place without RobMoSys participation. Apart from a keynote by Herman Bruyninckx at the 5th International Workshop on Model-driven Robot Software Engineering (MORSE),  the RobMoSys consortium, represented by Herman Bruyninckx from KULeuven, Christian Schlegel from HSUlm and Huáscar Espinoza from CEA Paris, gave a half-day Tutorial RobMoSys: Better Models, Tools and Software for Robotic Systems.

Join our discussion for the MODELS workshop on Discourse.

You can find all presentations in our download area


Preparing the second Open Call

Another workshop in October was dedicated to the upcoming Open Call in February. RobMoSys key representatives and selected external Experts met for the second Expert Workshop to collect input and requirements to shape the second Open Call. Shortly after, the RobMoSys core consortium gathered for a General Assembly in Frankfurt. Both events were focused in perparing the second open call that will launch in February. It will focus on pilot cases, that is, application-centric systems. Stay tuned on:


YARP Framework and R1 robot à la RobMoSys

We have published the YARP <> RobMoSys example from the CARVE project - here.

This demonstration shows an example and proof-of-concept how to use software building blocks based on the YARP Framework via RobMoSys tooling (here with the SmartMDSD Toolchain).

Watch the video on our YouTube channel:

Any questions? Discuss with us in our discourse forum.


Learn about our ITP dealing with manipulation:  EG-IPC 

Extension of Intrinsically Passive Control model and integration in the RobMoSys ecosystem 

Objectives Description:

• To extend IPC to deal with the loss of stability due to delays in computation and networks when implementing the controller (EG-IPC).

• Implementation of metamodels for EG-IPC (compliant with the existing Communication Pattern metamodel in RobMoSys).

• Demonstration of benefits of the approach in a telerobotics experiment with communication QoS as variable.

Expected Impact:

• The project will include EG-IPC into the RobMoSys ecosystem.

• Since EG-IPC (when applicable) leads to intrinsically safe and stable operating system, the expected impact is high.

Read how EG-ICP is planning to intergrate this into the RobMoSys ecosystem - on the RobMoSys website.

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Updates in the RobMoSys Wiki

• Start using the SmartMDSD Toolchain v3.6. Besides many improvements for usability and stability, it now includes full system modeling with deployment functionality. It is fully conform to RobMoSys composition structures including the terminology. Follow on discourse forum

• The aim of RobMoSys is to cover the modeling levels with functional tooling. This includes adequate code-grounding (where applicable) to actually use the models in real-systems (e.g. code-generation towards frameworks, executable components, analysis tools, etc.). For a better understanding, read in our Wiki what we mean by Model-driven?

• Our wiki is constantly being extended to describe examples of composition using the RobMoSys methodology:
1. management of cause-effect chains in component composition (one example of dealing with non-functional properties
2. Coordinating Activities and Life Cycle of Software Components
3. Flexible Navigation Stack

Don't forget: the changelog lists recent changes to keep track as the RobMoSys consortium continuously publishes its results.

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