Developing complex robotic systems could be as simple as building with LEGO when using the RobMoSys approach” – that is what the German trade magazine Produktion proclaimed in a three page article.
Find here a short excerpt from the LEGO – RobMoSys – Story in english:
Professor Christian Schlegel from Hochschule Ulm, member of the core consortium of the RobMoSys project, explains how software components can facilitate the development of complex robotic systems. With the help of the building blocks and model-driven software development, robots can easily be reprogrammed and used flexibly for new or just the necessary tasks.
The RobMoSys (Composable Models and Software for Robotics) research project was launched earlier this year to facilitate the development of complex robotic systems. The project aims to establish the best possible support for an open, sustainable and agile European software ecosystem for the various fields of robotics by involving the community. Professor Christian Schlegel from Hochschule Ulm, and member of the Core Consortium of RobMoSys explains, how this should be implemented and how robot manufacturers, system integrators and robotic users can benefit from the project.
So far the development of complex robotic systems has only worked at the source code level. As a result, all parties involved in the integration of different software components must always re-introduce the source code into a complex robotic system for a complete solution. Unfortunately, closed solutions are used far too often, which makes it difficult to adapt: either there is a standard robot, which is reasonably priced due to the high number of pieces, or the machine is a special development. And this is then, according to Schlegel’s experience, is quite expensive and elaborate. The RobMoSys project wants to make it easy to reuse software components for robotics and to make it possible to predict what properties the systems made from software components will have. It is also important that the entire system covers all the features you actually need. And that must be understood and guaranteed from the very beginning” says Christian Schlegel.
Apart from Henning Borkeloh, Vice President of Advanced Technology Solutions at Kuka Systems and Dr. Wolfgang Hackenberg, Head of Smart Production Labs and Shop floor IT at Volkswagen, another member of the RobMoSys Core Consortium is quoted: Francesco Ferro, CEO of PAL Robotics “The research project Robmosys will strengthen the model-driven software development. This allows interfaces to be established to form interchangeable software components using clearly defined tools. For system integrators such as Pal Robotics, the research project will hopefully provide safe and high-quality components which can be used directly for complex robotic systems. We are participating in the research project in order to better understand how robust and manageable applications can be developed more easily thanks to new approaches.”
Read more on www.produktion.de/trends-innovationen/robmosys-109.html (in German)