The 1st Conference on Software and Systems Engineering for Robotics was hosted by RobMoSys on 12 & 13 of January 2021.
114 registered participants attended the RobMoSys Closing Event across two days. In light of the current COVID-19 safety measures the Closing Event had to take place in a completely virtual format via video presentations. Highly recognized representatives from industry and academia were invited to share their experience with intelligent software systems in real use cases, seven RobMoSys ITPs showcased the results of their developments during the runtime of the RobMoSys funding. All presentations shown at the event can be downloaded here.
Two panel discussions about The Future of Robotics, Challenges of the Industry and Sustainability of Modularity and Composable Software Development led to intense discussions among the panellists and provided insightful information for all participants.
The participants agreed that a modular approach, such as RobMoSys has, is very helpful to adapt to the rapid market development. Since software is becoming always more crucial for the performance, the robots need an abstraction layer that allows them to adapt to different programs. Andreas Bihlmaier (ABB Robotics) was convinced that robotics would not make progress if it does not develop into a horizontal industry along the lines of the personal computer. The conference not only showed the research progress of the RobMoSys project but also the lack of attention by the industry to model driven development in Robotics. During the coffee breaks, participants made use of the networking area for personal exchange and visited the RobMoSys “exhibition”, which consisted of a Poster area – showing the RobMoSys Pilots and visiting the RobMoSys Academy.