Industrial Quality-Assured Robot Software Components "ROSIN" - Focused Technical Project - Sequence Planner
Research Project , 2020 – 2021

ROSIN will create a step change in the availability of high-quality intelligent robot software components for the European industry. This is achieved by building on the existing open-source “Robot Operating System” (ROS) framework and leveraging its worldwide community. ROS and its subsidiary ROS-Industrial (European side led by TU Delft and Fraunhofer) is well-known, but its European industrial potential is underestimated. The two main critiques are (1) is the quality on par with industry, and (2) is there enough European industrial interest to justify investing in it? Partially, the answer is “yes and yes”; ample industrial installations are already operational. Partially however, the two questions hold each other in deadlock, because further quality improvement requires industrial investment and vice versa. ROSIN will resolve the deadlock and put Europe in a leading position. For software quality, ROSIN introduces a breakthrough innovation in automated code quality testing led by IT University Copenhagen, complemented with a full palette of quality assurance measures including novel model-in-the-loop continuous integration testing with ABB robots. Simultaneously, more ROS-Industrial tools and components will be created by making 50% of the ROSIN budget available to collaborating European industrial users and developers for so-called Focused Technical Projects. ROSIN maximizes budget efficacy by alleviating yet another deadlock; experience shows that industry will fund ROS-Industrial developments, but only after successful delivery. ROSIN provides pre-financing for developers which will be recovered into a future revolving fund to perpetuate the mechanism. Together with broad education activities (open for any EU party) led by Fachhochshule Aachen and community-building activities led by Fraunhofer, ROSIN will let ROS-Industrial reach critical mass with further self-propelled growth resulting in a widely adopted, high-quality, open-source industrial standard.

Participants

Martin Fabian (contact)

Full Professor at Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Systems and control, Automation

Collaborations

Aachen University of Applied Sciences

Aachen, Germany

ABB Sweden

Västerås, Sweden

Delft University of Technology

Delft, Netherlands

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur

Munchen, Germany

IT University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

Tecnalia

Derio, Spain

Funding

European Commission (EC)

Project ID: ROSINFTP Grant agreement ID: 732287
Funding Chalmers participation during 2020–2021

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2020-12-18