Two projects funded by the European Horizon 2020 research and innovation program were started in January to explore opportunities that will lead to a common effort for an EU digital industrial platform for robotics. According to a joint press release from RobMoSys and ROSIN, market pull for better factory automation, and the ever-increasing relevance of software in every domain is making industry rethink how it develops software for robotics. Techniques such as model driven engineering (MDE) and practices such as collaborative development through open-source software (OSS) are cited as integral to the future.
RobMoSys is coordinated by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. The project envisions a composition-oriented approach to system-of-system integration which is independent of the current code-centric robotic platforms.
ROSIN, led by the Delft University of Technology, aims to leverage the open-source Robot Operating System (ROS) and make it better, more accessible, and more relevant to industrial applications.
Both projects will make available through significant parts of their budgets for third-party technical development through open calls.
According to RobMosys, model-driven engineering is a key driver to manage system complexity in many engineering domains. RobMoSys brings a model-driven support, targeting the autonomous nature of robotics systems and their validation. RobMoSys adopts a composition-oriented approach that manages, maintains and assures system-level properties, while preserving modularity and independence of existing robotics frameworks and code bases. RobMosys will conduct two rounds of open calls.
RobMoSys is coordinated by the Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives in France. Further partners include Comau, Eclipse Foundation Europe, EUnited AISBL, Hochschule Ulm, KU Leuven, Pal Robotics, Siemens and Technical University of Munich.
Open-Source Software for robots is already prevalent in academia and the worldwide ROS-Industrial initiative has been using ROS, the robot operating system, to this end. The H2020 project ROSIN will attempt to push the role of the EU within ROS-Industrial to a leading position.
This will be accomplished by ensuring industrial-grade software quality, promoting new business-relevant applications and supporting educational activities for students and industry professionals. Half of the ROSIN budget will be made available to collaborating European users and developers for so-called Focused Technical Projects (FTPs).
The ROSIN project is coordinated by TU Delft, and further partners include Fraunhofer IPA, IT University of Copenhagen, FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation and ABB AB.