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ROS - The Robot Operating System

Historically one of the major problems in robotics research is that of fragmentation. Every laboratory had their own custom-built robot, running custom built code that they would test their algorithms on. This made it very difficult to share code, as everything had to be re-written from scratch or required significant modification to transfer between platforms. ROS provides a common framework for robotics researchers to share their methods, making it much easier to develop and evaluate new algorithms. This presentation provides a short history of ROS, explanations of its capabilities, how it works, and a demonstration.

About the Speaker

Ryan Meuth is a Professor of Robotics and Embedded Systems at UAT. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2009. He enjoys teaching Digital Logic, Microcontrollers, Autonomous Systems and Mechatronics courses at UAT, and mentoring student projects. His research interests include biologically inspired algorithm development, with applications in robotics and intelligent machines.