ROS is a next-generation open-source, meta-operating system for robots. It provides the communication layer to integrate your functionality in a modular way, and a set of tools for debugging and simulation.
The purpose is to gain knowledge and experience with the ROS framework, and to extend it to support the robots used at DTU.
ROS is a community effort, with many institutions contributing to its development. Much of the underlying platform is being developed by Willow Garage and Stanford University. The available tools and the fact that it has been designed to easily integrate existing functionality and drivers from other robotics platforms, makes it a very good candidate for use in robotics research.
See www.ros.org for more information about ROS.
Several possible tasks are available:
- Extending ROS to support the SMR platform, or other AGVs. (If you like working with linux and hardware drivers)
- Research in autonomous guided vehicles using the ROS platform and simulator. E.g. SLAM algorithms. (If you are interested in applications for you theoretical knowledge)
- Extending the ROS tools (If you are interested in software design and GUI)
- .. other projects using ROS are possible.