A central focus in ROSIN is to widen the knowledge and abilities for the basic and advanced usage of ROS. Already in its early years at the start-up Willow Garage, easy access to ROS was the key to the rapid increase its popularity. It was quickly adapted by many research labs also due to the availability of many online tutorials and an extensive internship programme.
The industrial adoption of ROS-Industrial is also strongly related to available training. Either a company hires a “general” robotics graduate who – driven by school experience with ROS – then initiates ROS-Industrial activities with his/her new employer, or a company decides to investigate ROS and first seeks an intern student to later hire him/her as an employee. If many robotics students get trained in ROS, industry will tend to adopt the technology, an effect well known by technology firms who install their products in schools for free. The project partners believe that it is a noble cause to employ such sales techniques for an open-source project intended to be free for all to build upon. It is also good for the European economy to have such a platform to serve as an accelerator for factory automation.
Education activitiesOne of the main goals of ROSIN is to better educate more students as well as more professional developers and members of the broader ROS and ROS-Industrial community. Also, the information flow between academia and industry shall be intensified. Therefore, four different activities will be implemented:
It addresses university students and young professionals to get an entry to the ROS-Industrial eco-system. In regularly held training sessions, participants could enroll teaching activities administered by Fachhochschule Aachen and held at several facilities within Europe.
It consists of a ROS-I certified engineer programme to assess certain skills within the ROS-Industrial software engineering eco-system (similar to MSE or CISCO certified engineers). The certified skills comprise basic knowledge in ROS-Industrial, skills in code review and specialised ROS-Industrial topics.
Massive Open Online Courses broaden the audience and provide education material.
We want to provide a common internet platform to bring together interested stakeholders of ROS-I. This will offer brokerage between industrial partners posting their needs for staff or development actions and developers and students offering their expertise. Successful matches will result in internships at industrial or academic ROS-Industrial development sites.