To coincide with AIA Vision Week, an online five-day event of speakers and industry product showcase, MVPro has rekindled the quickfire Q&A.
We have sought the opinions of presenters, businesses and sponsors on this new online conference format, how they have adapted to the format and also their views on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Katherine (Kat) Scott, developer advocate at Open Robotics provides the answers.
Kat will be presenting Building Advanced Robotics Applications Quickly: Vision Sensor Integration with Robot Operating System on Friday May 22 at 1.30pm (ET)
What’s your take on the ‘virtual’ conference?
I am generally big on virtual conferences. In terms of information dissemination they work great as they are generally free and the talks are recorded. The networking is the downside but the conferences I have seen that have set up discord/slack servers usually create a lasting community.
What products will you be showcasing and how does this work?
We don’t sell a product in so much as build open source software. I am here to help raise awareness about open source alternatives.
What will you be discussing in your AIA Vision Week presentation?
I am talking about Robot Operating System (ROS) and specifically ROS 2. My goal is to give vision users, vendors, and system integrators a high-level overview of the advantages of using ROS and why ROS 2 makes a great choice for system development. Developing an application with open source software is a bit of a different animal than traditional application development; but there are a lot of advantages. A lot of the things people want to be working on (digital twins, security, deep learning / machine learning / AI, cloud dashboards, etc) have been freely available as open source software for a long time. A lot of very large (like Fortune 500 large) companies are using ROS, but because we lack a centralised marketing effort, the awareness isn’t where it needs to be, and I am trying to change that.
What will be the biggest impact of the COVID-19 crisis?
We’re seeing a lot robotics pivot, or at least begin researching ways to respond to the pandemic. This ranges from people strapping UVC lights to autonomous mobile robots to helping with supply chain robots. For Open Robotics the changes have fairly minimal other than going to fully remote versus partially remote team.