January 16, 2019

PickNik Keynote at ROS Industrial Conference 2018

by Nathan Brooks

From public funding opportunities to the latest technologies in software and system integration, this year’s 2018 ROS-Industrial European Conference in Stuttgart, Germany in December offered a varied and top-class program to more than 150 attendees. For the sixth year in a row, Fraunhofer IPA organized a ROS event in Stuttgart to present the status of ROS in Europe and to discuss existing challenges. Once again, ROS-I highlighted the combination of robotics and IT to hardware and applications.

PickNik’s Dr. Dave Coleman presented a keynote and spoke on the topic of “Open Source Robotics: for Fun and Profit”. He elaborated on how PickNik has grown from a personal hobby in graduate school to a fast growing consulting firm that promotes open source software. He also discussed and shared with attendees many learnings and struggles from growing the MoveIt project.