Track 2: Manufacturing & Logistics
Tomorrow’s robots will be intelligent autonomous machines that clean, move, sort, secure, maintain, and automate our everyday lives. These are currently done by existing commercial machines, such as forklifts, pallet jacks, or floor cleaners, but all of which can be given intelligence and converted into robots. Robotic Operating System (ROS), and its commercial-grade equivalents (e.g., BrainOS), provide all the necessary tools for the machines to perceive their environments, control their motion, grasp and manipulate simple objects, navigate using visual cues and landmarks, see and avoid people and obstacles. This also enables new business models such as providing "autonomy as a service" to the end-users, allowing technology companies to focus on their core expertise – software and AI – and avoid dealing with hardware.