On May 11, “Robot Operating System 2: Design, Architecture and Uses in the Wild”, a paper on the open-source Robot Operating System 2.0 (ROS2) authored by Steven Macenski of Samsung Research1 America (SRA), was published in the Science Robotics journal, one of the most prestigious journals in robotics research.
In his recent paper, Macenski introduced ROS2’s architecture and current state-of-the-art technologies along with its various use cases in ground, sea and air. Especially, Macenski covered the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s VIPER2 Lunar project which will be launched by November in 2023, with respect to its ongoing ROS2-based simulation, operation and ground-based perception technology. The paper clearly and thoroughly explains the technologies of ROS2, an open-source software development kit for robotics applications, so many researchers and developers can refer to it in future work.
While collaborating on the development of robotics software technologies in ROS2, Macenski represents Samsung Electronics as an Open Source Maintainer responsible for the review and approval of source code as well as regular releases. He also participates as a board member of the Technical Steering Committee (TSC), ROS2’s top decision-making body. More notably, Macenski has won the annual Best Developer Award for ROS2 for two consecutive years since 2020. The TSC includes more than 20 major companies around the world, including Samsung Electronics, Open Robotics, Toyota, Intel, Wind River, iRobot and Bosch.
For his Science Robotics paper, Macenski teamed up with research luminaries in ROS2, such as the CEO of Open Robotics Brian Gerkey and ROS2’s guru-level developer Tully Foote.
1 Samsung Electronics’ advanced R&D hub, which leads the development of future technologies for its Device eXperience division
2 Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) is a lunar rover developed by NASA and is currently planned to be delivered to the surface of the Moon in November 2023.