Category: Labs

Fourth Robotics and ROS in Zurich Meetup

On Wednesday’s evening, 16th of October we attended a 4th Robotics and ROS in Zurich meetup. I was our first meetup after the summer break. This time, it was co-organized by ICCLab and ANYbotics. ANYbotics provided their office space for the meeting and demo. We managed to gather together around 50 interested attendees.

Everything started with a short introduction talk and agenda presentation by Giovanni Toffetti. After that, the ANYbotics team gave a 30min long presentation about their flagship robot – ANYmal C.

ANYmal C legged robot presentation

Peter Frankhauser, the CBDO of ANYbotics, started by explaining the current state of the art of mobile robots and presenting possible paths where the robotic industry is going to expand in the future. He showed that by analyzing the history of the mobile robotics industry we can spot a transition from robots performing repetitive tasks (automation), started by the third industrial revolution in late 60s, to autonomous robots used to operate in large storehouses (logistics). The autonomy of logistic robots is somehow limited only to controlled environments, so by drawing a trend line, we can spot the next breakthrough waiting to be reached by mobile robots: the possibility to operate autonomously in “robot unfriendly” environment. The use-case presented by ANYbotics team is the task of routine inspections in places like offshore power plants or oil platforms. Later on, two engineers from ANYbotics, took over the presentation and dived more deeply into technical details about how they managed to adapt their robot to harsh environment and what kind of challenges they faced.

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Service Prototyping Lab (SPLab)

This page is kept for archiving. Please navigate to our new site: blog.zhaw.ch/splab.

The Service Prototyping Lab (SPLab) at Zurich University of Applied Sciences performs scientific research and development to rapidly and easily bring applications into the cloud while maintaining quality standards for high availability, high resilience, high degree of insight and other predictable characteristics.

selogo-splab-croppedHaving been founded in 2015, SPLab advances the state of the art in Service Prototyping. From applied research on novel service architectures and technologies to applied research on migrating software to the cloud through suitable services, SPLab is available for innovative technical collaboration projects with state-of-the-art open research methods. Headed by Josef Spillner, the lab hosts three long-term research initiatives. SPLab on demand operates in conjunction with the ICCLab to realise complex cloud application systems.

We are proud to regularly publish annual research lab reports; please refer to the most recent one (Service Prototyping Lab Report – Y2 (2017)) to get a summary of our activities.

The research initiatives which get fueled in funded projects (EU H2020, CTI, …) are as follows:

If you are interested in our work, subscribe to the joint ICCLab/SPLab blog feed, check our open source software on SPLab at Github, our peer-reviewed publications, or just follow SPLab on Twitter. We also run two public mailing lists: cloud-announce for academic community announcements of conferences, vacancies and so forth, and splab for updates on what happens in the Service Prototyping Lab. Furthermore, you may check out our research videos and datasets.

Amongst our lab results and its impact, we can point to the following recent highlights.

  • Education
    • Internet Service Prototyping elective module (ISPROT-EN) for IT bachelor students
  • Software
    • Swiss Army Knife of Serverless Computing (Snafu), Multi-Cloud Simulation + Emulation framework (MC-EMU)
  • Publications
    • Preprints, journal articles, conference and workshop proceedings: see publications page
  • Community
    • co-chairs of UCC’18/17/16, CLOUD’18 workshops, MIDDLEWARE’18 posters, …
    • Future Cloud Applications meetup for the greater Zurich region

Our expertise includes: Experimental comparison of stacks and frameworks; provocation and emulation of live conditions, e.g. popularity spikes, failures and malicious interruptions; decomposition of existing applications; cloud-aware designs for new applications; connectivity between services and devices; multi-cloud applications; continuous development and deployment of bundled microservices.

Contact Josef Spillner [josef.spillner / / zhaw.ch] regarding any SPLab matters such as joint research and innovation proposals.

Recent blog posts (list might be outdated):

Call for Contributions: IEEE/ACM UCC and BDCAT 2018, Zurich, Switzerland

SPLab Colloquium on Serverless Continuum

Science Meets Industry and Innovation Alignment

Announcing the Service Prototyping Lab

by Josef Spillner

Since the inception of the InIT Cloud Computing Lab (ICCLab) in 2012, cloud computing has become a mainstream technology in Switzerland and everywhere else. There is a continued and in fact increasing industry need for innovating in cloud stacks, platforms, networking, energy efficiency and overall infrastructure.

But with all the platforms now deployed, more businesses are making use of them due to their inherent advantages such as on-demand provisioning / rightsizing, transparent pay-per-use pricing models, and flexible virtual infrastructure packages. Applications and services are migrated to such platforms or even engineered specifically for these platforms. Consequently, we have received the feedback from the business side and acknowledge it with an extension of our applied research activities. In order to frame our involvement prominently, we hereby announce the opening of the SPLab in addition to the ICCLab. Continue reading

InIT Cloud Computing Lab (ICCLab)

ICCLab is an applied research lab which is pushing the boundaries in Cloud Computing research and education. The lab is led by Prof-Dr. Thomas Michael Bohnert and it operates within the Service Engineering group of ZHAW’s InIT (Institute of Applied Information Technology) in conjunction with the SPLab. It comprises of a diverse mix with different backgrounds, levels of experience and nationalities. The team is an active group which is very engaged within the Swiss and EU research arenas and also has significant bilateral activities with local Swiss companies.

ICCLab…

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Contact details for the lab are here.