European Robotics Forum (ERF2012) Workshop

The workshop will be held on the European Robotics Forum (ERF2012) in Odense, Denmark, March 7th, 2012.


Workshop on Models and Languages in Robotics for Academia and Industry


Currently there are many academic European projects such as BRICS and PROTEUS whose aim is to establish model−based development within robotics. These nascent e.fforts could provide the nucleus for an academia−industry cooperative effort to foment the use and development of Domain Specic Languages and Model−Based Development software, methodologies and standards. The precedent for such cooperation is AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) initiative from the automotive industry.

We would like to present not only the above mentioned academic projects but also any other academic approaches and industry efforts in the field who wish to contribute in an open discussion with interested industry parties. The objective is to discuss what we as a robotic community have achieved at the moment and where and what can or should be done in the immediate to near future in order to create a viable initiative in the European robotics community.

We would like to invite speakers from academia and industry to submit an abstract of what they would like to present and discuss at the workshop.
During the workshop each presenter will have up to 15 minutes for presentation.
After the presentation we will have an open forum to discuss the presentations in the context of the workshop.

The workshop seeks contributions in two key areas:

Date and Location

March 7th, 2012, 08:30 − 11:00


08:30 - 08:40   Workshop motivation and objectives
Presenter: Nico Hochgeschwender
08:40 - 09:00   Achieving Separation of Roles and Separation of Concerns in Robotics Software by Model-Driven Software Development
Presenter: Alex Lotz
09:00 - 09:20   The PROTEUS Project
Presenter: Cyril Novales
09:20 - 09:40   Feature Models for Robotics Applications Configuration
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Presenter: Luca Gherardi
09:40 - 10:00   Using Internal Domain Specific Languages for Fast Prototyping
Presenter: Markus Klotzbuecher
10:00 - 10:30   Open discussion
10:30 - 11:00   Coffee break
11:00 - 11:20   Models: what for? Model usage in the Robot Construction Kit (Rock)
Presenter: Sylvain Joyeux
11:20 - 11:40   Model-driven design of interaction robot control
Presenter: Yury Brodskiy
11:40 - 12:00   The BRICS Integrated Development Environment (BRIDE)
Presenter Hugo Garcia
12:00 - 12:30   Open discussion

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline:   February 20th, 2012
Notification:   February 24th, 2012
Workshop:   March 7th, 2012


Abstracts should be submitted by email in PDF format to:
hugo.garcia (at) and
nico.hochgeschwender (at)



For any questions, please contact: nico.hochgeschwender (at)