Overview

Our mission is to help advance the state-of-the-art in autonomous robotics technologies. We believe that great advances in robotics will come from the open source robotics community. That is why we work hard to support and contribute to the open source robotics community.

We're working on software from the lowest level with ROS (Robot Operating System) to the highest and in-between with our collection of ROS-enabled software packages. We're also helping application engineers understand camera, video, and 3D point cloud data with the OpenCV and Point Cloud Library (PCL) perception libraries.  And we are working on making physics simulators for robotics better with Gazebo.  All combined, Willow Garage researchers and engineers are working on perception, grasping, motion planning, temporal planning, navigation, controllers, hardware integration, simulation, visualizers, and more, as well as the glue to bind it all together.

We believe strongly in software reuse as it strengthens software and saves developer time, which in the end allows researchers to focus on research. We've built our software for you to use as much or as little as you like, whether it's just a sensor driver or using our navigation stack. We're already getting valuable contributions from the robotics community and would like to invite you to participate. As a user you'll help make our software better with your suggestions. As a developer you can join the robotics community in building a free and open robotics platform.

If you'd like to try out ROS, please start with the documentation on ROS.org. For OpenCV, visit its wiki and documentation page, and for PCL start with PointClouds.org.