About Open Science:
What is open research?
Open research grants unrestricted access to contents and products that derive from research processes, such as equipment, methodology, design, software, code, data, and publications which are made available for free.
Open research makes content accessible online for anybody from anywhere without restrictions, for example payment, membership, or affiliation. Access to such content does not only expose research at a global scale but opens up the opportunity for participation to a diverse worldwide audience (including children, students, teachers, workers, professionals, citizens, scientists, pensioners, grandparents, and generally curious people).
Unrestricted access to research content enables cooperation at a worldwide scale and makes significant breakthroughs more likely. From a global standpoint, all people benefit. Join the open community and share your research!
Why open research for AI-based Robotics?
Scientific progress is driven by previous work. Researchers currently spend significant time repeating previous work because they don’t have access to the results. Open research has the potential to reduce this waste of time considerably and to make scientific progress faster.
The field of robotics is suffering significantly because the opportunities for collaboration are not used as much as they could be. Robots have shown remarkable advancements in capabilities such as picking and placing objects with different shapes, navigating around increasingly complex obstacles, understanding the world they are observing, and interacting with a human being. However, whenever a robot achieves a new feat, publically available robotic platforms benefit from it only much later, or even never. No single robot is capable of demonstrating all the tasks that have been developed worldwide so far. Why does the robotics repertoire not accumulate over time?
Open research enables scientists to build on previous solutions, thereby accelerating the transfer of research results from one robot to another. Sharing processes and data behind your research makes your work reproducible and facilitates the accumulation of robotic skills.