In the past few months, Open Robotics worked together with Hitachi on a virtual robotics competition called ServiceSim, which focuses on human-robot interaction in an office environment. Competitors must control the ServiceBot robot to perform tasks such as finding a human guest and guiding them to their destination, while making sure the guest doesn’t get lost.
The competition runs on Gazebo 8 and ServiceBot is controlled using ROS Kinetic. All the competition software, including all the SDF models of the office, from cubicles to bathrooms and coffee makers, have been released as open source, so anyone is welcome to reuse these for their own environments. The competition environment itself is also versatile and competitors can customize the task and practice in various scenarios.