Examing ROS – Part 1


Here follows a first text describing  the examinations of the ROS software on ubuntu (See PDF-document) for our projects.

It starts with requirements which are deduced from the HMI-part of the book. The goal is to implement a first complete example usable for the HMI-theory. Other projects will follow, especially from the area of learning systems.



This relaunch of the blog emerging-mind.org is motivated by an international book project rewriting the ideas of systems engineering (SE), human-machine interaction (HMI) as part of systems engineering, as well as artificial intelligence (AI) as part of HMI. There is also an introductory part which talks explicitly about the implicit philosophical assumptions which underlie a systems engineering approach in general. This book is written embedded in a public process documented on the uffmm.org scientific workplace.

HMI Theory

As one can read on the uffmm-site in the section about ‘approaching hmi‘ a radical formal approach is applied there to describe all HMI-processes. In some sense this can be helpful, but for the practical (industrial) work this is clearly not enough. What is needed in the end are software tools which support the formal theory to do the real work.


Since many years we have been looking for software tools which are close enough to the theory and which are at the same time very close to reality, to real processes and machines, especially also to robots.


After searching many ways ending in dead ends it seems, that now we have detected a software which looks quite promising for interfacing with our theory as well as for interfacing with the real world. The important hint came from a close friend of us who already has work-experience with this software under strong engineering conditions. It is the robot operating system (ROS) (see ros.org) running on ubuntu (actually long term version 14.04).


In the next month we will go through the whole of ros and checking whether and how we can use it for our HMI theory.


By the way, because we plan to integrate all of artificial intelligence in our HMI theory, this software will become also a framework for our artificial intelligence experiments. We see robots only as a small fraction of the whole field. Because we are strongly interested in a paradigm of a human-intelligent machine future where technology helps biological systems to survive in a better future we see beyond engineering many other fields as important, e.g. palaeobiology as well as music, painting, playing and so on.



This is a completely new restart of the old emerging-mind website. It is intended as a working place for those people who want to establish software for learning systems in the full spectrum of live.

Emerging-mind lab is connected to the scientific workplace uffmm.org, where a new general theory is emerging comprising the topics:

  • Philosophy of Science (PoS)
  • Systems Engineering (SE)
  • Human-Machine Interaction (HMI)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The emerging-mind lab offers a software-environment to implement the ideas from uffmm.org and even more.

See what comes next.

The official start will be after Sept-17, 2017