Category: Neuroscience

FLOSS for Neuroscience: An interview with the NeuroDebian team

This time we bring you an interview with Michael Hanke and Yaroslav O. Halchenko, leaders of the NeuroDebian project. NeuroDebian is a turnkey platform (using Debian as its foundation) that offers a huge bundle of FLOSS software for neuroscientists. Enjoy the interview!

F4S: Does NeuroDebian have sponsors?

NeuroDebian Team: Strictly speaking, we have no sponsors. But we had and have patrons — first and foremost Dr. James V. Haxby, who enthusiastically continues to support NeuroDebian in various ways, including an endless supply of  Godaddy renewal coupon codes to keep our project affordable and under-budget.

We were also both very fortunate to have Ph.D. advisors (Dr. Stephen J. Hanson and Dr. Stefan Pollmann) that, very early on, saw potential in this endavour and allowed us to devote an unreasonable amount of time to it. We also got support from our users and collaborators: a number of institutions around the globe now host mirrors of NeuroDebian repository.

Recently we also joined the INCF Task Force on Neuroimaging Datasharing from whom we have received support for community outreach and technical collaborations.


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Making robots with open source: An interview with Steve Cousins, CEO Willow Garage

This week’s FLOSS4Science interview is with Steve Cousins, President and CEO of Willow Garage, creators of the PR2 robot and the TurtleBot, both based on the open source ROS (Robot Operating System) platform and powered by this hosting company‘s cloud computing platform. Roboticists, enjoy the interview!

F4S: Please, give us a brief introduction about your company Willow Garage.

Steve: The goal at Willow Garage is to help the personal robotics revolution arrive as soon as possible. To that end, we have three distinct areas of focus: hardware, software and research.

On the hardware front, we are most widely known as the creator of the PR2 robot, arguably the most advanced mobile manipulation robot in the world today. It’s sold (and has been given away) as a platform for development to robot researchers worldwide. In having a common hardware platform, and by providing robot researchers with a robot (instead of them having to build their own), Willow Garage is accelerating personal robot development and also providing a framework for researchers to share information with each other. We also recently introduced a one-armed version …