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GSoC 2020: Application viability

Hello everyone,

My name is Martiño and I am interested in participating in GSoC 2020. I am currently studying a MSc in Systems Engineering and Control at UNED - Spanish National Distance Education University. I’d really love to contribute to the MoveIt! or OSRF repositories, as it has some really interesting projects.

I have professional experience working with industrial robots at a programming and integration level.
At a software level, I have experience with Python, ROS and ML, but not a professional one.
I am wondering if taking part in GSoC requires a lot of software engineering experience from the very beginning (hunger for learning is obvious).

These are some of the projects - though not all - that I’m interested in:

  • On-the-fly robot reconfiguration and scene graph support [MoveIt!]
  • MoveIt 2 Tutorials [MoveIt!]
  • Cartesian Planning improvements [MoveIt!]
  • Gazebo tactile sensor plugin [OSRF]

I’d very much appreciate if you could comment what you think about this, especially if you are a tutor of any of the projects I mentioned previously, or others.

Best regards,