About Torsten

End of 2009, I became a professor of the Heilbronn University of applied science. My main topic is software development for technical systems. Before I got this job, I was working in the automotive industry. In my private life I'm very interested in mobile robots, so I decided to bring together my knowledge about developing automotive software systems and the area of developing software for mobile robots.

Meeting Projektlabor WS2012

Teilnehmer: Torsten Heverhagen, Shao Yao Ng, Andreas Gerster, Sven Gerner, Manuel Trunk, Phillip Groß, Henning Walch

  • Informationen zum Field Robot Event: www.fieldrobot.com
  • Blog zum Projekt FloriBot www.floribot.de (bitte anmelden)
  • Projektmanagement und Versionskontrolle: baseline.hs-heilbronn.de (mit HRZ Account anmelden)
  • Schlüssel für das Labor erst nächste Woche verfügbar
  • Aufgabenstellung: Projektlabor2_Konstruktive Anpassungen
  • Schaltplan: Der aktuelle Schaltplan beinhaltet bisher nur die Stromversorgung und das Not-Aus und muss deshalb ergänzt werden.
  • Vor Änderungen an der Elektronik bitte Rücksprache mit Herrn Heverhagen und Herrn Preyl
  • Bestellungen müssen vorher immer mit Herrn Walch abgesprochen werden.

Selecting and Buying of the Robot Base

Since a few years I’m a fan of the “Field Robot Event“, so I decided to take part in this event in the future.The year 2010 was gone with some research about commercially available robot bases and with selecting and buying the robot base. Some of my criteria were:

  • must work in an outdoor environment
  • robot width should be about 45 cm
  • robot equipped with drive (servos, encoder, wheels, gear, …), laser scanner, camera, embedded PC, software framework (i.e. player/stage, ROS, …)

After all I had two main favorits:

After I got some quotes for the two robot bases I had to decide for the CoroWare Explorer, mainly because of the budget.

The robot was build and shipped in the end of 2010. Finally I saw the robot for the first time end of January 2011.


Hello world!

Today, we have started the new blog for the mobile robot called FloriBot. This blog is partly in German and partly in English.

We plan to take part in the next Field Robot Event in 2012 in Venlo.

We are a group of employees and students from the Heilbronn University of applied science. The project was initiated by Torsten Heverhagen. By now, about 10 students are working on several topics related to the FloriBot.

Furthermore, Dieter Maier and Raoul Zöllner are participating in this project.