From David Scaramuzza via ros-users@

We are happy to release an open source implementation of our approach for real-time, monocular, dense depth estimation, called "REMODE".

The code is available at:

It implements a "REgularized, probabilistic, MOnocular Depth Estimation", as described in the paper:

M. Pizzoli, C. Forster, D. Scaramuzza
REMODE: Probabilistic, monocular dense reconstruction in real time
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 2609-2616, 2014

The idea is to achieve real-time performance by combining Bayesian, per-pixel estimation with a fast regularization scheme that takes into account the measurement uncertainty to provide spatial regularity and mitigate the effect of noise.
Namely, a probabilistic depth measurement is carried out in real time for each pixel and the computed uncertainty is used to reject erroneous estimations and provide live feedback on the reconstruction progress.
The novelty of the regularization is that the estimated depth uncertainty from the per-pixel depth estimation is used to weight the smoothing.

Since it provides real-time, dense depth maps along with the corresponding confidence maps, REMODE is very suitable for robotic applications, such as environment interaction, motion planning, active vision and control, where both dense information and map uncertainty may be required.
More info here:

The open source implementation requires a CUDA capable GPU and the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit.
Instructions for building and running the code are available in the repository wiki.
Cross posted from the OSRF Blog

In 2004, Canonical released the first version of Ubuntu, a Debian-based open source Linux OS that provides one of the main operational foundations of ROS. Canonical's founder, Mark Shuttleworth, was CEO of the company until 2009, when he transitioned to a leadership role that lets him focus more on product design and partnerships. In 2002, Mark spent eight days aboard the International Space Station, but that was before the ISS was home to a ROS-powered robot. He currently lives on the Isle of Man with 18 ducks and an occasional sheep. Ubuntu was a platinum co-sponsor of ROSCon 2015, and Mark gave the opening keynote on developing a business in the robot age.

Changes in society and business are both driven by changes in technology, Mark says, encouraging those developing technologies to consider the larger consequences that their work will have, and how those consequences will result in more opportunities. Shuttleworth suggests that robotics developers really need two things at this point: a robust Internet of Things infrastructure, followed by the addition of dynamic mobility that robots represent. However, software is a much more realistic business proposition for a robotics startup, especially if you leverage open source to create a developer community around your product and let others innovate through what you've built.

To illustrate this principle, Mark shows a live demo of a hexapod called Erle-Spider, along with a robust, high-level 'meta' build and packaging tool called Snapcraft. Snapcraft makes it easy for users to install software and for developers to structure and distribute it without having to worry about conflicts or inter-app security. The immediate future promises opportunities for robotics in entertainment and education, Mark says, especially if hardware, ROS, and an app-like economy can come together to give developers easy, reliable ways to bring their creations to market.

ROSCon 2015 Hamburg: Day 1 - Mark Shuttleworth: Commercial models for the robot generation from OSRF on Vimeo.

Next up: Stefan Kohlbrecher of Technische Universitaet Darmstadt Check out last week's post: OSRF's Brian Gerkey
From Anis Koubaa via ros-users@

I am happy to announce the call for chapters for the Springer Book on Robot Operating System (ROS) Volume 2 is now open. 

The book will be published by Springer. 

We look forward to receiving your contributions to make this book successful and useful for ROS community. 

In Volume 1, we accepted 27 chapters ranging from beginners level to advanced level, including tutorials, case studies and research papers. The Volume 1 is expected to be released by Feb 2016.
After negotiation with Springer, the authors have benefited of around 80% of discount on hardcopies as an incentive to their contribution, in addition to publishing their work. 

The call for chapters website (see above) presents in detail the scope of the book, the different categories of chapters, topics of interest, and submission procedure. There are also Book Chapter Editing Guidelines that authors need to comply with. 

In this volume, we intend to make a special focus on unmanned aerial vehicle using ROS. Papers that present the design of a new drone and its integration with ROS, simulation environments of unmanned aerial vehicle with ROS and SITL, ground station to drone communication protocols (e.g. MAVLink, MAVROS, etc), control of unmanned aerial vehicles, best practices to work with drones, etc. are particularly sought.

In a nutshell, abstracts must be submitted by February 15, 2016 to register the chapters and to identify in advance any possible similarities of chapter contents. Full chapters submission is due on April 20, 2016.
Submissions and the review process will be handle through EasyChair. Link will be provided soon.

Each chapter will be reviewed by at least three expert reviewers, one at least should be a ROS user and/or developer. 

Want to be a reviewer for some chapters?
We look for the collaboration of ROS community users to provide reviews and feedback about proposals and chapters to be submitted for the book. If you are interested to participate in the review process, please consider filling in the following reviewer interest form

We look forward to receiving your contribution for a successful ROS reference!
From Paul Hvass

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The ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas Annual Meeting will be held March 3-4 at Southwest Research Institute headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. Demonstrations are open to the public on March 3 for registered attendees, and will include Scan-N-Plan robotic automation, a mobile manipulator for order fulfillment, and more. Come and learn more about the design of a four-story tall laser coating removal mobile robot from Jeremy Zoss, the lead engineer behind the project who will give the keynote address. On March 4 consortia members will convene to hear updates from ROS-I community leaders in the US, Europe, and Asia. At lunch, Erik Nieves, the CEO of PlusOne Robotics, will present his vision for the future of robotics (keynote). Then the Consortium will provide input to build a roadmap for 2016, and will learn more about the progress and plans for the latest focused technical projects.

Interested in being part of the open source industrial robotics community? 
Register online or to view the agenda, visit events page.

Work on driverless cars at Cruise Automation

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From Richard Ni via ros-users@

Come work with a team of robotics experts on technically challenging problems, building products that improve lives and prevent car accidents. 

Our team is small, but we move quickly. Last year, we built prototype vehicles that have logged over 10,000 autonomous miles on California highways, and we're now working on some more exciting stuff.

In particular, we're looking for perception engineers to make sure our cars can accurately identify and track objects. Apply at

For a complete list of our openings, see
From Emily Spady via ros-users@

We're Marble - a scrappy early-stage robotics startup based in San Francisco that designs, builds, and operates robots for last mile logistics - and we're looking for one of our first core robotics software engineers.

You are joining very early and will have a huge amount of responsibility, impact, and room for growth. You must be able to move fast and get things done. Expect to be mostly in ROS writing C++ with a healthy amount of scripting in python and/or node. You should be versed in perception, navigation/path-planning, and state estimation of mobile robots. Experience with deployed outdoor robots is a huge bonus - expect to spend a fair bit of time in the streets with us (and the robot, of course).

If you think you're an awesome fit, apply here:

ROS Seattle User Group Meetup

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From Lucas Walter via ros-users@

I'd like to set up a meetup to occur in February for ROS users in the Seattle area pending working out scheduling with attendees.  Likely it would be on a week night for two or three hours at a restaurant or bar or a room with a screen if we can set that up.  Periodic meetings to follow if there is sufficient interest.  

There is a LinkedIn ROS Seattle group:  If you are interested but don't use LinkedIn feel free to email me directly, and if LinkedIn proves unsuitable or another invite system can be used.  Once the spam problem abates I'll make an entry on, and get an announcement onto the blog with a time and date.

Currently there is a modest contingent of members from the University of Washington, and a handful who use it in industry or for personal projects.  It would be great to start out with informal discussion of projects and at later meetups have short length presentations from scheduled speakers.

ROSCon Program Video - Brian Gerkey

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Cross posted from the OSRF Blog

ROSCon is an annual conference focused on ROS, the Robot Operating System. Every year, hundreds of ROS developers of all skill levels and backgrounds, from industry to academia, come together to teach, learn, and show off their latest projects. ROSCon 2015 was held in Hamburg, Germany. Beginning today and each week thereafter, we'll be highlighting one of the talks presented at ROSCon 2015.

Brian Gerkey (OSRF): Opening Remarks

Brian Gerkey is the CEO of the Open Source Robotics Foundation, which oversees core ROS development and helps to coordinate the efforts of the ROS community. Brian helped found OSRF in 2012, after directing open source development at Willow Garage.

Unless you'd like to re-live the ROSCon Logistics Experience, you can skip to 5:10 in Brian's opening remarks, where he provides an overview of ROSCon attendees and ROS user metrics that shows how diverse the ROS community has become. Brian touches on what's happened with ROS over the last year, along with the future of ROS and OSRF, and what we have to look forward to in 2016. Brian also touches on DARPA's Robotics Fast Track program, which has a submission deadline of January 31, 2016.

ROSCon 2015 Hamburg: Day 1 - Opening Remarks from OSRF on Vimeo.

Next up, Mark Shuttleworth from Canonical.

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