from Roberto Guzmán via ros-users@

Hi all :)

We are pleased to announce AGVS: the new Open ROS Platform for Logistics Transport. 

AGVS is an autonomous robot for indoor logistic intra-hospital transport. The robot has Ackermann kinematics and is provided with ROS architecture for simulation and control. 

This robot is currently serving in several European hospitals, and this is the first open version released. 

The provided software includes the packages for simulating the robot in several environments, generating maps, localize and define routes through a rviz interactive marker based interface.

It is an excellent starting point for anyone developing new generation logistics applications. 

You can find more info in:

Some additional information about the robot can be found in:

Enjoy it!,


ROSCon 2014 submission deadline is Friday

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If you want to achieve fame and fortune (well, maybe just fame) within the ROS community, get your proposal in today to present at ROSCon 2014!  Check the Call for Proposals for details on submitting.  The deadline is this Friday, July 18, 2014.

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Thanks for a great ROS Kong 2014!

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We want to express our thanks to everyone who made ROS Kong 2014 a great success. It was our first ROS event in Asia and it was great to see the enthusiasm from the nearby community as well as the community members who came from all around the globe. ROS Kong was designed as a complement to our annual conference ROSCon, which will happen in Chicago in September.

It took many people to make ROS Kong happen.  We'd like to give a special thanks to:

  • Our sponsors: Yujin Robot, ETRI, and GaiTech
  • Our host: The University of Hong Kong
  • Our organizers: Tully Foote, Brian Gerkey, Wyatt Newman, Daniel Stonier
  • Our volunteers: David Coleman, Annie Lam, Team HKU
  • Our speakers, who put together awesome talks.
  • Our attendees, without whom there would be no event!

The event included invited talks from ROS community members in the Australasia region. We started with a keynote from Kei Okada from the University of Tokyo. We also had talks from Paulo Borges, Chris Swetenham, Noriaki Ando, and Daniel Stonier. 

We have added links to video recordings of all the talks from the agenda and several of the presenters have provided their slides. 

We had two Lightning Talk sessions in which many attendees talked about their current work, put out calls for collaboration, or showed off new sensors or robots, such as Einstein from Hansen Robotics and the new RPLidar sensor from RoboPeak.  

In the afternoon we left a period open for Birds of a Feather sessions during which there were 16 different topics discussed. 


Over lunch, our host, The University of Hong Kong, provided us with live demos of ATLAS as well as a chance to check out the robot up close. 

We finished out the day with a reception overlooking Hong Kong in the HKU Faculty Club. 


If you'd like to see more pictures and videos of the event they are posted on the Google+ event page


ROS Indigo Igloo Beta 2

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We are pleased to announce ROS Indigo Igloo Beta 2 today. We have resolved all the issues discovered during the first beta and plan this to be the release candidate for a final release. If everything goes well through the next ~10 days of testing we will make the final release. 

This release includes many updates as well a few new packages. The full list is below. Thank you to everyone who has worked hard to get this out. 

In the next week I encourage all maintainers and developers to review their packages as well as any Indigo relevant documentation to verify that it is up to date. Of particular note please make sure to review the migration guide [1].


Updates to indigo

Added Packages [3]:
 * ros-indigo-effort-controllers: 0.8.1-0
 * ros-indigo-ros-controllers: 0.8.1-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-ez-publisher: 0.0.5-0

Updated Packages [73]:
 * ros-indigo-catkin: 0.6.7-0 -> 0.6.9-1
 * ros-indigo-diff-drive-controller: 0.8.0-1 -> 0.8.1-0
 * ros-indigo-force-torque-sensor-controller: 0.8.0-1 -> 0.8.1-0
 * ros-indigo-forward-command-controller: 0.8.0-1 -> 0.8.1-0
 * ros-indigo-genmsg: 0.5.2-0 -> 0.5.3-0
 * ros-indigo-gripper-action-controller: 0.8.0-1 -> 0.8.1-0
 * ros-indigo-imu-sensor-controller: 0.8.0-1 -> 0.8.1-0
 * ros-indigo-joint-state-controller: 0.8.0-1 -> 0.8.1-0
 * ros-indigo-joint-trajectory-controller: 0.8.0-1 -> 0.8.1-0
 * ros-indigo-message-filters: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-position-controllers: 0.8.0-1 -> 0.8.1-0
 * ros-indigo-python-qt-binding: 0.2.13-0 -> 0.2.14-0
 * ros-indigo-qt-dotgraph: 0.2.24-0 -> 0.2.25-0
 * ros-indigo-qt-gui: 0.2.24-0 -> 0.2.25-0
 * ros-indigo-qt-gui-app: 0.2.24-0 -> 0.2.25-0
 * ros-indigo-qt-gui-core: 0.2.24-0 -> 0.2.25-0
 * ros-indigo-qt-gui-cpp: 0.2.24-0 -> 0.2.25-0
 * ros-indigo-qt-gui-py-common: 0.2.24-0 -> 0.2.25-0
 * ros-indigo-ros-comm: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rosbag: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rosbag-storage: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rosconsole: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-roscpp: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rosgraph: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-roslaunch: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-roslz4: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rosmaster: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rosmsg: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rosnode: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rosout: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rospack: 2.2.3-1 -> 2.2.4-0
 * ros-indigo-rosparam: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rospy: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rosservice: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rostest: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rostopic: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-roswtf: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-action: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-bag: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-bag-plugins: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-common-plugins: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-console: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-dep: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-graph: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-image-view: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-launch: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-logger-level: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-moveit: 0.3.5-0 -> 0.3.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-msg: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-nav-view: 0.3.5-0 -> 0.3.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-plot: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-pose-view: 0.3.5-0 -> 0.3.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-publisher: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-py-common: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-py-console: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-reconfigure: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-robot-dashboard: 0.3.5-0 -> 0.3.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-robot-monitor: 0.3.5-0 -> 0.3.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-robot-plugins: 0.3.5-0 -> 0.3.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-robot-steering: 0.3.5-0 -> 0.3.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-runtime-monitor: 0.3.5-0 -> 0.3.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-rviz: 0.3.5-0 -> 0.3.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-service-caller: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-shell: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-srv: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-tf-tree: 0.3.5-0 -> 0.3.6-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-top: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-topic: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-rqt-web: 0.3.6-0 -> 0.3.7-0
 * ros-indigo-topic-tools: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0
 * ros-indigo-velocity-controllers: 0.8.0-1 -> 0.8.1-0
 * ros-indigo-xacro: 1.9.1-0 -> 1.9.2-0
 * ros-indigo-xmlrpcpp: 1.11.5-0 -> 1.11.6-0

Removed Packages [0]:

Thanks to all ROS maintainers who make packages available to the ROS community. The above list of packages was made possible by the work of the following maintainers:
 * Aaron Blasdel
 * Adolfo Rodriguez Tsouroukdissian
 * Ben Charrow
 * Bence Magyar
 * Dan Lazewatsky
 * Dirk Thomas
 * Dorian Scholz
 * Isaac Isao Saito
 * Isaac Saito
 * Mirza A. Shah
 * Morgan Quigley
 * Sachin Chitta
 * Scott K Logan
 * Takashi Ogura
 * Vijay Pradeep
 * Wim Meeussen
 * Ze'ev Klapow

This is a quick update on ROSCon.

ROSCon 2014 will take place at the Palmer House, which is the same location at IROS. There is a discounted group rate available. Details are posted at

One week left for proposals:
Reminder there is just over one week left for submissions. The CFP is available at:

We're pleased to reveal this years ROSCon Logo:


We're looking forward to seeing you there. 

New Book: A Gentle Introduction to ROS

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From Jason O'Kane of University of South Carolina
I am happy to announce a short book called A Gentle Introduction to

ROS, which is designed to ease the learning curve for new ROS users.
It aims to supplement the existing tutorials and documentation for
basic concepts like nodes, topics, messages, resource names, launch
files, parameters, services, and more.  There are example programs in
C++.  The book does not assume any previous experience with ROS, and
includes warnings about some pitfalls that, in the author's
experience, are often troublesome for beginners.  The goal is that,
after reading this book, beginners should have a strong foundation to
understand and explore the ROS ecosystem on their own.  The book is
based on the hydro distribution, with an update to indigo planned for
the near future.

To help ensure that the book is broadly useful to the community,
electronic copies are available for free from the author's website

From Aaron Sims via ros-users@

Dear ROS News & ROS Users,

We recently released our Java based ROS Client in our RMDMIA Framework with the addition of functional UDPROS support. We currently are releasing our ROS Client under our Preview Evaluation License for free. We intend to use a much more open license on the ROS Client version of it after we deal with IP on our Autonomous framework. A list of tutorials is below. To enable UDP, specify UDPROS in the Preferred Protocol Column in the Configuration Manager, Save and Restart.

Thanks for any assistance you may be able to provide!


Aaron Sims

Release Announcement - 6/24/2014
UDPROS protocol support added to RMDMIA slipstream 8 release. This release includes major bug fixes, new functionality, and feature enhancements.
We are building the most flexible, developer friendly, high performance ROS Client for Java. Its time to share our ROS Client with the Java Development Community. We need input on our new Robotic Controller platform, and we will be releasing incremental components to our autonomous robotic framework to Java developers. Developer registration will be required to download and use our new components. We will strongly encourage Java developers to make the RMDMIA Framework their Robotics platform for Java (Registration required).
  • Java based ROS Client integrated with TCPROS & UDPROS protocol implementations. (UDPROS is broken until the next slipstream).
  • Automated performance tuning for autonomous robotic systems (will be included in next slipstream).
  • Automated Topic/Service Discovery
  • Graphical Configuration Tool (Java only)
  • Low level datastream reader
  • A single consistent API for ROS that does not require compilation or complicated configurations to run.
  • RCSM ROS Provider API Documentation
Here is a screenshot of the ROS Configuration Manager.

The Java based Robotic Software Controller Framework for the RMDMIA for Android/Java(Robotic Mission Decision Manager Intelligent Agent). API Documentation, and framework included. The RMDMIA Framework is a plugin/provider framework that is flexible enough that a developer can write a User Interface plugin that works across multiple Robotic Hardware Control Systems. This Technology Preview Release includes a configurable Timer Service, RCSM (Robot Control System Messenger) API, and ROCI (Robot Operator Control Interface) API. Implementers of ROCI, & RCSM interfaces will be able to post there plugins/providers/RMDMIA components to the Happy Artist Marketplace in the near future. 

New Tutorial Announcement - 5/27/2014
  1. Tutorial: RMDMIA Client Configuration for ROS Turtlesim
  2. Tutorial: Howto build a teleoperation controller for  ROS Turtlesim with a PS/3 Joystick using the RMDMIA ROCI Provider
  3. Tutorial: Howto implement a ROS Topic Subscriber Message Handler
  4. Tutorial: Howto Publish to a ROS Topic
  5. Tutorial: Howto to call a ROS Service
  6. Tutorial: Howto to call a persistent ROS Service
  7. Tutorial: Howto implement a ROCI (Robot Operater Control Interface) Provider 
From Daiki Maekawa via ros-users@

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