Ian Chen (OSRF) Cloudy with a Chance of Simulation

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In this presentation Ian talks about how CloudSim was developed and used to support the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge.

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The DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge gave birth to the first version of CloudSim. It provided a centralized platform that facilitated teams of participants from around the world to compete in simulation simultaneously. Since then, various projects have demanded the need for a similar cloud hosted environment for robotics competitions. In this presentation, we reveal a new, redesigned CloudSim that aims to be a generic tool for running robotics software and simulations on the cloud. We present some of its key features including simulation instance sharing, reusable front-end web components, a WebGL visualization client, and security and authentication.

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Mike Purvis (Clearpath Robotics) Robust Deployment with ROS Bundles

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Mike Purvis presents how to build bundles and use them for deploying robots with ROS software.

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Late in 2015, Clearpath was facing a deployment crisis, with software in various states going to customer sites, off-site demos, in-house demos & testing, and developer workstations. There was a build-up of cultural issues and technical limitations in the existing tooling. The solution to all of these issues has been to build the entirety of our robot's software in a single large workspace (using catkintools), and then ship the whole thing as one "fat" deb package. Lessons learned will be presented, along with a brief example of building a customized desktopfull bundle for Ubuntu - this should be sufficient to kickstart the efforts of anyone else who'd like to set up a similar build. The demonstration will highlight in particular our contributions to upstream ROS tooling which have been made in the course of this development work, hopefully merged in coming months

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Dirk Thomas (OSRF) The ROS build farm - what it can do for me

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The OSRF team has put a lot of work into the ROS buildfarm. It's used to provide continuous integration for the open source ROS community. Here he talks about how to both take advantage of the hosted version as well as leverage the components of the system for your own deployment if you wish.

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The presentation is focused on the Python package ros_buildfarm. The various features provided are being described in detail which will improve the understand of the development process of ROS packages ranging from development and continuous integration over the release process to documentation. It will help you to leverage the provided infrastructure of build.ros.org for the development of your ROS packages and improve your workflow. Additionally it is being demonstrated how the software can be applied locally or e.g. via Travis to run your own "jobs".

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ROS National Tour Seminar in Korea

From Yoonseok Pyo

'ROS National Tour Seminar' in Korea was held on 21-25 August 2017 at Gwangju, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, Seoul. More than 540 engineers and students were participated in this event that was organized by ROBOTIS CO., LTD. (directed by Dr. Pyo) and GIST, Dong-A University, Kyungpook National University, KAIST, Seoul National University.

This seminar was aimed at beginners of ROS, and we visited five major cities in Korea: Gwangju, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon and Seoul. Each day we spent 5 hours for the seminar, starting with the installation of ROS and learning about the introduction, features and tools. We then learned the concept of ROS based robot programming and tried various ROS development tools. Then we practiced SLAM, Navigation and Manipulation using ROS, TurtleBot3, OpenManipulator (to be announced at ROSCon2017) on the Gazebo simulator. Finally, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of ROS, we went over the ROS history and talked about future ROS development.

It was truly grateful experience that we were able to share a wonderful time talking about ROS with 540 people in a week.

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Looking foward to ROSCon 2017 we're highlighting presentations from last year. The ROSCon 2017 registration is currently open.

To open Day 2 Péter Fankhauser (ETH Zurich) presented how ETH Zurich has been using ROS on they robot ANYmal for the ARGOS Challenge.

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At the ARGOS Challenge, we participate with our legged robot ANYmal in the autonomous inspection of oil & gas sites. In this presentation, we share our experience with using ROS in our work and introduce our tools, many of which are available open-source. ANYmal is an electrically driven quadrupedal robot, capable of dynamic running, climbing over obstacles, and scaling stairs. It uses onboard laser range sensors to precisely localize and map its surrounding, enabling the autonomous navigation in difficult environments. For ARGOS, ANYmal carries several inspection sensors and uses computer vision to monitor the state of the site.

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Have you heard of the "ROS-I" or "ROS-M" projects? What about others? As ROS gains acceptance in various commercial markets, ROS-'X' projects seem to organize around them. Such markets include industrial, military, agriculture, aerial, and automotive. An overview of such efforts, some more mature than others, will be presented. The various reasons these projects form will be discussed as well as the impact on the broader ROS community. There is great potential in specialized ROS-'X' projects, but these projects also have great responsibility to ensure that the broader ROS project continues and is well supported.

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FlexGui 4.0 is based upon popular web technologies: HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. This way it is possible to run FlexGUI 4.0 on PC, Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and generally on every device with a modern browser, you will h ave exactly the same user experience on each of them. FlexGui 4.0 communicates using ROS, our choice of middleware for Industry 4.0, IoT. Join the session and let us introduce ourselves, see some of our industrial applications, ask us how could we help you with yours!

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Levi Armstrong (SwRI) ROS Qt Creator Project Manager Plug-in

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Here's Levi presenting his work to integrate ROS projects into the QT Creator pipeline.

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The ROS Qt Creator Plug-in is developed specifically for ROS to increase developers' efficiency by simplifying tasks and creating a centralized location for ROS tools. Since it is built on top of the Qt Creator platform, users have access to all of its existing features like: syntax highlighting, editors (C++, Python, etc.), code completion, version control (Git, Subversion, etc.), debuggers (GDB, CDB, LLDB, etc.), and much more. The talk will cover: a description and motivation; overview of current and future features; and example of how to use the plug-in to manage a ROS Workspace.

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