World MoveIt! Day 2017 - October 18th!

From Dave Coleman

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We're excited to announce that this year's World MoveIt! Day will be Wednesday October 18th! The event is a day long international hackathon to improve the MoveIt! code base, documentation, and community. We hope to close as many pull requests and issues as possible and explore new areas of features and improvements for the now five year old framework.

We will be having many event locations including:

  • Verb Surgical, San Francisco Bay Area
  • Magazino, Munich, Germany
  • Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, USA
  • Xamla Robotics (PROVISIO GmbH), Münster, Germany
  • ROS-Industrial Asian Pacific Consortium, Singapore (THURSDAY OCTOBER 19th)
  • PickNik Robotics (Univ. Colorado), Boulder, USA
  • Shadow Robot Company, London, UK

You are encouraged to have your own event in your lab/organization/company and video conference in to all the other events.

For more details, see the event page.

ROSCon 2017: Video recordings of presentations are available

We're happy to announce that the videos from ROSCon 2017 have been uploaded and are now linked from the program, thanks to the support of our video-archiving sponsor Ubuntu. If you were unable to attend, missed a talk, or want to listen again to get some more details now you can.

In addition we have posted slides from almost all the speakers as well. So if you want to get a link or other information you can do so now as well. The slides are linked alongside the videos from the program.

If you presented a Lightning Talk and want to provide more information, or if you were unable to secure a lightning talk slot I encourage you to make your announcement on Discourse in the ROS Projects category. If you're announcing a released ROS package send it to the General category. That way, more of the community will be aware of your projects and package contributions.

Thanks to everyone for coming and for your support! We sold out ROSCon for the third year in a row, with over 475 attendees. And thank you to our record-breaking 33 sponsors for the financial support that enabled the conference to grow!

  • Your friendly neighborhood ROSCon 2017 Organizing Committee

Thanks to our Platinum Sponsor: Intel.
Thanks to our Gold Sponsors: AIRA, Clearpath, Erle, Fetch, GaiTech, Locus, Rapyuta, ROBOTIS, and SICK.

Goodbye, ROSCon 2017

After a gorgeous and enlightening couple of days in Vancouver, we bid farewell to ROSCon 2017. We sold out ROSCon for the third year in a row, with over 475 attendees.

Thanks to everyone for coming and for your support! And thank you to our record-breaking 33 sponsors for the financial support that enabled the conference to grow!

We're posting the slides as they come in from the speakers and we expect to have the videos posted by October 6th. As usual, all of that material is linked in the program.

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Ian Chen (OSRF) Cloudy with a Chance of Simulation

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

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

Video

Abstract

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.

Slides

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Mike Purvis (Clearpath Robotics) Robust Deployment with ROS Bundles

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

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

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Abstract

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

Slides

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

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

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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Abstract

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".

Slides

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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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Abstract

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.

Slides

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