Reminder: ROSCon CFP closes on July 7th

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This is a friendly reminder that the ROSCon call for proposals is open until July 7th. ROSCon talks are a great opportunity to share your work with the community. Submit your proposals at:

Full text of the CFP is below.

Also if you're planning to attend, registration is also open: And if you're in the US a few people have pointed out that this week United is having a sale on flights to Europe in the fall. Details are at:

ROSCon 2015 Call for Proposals

Presentations and tutorials on all topics related to ROS are invited. Examples include introducing attendees to a ROS package or library, exploring how to use tools, manipulating sensor data, and applications for robots.

Proposals will be reviewed by a program committee that will evaluate fit, impact, and balance.

We cannot offer sessions that are not proposed! If there is a topic on which you would like to present, please propose it. If you have an idea for an important topic that you do not want to present yourself, please post it to

Topic areas

All ROS-related work is invited. Topics of interest include:

  • Best practices
  • Useful packages and stacks
  • Robot-specific development
  • ROS Enhancement Proposals (REPs)
  • Safety and security
  • ROS in embedded systems
  • Product development & commercialization
  • Research and education
  • Enterprise deployment
  • Community organization and direction
  • Testing, quality, and documentation
  • Robotics competitions and collaborations

Proposal submission

A session proposal should include:

  • Title
  • Recommended duration: Short (~20 minutes) or Long (~45 minutes)
  • Summary, 100 word max (to be used in advertising the session)
  • Description (for review purposes): outline, goals (what will the audience learn?), pointers to packages to be discussed (500 Words Maximum)

Learning ROS for drones, episodes 2 and 3

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From Victor Mayoral Vilches via ros-users@

As announced a few days, we published episodes 2 and 3 of our Learning ROS series. Over these two new episodes we explain how create a ROS package that allows a drone to autonomously takeoff, do stuff (or idle as it's our case) and land (source code). Watch out the last part of the video (minute 8:58) where we show a life demo of the code developed during the session.

We've got good feedback so far with several comments pointing out the quality of the audio. We'll try fixing this in future videos we record. Feel free to through ideas on what kind of stuff you'd like to see explained that could be helpful for your research/classes.

ROS Answers Cleanup Week

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From David Lu!! via ros-users@

I am unofficially declaring this week ROS Answers Cleanup Week!

I encourage everyone to do the following between now and the end of June:
1) Log into
2) Click your screenname at the top of the screen to view your profile.
3) Examine the list of questions you've asked to find questions that
don't have an accepted answer or are still open.
4a) Close the questions that are outdated.
4b) Accept an answer if a decent answer exists.
4c) As a last resort and you're still desperate for answers, update
the question with relevant information that might help your question
get answered.
5) Profit! (and/or the satisfaction of making this central tool to our
community a little cleaner)

And if you don't have any unanswered questions please take a few minutes to answer a few for others. 

Learning ROS for drones

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From Victor Mayoral Vilches via ros-users@

At Erle Robotics we've been pushing Linux-based robotic brains for making robots and drones for the last year. Our technology is being used in many Universities and research centers around the world and with the feedback obtained from our users and community, we've decided to put together a series about Learning ROS oriented to autonomous vehicles that use APM

Or watch below: 

We wish to make this material as useful as possible to as many as we can reach. Feedback is welcome either here or directly to victor [at]

ROSCon 2015 Registration Open

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Hi Everyone,

We're happy to announce that registration is open for ROSCon 2015.  You can register here. Early registration discounts are available until September 1st.

Full details on ROSCon are below. Along with registration, the Call for Proposals is still open, and if you are interested in being a sponsor please see our prospectus.

Your ROSCon 2015 Organizing Commitee

ROSCon 2015 is a chance for ROS developers of all levels, beginner to expert, to spend an extraordinary two days learning from and networking with the ROS community. Get tips and tricks from experts and meet and share ideas with fellow developers from around the globe.

ROSCon is a developers conference, in the model of PyCon and BoostCon. Following the success of the inaugural ROSCon in St. Paul, Minnesota, the second version in Stuttgart, Germany, last years event in Chicago, Illinois, this year's ROSCon will be held in Hamburg, Germany. Similar to previous years, the two-day program will comprise technical talks and tutorials that will introduce you to new tools and libraries, as well as teach you more about the ones you already know. The bulk of the program will be 30-40 minute presentations (some may be longer or shorter). To submit a proposal please read the Call for Proposals.

If you don't want to make a formal presentation, you should still bring your new project or idea to ROSCon! There will be sessions of Lightning Talks, which are 5-minute mini-talks that are scheduled just-in-time at the conference. There will also be open space for Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) meetings, impromptu hacking sessions, and informal presentations.

If you are looking for information on past ROSCons see their separate websites including past programs, slides and videos of the presentations are available from their programs: ROSCon 2012 Program, ROSCon 2013 Program, and ROSCon 2014 Program.

As more information becomes available this years program will be filled out here.

Gazebo survey

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Last year we sent out a survey asking what the community would like to see from simulation.

We didn't get to everything on the list, but we did keep busy. A few highlights from the past year are:

1. Improved documentation and tutorials
2. Easier installation: Gazebo will be in Ubuntu Vivid
3. Windows support: Still working on an installer
4. Aerodynamics and subsurface water simulation

We'd like to get your feedback again. The following is another survey with 13 short questions.

Thanks your time and support,

Interested in developing software for autonomous cars?  So are we!  And we'd love to have your help.


Here in Silicon Valley we are working on advanced research for autonomous vehicles.  We have collaborations with local labs and startups, connections to other global Renault-Nissan research groups (CA, France, Japan), and most importantly our own autonomous test vehicle.  This summer we're looking to host 1-2 interns, specifically to learn about autonomous vehicles and contribute to our autonomous software development.


Who: Renault Innovation Silicon Valley (RI-SV)

Where: 1215 Bordeaux Drive; Sunnyvale, CA 94089

What: internship developing software for autonomous driving

When: late June - mid September (dates flexible)


We are looking for students who have:

-          Background in CS, robotics, ME, or some combination thereof

-          Familiarity with vehicles and/or robotics problems

-          Interest in autonomous vehicles

-          Experience with Linux, C++, and ROS


If you are interested, want more information, and/or think driving around the only autonomous Renault in the US is a cool way to spend the summer, please contact Shad Laws at

2nd ROS Meetup in Korea!

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We held the 2nd ROS Korea users seminar & meetup event in Seoul, Korea on 23-24 of May 2015, hosted by OROCA (, one of the largest Korean robotics community.


The seminar covered overview for introduction of ROS, rospy, SLAM, navigation, rocon, moveit, DIY mobile robot and drone.

See the links below for the presentation slides, example codes and pictures of this meetup.

Presentation slides

Example codes


For the past year, OROCA community has been effort to expand open robotics software in Korea. We want to continue this activity with ROS. We are tentatively planning to hold 3rd ROS meetup in Korea on November. 

We'd like to give special thanks to OSRF, ROS development teams, many ROS users and our sponsors KIRIA, Yujin Robot, Gaitech and ROBOTIS.

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