Proposed: CAD to ROS Focused Technical Project

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Cross posted from ROS-I

he ROS-Industrial Consortium is tackling a topic that is of interest to the whole ROS community: conversion of CAD data to ROS-interpretable file types (e.g. URDF, SRDF). This work will be conducted over the next three years by the TU Delft Robotics Institute. To help us make ROS even more convenient to use:

From Andreas ten Pas via ros-users@

despite being available for quite a while, I wanted to officially announce our ROS Hydro/Indigo package for localizing grasps in 3D point clouds: 

Here's a demo of Rethink's Baxter robot localizing and executing grasps in a densely cluttered scene.  

Instructions for using our package are available at the ROS wiki page given above.

If you find any problems, please report them at:
From Elmar Mair via ros-users@

We have following new open positions for the autonomous driving team in our research center in Palo Alto, CA, USA.
Autonomous Driving Research and Development:
- Autonomous Driving Camera and Computer Vision Research Engineer
- Autonomous Driving Localization/Mapping Research Engineer
- Autonomous Driving Perception Research Engineer
- Autonomous Driving Motion Planning Research Engineer
- Autonomous Driving Planning and Decision Making Research Engineer
Autonomous Driving Software Engineering:
- Autonomous Driving Senior Software Developer/Designer
- Autonomous Driving Software Developer
- Autonomous Driving Data Management Engineer
- Autonomous Driving Data Visualization Engineer
- Autonomous Driving GUI/Web Development Engineer
- Autonomous Driving Software Testing Engineer
Please apply through the webpage.
We are looking forward to your application!

Real-Time ROS for Embedded Systems

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From Yigit Gunay via ros-users@

We are developing a lightweight implementation of the ROS middleware on STM32F4Discovery for interfacing embedded and general-purpose software. Currently, we can run multiple ROS nodes concurrently on STM32, and we can send ROS messages between a PC and STM32 over Ethernet (only UDPROS).

Please take a look at our repository on Github if you are interested in our real-time ROS development:

I would appreciate your comments. Thanks for your attention!

ROSCon 2015 Talks Announced

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We're excited to announce a great collection of presentations that
will appear in the main track of ROSCon 2015 (also appended below):

If you like what you see there, register for ROSCon today!

Thanks again to our Platinum Sponsors: Canonical / Ubuntu and Fetch Robotics! And our Gold Sponsors: 3D Robotics, Bosch, CoroWare, GaiTech, Qualcomm, Rethink Robotics, Robotnik, and Shadow Robot!

Long presentations

  • "MoveIt! Strengths, Weaknesses, and Developer Insights" - Dave Coleman (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • "State of ROS 2 - demos and the technology behind" - Dirk Thomas (OSRF), Esteve Fernandez (OSRF), William Woodall (OSRF)
  • "Real-time Performance in ROS 2.0" - Jackie Kay (OSRF), Adolfo Rodríguez Tsouroukdissian (PAL Robotics)
  • "Bringing ROS to the factory floor: a status report on the ROS-Industrial initiative" - Mirko Bordignon (Fraunhofer IPA), Shaun Edwards (SwRI), Clay Flannigan (SwRI), Paul Hvass (SwRI), Ulrich Reiser (Fraunhofer IPA) Florian Weisshardt (Fraunhofer IPA)
  • "Commercial models for the robot generation" - Mark Shuttleworth (Canonical)
  • "An Introduction to Team ViGIR's Open Source Software and DRC Post Mortem" - Stefan Kohlbrecher (Technische Universitat Darmstadt)

Short presentations

  • "Automated Driving with ROS at BMW" - Michael Aeberhard (BMW Group Research and Technology), Thomas Kühbeck (BMW Group Research and Technology), Bernhard Seidl (BMW Group Research and Technology), Martin Friedl (BMW Group Research and Technology), Julian Thomas (BMW Group Research and Technology), Oliver Scheickl (BMW ConnectedDrive Lab, China)
  • "Working with the robot_localization Package" - Tom Moore (Charles River Analytics)
  • "ROS android_ndk: What? Why? How?" - Gary Servin (Creativa77)
  • "Accelerating Your Robotics Startup with ROS" - Michael Ferguson (Fetch Robotics)
  • "The Descartes Planning Library for Semi-Constrained Cartesian Trajectories" - Shaun Edwards (SwRI), Jorge Nicho (SwRI), Jonathan Meyer (SwRI)
  • "Phobos - Robot Model Development on Steroids" - Kai von Szadkowski (University of Bremen)
  • "ROS on DroneCode Systems" - Lorenz Meier (ETH Zurich and PX4), Roman Bapst (ETH Zurich and PX4)
  • "Introducing ROS-RealSense: 3D empowered Robotics Innovation Platform" - Amit Moran (Intel), Gila Kamhi (Intel)
  • "ROS-driven user applications in idempotent environments" - Matt Vollrath (End Point), Wojciech Ziniewicz (End Point)
  • "ROS2 on "small" embedded systems" - Morgan Quigley (OSRF)
  • "ROS + Docker: Enabling Repeatable, Reproducible, and Deployable robotic software via Linux Containers" - Ruffin White (Institute for Robotics & Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech)
  • "ROS for education and applied research: practical experiences" - Ralph Seulin (CNRS - Univ. Bourgogne Franche-Comte), Raphael Duverne (CNRS - Univ. Bourgogne Franche-Comte), Olivier Morel (CNRS - Univ. Bourgogne Franche-Comte), Cansen Jiang (CNRS - Univ. Bourgogne Franche-Comte), Jeremie Deray (PAL Robotics), Jordi Pages (PAL Robotics), Lee Kian Seng (Universiti Teknologi Petronas), Remi Groslevin (CNRS - Univ. Bourgogne Franche-Comte), Cedric Demonceaux (CNRS - Univ. Bourgogne Franche-Comte), David Fofi (CNRS - Univ. Bourgogne Franche-Comte), Yohan Fougerolle (CNRS - Univ. Bourgogne Franche-Comte)
  • "Maru and Toru: Item-specific logistics solutions based on ROS" - Moritz Tenorth (Magazino GmbH), Ulrich Klank (Magazino GmbH), Nikolas Engelhard (Magazino GmbH)
  • "Mapviz: An Extensible 2D Visualization Tool for Automated Vehicles" - Jerry Towler (SwRI), Marc Alban (SwRI)
  • "Docker-based ROS Build Farm" - Tully Foote (OSRF), Dirk Thomas (OSRF), Dejan Pangercic (Robert Bosch), Daniel Di Marco (Robert Bosch), Arne Hamann (Robert Bosch)

ROS Driver for the IFM Efector O3D303

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Cross posted from: Ros-Industrial

Love Park Robotics has announced a ROS driver for the new IFM Efector O3D303 3D camera system. This sensor was officially released in Germany on April 13, 2015. The O3D303 is a time-of-flight sensor, specifically designed for use in industrial environments and automation applications. The 176x132 element detector features a relative accuracy of +/-4mm. In addition to the robust design, it is able to operate in illumination conditions ranging from complete darkness to sunlight. It is also affordable, at a per-unit cost of $1250 USD. A picture of the O3D303 is shown below along with a point cloud of an imaged pallet (taken in an office environment) to highlight the quality of the sensor data.


As part of our beta test period, Love Park Robotics developed a software interface to the O3D303 that allows us to utilize the sensor within software frameworks such as PCL, OpenCV, and ROS. This code has been made available as open-source on Github in the following repositories: libo3d3xx and o3d3xx-ros. Additionally, we are working with the ROS Industrial community to make binary debian packages available as part of the core ROS and ROS-I distributions.

For more information see the ROS Industrial Blog Post

ROS Summer School 2015

July 23-26

East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Since 2012, many college students, researchers and engineers have been learning ROS (Robot Operating System) for their robotics projects when the robustness and maintainability of ROS keeps improving. Since 2013, many robotics companies in China have realized the importance of ROS, started recruiting ROS developers and integrating ROS into their robotic products. However, learning ROS framework and its associating components involves a very wide range of knowledge, which not only requires developers to master software development skills, but also to be familiar with robot hardware and even the background of specific industrial applications.

For most people, learning and using ROS is a slow and painful process. Our ROS Summer Schools 2015 (organized by Intelligent Robot Motion and Vision Laboratory, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China) provides a quick and in-depth learning opportunity for ROS beginners and advanced ROS users.

In the first day, some robotics companies are invited to present their profiles, how they use ROS in their products and recent developments of robot industry in China. In the second day, we start with some introductory ROS courses for beginners. In the third day, we tackle the main tasks of integrating ROS with mobile autonomous robots, i.e. perception, localization and navigation. In the fourth day, we continue some advanced topics and skills interesting to many advanced ROS users.

This ROS Summer School also includes some leisure activities, such as sharing the start-up experience, companies and job seekers discussion, etc. Every day, attendees have a chance to win prizes, including ROVIO robots, iRobot Create, Asus Xtion Pro Live RGB-D camera, iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot. For how to win a prize and registration, please visit our official website for the details.

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)

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