Event Title: ROS-Industrial Basic Developer's Class June 4-6, 2013
Event Description: We are delighted to invite you to attend the ROS-Industrial Basic Developer's Training class, which will be held June 4-6, at Southwest Research Institute, in San Antonio, TX. The class will provide a hands-on introduction to ROS and ROS-Industrial, and it will culminate with hardware integration exercises with live industrial robots and peripherals. The class is FREE to Full/Associate Members of the ROS-Industrial Consortium. Others may attend for a fee. For your convenience, we are also offering for you to purchase the preconfigured small form factor ROS-I PC that you will use during the class. To learn more about the class, please browse to the website: http://rosindustrial.org/ric/events.htm
I would like to announce the new release of BRIDE for ROS.
In addition to multiple small fixes these are the new features of the 0.2.0 release:
* Graphical creation of System models: Components can now be added graphically to the system model. No xml hacking any more!
* Coordinator development: You can develop state machines in BRIDE now, so called Coordinator Components. They make use of the Capability Components in you system by triggering actionservers or serviceclients. The Coordinator models are code generated into SMACH components and appear as regular components in the system diagram.
* Action support in code generation: ActionServers are now auto-generated. Only the execution_callback has to be implemented in the user code in the corresponding user_code section.
* Standalone compiler: In the bride_compiler package there is a standalone compiler to use the code generation without Eclipse. Code generation can also be triggered by running "make regen" in the terminal for updating after changes in the model.
As the templates are in the separate bride_templates package, it is now easier to recommend changes in the templates and improve them in smaller iterations.
OSRF folks know that students love Open Source software, Robotics and flipflops. If you would like to expose to real-world software development during the summer, contribute to Gazebo, ROS or CloudSim projects, and be engaged with the Robotics community while get paid, check out the GSoC 2013  and the OSRF dedicated site . We have created an ideas page  with some potential projects. Feel free to ask questions and propose suggestions email@example.com. The student application period starts on April 22. Be ready for a Robotics coding summer!.
I'm announcing the release of trajopt, a library for trajectory optimization. More specifically, trajopt is designed for planning collision-free paths for robot arms and mobile manipulators.
Trajopt is built on top of OpenRAVE. You can define your optimization problem in Python or C++ in JSON format and then call the optimizer.
Some highlights of trajopt:
- It's fast. It solves arm planning problems in simple environments in about 150ms (converging to a locally optimal solution)
- It reliably finds collision-free paths, especially with multiple initializations. FWIW it solves 100% (204/204) of problems in our benchmark collection
- It performs well on very high-dof problems, e.g. jointly optimizing over the arms and base of a mobile manipulator, or optimizing over all of the joints of a humanoid robot.
- A wide variety different costs and constraints are implemented. (Pose constraints, velocity constraints, static stability, and more.) You can write your own cost and constraint functions in python or C++.
This basic release is designed to help roboticists and hobbyist new to the AR drone quickly be able to command the robot. A variety of simple nodes are included to show users how to takeoff, land, reset, and fly the AR drone. Nodes for the purposes of helping users use the cameras will be included soon in a update.
Here's a prototype of matlab_bridge built on top of rosjava. Thanks to automatic code generation in rosjava and native java support in matlab. I don't have to deal with dynamic linking problems as typical mex-function approach would encounter. The result is a cross-platform ros_matlab_bridge.
We're pleased to announce that the ROS project will soon be hosted by Oregon State University's Open Source Lab (OSL) (http://osuosl.org/). The OSL provides services to many open source communities. We are pleased to join the ranks of projects like Drupal and kernel.org. We'd like to thank Willow Garage for providing hosting and infrastructure for the entire ROS community for over 5 years.
We'd also like to thank Lance Albertson, Carlos Jensen, and Bill Smart for welcoming us to the OSL. We look forward to working with Oregon State and the OSL to provide ongoing hosting as well as exploring ways to improve ROS infrastructure for the greater community.
As you might imagine, hosting for these critical services, which are heavily used around the world and around the clock, costs money. We need your help! A big thank you to the ROS-Industrial Consortium, which has stepped up to support part of this cost. If your organization can financially support ROS project hosting, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.