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ROSCon 2017: Call for proposals

We're excited to announce that we are now accepting presentation proposals for ROSCon 2017!

Presentations 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.

Women, members of minority groups, and members of other under-represented groups are encouraged to submit presentation proposals to ROSCon.

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

We cannot offer presentations 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 for discussion at ROS Discourse. Topic areas

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

  • Best practices
  • New packages
  • Robot-specific development
  • Robot simulation
  • Safety and security
  • Embedded systems
  • Product development & commercialization
  • Research and education
  • Enterprise deployment
  • Community organization and direction
  • Testing, quality, and documentation
  • Robotics competitions and collaborations

To get an idea of the content and tone of ROSCon, check out the slides and videos from last year.

Proposal format

A session proposal must include:

  • Title
  • Presenter (name and affiliation)
  • Recommended duration: Short (~20 minutes) or Long (~40 minutes)
  • Summary [maximum 100 words]: to be used in advertising the presentation
  • Description [maximum 1000 words]: outline, goals (what will the audience learn?), pointers to packages to be discussed

Please be sure to include in your proposal enough information for the program committee to evaluate the importance and impact of your presentation. Links to publicly available resources, including code repositories and demonstration videos, are especially helpful.

Submit your proposal at the submissions site by June 25, 2017.

ROSCon 2017: Dates and other information

To help with your planning for ROSCon 2017, here are some important dates (http://roscon.ros.org/2017/#important-dates):

  • Call for Proposals circulated: April 24th, 2017
  • Proposal submission deadline: June 25th, 2017
  • Proposal acceptance notification: July 3rd, 2017
  • Early registration deadline: August 1st, 2017
  • Late registration starts: August 31st, 2017
  • ROSCon 2017: September 21st-22nd, 2017

Travel information is coming together on the conference website: http://roscon.ros.org/2017/#location

And we're soliciting sponsors: http://roscon.ros.org/2017/#sponsors

We hope to see you at ROSCon 2017!

ROS Summer School in Aachen (August 2017)

From Patrick Wiesen via ROS Discourse

After 6 successful ROS Summer Schools we are offering another one this year at our University of Applied Sciences in Aachen (Germany). The event is planned from 14th August till 25th August 2017. Everyone who is interested in learning ROS is invited to register now! A limited funding for International students for this event is offered by the DAAD.

In the two weeks we are handling the following topics of mobile robotics more in detail: ROS Basics, Communication, Hardware Interfacing, Teleoperation, Transforms, Gazebo Simulation, Landmark Detection, Localization, Mapping, Navigation, Control, some Industrial exhibition and so on and so on. . . Of course all these topics can be experienced on real hardware using our mobile robots after learning the theory.

And if this is still not enough for you, we offer an additional ROS UAV weekend afterwards from 26th to 27th of August. This will include assembling UAVs, first flight setup, flight modes, ROS interfacing, Landmark Detection and getting in touch with autonomous flying. Feel free to choose this option in our application form. Application form, more information, photos and videos can be found on our homepage:

ROS Summer School FH Aachen

All is organized by MASCOR. The ROS Summer School is designed to teach participants about how to get started with ROS; it is created for those who have had an interest in autonomous systems, but didn't quite know how to get started. With that, organizers recommend students have a basic knowledge of Linux (Ubuntu) and one programming language such as Python or C++. The two-week program is made possible through Mobile Autonomous Systems and Cognitive Robotics (MASCOR).

Invitation to the first Ukrainian ROS Meetup

From Andriy Petlovanyy

The first Ukrainian ROS Meetup will be held Tuesday March 21st 2017 18:30.

Find us at:

Lohika company
(2-nd floor - Conference hall)
15 Lemkivska street
Lviv
Ukraine

The first ROS meeting in Ukraine is organised to begin an evolution of ROS Ukraine community. Both ROS enthusiasts and those beginning their journey into ROS are welcome.

To kick-start the meeting Andriy Petlovanyy from Shadow Robot Company will share some insights into the way they use ROS in their applications. Participation is free, just please register here

ROS-I Consortium Annual Meeting to Feature Eight Noted Speakers

From Paul Hvass

Meeting to be held April 7 in Chicago

  • Keynote speaker Matthew Robinson, Caterpillar
  • Brett Hemes, 3M
  • Trent Weiss, The Boeing Company
  • Dr. Steve Turek, Manufacturing USA
  • Tully Foote, OSRF
  • Min Ling Chan, ARTC
  • Mirko Bordignon, Fraunhofer IPA
  • Paul Hvass, SwRI

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From André Araújo

We are pleased to announce the 2nd edition the international summer course RobotCraft 2017: Robotics Craftsmanship International Academy, from 3rd of July until 3rd September, in Coimbra, Portugal. Besides providing a general overview of the science and art behind robotics and teaching the basis, the course have a strong component of ROS, starting from the integration of the developed mobile robot during the course, to the high level AI routines implementation in ROS.

In the 1st version, RobotCraft 2016,

we hosted 65 students coming from all over the world, from different nationalities, with distinct formation fields and degrees, from BSc to PhD students.

The robotics international school is organized by Ingeniarius, Ltd in association with Faculty of Sciences and Technology of University of Coimbra, and the Robotics Group from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department,

The course will promote:

  • Concepts and theorems for the introduction to robotics, describing the history of robotics and its evolution;

  • Understand the potential use of ROS framework;

  • Integration of the developed mobile robot in ROS;

  • Development of multi-robots and AI algorithms in ROS;

  • Acquire C/C++ programming skills;

  • Acquire basic 3D modelling and printing concepts, applied in the design of robotic platforms;

  • Acquire basic electromechanical concepts, applied in the development of robotic platforms;

  • Understand the potential use of Atmel microcontrollers, using the Arduino platform;

  • Understand the use of sensors (e.g., range finders, encoders, cameras) and actuators (e.g., servo motors, stepper motors, DC motors) used in robotics;

  • Explore and apply the concepts of networks and different communications architectures to robotics;

  • Explore and apply concepts of artificial intelligence in robotics;

  • Consolidate concepts learned during the modules for the full design of a mobile robotic platform, including 3D design, electromechanical assembly, low-level and high-level programming, and artificial intelligence.

For more info please check, http://robotcraft.ingeniarius.pt/ .

See you soon in Coimbra!

Announcing ROSCon 2017: September 21st and 22nd in Vancouver

We're happy to announce that ROSCon 2017 will be held September 21-22, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, Canada. IROS 2017 will be held at the same venue September 24-28, so plan to attend both of these great events!

More details will be forthcoming. In the mean time you can get more information about ROSCon by reviewing past ROSCon events 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, or 2012. Where you can find the past presentations listed and most include both slides and video recordings.

ROSCon 2016 Videos and Slides Posted

ROSCon was record-breaking in every way, with over 450 attendees and a 60% increase over last year in sponsorship.

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

We're happy to announce that we've posted recordings of all the talks on the program. You can find them linked at: http://roscon.ros.org/2016/#program As well we have collected the slides from most of the presenters as well which are linked there as well.

If you would like to browse through the videos alone you can also find all 56 videos here: https://vimeopro.com/osrfoundation/roscon-2016

From Dave Coleman

Our second MoveIt! community meeting webcast will be on October 27th at 8am Pacific to discuss the latest developments and uses of MoveIt! around the world. Join us online to hear from research groups and industry on their perspectives of motion planning in ROS. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Recent Developments in MoveIt! - Dave Coleman
  • The Search-Based Planning Library (SBPL) - Dr. Maxim Likhachev and Andrew Dornbush
  • Updates from the Flexible Collision Checking Library (FCL) - Dr. Dinesh Manocha
  • Delft's Winning Amazon Picking Challenge Entry - Mukunda Bharatheesha
  • MoveIt! @ Fetch Robotics - Michael Ferguson
  • Q&A with original MoveIt! Developer & Founder - Dr. Ioan Sucan

Final agenda and details on how to join the AnyMeeting webcast will be sent out closer to the event. If you are interested in presenting your work to the community please contact me by October 21st.

The Barcelona ROS Summer Course will start in 2 weeks

Ricardo Téllez via ros-users@

The Barcelona ROS (Robot Operating System) Summer Course will start in 2 weeks. This is the final call.

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • A single week of basic ROS learning in Barcelona. These courses are available for students and teachers with no previous knowledge of ROS. 100% practical since minute one.

  • Dates: 5th to 10th of September

  • Morning (from 9:30 to 13:30): teaching by doing exercises. Teaching is 100% practical. Students must complete several exercises along with the teachers' explanations of different subjects.

  • Afternoon (from 14:30 to 16:30): working on a ROS project. Students are presented with a project they have to solve by the end of the week working by themselves in the afternoons, with the support of the teachers.

  • Exam and ROS Certification: There will be a test at the end of the course. Those who pass the test with at least 8 out of 10 will receive a ROS certification.

  • Spots Still Available: due to the high demand of the course, we increased the number of seats to 13. There only remain 3 free spots.

  • Location: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 608, 3ºD, 08007 Barcelona, SPAIN

TIME TABLE

  • Monday: ROS BASICS: basic structure of ROS programs and its concepts

  • Tuesday: ROS TOPICS: how to create topics and how to access them

  • Wednesday: ROS SERVICES: how to create services and how to use them

  • Thursday: ROS ACTIONS: how to create action servers and use them

  • Friday: ROS DEBUG: ROS tools that allow to find errors and debug

  • Saturday: Course Exam from 9:30 to 11:30

REQUIREMENTS FOR ATTENDANCE

  • Basic knowledge of Python programming

  • A laptop (can have any operating system)

IMPORTANT LINK

CONTACT US

  • You can contact us with questions and doubts here: info@theconstructsim.com

From Zhang Xinyu, following from the second ROS Summer School in China 2016, July 22-28:

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The 2nd ROS Summer School in China was held on 22-28 July 2016 at Shanghai. It attracted over 400 participants. This event was organized by Intelligent Robot Motion and Vision Laboratory (directed by Dr. ZHANG Xinyu, http://www.robotics.sei.ecnu.edu.cn) and sponsored by Graduate School of East China Normal University.

This summer school includes 4 keynote speeches given by senior academic researchers, 7 invited talks delivered by the industrial representatives and 13 lectures given by ROS experts. Students from 75 universities and institutes, and developers from 64 industrial companies participate this seven-day event. During the summer school, a 3km running activity as arranged every early morning to promote a closer community of learners.

More details about this and previous events available at:

World MoveIt! Day August 23rd

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Join us for an international hackathon to improve the MoveIt! code base, documentation, and community. Following the heels of the repo merge, we hope to fix all broken links in the documentation, close as many longstanding pull requests and issues as possible, and have some fun with a newly released integrated simulation of MoveIt! manipulation + Gazebo + Fetch for us to test. An hour long Q&A session is scheduled at 9am Pacific to allow the community to meet the people merging their pull requests.

We will be having several event locations including:

  • Fetch Robotics in San Jose, California. Contact: Michael Ferguson
  • ROS Industrial at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Paul Hvass
  • Xamla Robotics Team at Provisio GmbH in Münster, Germany. Contact: Andreas Köpf
  • JSK at the University of Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan. Contact: Kei Okada

If you aren't near an organized event we encourage you to have your own event in your lab/organization/company and video conference in to all the other events. We would also like to mail your team or event some MoveIt! stickers to schwag out your robots with.

For more details, see the event page.

ROSCon 2016 early registration deadline: August 26th

The ROSCon registration rates increase after Friday, August 26! Register now at: https://events.osrfoundation.org/roscon-2016-registration/ to get the early registration discount.

To save money, remember to book your hotel room soon as well. The Conference has reserved a limited block of rooms at a discounted rate which is available until September 1st or until the block is full. To get the reserved rooms at the discounted rate book through this link More information is available at: http://roscon.ros.org/2016/#location.

For more information about ROSCon including the program and information on the location please visit: http://roscon.ros.org/

We can't put on ROSCon without the support of our generous sponsors, who now include Canonical, Dorabot, Nvidia, and SICK.

We'd like to especially thank our Platinum and Gold Sponsors: Fetch Robotics, Clearpath Robotics, Intel, Nvidia, ROBOTIS, ROS-Industrial Consortium / Southwest Research Institute, SICK, and Yujin Robot.

ROSCon 2016 Diversity Scholarships

The ROSCon 2016 organizing committee aims for ROSCon to represent the entire ROS community, which is diverse and global. In addition to promoting technology that is open source, we also strive to ensure that our communities themselves are as open and accessible as possible, since we recognize that diversity benefits the ROS ecosystem as a whole.

Whoever you are, whatever you do, and wherever you do it, if you're interested in ROS, then we want you to join us at ROSCon. To help reduce the financial barriers to conference attendance, the ROSCon organizing committee is offering a number of scholarships to members of traditionally underrepresented groups in the tech community. These scholarships will include a complimentary conference registration pass and two nights' twin-share* accommodation. Please note that all other expenses (including travel and any visa requirements) will be the responsibility of the participant.

*To maximize the impact of the scholarship funds, scholarship recipients will be asked to share a room with another recipient.

Eligibility

We invite applications from members of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the tech community (including but not limited to: women, LGBTQ+, people of color, people with disabilities, and people from ethnic minorities in their country of residence), who may not otherwise be able to attend ROSCon.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out this form by the 14th of August, describing how you are involved with ROS and the robotics community and what you hope to get out of attending ROSCon 2016. Scholarships will be awarded based on a combination of need and impact. Every applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application by the 20th of August.

For more information about ROSCon 2016, including the program, code of conduct, and childcare options, please see http://roscon.ros.org/2016/

ROSCon 2016 Program Published

We're happy to announce that the program for ROSCon 2016 has been published. You can see the lineup of accepted presentations here: http://roscon.ros.org/2016/#program

By popular demand, the ROSCon lightning talks and birds of a feather discussions will be returning! Lightning talks and BOF topics are scheduled just-in-time at the conference.

Reminders:

We can't put on ROSCon without the support of our generous sponsors, who now include Locus Robotics and Rethink Robotics: http://roscon.ros.org/2016/#sponsors

We're still accepting new sponsors. If you'd like to support ROSCon and connect with the ROS community, please contact the organizing committee: roscon-2016-oc@osrfoundation.org.

We'd like to especially thank our Platinum and Gold Sponsors: Fetch Robotics, Clearpath Robotics, Intel, ROBOTIS, ROS-Industrial Consortium / Southwest Research Institute, and Yujin Robot.

5th ROS Meetup in Korea!

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Here's another piece of good news, the ROS community keeps spreading in Asia. Particularly in South Korea where ROSCon 2016 will happen. According to Yoonseok Pyo:

The 5th ROS Korea users seminar & meetup event was held on 16-17 July 2016 at Seoul National University, Korea. The ROS Meetup is designed for beginners of ROS. So we have a time that how to use the ROS such as SLAM and navigation using mobile robot, manipulation using manipulator and MoveIt!.

The first day, we learned the concepts of ROS and basic programming using ROS. The second day, we had a time that how to use the SLAM, Navigation and 'MoveIt!' using mobile robot and manipulator. We had an exciting time over the two days with ROS. https://github.com/robotpilot/ros-seminar

The schedule of the event:

[The first day 8 hours]

  • 01 Introduction to Robot Operating System (ROS)
  • 02 Hello World
  • 03 ROS Basic programming
  • 04 Various development tools of ROS (Command line tools, RViz, RQT)

[The second day 8 hours]

  • 05 Analysis of 8 years
  • 06 SLAM and navigation for mobile robot
  • 07 robot arm modeling and How to use the MoveIt!
  • 08 Three key features of ROS 2.0

For the past year, we have been an effort to expand the ROS in Korea and Japan. We love ROS, and we think that ROS is the future of robotics and will open the market in the service robotics area!

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In 2015, the East China Normal University organized the first ROS summer school in China, Shanghai, providing a quick and in-depth learning opportunity for both ROS beginners and advanced ROS users. Now in 2016 the event is happening and we're happy to present the ROS Summer School in China 2016 sponsored by East China Normal University in Shanghai.

According to the organizers:

Robot companies in China have realized the importance of ROS and began building their robot products using the meta operating system. However, learning the ROS framework and its associated components involves a quite a few multidisciplinary concepts, which not only requires developers to have software programming skills, but also to be familiar with robot hardware and even understanding the background of specific industrial applications.

Below is the outline of the program.

  • Day 1. Academic research talks and tutorials.
  • Day 2. Representatives from industry share their experiences on application development using ROS.
  • Day 3. Some introductory ROS courses for beginners.
  • Day 4. Learning how to integrate ROS with mobile autonomous robots.
  • Day 5. Some advanced topics in ROS.
  • Day 6. The topic in computer vision.
  • Day 7. Lectures in SLAM.

ROS training is something we all should be interested in and it seems to be pretty hot in China recently. The fact that the Robot Operating System gains adepts benefits us all so if you happen to be in Shanghai this July, register for the event and stop by the East China Normal University to learn more about ROS!

From Mohammad Salameh

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ROBOT OPERATING SYSTEM (ROS) WORKSHOP

Recently, ROS (Robot Operating System) has been increasing in popularity around the world and rapidly becoming a de facto standard for writing interoperable and reusable robot software. It provides libraries and tools to help software developers and researchers create robot applications. ROS is being used for many of the world's most exciting and capable robots, such as in industry and entertainment. Besides, developers can learn and gain access freely to the comprehensive developer community and support forum.

The ROS workshop at M-CAIT 2016 will primarily talks participants how to use ROS in their robotics research and development works. Both simulation and with real robot namely Turtlebot will be used to gain some hands-on experience on the ROS. The workshop is designed for beginners and professionals providing basic and intermediate concepts of how the ROS works such as autonomous robot navigation for SLAM, visualization and programming. Thus in this case no previous research or ROS experience is required.

AUDIENCE

Academics, research students and engineers at all levels who wish to learn about Robotics Operating System (ROS). Students and researchers involve in computer vision, controlling system and robotics especially in autonomous navigation, will find this workshop helpful.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

  1. Introduction and overview to ROS
  2. Using ROS simulation
  3. Using ROS on Turtlebot for SLAM
  4. Understanding ROS programming framework

WORKSHOP REQUIREMENTS AND MATERIALS

This is a hands-on robotics workshop focusing from the basic to intermediate ROS levels. Participants will get presentation slides, ROS software and its tools.

PRE-REQUISITES

The audience is expected to bring a notebook and 8GB USB flash drive for hands-on experience.

In order to make the most of your time at M-CAIT 2016 ROS workshop, it is necessary to come to the sessions prepared and ready to start. Please download the following software or information:

However, everyone should feel welcome to attend regardless of whether or not they have ROS installed for themselves.

For Registration and payment Click Here

ROSCon 2016 Registration open; proposal deadline extended

We're happy to announce that registration for ROSCon is now open! Register here: https://events.osrfoundation.org/roscon-2016-registration

We're looking forward to a great event in Seoul. We have updated the website with more information about the venue, including childcare options:

http://roscon.ros.org/2016/#location

Questions or requests can be sent to the organizing committee:

roscon-2016-oc@osrfoundation.org.

In response to multiple requests for extra time to submit ROSCon proposals, we will keep the submission period open over the weekend until midnight California time (UTC-7) on Monday July 11th. Be sure to submit your proposal(s) before the deadline:

http://roscon.ros.org/review/

As a reminder, ROSCon is happening in Seoul immediately prior to IROS, which will be held in nearby Daejeon.

We can't put on ROSCon without the support of our generous sponsors, who now include ROBOTIS:

http://roscon.ros.org/2016/#sponsors

We'd like to especially thank our Platinum and Gold Sponsors: Fetch Robotics, Clearpath, Intel, ROBOTIS, ROS-Industrial Consortium / Southwest Research Institute, and Yujin Robot.

ROSCon 2016: Proposal deadline July 8th and venue information

With just over 3 months to go before ROSCon 2016, we have some important announcements:

We can't put on ROSCon without the support of our generous sponsors, who now include Clearpath Robotics, Southwest Research Institute, GaiTech, and ARM! http://roscon.ros.org/2016/#sponsors

We'd like to especially thank our Platinum and Gold Sponsors: Fetch Robotics, Clearpath Robotics, Intel, Southwest Research Institute, and Yujin Robot.

Middlesex University intro to ROS summer school

From Nick Weldin

Middlesex University is running a one week Intro to ROS summer school 4 - 8 July in London, UK.

This is a practical introductory course in ROS, we will cover what ROS is, the way it works, and how you use it to control robots. We will start with the basic command line tools to get ROS running, and checking whats going on.

You will will learn how to use turtlebots to make maps and autonomously navigate around them. We will look at the basics of the Baxter Robot and how what you have learnt about ROS with one robot can be immediately applied to a very different robot.

We will cover the basics about writing code to work with ROS, and look at using simulation so you can carry on working on things once the course is finished and you may not have immediate access to a robot.

More details are available at http://www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/summer-school/courses/introduction-to-robot-operating-system

From NXROBO and ExBot Robotics Lab:

"Spark" is a series of ROS courses co-organized by NXROBO and Exbot Robotics Lab in order to promote the ROS and robotics in China.

The first "Spark-8" course had 8 basic lessons to help fresh-hands learn ROS step by step, while the complete "Spark-20" course had 20 lessons, from basic ROS programming skills to advanced applications such as simulation, SLAM, navigation and so on.

After months of preparation, the project started on the 5th of March, at the Open Source Maker Space in Shenzhen, China. A second session of the project was kicked off on May 21st, at ShenZhen University. Future sessions are expected to be hold in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Wuhan.

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"Practical and effective" was the main topic of the project. NXROBO and Exbot tried to emphasize the combination of the theory and the practice in a learning-by-doing approach: They took a concrete robot as the model, simulated a real R&D scene, provided first-hand experience of the robotics R&D process, solved the practical problems effectively which ROS amateurs confront. The other distinguishing feature of the Spark Robot Club was a technology exchange platform which gathered top talents of ROS users with practical experience.

The "Spark" initiative became a hot topic in the chinese robotics industry once launched which was beyond expectation. More than 300 people joined the "Spark Robot Club" and the number still keep increasing, from newbies to a savvy specialists. There are members who even came to participate in the event from distant regions in China, including Beijing, Ningbo, Hunan or Guangzhou.

Dr. Tin-Lun Lam (CEO of NXROBO) acted as the tutor of the first course. He has more than ten years of R&D experience in the field of robotics and his exhaustive R&D projects including telepresence robot, tree-climbing robot, four-wheel independent steering and driving vehicle, unmanned sea surface vehicle, 6-axis industrial robotic arm and rescue robot.

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In the workshop, Dr. Lam gave an introduction of ROS, its background and development, the design idea and the core concepts. On the other side, Dr. Lam demonstrated the communication mechanism of ROS by accomplish practical operations, gave an in-depth explanation of the basic topic/service of ROS communication layer model and a navigation application on a real robot. In the after-course exchange, Dr. Lam shared his experiences and ideas with the trainees and specialists.

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On May 21st, the second open course was held in the auditorium of science building at the University of Shenzhen. Generally, the situation of the robotics education in chinese colleges is fairly harsh and the course materials are rarely updated. Furthermore, courses do not generally involve real robots to assist in the teaching/learning process therefore, NXROBO and ExBot put months into coming up with a ROS training that addressed all these issues.

While highlighting the theoretical aspects, they emphasized the concrete object demonstration to solve the practical problems of the ROS amateurs.

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More open courses will be held by NXROBO and ExBot in different regions separately. NXROBO is looking for those who would like to devote themselves to the robot industry to act as tutors, help ROS gain ground among chinese robot amateurs and ultimately promote the development of robot technology.

More information about "Spark" and organizers:

3rd ROS summer school in Turkey

From Ugur YAYAN

In Turkey, many college students, researchers and engineers have been learning and using ROS and seeing its value and benefits. Although some people claim learning and using ROS is a slow and painful process, we disagree. 3rd ROS Summer Schools 2016 which is organized by Eskisehir Osmangazi University & Inovasyon Muhendislik, Eskisehir Turkey, ensures a rapid and comprehensive learning chance for ROS users.

The goal of the summer school is to provide participants with hands-on laboratory experience, programming and offline simulation skills and to give them an introduction to novel technologies and trends in the ROS. This hands-on programme provides participants with the opportunity of practical work with ROS. Within programming and offline simulation sessions students will gain skills in real environment by using fully ROS compatible EvARobot which is developed by Inovasyon Muhendislik. The Robotics Summer School includes three-days of workshops and lectures to all trainees (Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Postdoctoral fellows).

In our summer school, first day, information will be provided about the recent state of mobile robot and autonomous vehicle studies. After that introductory practical education for Linux/ROS and its applications will be given. In the second day GAZEBO simulation environment is learned (building an environment and robot model, collection of sensory data (kinect, encoder, sonar, lidar), ROS basic libraries for autonomous vehicles). In the third day fully ROS compatible evarobot is presented. Also some real environment test and demonstrations (wander, remote control, autonomous exploration collection of sensory data (kinect, encoder, sonar, lidar), SLAM-AMCL etc.) are implemented by using evarobot.

Program details are below.

http://esogusem.ogu.edu.tr/web/?q=tr/course/uygulamali-ros-egitimi

ROS-I Asia Pacific Workshop

From Paul Hvass at ROS Industrial

ROS-I Asia Pacific Workshop will take place in Singapore July 14th and 15th. We are excited to bring the ROS-I workshop to Asia for the first time!

Please visit the ROS-I Asia Pacific Workshop Website for updates and event details. We look forward to seeing you in Singapore soon!

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To register, please visit the following page: http://rosindustrial.org/ros-i-asia-pacific-workshop-registration

ROSCon 2016: Call for Proposals

ROSCON 2016 is happening October 8-9 in Seoul, Korea: http://roscon.ros.org/2016/

Proposals for presentations on all topics related to ROS are invited: http://roscon.ros.org/2016/#call-for-proposals

The proposal submission deadline is July 8th, 2016: http://roscon.ros.org/2016/#important-dates

Women, members of minority groups, and members of other under-represented groups are encouraged to submit presentation proposals to ROSCon.

Proposals will be reviewed by the program committee, which 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 ros-users@lists.ros.org.

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

  • Best practices
  • Useful packages
  • 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

To get an idea of the content and tone of ROSCon, check out the presentation slides and videos from previous years: http://roscon.ros.org/2016/#past-events

Submit your proposal here: http://roscon.ros.org/review/

We can't put on ROSCon without the support of our generous sponsors: http://roscon.ros.org/2016/#sponsors

We'd like to especially thank our Platinum and Gold Sponsors: Fetch Robotics and Intel!

If you're interested in supporting ROSCon, please contact us: roscon-2016-oc@osrfoundation.org.

Next ROS Summer School by FH Aachen

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From Patrick Wiesen

As mentioned in February News we are offering the next ROS Summer School from 15th till 26th of August 2016 at the University of Applied Sciences in Aachen (FH Aachen), Germany.
This year a special UAV ROS weekend (27/28th August) will complement the ROS Summer School. Over 60 participants are already registered, but there are still some hacking seats left. The registration dead line is coming weekend: 30th of April! Afterwards we will generate a waiting list for more participants. Register now!

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The following subjects are covered: ROS Basics, Communication, Hardware Interfacing, Teleoperation, Transforms, Gazebo Simulation, Landmark Detection, Localization, Mapping, Navigation, Control as well as some ROS Industrial exhibition. All this can be experienced with real hardware using our mobile robots - the FH Aachen Rover - after learning some theory.

In addition to the above, it is worth mentioning the big success of our recent ROS Summer School at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa. Thanks to people there joining and supporting us. It was great fun and a nice learning atmosphere! We had more than 20 participants and they learned ROS from scratch. After one week, five teams competed with their autonomous FH Aachen Rovers on a round track including Mapping and Localization in a final challenge. After five Summer Schools it was the first time that no Rover hits a wall - congratulations!

This is what our participants just managed in one week, so let's see in August what they can do in two weeks?!

The group photo shows our participants at TUT in South Africa, our colleagues from the 3D printing Goethelab in Aachen, who held as well a Summer School at TUT and us, surrounded by happy robot enthusiasts.

ROSCon 2016 location announced!

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Today may be April 1st, but this is no April Fools' Joke: ROSCon 2016 will take place in Seoul, South Korea between October 8th and 9th! We're very excited to get the ROS community together again to share all of the exciting work that has happened over the last year. ROSCon will directly precede IROS, which is in nearby Daejeon, Korea this year. If you're already planning to attend IROS, just tack on a couple extra days and join us in Seoul!

Stay tuned to the ROSCon 2016 website for updates and submission deadlines. We look forward to seeing you in Seoul later this year!

ROS-Industrial Training Class April 6-8

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From Christina Gomez


Southwest Research Institute is hosting a ROS-Industrial Training Class April 6 - 8, 2016 in San Antonio Texas. Wednesday at 8 am, we begin with a functional check of the VM's, and end with a dinner in downtown San Antonio. A more detailed agenda can be found at the ROS-I website.

The classroom portion is similar to the training held last year with the same curriculum and lab option for Descartes. Please bring a laptop to the class with the ROS-I training Virtual Machine pre-installed. This class is geared toward individuals with a programming background who seek to learn to compose their own ROS nodes. Day 1 will focus on basic/introductory ROS concepts. Day 2 will examine motion planning using MoveIt! as well as the Descartes planner and Perception concepts. Day 3 offers a lab programming exercise (with a choice of): 

  • Simple Perception Lab
  • Simple MoveIt! Application
  • Simple Descartes Application.
  • Pick and Place Application

Registration is now open: http://rosindustrial.org/training-registration

Book your hotel by March 22 to receive the discounted room rate! Details can be found at the ROS-I website.


Thank you for your interest in ROS-Industrial.

ROS Live Community Meeting Thursday

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The time for our next ROS Live meeting on Robot Description Formats has almost come!

The meeting will be held this Thursday at 11AM PST/2PM EST/7PM UTC for 1 hour (see time converter). You may want to show up 10-15 minutes early so that we can start on time.

We will use Mumble voice chat for the meeting.

Before the call, please download the Mumble client:

Linux: sudo apt-get install mumble
OSX and Windows: download the binary from https://github.com/mumble-voip/mumble/releases

Then open the client and configure your voice chat setting to "Push To Talk" and make sure you remember the hotkey. We also suggest you disable the "Text to Speech" option, unless you enjoy hearing a robotic voice read every text chat that comes in out load.

To connect to our server, use the following info:
Address: 54.183.209.92
Port: 64738

If you want others to recognize who you are, use your real name or your Github username for your username.

If you don't have a working microphone, you can still connect via text chat in the client.

We will record the conversation and make it publicly available after the meeting.

Make sure you've prepared your questions, comments, and concerns about the present and future state of Robot Description Formats in ROS and Gazebo.


Two ROS Summer Schools by FH Aachen

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From Patrick Wiesen


After four ROS Summer Schools in Aachen, we are happy to announce now our first export ROS Summer School at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria.

 

It will be a one week event from 07th March 2016 to 12th March 2016 ending up in a competition using the mobile robots developed at FH Aachen. The common mobile robotic topics using ROS will be covered: ROS Basics, Communication, Transforms, Hardware Interfacing, Teleoperation, Landmark Detection, Localization, Mapping and a lot more. After theoretic lectures, we will continue with our hands-on hardware workshops using ROS on the robots as usual.


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And because we never gonna stop, we are offering another ROS Summer School at our own university FH Aachen this year again. The event is planned from 15th August till 26th August 2016. Students in the field of Robotics, Mechatronics, Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering or everyone else interested in learning the basic skills of ROS is invited to register now! In this two weeks we are handling the following topics of mobile robotics more in detail:

ROS Basics, Communication, Hardware Interfacing, Teleoperation, Transforms, Gazebo Simulation, Landmark Detection, Localization, Mapping, Navigation, Control, some Industrial exhibition and so on and so on. . . Of course all this topics can be experienced on real hardware using our mobile robots after learning the theory.


And if this is still not enough for you, we offer an additional ROS UAV weekend afterwards from 27th to 28th of August. This will include assembling UAVs, first flight setup, flight modes, ROS interfacing, Landmark Detection and getting in touch with autonomous flying. Feel free to choose this option in our application form. Application form, more information, photos and videos can be found on our homepage:

 

https://www.fh-aachen.de/en/faculties/mechanical-engineering-and-mechatronics/international-topics/ros/


All is organized by MASCOR.  The ROS Summer School is designed to teach participants about how to get started with ROS; it is created for those who have had an interest in autonomous systems, but didn't quite know how to get started. With that, organizers recommend students have a basic knowledge of Linux (Ubuntu) and one programming language such as Python or C++. The two-week program is made possible through Mobile Autonomous Systems and Cognitive Robotics (MASCOR), and key players including Prof. Walter Reichert, Prof. Stephan Kallweit, Prof. Alexander Ferrein, and Prof. Ingrid Scholl.

February ROS Live meetup details announced

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From David Lu!! via ros-users@

The time and topic for the February ROS Live meetup are set. The
meeting will be Thursday February 25th, 2016 at 2pm EST [1] and will
be about Robot Description Formats.

Thank you everyone for voting. Future meetings will likely focus on
other highly ranked topics.

Further details about how to participate will be released next week.
In the meantime, you can help shape the conversation by visiting the
Github page[2] and adding topics you'd like to hear discussed, gripes
you have about URDF or other things to spur the conversation.

David Lu!!
ROS Community Promoter Person (ROSCPP)
BossaNova.com / MetroRobots.com

P.S. As it turns out, trying to schedule this meeting was a massively
over-constrained problem. There were no perfect solutions, and most
options were unavailable for about half the respondents.
P.P.S. Due to possible limitations in the number of live participants
on the call, please let me know if there are special circumstances for
you being on the live call. As mentioned earlier, there will be a way
to contribute questions if you're watching the live stream.

[1] http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=ROS+Live+February&iso=20160225T14&p1=418&ah=1
[2] https://github.com/DLu/ros_live/wiki/Robot-Description-Formats
[3] http://tinyurl.com/roslivefebruary
From Paul Hvass

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The ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas Annual Meeting will be held March 3-4 at Southwest Research Institute headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. Demonstrations are open to the public on March 3 for registered attendees, and will include Scan-N-Plan robotic automation, a mobile manipulator for order fulfillment, and more. Come and learn more about the design of a four-story tall laser coating removal mobile robot from Jeremy Zoss, the lead engineer behind the project who will give the keynote address. On March 4 consortia members will convene to hear updates from ROS-I community leaders in the US, Europe, and Asia. At lunch, Erik Nieves, the CEO of PlusOne Robotics, will present his vision for the future of robotics (keynote). Then the Consortium will provide input to build a roadmap for 2016, and will learn more about the progress and plans for the latest focused technical projects.

Interested in being part of the open source industrial robotics community? 
Register online or to view the agenda, visit rosindustrial.org events page.

ROS Seattle User Group Meetup

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From Lucas Walter via ros-users@

I'd like to set up a meetup to occur in February for ROS users in the Seattle area pending working out scheduling with attendees.  Likely it would be on a week night for two or three hours at a restaurant or bar or a room with a screen if we can set that up.  Periodic meetings to follow if there is sufficient interest.  

There is a LinkedIn ROS Seattle group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8457866.  If you are interested but don't use LinkedIn feel free to email me directly, and if LinkedIn proves unsuitable meetup.com or another invite system can be used.  Once the spam problem abates I'll make an entry on http://wiki.ros.org/Events, and get an announcement onto the ros.org blog with a time and date.

Currently there is a modest contingent of members from the University of Washington, and a handful who use it in industry or for personal projects.  It would be great to start out with informal discussion of projects and at later meetups have short length presentations from scheduled speakers.

Invitation to the first Danish ROS Meetup

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From Karl Damkjær Hansen via ros-users@

The first Danish ROS Meetup:

Thursday February 18th 2016
Aalborg University
Section for Automation and Control
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7, C3-203
9220 Aalborg

At ROSCon 2015, a handful of Danish ROS experts met and decided that it was about time that we had a proper Danish ROS Meetup. These experts came from both industry and academia, and both the southern and the northern part of the country.
We want to invite all Danish ROS users to this meetup. Whether you are a user, aficionado or expert, we want you to come. We will share our experiences with ROS and present our different projects that use ROS and hopefully kick-start a useful Danish ROS network.

Participation is free, just send an email to kdh@es.aau.dk to let us know that you are coming.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
Please consider presenting your work with ROS. This may be anything from a presentation of a project using ROS to a tutorial on a package that you maintain. Please send an email with your topic to kdh@es.aau.dk

PROGRAM
10:30-12:00 Morning session
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:30 Tour of the Automation and Control laboratories
13:30-15:30 Afternoon session

We hope to see you in Aalborg in February.
Robotic regards,
Karl Damkjær Hansen

4th ROS Meetup in Korea!

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From Yoonseok Pyo

The 4th ROS Korea users seminar & meetup event was held on 7-8 November 2015 at Seoul, Korea. Particularly, in the second day, we prepared the tutorial seminar for participants with hands-on experience of ROS. This tutorial seminar arranged 4 section, ROS Basic, ROS Tools like RViz and rqt, ROS Navigation using Turtlebot and ROS MoveIt using ROBOTIS Manipulator, by Jihoon Lee and Yoonseok Pyo. The goal of the seminar & meetup event is to provide the hands-on experience and programming skills when using ROS and ecosystem.

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See the links below for the photos of this meetup.

See the links below for the presentation slides. It is written in Korean, but we hope to bring up new ROS Korean contributors in not far future.

OROCA (www.oroca.org, about 30,000 members) and Korea Open Society for Robotics (https://www.facebook.com/groups/KoreanRobotics/, about 4,300 members) communities have been effort to expand open robotics in Korea. We want to continue this activity with ROS. We are tentatively planning to hold ROS summer school and ROS meetup event in Korea on next year. 

We'd like to give special thanks to OSRF, ROS development teams and many ROS users. Also, thanks to our sponsors Korea Institute for Robot Industry Advancement (KIRIA), Yujin Robot, ROBOTIS, MagicEco and Rubypaper.

ROSCon 2015 Videos Posted

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The videos from ROSCon 2015 have been posted! If you were unable to attend or catch the live stream we recorded all of the presentations as well as the lightning talks. You can find them linked from the program or view them all here

As an example here's Brian's opening remarks:

ROSCon 2015 Hamburg: Day 1 - Opening Remarks from OSRF on Vimeo.

ROSCon 2016 Venue Survey

While you are thinking about ROSCon please take a moment to fill out our survey about potential locations for ROSCon 2016 We want your input to help us choose the next location for ROSCon!

- Your ROSCon Organizing Committee


Thanks again to our Platinum Sponsors: Canonical / Ubuntu and Fetch Robotics!

And our Gold Sponsors: 3D Robotics, Bosch, Clearpath Robotics, GaiTech, Magazino, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Rethink Robotics, ROBOTIS, Robotnik, ROS-Industrial, Shadow Robot, SICK, and Synapticon!

ROS-Industrial Training Opportunities

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ROS Industrial will be hosting two upcoming events.

October 21, Stuttgart, Germany

The ROS-Industrial Consortium Europe is hosting a ROS-Industrial Training Class October 21 in Stuttgart, Germany. For details, refer to the event page.

Registration is still open: Link

November 16-18, San Jose area, California, USA

The ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas is coordinating with Flex and Silicon Valley Robotics to host a ROS-Industrial Developers Training Class November 16-18, 2015 in Milpitas, California. For details, refer to the events page.

Registration is now open: Link

ROSCon 2015: sold out, and live streaming

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For the first time, this year we have sold out registration for ROSCon!

Due to the capacity limit on the venue at University of Hamburg, we
can't accommodate any more registrations.  We will *not* have on-site
registration this year.  If you haven't received an email confirmation
of your registration, then we won't be able to admit you to the event.

If you're interested in ROSCon but weren't able to register, you still
have options for enjoying the event:

* Thanks to generous sponsorship from Qualcomm, we're live-streaming
all the ROSCon talks, free of charge.  Closer to the event, a link to
the streaming site will be posted here:
  http://roscon.ros.org/2015/#live-streaming

* As in previous years, we will post videos of the ROSCon talks after
the event, free of charge.

* We are maintaining a waiting list, which is being processed as slots
open up; if you'd like to be added to that list, send email to
roscon-2015-oc@osrfoundation.org.

Thanks for all your support, and we're looking forward to a great ROSCon 2015!

- your ROSCon 2015 Organizing Committee

~~~
Thanks again to our Platinum Sponsors: Canonical / Ubuntu and Fetch Robotics!
And our Gold Sponsors: 3D Robotics, Bosch, Clearpath Robotics,
GaiTech, Magazino, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Rethink Robotics, ROBOTIS,
Robotnik, ROS-Industrial, Shadow Robot, SICK, and Synapticon!
~~~

ROS at Robot Launch 2015

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It was great to see all the different pitches at Robot Launch 2015 Finals

You can see the results announced on twitter here

We're proud to say that 1/3rd of the Robot Launch startups used ROS.

The Construct won the "Industrial Robotics Award" sponsored by Siemens as well as the "Readers Pick"


And Luvozo won the "Robot Launch ROS Award" sponsored by Clearpath Robotics.


Another ROS company,Erle Robotics, also earned an honorable mention.

First MoveIt! Community Meeting Slides and Recording

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From Sachin Chitta via ros-users@

Thank you again for coming to the meeting and thanks to the presenters for making this a fantastic meeting. There were more than 240 people registered and more than 150 who attended from all over the world. I apologize to those running Ubuntu who had issues joining us (using Chrome was the suggested solution for the future).

The recording of the meeting is available online: https://youtu.be/D5rs9uLrveg


The slides from the meeting are posted here: http://www.sachinchitta.org/blog/report-on-the-first-moveit-community-meeting

MoveIt! now has a twitter account for updates: @moveitrobot

Feel free to let us know (on the moveit-users mailing list) if you have any feedback. 

Report from first ROS Summer School in China

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The 1st ROS Summer School in China was held on 23-26 July 2015 at Shanghai. It attracted over 200 participants. This event was organized by Intelligent Robot Motion and Vision Laboratory (directed by Dr. ZHANG Xinyu, http://www.robotics.sei.ecnu.edu.cn) in East China Normal University and co-organized by a robotic startup company AIC-Robotics (http://www.aicrobo.com).

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This summer school arranged 8 invited talks delivered by the industrial companies and 17 lectures given by ROS experts. 166 master and Ph.D. students from 48 universities and research institutes, and more than 50 developers and ROS users from the industrial participate this four-day event.

The organizers would like to give special thanks to the following lecturers: Dr. CHEN Ling (Shanghai University, Shanghai) Dr. PAN Jia (The University of Hong Kong) Mr. SHE Yuanbo (AICRobotics Team, Shenzhen) Mr. LIAO Xinyi (Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an) Mr. LI Jin (KODA, Shanghai) Mr. FU Guohe (East China Normal University, Shanghai)

and the following enterprise representatives: Mr. WANG Xinjun (Shanghai Gaitech Scientific Instruments Co. Ltd.) Mr. GUO Gaihua (INMOTION, Shenzhen) Mr. LU Jing (Omakr Robotics, Suzhou) Dr. ZHENG Yousheng (AVIC JiangXi Hongdu Aviation Industry Group, Nanchang) Mr. LI Zheng (Hi-Robot, Shanghai) Mr. ZHANG Hao (DORABOT, Shenzhen) Mr. XIAN Linbo (WXYZTech, Wu Han) Mrs. WANG Wei (LEEMAN China, Beijing)

Please check out the official website for the photos http://www.robotics.sei.ecnu.edu.cn/ros2015/album.html

From Sachin Chitta via ros-users@

Save the date for the first MoveIt! Community Meeting happening online on Sept. 3 at 8 AM PST. Confirmed speakers include:

  • The State of MoveIt! - Sachin Chitta
  • OMPL - Mark Moll, Lydia Kavraki (Rice University)
  • ROS-Control - Adolfo Rodríguez Tsouroukdissian (PAL Robotics)
  • ROS-Industrial - Shaun Edwards (SwRI)
  • Team VIGIR at the DRC - Stefan Kohlbrecher (Technische Universität Darmstadt)
  • MoveIt! based Implementation of an I-AUV - Dina Youakim, Pere Ridao, and Narcis Plaomeras (University of Girona)

If you have used MoveIt! on an exciting project or robot and would like to present your work to the community, please don't hesitate to email me at robot.moveit@gmail.com by August 11, 2015.

A final agenda and details on how to take part in the meeting will be sent out next week.

3rd ROS Meetup in Korea!

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From Yoonseok Pyo via ros-users@


We held the 3rd ROS Korea users seminar & meetup event at Dong-a University in Busan, on 8 July 2015. We held 1st and 2nd meetup event in Seoul, Korea. However, this time, we held in other city 'Busan', try to spread ROS in Korea.

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The seminar covered overview for introduction of ROS, SLAM, Navigation, Moveit and Gazebo. See the links below for the presentation slides.

For the past year, OROCA (www.oroca.org) 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 4th ROS meetup in Korea on November. 

We'd like to give special thanks to OSRF, ROS development teams and many ROS users. Also, thanks to Prof. Jong-Wook Kim at Dong-a University and our sponsors Yujin Robot and ROBOTIS.

ROS Summer School in Turkey

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From U?ur Yayan

In Turkey, many college students, researchers and engineers have been learning and using ROS and seeing its value and benefits. Although some people claim learning and using ROS is a slow and painful process, we disagree. 2nd ROS Summer Schools 2015 which is organized by Eskisehir Osmangazi University & Inovasyon Muhendislik, Eskisehir Turkey, ensures a rapid and comprehensive learning chance for ROS users.

 

The goal of the summer school is to provide participants with hands-on laboratory experience, programming and offline simulation skills and to give them an introduction to novel technologies and trends in the ROS. This hands-on programme provides participants with the opportunity of practical work with ROS. Within programming and offline simulation sessions students will gain skills in real environment by using fully ROS compatible EvARobot which is developed by Inovasyon Muhendislik. The Robotics Summer School includes three-days of workshops and lectures to all trainees (Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Postdoctoral fellows).

 

In our summer school, first day, information will be provided about the recent state of mobile robot and autonomous vehicle studies. After that introductory practical education for Linux/ROS and its applications will be given. In the second day GAZEBO simulation environment is learned (building an environment and robot model, collection of sensory data (kinect, encoder, sonar, lidar), ROS basic libraries for autonomous vehicles). In the third day fully ROS compatible EvARobot is presented. Also some real environment test and demonstrations (wander, remote control, collection of sensory data (kinect, encoder, sonar, lidar), SLAM-AMCL etc.) are implemented by using EvARobot.

 

Program details are below.

 

http://esogusem.ogu.edu.tr/web/?q=tr/course/gezgin-robotlar-ros-yazokulu-egitimi

From Kelly Kane

So you want to build a ROS robot? Sign up for this free ½ day workshop at the Hilton in Santa Clara.

Shaun Edwards - the Co-Founder of ROS-Industrial - will present:

· ROS Capabilities

  • Overview

  • Mobile Manipulation

  • Robotic Blending

· ROS Basics

  • Intro to ROS

  • MoveIt

  • Intro to ROS-Industrial

· Next Steps: Getting Started and Finding Help

Seats are limited. Register today here.

This workshop is hosted by EandM - your local SICK distributor providing sensor intelligence for industrial and professional robots.

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):

http://roscon.ros.org/2015/#program

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 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.

http://www.robotics.sei.ecnu.edu.cn/ros2015


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: http://roscon.ros.org/review

Full text of the CFP is below.

Also if you're planning to attend, registration is also open: https://events.osrfoundation.org/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm%2Fevent%2Fregister&id=3&reset=1 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: http://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/content/deals/offers/Pages/LowFarestoEurope.aspx


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 ros-users@lists.ros.org.

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)

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.

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 (www.oroca.org), one of the largest Korean robotics community.

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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

Pictures

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.

Call for Proposals: ROSCon 2015

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ROSCon 2015


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ROSCon 2015

October 3rd-4th, 2015  Hamburg, Germany
Immediately following IROS
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Important Dates
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Call for Proposals -- May 15th, 2015
Proposal submission deadline -- July 7th, 2015
Proposal acceptance notification -- July 14th, 2015


ROSCon

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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.


Submission Guidelines

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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 ros-users@lists.ros.org.


Topic areas

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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

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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)

To submit a proposal please visit: http://roscon.ros.org/review


Further Info

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The event website is http://roscon.ros.org  You can contact the organizing committee at roscon-2015-oc@osrfoundation.org

RSS 2015 Workshop on Robot Simulation

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A workshop on Realistic, Rapid, and Repeatable Robot Simulation (R4SIM) will be held at the Robotics Science and Systems conference in Rome, Italy.

The R4SIM workshop is motivated by the need for robotics simulators that

  1. lower the barriers to entering robotics research,
  2. provide a means to realistically and comprehensively simulate systems in conditions, or at scales, that would be unfeasible or impossible to test experimentally, and
  3. enable efficient and reliable transition to and from hardware experiments.

Check out the workshop, call for papers, and important dates at http://r4sim.com/.

And a full CFP is located here: http://www.r4sim.com/R4SIM-Final.pdf

Middlesex University intro to ROS summer school

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From Nick Weldin

Middlesex University is running a one week Intro to ROS summer school 6-10 July in London, UK. It will be a practical hands on class with 10 turtlebot robots and a Baxter Research Robot. More details are available  at http://www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/summer-school/courses/introduction-to-robot-operating-system

ROS Summer School in Aachen (August)

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From Stephan Kallweit 

Oops, we do it again! After the very successful ROS Summer School 2014, where we had more than 45 participants from all over the world, we are working again on mobile autonomous robots from the 10th until the 21st of August. The official DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program) Summer School, will provide the right starter kit by using our robotic hardware and - of course - ROS.  We first start with some days of introductory courses, before we tackle the main tasks of mobile robotics, i.e. perception, localization and navigation.

A highlight is a competition, like an urban challenge, at the end of the summer school: Participants form different teams that have the task to design a typical mobile robotic application like indoor/outdoor exploration. They all use the same hardware, powered by their learnt ROS skills.

The ROS Summer School includes also some leisure activities, such as trips to some interesting sights in the region. Last, but not least we have a farewell barbecue at the end.

Fore more info and some impressions of the ROS Summer School 2014 please check:


Here you will find a video.

We're pleased to announce that we will be hosting ROSCon 2015 October 3rd and 4th in Hamburg Germany, immediately following IROS.

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

ROSCon is a developers' conference, in the model of PyCon and BoostCon. Similar to last year, 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 find out more about ROSCon please visit: http://roscon.ros.org/ It has all the past events and more details about ROSCon 2015 will be posted there as they become available.

Your ROSCon 2015 Organizing Committee

You can reach the organizing committee at: roscon-2015-oc@osrfoundation.org

Silicon Valley ROS Workshop - May 2

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From Ed Katz via ros-users@

ROS Training Session Course 101

The Beagle Bone Black (BBB) development board is a great way to begin using ROS for any size Robot project. We have designed a class to get you past the steep learning curve so you can start using your BBB and ROS effectively. This course will focus on basic IO, motor control and switch sensing. At the end of the class you will have:

  • A working BBB running the latest ROS
  • A reference BBB interface for a 2 motor controller (we will be using LEDs instead of motors)
  • Your laptop running ROS via a virtual machine

Time & Place: - Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM - HackerDojo - Mountain View, CA

Sign-up here: Eventbrite

More Info here: http://ros-training.com/

We appreciate your interest!

We look forward to seeing you at our next workshop!

ROS-Industrial Training

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from Christina Gomez, via ros-news


Greetings ROS Community,
 
Southwest Research Institute is coordinating with Caterpillar to host a ROS-Industrial Training Class April 29 - May 2, 2015 in Peoria, Illinois. Wednesday at 1 pm, we begin with a tour of a Caterpillar manufacturing plant, and end with a dinner in downtown Peoria. The detailed agenda can be found at the ROS-I website.

The classroom portion is similar to the training held last year with the same curriculum and an added session and lab option for Descartes. Please bring a laptop to the class with the ROS-I training Virtual Machine pre-installed. This class is geared toward individuals with a programming background who seek to learn to compose their own ROS nodes. 
Day 1 will be split into two tracks: the ROS Basics track will focus on introductory ROS skills; the Advanced track will focus on camera/perception topics. Day 2 will examine motion planning using MoveIt! as well as the Descartes planner and Perception concepts. Day 3 offers a lab programming exercise (with a choice of): 

  • Simple Perception Lab
  • Simple MoveIt! Application
  • Simple Descartes Application.

Registration is now open: http://rosindustrial.org/training-registration.

 

Robotics @ Seoul Tech Society

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From Daniel Stonier via ros-users@

For ROS aficionados in South Korea, there is a seoul tech meetup on March 24th with a few roboticists presenting what is the first of hopefully a series of talks. 

Good chance to catch up and talk with some roboticists over a beer after the talks, or meet some of the next generation in seoul's tech community.

You can sign up here.
From Javier Hidalgo via ros-users@

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
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Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to participate in the first Robot Construction Kit (Rock) Workshop:

http://rock-robotics.org

In parallel to the 13th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation (ASTRA) at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) and the Experts Forum on Robot Control Operating Systems (RCOS) for space and industrial applications.

http://www.congrexprojects.com/2015-events/15a07/introduction

Noordwijk (The Netherlands) 11 May 2015.

It will consist of 20-30 minutes presentations concerning technical talks from developers and users in a similar style of ROSCon and PyCon.

Theme:

Development, tutorials and robotics field application using Rock/Orocos are welcome to contribute. Sustainable systems, scalability, re-usability, field/ real-time applications, system deployment, plan managers, rock integration with existing systems, communication layers, error handling, system recovery and other topics concerning the use and development of Rock/Orocos in robotics are relevant to participate.

Proposal submission:

Technical talks of all topics related to Rock/Orocos are invited to participate in the workshop. Best workshop talk will be awarded!

Proposal submission deadline: 1 April 2015

Notification of Acceptance: 17 April 2015

Further info http://blog.rock-robotics.org/post/111271093400/rock-workshop-2015

RIC-Americas Annual Meeting - 2015

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We are announcing the detailed agenda for the ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas annual meeting, which will take place in conjunction with Automate 2015. Note that there is also a pre-meeting dinner on March 26 that is included with your registration.

Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM CST (Chicago time) on Friday, March 27

Place: Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago Room on 5th floor. Only two miles from the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, IL.

Agenda:

  • 0830 Registration/check-in and light breakfast
  • 0900 Welcome and Consortium updates
  • 0945 ROS-I Roadmap Presentation
  • 1000 Break
  • 1015 Invited ROS-I Presentations
    • Cessna/CNRC - Robotic Routing
    • Caterpillar - Agile Automation
    • Wolf Robotics - Technology Transfer to Practical Applications
    • UNC - Real-Time Motion Planning & Proximity Computations for Industrial Robots
    • GA Tech - Canonical Robot Command Language
    • Siemens - ROS Simulation for Industrial Applications with Tecnomatix
  • 1215 Lunch/Keynote: Fraunhofer IPA - Factory in a Day Project - Reducing System Integration Time to One Day
  • 1300 Focused Technical Project Presentations - 2015
    • Robotic Blending Milestone 3: Expedite and Technology Transfer
    • Strategic Project: CAD to ROS Conversion
    • Best of Amazon Picking Challenge
    • On-Line Adaptive Cartesian Path Planner for Collaborative Robotics
  • 1400 Breakout discussions about FTPs
  • 1500 Lightning talks by Research Members
  • 1600 Conclusion

Registration: Registration Link

How many people can we send?

  • Full Members - 3
  • Associate Members - 2
  • Research Members - 1
  • Additional Members - $300 EA

Not a member? Join Now

We look forward to seeing you there!

ROS Community Workshop, ERF 2015

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from Rich Walker - the Shadow Robot Company

We take ROS very seriously at Shadow - it's at the heart of our robots and systems.

As part of that, we've organised a ROS Community workshop at the European Robotics Forum this year, on Friday 13th at 16.15 in Room 2.

The workshop has three parts:
  1. Overviews of ROS - where it is, where it's going, what the Big Picture is.
  2. Lightning talks on problems in ROS now - what makes it hard or easy or you to use it? What would help?
  3. Roadmapping - what do we need and in what order? What's important?
If you use ROS, or you manage a project that relies on ROS, you should come to the workshop and contribute!

If you want to know more, or you have a definite lightning talk to give, then please get in touch. - see this link for the webpage with contact details!

Notes from the first Korean ROS Users Meetup

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Hi Everyone,

We held the first time ROS Korea users seminar & meetup in Seoul,
Korea on 21-22 of December 2014, hosted by OROCA (www.oroca.org), one
of the largest korean robotics community.

The seminar covered overview for introduction, navigation, moveit,
UAV, and community briefly by speakers from various groups in Korea.

We also prepared and shared a book "ROSBook_KR" for this meetup event.
It is now available for download from Github (free PDF version, total
261 page).
http://wiki.ros.org/Books/ROSBook_KR
https://github.com/robotpilot/rosbook_kr/blob/master/pdf/ROS_Book_KR.pdf



See the links below for the presentation slides of this meetup.

Pictures

[presentation slides and example code]
http://www.slideshare.net/yoonseokpyo/2-8-43019073
http://www.slideshare.net/secret/yy1sE2ksrfUTJP
http://www.slideshare.net/yoonseokpyo/2-10-43019133
http://www.slideshare.net/secret/lPy1NHaXd2JdQV
https://github.com/byeongkyu/safe_arm
https://github.com/oroca/oroca-ros-pkg


free pdf book

We'd like to give special thanks to ROS development team, many ROS
users and our sponsor Yujin Robot Inc.

We <3 ROS!

Cheers,
Yoonseok Pyo