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ROSCon 2017 early registration deadline: August 1st

The ROSCon registration rates increase next Tuesday, August 1st! Register now at: https://roscon2017.eventbrite.com/ to get the early registration discount.

We're anticipating another record year with more proposals, talks, and sponsors than ever before!

To save money, remember to book your hotel room soon as well. More information is available at: http://roscon.ros.org/2017/#location.

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

We're happy to announce some great new sponsors for ROSCon: SICK, Apex.AI, NVIDIA, Voyage, and Ubuntu.

Thanks to our Platinum Sponsor: Intel. Thanks to our Gold Sponsors: Clearpath, Erle, Fetch, GaiTech, Locus, Rapyuta, and SICK. Thanks to our Video Archive Sponsor: Ubuntu

ROSCon 2017: Program posted

The results are in, and the ROSCon 2017 program has been posted!

This year saw a record response from the community, with 107 proposals submitted. Following discussion and tough decision-making among the Program Committee, we decided to accept 38 proposals for presentation (35.5% acceptance rate).

In recent years we made room in the program for 20-25 presentations, in a mixture of long (~40-minute) and medium (~20-minute) durations. This year, given the large number of high-quality proposals that were submitted, we're trying something new, which is to add a category for short presentations, at 5 minutes each. These slots will allow the presenters to briefly introduce their work and entice the audience to follow up in person to learn more.

To encourage those in-person interactions, we're adding another new feature this year, which is a poster session wherein attendees can find and discuss with the presenters the work that most piqued their interest. The poster session will be held at the end of the first day, during the first half of the reception.

In exchange for these additions to the program, this year we will not be holding the customary birds of a feather (BoF) sessions. While those ad hoc meetings were fun and lively in the early years, as the conference has grown it has become harder to keep them useful to a broad audience, and we've seen participation dropping in recent years. As always, we're experimenting to find the best program mix for the community, and we look forward to getting your feedback on this year's lineup.

We hope to see you in Vancouver for ROSCon in September! As a reminder, the deadline for early registration is August 1. Register today.

-- Your friendly neighborhood ROSCon 2017 Organizing Committee

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor: Intel! Thank you to our Gold Sponsors: Clearpath, Erle, Fetch, Gaitech, Locus, and Rapyuta!

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

Mirko Bordignon (Fraunhofer IPA) Min Ling (ARTC - A*STAR) Shaun Edwards (Southwest Research Institute) present the state of ROS-Industrial as it turns 4 years old and expands to add an Asia-Pacific chapter.



Four years after it was first launched by Shaun Edwards, ROS-Industrial is now a worldwide effort to expand and improve ROS adoption in manufacturing environments and industrial equipment. As an initiative, it is supported financially by OEMs and system integrators, whose interests are represented and requests are collected within three ROS-Industrial Consortia managed by non-profit, applied research institutions. As a software platform, it is developed by a free and open community gathering in monthly meetings and operating through a federated development model, much like the ROS developers community. The talk will showcase real-world examples and current efforts to expand the initiative and to continue addressing technical and non-technical concerns.


View the slides here

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

In this session Alejandro presents robot_blockly as an approach to make programming robots more accessible.



robot_blockly is a ROS package that allows users to create ROS-based algorithms and behaviors, abstracting its complexity using blocks. The aim of the package is to hide the complexity of programming robots via functional blocks. As a rule of thumb, an average PhD student takes 3 weeks to learn ROS. This makes ROS programming not accessible for the great majority. The robot_blockly package aims to simplify the process of using ROS to the point of putting conceptual blocks together.


View the slides here

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