April 28, 2015
PAL tested the new PS4eye camera with ROS

PAL just checked the new PS4eye camera with ROS doing some stereo vision. Check it out on the video!

If you are interested in trying the PS4eye camera with ROS, you will find the steps here.Plus, in case you want to see the camera insides, satisfy your curiosity here.

 

The post PAL tested the new PS4eye camera with ROS appeared first on PAL Robotics Blog.

by judith on April 28, 2015 11:36 AM

April 21, 2015
ROS Jade Turtle Logo and Release T-shirt
With each release of ROS we have a tradition of having a logo and making t-shirts. ROS Jade Turtle is coming out in May. Show your ROS colors and support this tradition!  Visit the Teespring Campaign page here to order your shirt.

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Proceeds from shirt sales go to supporting the costs associated with developing and maintaining ROS, including hosting the wiki and running the build farm. 

There are both mens and womens sizes as well as hoodies available. 

Order now and if this campaign is funded we expect the shirts to arrive approximately when ROS Jade Turtle is released. The campaign closes on May 11th don't wait too long to order.

Here's a copy of the full logo:
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by Tully Foote on April 21, 2015 06:31 PM

April 16, 2015
Planning and Control of High-Tech Motion Stage using ROS-Industrial

Alten Mechatronics, in cooperation with Bosch Rexroth and FEI, created a motion planner application for a 5-DOF motion stage in a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM).

The application is a little outside the scope of other application of ROS-Industrial (i.e. robots), but the problems in these high-tech system can benefit hugely from advanced in robotics. In this case motion planning libraries from MoveIt! were implemented to generate collision free paths for the 5-DOF motion stage moving in a cluttered environment (refer to our 20 October 2014 blog post).

Building on earlier simulations, the application was extend to control the physical hardware. For this a communication was set up between ROS and the motion controller of the motion stage: The Bosch Rexroth NYCe 4000 motion controller. A driver for this platform was created in accordance to the simple message protocol, so that no development on the ROS side was needed: The NYCe controller acts as any other robot controller already supported by ROS-Industrial.

The result is application with ROS tooling (MoveIt!, RVIZ, etc.) and a high-tech motion platform able to plan and execute complex motions and increasing the speed of path execution with a maximum factor of 5 compared to current implementation.

More possibilities are open, like optimizing paths or planning constrained paths using the Descartes planner.

by Paul Hvass on April 16, 2015 10:14 PM

Visualizer of delta robots using ROS and EtherCAT

From Diego Escudero

Last year we started thinking about using ROS as development framework to make our life easy when we develop our own machine controller, the NJ controller that integrates Robotics functions.

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During the initial analysis we defined four use cases and decided to implement one of them. The selected one was the visualizer of parallel robots that will be used during the system testing phase of the controller. The work was done by F. Martí during his winter internship at OMRON Industrial Automation.

The NJ controller is programmed using the SYSMAC Studio IDE and controls 64 servo-drives through the EtherCAT field bus. Due to that, the visualizer is installed on a normal computer with an EtherCAT slave card; and it runs on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and ROS Indigo.

The visualizer is composed by two main parts:

  • The simulator of EtherCAT slaves.
  • The ROS meta-package that visualizes the family of delta robots.

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The EtherCAT slave simulator reads the axes commanded positions sent by the controller, forwards them to a ROS node, and closes the loop providing feedback to the controller. After that the ROS meta-package calculates the full positions of the delta robots based on the provided positions and visualizes them using rviz.

In this video below you can see the system working at the Robotics Lab of the Motion Development Team that is placed in Barcelona (Spain).

Visualiser of Delta robots using ROS and EtherCAT from FelipMarti on Vimeo.

by Tully Foote on April 16, 2015 12:46 AM

April 13, 2015
RIC-Europe Annual Meeting - 2015
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We are happy to announce the detailed agenda for the ROS-Industrial Consortium Europe Annual Meeting 2015, which will take place right before RoboBusiness Europe on April 28th in Milan, Italy. Please note that the consortium dinner (included with your registration) will follow in the evening, so that you will have the chance to further network with peer members before attending RoboBusiness the day after.

Time : 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM CET on Tuesday April 28th, 2015

Place: Atahotel Expo Fiera, Via Keplero 12 20016 Pero Milan, Italy

Agenda:

  • 1400 Welcome and EU/Americas Consortia Updates, EU Projects overview
  • 1445 Members' activities and introduction of new members
  • 1545 Break
  • 1600 Invited presentations
    • IT+Robotics Srl - cROS: how ROS meets industrial needs
    • Magazino GmbH - a microWarehouse running on ROS
  • 1700 Strategic and Focused Technical Projects & other initiatives
    • TU Delft - CAD to ROS conversion
    • TU Delft - Generic IO
    • Robert Bosch GmbH - Real-time, bare-metal implementations of ROS
  • 1930 Dinner

Registration: registration link

How many people can we send?

  • Full Members - 3
  • Associate Members - 2
  • Research Members - 1
  • Additional Members - 150 EUR each

Not a member? Join Now

We look forward to seeing you in Milan!

by Mirko Bordignon on April 13, 2015 03:31 PM

ROS-Industrial Training

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.

 

by Ugo Cupcic on April 13, 2015 02:08 PM

April 10, 2015
Consulting position at a new venture in Israel
From Deins Mashkevich

ROS consultant is needed to adapt an existing robot model to run on ROS.
Tasks include developing a full ROS computation graph, and a high-level API that will be usable by a high-level software using ROS services.
This is an unique opportunity to do things your own way, developing all ROS-related functionality from A to Z.

Skills needed:
- Proficiency in C/C++ development
- Proficiency in a Linux environment
- Extensive experience with ROS
- Experience with development for microcontrollers and electrical engineering a plus

This is a time-limited position with option for permanent employment afterwards.
Local candidates preferred, but will consider a remote arrangement.

For more information, contact:
denis@smilingclam.com
+972-544-567856

by Tully Foote on April 10, 2015 09:22 PM

ROS-Industrial Training 2015 (April 29)

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.

by Christina Gomez on April 10, 2015 03:11 PM

April 08, 2015
RIC-Americas Meeting Recap
ROS-I Consortium Americas Annual Meeting Attendees - 2015

ROS-I Consortium Americas Annual Meeting Attendees - 2015

Thanks to all who attended the annual meeting on March 27th ! Our group included representatives from ABB Robotics, Boeing, CAT, Clear Path Robotics, Deere and Co., Dematic, Ford, Fraunhofer IPA, GA Tech, HDT Robotics, Innovation Machine, Intelligrated, JR Automation, Northwestern University, OmniCo AGV, Open Source Robotics Foundation, Siemens, SwRI, Textron Systems, Vetex, UNC, UT Austin NRG, Wolf Robotics, Yaskawa Motoman Robotics.

We are grateful to our presenters are who recognized in this linked agenda document. For an overview of the accomplishments from the past year, please browse the RIC-Americas 2014 Year in Review Prezi (below). Note that Consortium members have access to the full proceedings of the event via the member portal.

Click to launch the presentation

Click to launch the presentation

by Paul Hvass on April 08, 2015 09:22 PM

April 06, 2015
ROS-I 3-yrs. Montage Video

From Paul Hvass, posted on ROS-Industrial blog



Thanks to those in the ROS-I community who contributed to the ROS-I 3 yrs. Montage video! We would like to ackowledge:


  • Calibration of camera to robot: SwRI
  • Denso VS060 path planning using ROS-Industrial Cartesian Planner: TORK
  • Cartesian Planner plug-in for MoveIt!: BioRobotics Institute at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna/MicroBio Robotics Institute at the Italian Institute of Technology/SwRI/GSoC
  • Process Simulate to ROS bridge: Siemens
  • Path planner optimization and planning request adapter plug-in for MoveIt!: IDEXX/RIC-Americas
  • Block pick and place: Technolution
  • Palletizing unknown products: Alten Mechatronics
  • Plastic crate depalletizing with lightweight robot: Intermodalics
  • Pick and place with obstacle avoidance: Deere and Co.
  • Factory-in-a-day, EU FP7 Factory of the Future 2013 Programme (FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FoF)
  • Robotic 3D scanning: Institute Maupertuis
  • ROS-I training class pick and place exercise: RIC-Americas
  • ROS-Industrial Consortium Robotic Routing FTP, Testing at CNRC: RIC-Americas
  • ROS-Industrial Consortium Robotic Blending FTP Milestone 2 Update: RIC-Americas
  • 8-DOF microscope positioning for TEM: Alten Mechatronics
  • Multiscale teleoperation: UT Austin Nuclear and Applied Robotics Group
  • Mobile robotic 3D scanning: UT Austin Nuclear and Applied Robotics Group
  • Rob@Work3 logistics: Fraunhofer IPA
  • Euler automated warehousing: SwRI
  • PRACE dual-arm robot: Fraunhofer IPA
  • YouBots pick and place multiple arm cooperation: NIST
  • Dual arm robot coordinated motion: Fraunhofer IPA/Yaskawa Motoman Robotics
  • BMDA3 dual arm robot: Fraunhofer IPA/Yaskawa Motoman Robotics/SwRI
  • Rangar TT: Blue Force Robotics

by Ugo Cupcic on April 06, 2015 06:50 PM

April 02, 2015
ROS-I 3-yrs. Montage Video

Thanks to those in the ROS-I community who contributed to the ROS-I 3 yrs. Montage video! We would like to ackowledge:

  • Calibration of camera to robot: SwRI
  • Denso VS060 path planning using ROS-Industrial Cartesian Planner: TORK
  • Cartesian Planner plug-in for MoveIt!: BioRobotics Institute at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna/MicroBio Robotics Institute at the Italian Institute of Technology/SwRI/GSoC
  • Process Simulate to ROS bridge: Siemens
  • Path planner optimization and planning request adapter plug-in for MoveIt!: IDEXX/RIC-Americas
  • Block pick and place: Technolution
  • Palletizing unknown products: Alten Mechatronics
  • Plastic crate depalletizing with lightweight robot: Intermodalics
  • Pick and place with obstacle avoidance: Deere and Co.
  • Factory-in-a-day, EU FP7 Factory of the Future 2013 Programme (FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FoF)
  • Robotic 3D scanning: Institute Maupertuis
  • ROS-I training class pick and place exercise: RIC-Americas
  • ROS-Industrial Consortium Robotic Routing FTP, Testing at CNRC: RIC-Americas
  • ROS-Industrial Consortium Robotic Blending FTP Milestone 2 Update: RIC-Americas
  • 8-DOF microscope positioning for TEM: Alten Mechatronics
  • Multiscale teleoperation: UT Austin Nuclear and Applied Robotics Group
  • Mobile robotic 3D scanning: UT Austin Nuclear and Applied Robotics Group
  • Rob@Work3 logistics: Fraunhofer IPA
  • Euler automated warehousing: SwRI
  • PRACE dual-arm robot: Fraunhofer IPA
  • YouBots pick and place multiple arm cooperation: NIST
  • Dual arm robot coordinated motion: Fraunhofer IPA/Yaskawa Motoman Robotics
  • BMDA3 dual arm robot: Fraunhofer IPA/Yaskawa Motoman Robotics/SwRI
  • Rangar TT: Blue Force Robotics

by Paul Hvass on April 02, 2015 03:12 PM

SLAM Engineer at PAL Robotics
From Luca Marchionni via ros-users@

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

PAL Robotics is a robotics company developing humanoid service robots. Our
goal is to develop humanoids that can perform useful tasks in the real
world. We are a young and multidisciplinary team of highly motivated
engineers, that have successfully developed robots used for research in several universities around the world.

JOB DESCRIPTION

PAL Robotics is looking for a highly motivated research engineer in the area of SLAM and autonomous navigation. 

The selected individual will be responsible for developing, integrating and maintaining the autonomous navigation system 
on Pal Robotics humanoid robots both with wheels and legs. The robots are supposed
to be working in real environments and for this reason safety, robustness,
fault detection and recovery should be taken into account during the
project design and implementation process.
Primary duties:

   - Maintenance of the current PAL Robotics navigation system
   - Long term navigation  
   - Autonomous Localization in crowded environment by using laser, vision,
   wifi sensor fusion
   - People aware Path Planning and Trajectory Execution
   - SLAM extension to Multi-Mapping and Multi-Robot
   - Code QA through Unit Tests

Further duties:

   - Functional testing on simulation environment
   - Stress test in real environments

Mandatory Requirements

   - Master's degree in Computer Science/ Control / AI
   - Good C++ programming skills in Linux OS
   - Knowledge about SLAM algorithms
   - Proactive team working attitude
   - Good communication skills (at least in English)

Desired Requirements

   - Good knowledge of ROS
   - Experience with real robotic hardware
   - Experience with revision control systems (git)
   - Experience installing and configuring Ubuntu or any other Linux
   distribution.
   - Experience with 3D robotics simulation (Gazebo)

Job conditions

   - The team is located in Barcelona, Spain.
   - The salary will be evaluated according to the relevant experience of
   the candidate.

Contact details

If you're interested, please submit your resume to recruit@pal-robotics.com.
Please specify the job code JOB-2015-003 and job name in the email subject file.

by Tully Foote on April 02, 2015 02:13 AM

March 28, 2015
ROS-Industrial Consortium Overview 2015

by Paul Hvass on March 28, 2015 09:45 AM

March 27, 2015
New book: "ROS Robot Programing" in Korean
From Yoonseok Pyo via ros-users@


Hello ROS users,

I am pleased to announce a new book "ROS Robot Programing", which will be released by RubyPaper in this month.
It is the first guide book for ROS in Non-English languages.
I hope to bring up new ROS contributors in Korean, even if this book is written in Korean.
Also, I'll donate the whole royalty from this book to OSRF and open-source robotics platform projects(oroca.org). 

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The contents of this book is as follows:

1. ROS, Robot Operating System
2. Installing the ROS in Desktop PC
3. Installing the ROS in VirtualBox and SBC like RaspberryPi
4. ROS Term, Communication, File and Build System, Build and Running
5. ROS Commands
6. ROS Tool (RViz, rqt)
7. ROS Basic Programing (Message, Topic, Service, Parameter)
8. Robot and Sensor on ROS
9. How to Use the Sensors on ROS
10. How to Use the Mobile Robot on ROS (Turtlebot)
11. SLAM and Navigation
12. Robot Arm (Dynamixel Servo, MoveIt!)
total pages: 392

More information about this book can be found on ROS wiki page.

by Tully Foote on March 27, 2015 07:00 PM

Announcing Social Robot Maggie working with ROS
From Raúl Pérula-Martínez via ros-users@

Hello ROS community,

I have the pleasure to present a new robot in the ROS family. The Social Robot Maggie (http://roboticslab.uc3m.es/roboticslab/robot/maggie) from the RoboticsLab (http://roboticslab.uc3m.es/roboticslab/) at University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, is working now completely with ROS.

Here the ROS wiki page for more info:

http://wiki.ros.org/Robots/Maggie

Furthermore, we would love to share what we have developed with the ROS community. We have published several packages in GitHub and soon we show some videos on how it is working.

Here the repository:

https://github.com/UC3MSocialRobots

Until now, we have released everything developed for the low-level of the robot. These nodes control the devices (motors, touch sensors, labjack controller, IR controller, servomotors, RFID, etc.) of the robot. And almost everything is implemented with unit tests and testing nodes.

We hope that our work could be useful for the community.

by Tully Foote on March 27, 2015 01:07 AM

March 22, 2015
Robotics @ Seoul Tech Society
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.

by Tully Foote on March 22, 2015 07:04 PM

March 20, 2015
Announcing a ROS driver for CH Robotics UM7 IMU
From Alex Brown via ros-users@

I'd like to announce the availability of a ROS driver for the CHRobotics.com  UM7 Inertial Orientation sensor (IMU).  The UM7 is an up-to-date device with quite good performance.

You can see its specs at http://www.chrobotics.com/shop/um7-orientation-sensor.  The driver documentation is at http://wiki.ros.org/um7.

by Tully Foote on March 20, 2015 06:53 PM

March 19, 2015
OpenHAB bridge - Combines ROS with Home Automation
There is now a ROS  package which provides a bridge between ROS and the OpenHAB home automation system.
OpenHAB is an open source system that connects to virtually any intelligent device, such as smoke detectors, motion detectors, temperature sensors, security systems, TV/audio, fingerprint scanners, lighting, 1-Wire, Wemo, CUPS, DMX, KNX, openpaths, Bluetooth, MQTT, Z-Wave, telephony, Insteon, weather sensors.  OpenHAB also connects to web services such as Twitter, Weather, etc. In addtion, ROS provides a basic Web GUI and Iphone/Android app for setting and dynamically viewing values.  openhab.org/features
Give your robot knowledge of the wider world
Use Cases:
  • A motion detector or smoke detector in OpenHAB triggers and ROS dispatches the robot to the location.
  • ROS facial recognition recognizes a face at the door and OpenHAB unlocks the door.
  • A Washing Machine indicates to OpenHAB that the load is complete
    and ROS dispatches a robot to move 
    the laundry to the dryer.
  • The OpenHAB MQTT binding indicates that Sarah will be home soon and a sensor indicates that the temperature is hot. ROS dispatches the robot to bring Sarah's favorite beer. OpenHAB turns on her favorite rock music and lowers the house temperature.
  • A user clicks on the OpenHAB GUI on an IPAD and selects a new room location for the robot for telepresence. The message is forwarded by the openhab_bridge to ROS and ROS dispatches the robot.
  • A sentry robot enters a dark area and sends a command to OpenHAB to turn on the lights in that area.
With the openhab_bridge, virtually any home automation device can be easily setup to publish updates to the openhab_updates topic in ROS, giving a ROS robot knowledge of any Home Automation device as well as a number of web services. ROS can publish to the openhab_set topic and the device in OpenHAB will be set to the new value (for example setting a Robots position in OpenHAB).  ROS can also publish to the openhab_command topic and the device in OpenHAB will  act on the specified command (for example turning on a light).
To download and for more information:

by Tully Foote on March 19, 2015 08:53 PM

March 18, 2015
Announcing Rhoeby - a ROS Navigation-capable hexapod robot
From John Jordan via ros-users@

I am pleased to announce "Rhoeby", a new ROS-enabled hexapod robot. Rhoeby
is a customized version of the Robotis Bioloid kit. It uses low-cost,
light-weight 2D Scanning technology available from Rhoeby Dynamics (based
on the TeraRanger 1DOF sensor), and supports SLAM, Navigation and Obstacle
Avoidance.




Hardware Used

  * Robotis Bioloid "Spider" chassis (with custom legs)
  * Robotis Cm9.04 MCU board
  * Nexus 4 phone provides IMU (and tele-prescence camera)
  * Rhoeby Dynamics 2D Infra-Red LiDAR Scanner
  * Bluetooth link to robot for command and status
  * Remote laptop running ROS Indigo

Software Features

  * 3-DOF Inverse Kinematic leg control
  * Holonomic-capable gait
  * Odometric feedback
  * 2D LiDAR scanning
  * ROS node for robot control

If interested, you could find more information at:

    http://wiki.ros.org/Robots/Rhoeby

And see our website at:

    http://wwww.rhoeby.com

by Tully Foote on March 18, 2015 08:24 PM

March 17, 2015
Robot Construction Kit (Rock) Workshop - Call for Proposals
From Javier Hidalgo via ros-users@

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
--------------------------------
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

by Tully Foote on March 17, 2015 07:30 PM

March 16, 2015
Summer Internship at 5D Robotics
From Johathan Whetten via ros-users@


You have a unique opportunity. Robotics is a new frontier, and every new frontier needs its explorers. We need you. We need you to be passionate and tireless. We need you to eat, breathe, and dream robotics.


Peruse the items listed below. You should either have experience with and/or interest in all of them.

  • Control systems

  • Computer vision

  • Sensor fusion / adaptive filters

  • Motion planning

  • Behavioral robotics

  • Probabilistic robotics

  • Human-machine interaction

  • Embedded systems

  • Aerial systems

  • 3D graphics


You will need to know Linux, you will need to know C++, and you will need to use ROS. This position requires breadth and adaptability over depth. Please send your resume and cover letter to
info@5drobotics.com.

by Tully Foote on March 16, 2015 06:43 PM

March 14, 2015
Navigation Engineer Position at Rapyuta Robotics
From Daiki Maekawa via ros-users@

We are recruiting colleagues to work together with us.

At Rapyuta Robotics we're developing the next generation of low-cost, cloud-connected robotic systems. We're a technology spin-off from ETH Zurich.

If you have skills below, let's work together!

Prerequisites:

1. Ph.D. or Master's degree in a related field
2. Experience with perception and/or motion planning on real-world robots
3. Proven experience developing software using C/C++
4. Experience working in Linux operating system environment
5. Knowledge of algorithms and data structures relevant to robotics
6. Basic English communication skills

Desired skills:
(not required but would be nice)

1. Python programming skills
2. Solid understanding of mechanics and dynamics

For more details contact jobs@rapyuta-robotics.com

by Tully Foote on March 14, 2015 01:11 AM

March 11, 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!

by Tully Foote on March 11, 2015 12:03 AM

March 09, 2015
New toolchain for building catkin packages: catkin_tools
From Jon Bohren via ros-users@

Some ROS devs got frustrated with Catkin. You won't believe what happened next!
This is what they built: http://catkin-tools.readthedocs.org/

Quick summary:
- `catkin_tools` is an improved toolchain for building catkin workspaces
- this toolchain is ready for beta testing, and we want your feedback
- the CLI command is simply called `catkin`
- the build sub-command is `catkin build`
- it builds packages with isolated build directories (no CMake crosstalk)
- it builds packages in parallel
- it builds "pure" CMake packages that don't use Catkin macros
- it lets you build selected packages in a workspace
- it lets you build packages without cd'ing to the workspace root
- it needs to be tested more before being recommended over `catkin_make`
- the documentation for all the additional features can be found here: http://catkin-tools.readthedocs.org/

Install it now (from the ROS debian repos):
sudo apt-get install python-catkin-tools

Or install it now (from PIP):
sudo pip install -U catkin_tools

Take a look at the cheat sheet:

Give it a try and report issues or feature requests here:

For some background and the relationship to the current top-level `catkin_make` command:

Many thanks to Contributors:
William Woodall
Jonathan Bohren
Nikolaus Demmel
Dave Coleman
Felix Ruess
Dirk Thomas
Kartik Mohta
Thibault Kruse
Ian McMahon
Kei Okada

Those of us who've put time into this project over the last year hope that `catkin build` makes your lives less stressful and helps you build robotic systems faster. 

by Tully Foote on March 09, 2015 11:40 PM

Autonomous Driving R&D Intern at Bosch in Palo Alto
From Jeff Johnson via ros-users@

The Autonomous Driving Team (http://robotics.boschresearch.com) of the Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto is looking for highly motivated interns with a strong desire for solving complex and interesting problems. We offer intern projects for a variety of topics, including ROS software development, perception, sensor fusion, planning, physics/traffic simulation and computer vision.

Interns will work closely with staff researchers on a directed research project related to the candidate's background. Examples contain (but are not limited to):

- Perception: Topics in sensor calibration, on-line monitoring to detect out-of-calibration sensors, turn signal detection, classification, etc.
- Deep learning: Topics in computer vision (traffic light, vehicle turn signal, road surface detection) and prediction (vehicle trajectories, driver intent, situation analysis)
- Localization: Improving vehicle localization in GPS-limited environments, e.g. using visual localization and tight GPS/IMU coupling.
- Prediction: Improving behavioral prediction of traffic participants, e.g. through learning traffic behavior patterns from data, or by incorporating turn signal information.
- Planning: Motion & behavior planning, automated behavior testing via traffic scenario generation and modeling in simulation.

Details and online application:
http://www.bosch.us/content/language1/html/12750.htm

Availability: all year

by Tully Foote on March 09, 2015 05:39 PM


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