August 24, 2016
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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • Basic knowledge of Python programming

  • A laptop (can have any operating system)



  • You can contact us with questions and doubts here:

by Tully Foote on August 24, 2016 07:23 PM

0.3mm indoor localization with ROS and HTC Vive

From Limor Schweitzer and his team at RoboSavvy:

Small step for Virtual Reality (VR), big step for autonomous robots. One of the key issues with autonomous robot applications is indoor localization. HTC Vive has singlehandedly solved this age-long problem.

This 800$ system (will go down to 200$ in a few months once lighthouses and base stations are available without the headset in addition to minuscule lighthouse sensors) is comparable to a 150 000$ Ir marker multi-camera system. The Vive gives you 60fps, 0.3mm resolution, across any size internal volume (currently a 5m cube box but will be extendable) So unless you are doing indoor 3D drones, you don't need more than 60Hz and a camera system will give ~cm resolution. No other indoor localization system can get anywhere close to the Vive specs.

Initially the idea was to just use this to calibrate our robot's odometry/localization mechanisms (visual, wheels, LIDAR, IMU) However, there was this unexpected turn of events the past month whereby Valve is opening up the technology for non-VR applications so it may actually be possible to rely on this for real indoor applications and use the other forms of localization as backup.

We ended up integrating the Vive API for tracking the handheld devices with ROS. This provides ROS robots with the most precise absolute indoor localization reference. Source code is available at:

by Víctor Mayoral Vilches on August 24, 2016 12:06 AM

August 22, 2016
Announcing package for the Schunk lightweight robot arm LWA4P

From Georg Heppner via ros-users@

it is my pleasure to announce the schunkcanopendriver[1] package that you can use to control the lightweight robot arm LWA4P [2] produced by Schunk.

The LWA4P or Powerball arm is, as probably most of you know, a lightweight robot arm, especially suited for mobile applications due to the internal controllers and no need for a separate controller. The package was specifically designed for the LWA4P and currently supports interpolated position as well as profile position mode, full emcy messages,pdo reconfiguration and much more. It comes with a detailed 3D-Model, urdf, and everything else you need. The package was tested on multiple platforms with indigo, jade and kinetic and already worked well during public exhibitions such as the Schunk expert days and others. A comprehensive documentation is already provided on the wiki and should allow you to easily use the package in your projects.

The package is currently available via git [3] and package manager. For older distributions some workarounds of ros control are required. It is designed to work with the peak can adapters in chardev mode.

Please let me know if you have any feedback, suggestions or any trouble using the package.

Best Regards Georg Heppner

[1] [2] [3]

by Tully Foote on August 22, 2016 06:06 PM

August 19, 2016
Report from the second ROS Summer School in China

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


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, 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:

by Víctor Mayoral Vilches on August 19, 2016 05:17 PM

Brian Gerkey (OSRF) Intro to ROS Presentation from the ROS-I APAC Workshop in Singapore

We were fortunate to have OSRF represented at the ROS-Industrial Asia Pacific Workshop, which was hosted by ARTC and NTU in Singapore this July. Thanks Brian and Morgan! If you haven't seen a recent presentation about ROS and the community of ROS users, Brian's presentation was for you (refer to video below). For more about the workshop check out this blog post.

by Paul Hvass on August 19, 2016 02:40 AM

August 17, 2016
World MoveIt! Day August 23rd


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.

by Tully Foote on August 17, 2016 12:01 AM

August 16, 2016
ROSCon 2016 early registration deadline: August 26th

The ROSCon registration rates increase after Friday, August 26! Register now at: 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:

For more information about ROSCon including the program and information on the location please visit:

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.

by Tully Foote on August 16, 2016 11:15 PM

GoCart New Zealand field tests and upcoming expo schedule
Hello everyone,

Hope you are enjoying summer and winter in Australia and New Zealand! Recently, our team visited New Zealand for field tests. We performed 3 weeks long field tests at Labtests and Mercy Parklands Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. Labtests is a healthcare laboratory and Mercy Parklands is an aged-care facility.

At Labtests, we delivered samples between different departments with our GoCart mini. Labtests staffs named our GoCart mini as “R Poo- Pee 2.” You will understand why our GoCart mini got such a funny name when you see our upcoming field test video.  At Mercy Parklands we dodged and danced with the old folk ferrying dinners from the kitchen to wherever an appetite could be found! Before our team arrived, staffs at Mercy Parklands had a naming contest for our big GoCart and chose “FRANK (Facilitate, Retrieve And Negotiate to the Kitchen).” Staffs and residents were calling “FARANK” whenever it was passing by corridor and you could feel the excitement and warmth. We did food deliveries for lunch, dirty dish pickup and afternoon tea deliveries at Mercy Parklands with our big GoCart. Both field tests were very successful and I will share our field test video on YouTube soon so please stay tuned!

My team including myself will start exhibiting our GoCart family to public starting from IFA in early September and if you could come out and visit our booth in one of those expos, it would be great. Here are list of expo schedules we will be exhibiting.

    • IFA: Sept. 2 ~ 7, Berlin, Germany
    • REHACARE: Sept. 28 ~ Oct. 1, Dusseldorf, Germany
    • ROSCON: Oct. 8~9, Seoul
    • RobotWorld: Oct. 12~15, Seoul
    • R&D Korea: Nov. 17~19, Seoul

Enjoy your day and hope to see you soon!

by Yoon Kang ( on August 16, 2016 07:27 AM

August 14, 2016
Cloud-Based ROS Projects for the Classroom

ROSVirtual, the cloud-based robotics learning platform, has recently added the PROJECTS learning module.  This section of the site is intended to bring together the various elements of robot design, simulation, and testing via well-defined projects suitable for the classroom. 

PROJECTS is just one of eleven learning modules that covers various robotics software and hardware topics with 130+ tutorials and videos at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.  ROSVirtual also features a live programming environment that includes platform-agnostic web access to:

  • ROS Indigo
  • Eclipse Java/C++ with FIRST/FRC plug-ins
  • Python
  • RViz robot visualization
  • Gazebo robot simulation with FIRST FRCSim plug-in
  • Class assignment and tracking dashboard

The P1005 project (shown above) asks students to design their own 6-DOF arm geometry using a Unified Robot Description Format (URDF) file, an important design element used with the Robot Operating System (ROS).  The project goes on to integrate the URDF design into an RViz visualization where motion planning and control are applied.

Visit ROSVirtual at today to create a free account and learn more.

August 14, 2016 02:25 PM

August 08, 2016
DUO3D Stereo vision integration into ROS

From Alexander Popovich

I'm happy to announce the ROS integration of the DUO 3D stereo sensor by Code Laboratories. The DUO is an ultra-compact imaging sensor with global shutter and a standard USB interface for ease of use and connectivity. The DUO is intended for use in research, autonomous navigation, robotics and industrial areas. The camera's high speed and small size make it ideal for existing and new use cases for vision based applications.


The DUO MLX solution consists of:

  • Factory Calibrated Stereo Camera
  • Industrial Grade Monochrome/Global Shutter Sensors
  • Integrated Accelerometer/Gyroscope/Temperature (6 DoF IMU)
  • Fully Programmable Active LED Array (3xIR 850nm High Power LEDs)
  • DUO SDK License
  • DUO Dense3D License
  • USB Mini-B Cable

You can find the ROS driver wiki page here: For more information about DUO sensor please visit product page at:

by Tully Foote on August 08, 2016 09:27 PM

August 07, 2016
Upcoming Event: World MoveIt! Day

Submitted by: Dave Coleman, University of Colorado Boulder


Join us August 23rd, 2016 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:

  • ROS Industrial at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Paul Hvass
  • Fetch Robotics in San Jose, California. Contact: Michael Ferguson
  • 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.

by Dave Coleman on August 07, 2016 07:29 PM

August 02, 2016
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.


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

by Tully Foote on August 02, 2016 09:24 PM

August 01, 2016
Pong in the sky with ROS and drones

Open source drones are a trend when it comes to development capabilities. Chris Anderson @ DIYDrones shares the following:

The above video (sorry for the shaky camera -- we were excited) shows a fun exercise in in using the Solo drones to autonomously play Pong with themselves. Each "paddle" is made up of two Solos. The "ball" is the fifth. All this is automatically controlled by ROS, running on the ground. Instructions on how to do this are in the documents below.


DIYDrones Post

by Víctor Mayoral Vilches on August 01, 2016 06:39 PM

July 29, 2016
PackML Initiative for ROS-I

Submitted by: Lex Tinker-Sackett, Mfg Technology Specialist, 3M

PackML State Model (from the PackML Implementation Guide)

PackML State Model (from the PackML Implementation Guide)

ROS-Industrial is a foundational technology abstracting robot applications for industry. ROS-I runs on PC hardware (currently Linux based), which makes complete sense to the roboticist. To the manufacturing plant, however, the automation systems tend toward Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) hardware. Rockwell, Siemens, Mitsubishi and many other industrial vendors supply PLCs to factories all over the world. One challenge with PLC automation is developing complex manufacturing solutions for multiple vendors.

Bringing together hardware from multiple vendors using different technologies (heterogeneous machines) with a standard programming paradigm would simplify the problem. Fortunately, the ISA-88 standard includes a subset called PackML, which provides PLC programmers with a state machine (see Figure above) and messaging protocol that allows disparate machines to work together. As more and more robots are integrated into manufacturing environments, it makes sense to extend the PackML standard into the ROS-I world.

ROS-I and PackML are a natural fit for each other. Both create a new way to solve old problems. Under the ROS-I Consortium, a group is forming to create an open source C++ library (think Boost) to implement the PackML state machine abstraction for use in ROS-I. Integration of robots into complex manufacturing environments will be made simpler with the new ROS-I/PackML library.

To join future discussions about the PackML project for ROS-I, please email the ROS-I developer email list with your interest: swri-ros-pkg-dev [at sign]

Not already subscribed to the list? Please use this link to subscribe.

by Paul Hvass on July 29, 2016 10:16 PM

July 27, 2016
OSRF Jackie Kay visits PAL Robotics

Today we had the pleasure to receive OSRF Software Engineer Jackie Kay in PAL Robotics. It has been very interesting to share opinions and knowledge with a ROS developer, since all of our robots are based in ROS. Kay gave an interesting speech on ROS 2.0 to some PAL Robotics’ engineers and interns with an open chat about current state of ROS. We also showed Kay our robotic platforms like TIAGo or REEM-C, and some of the demos PAL Robotics developed with them. Thank you Jackie for your visit!

Talking about ROS 2.0 with Jackie Kay at PAL Robotics

Talking about ROS 2.0 with Jackie Kay at PAL Robotics

It is remarkable how important it is to have an open common resource such as ROS for all the robotics community. Knowledge can be shared with everyone, which is making robotics grow and evolve faster than ever. As part of the robotics community, PAL Robotics is fully committed to ROS.

Since the early days of ROS, all of our platforms are 100% ROS based in order to ease the learning and usage for our clients. Besides, we have open-source simulations of all of our robots available online. Anyone can download the ROS packages and test things without the need for having the robots physically. PAL Robotics’ software engineers are actively contributing to ROS, here you can find the ROS Wiki of our robots:

Follow the steps at ROS Wiki and start simulating with PAL Robotics’ platforms! And remember: if you do any cool test with them, let us know at or tweet about it to @PALRobotics.

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by Judith Viladomat on July 27, 2016 04:20 PM

Cloud-Based ROS for the Classroom

ARS Robotics has gone live with its cloud-based robotics learning platform, ROSVirtual, aimed at schools, colleges, STEM centers, and individual enthusiasts. The website provides an interactive robotics programming environment and curated collection of tutorials ideal for educators or individuals who want to focus on the open source Robot Operating System (ROS).

Key features include:

  • Live programming environment (ROS, Eclipse Java/C++, Gazebo, RViz)
  • Accessible via web browser from any computer
  • Curated set of 130+ lessons and videos
  • Classroom assignment and planning dashboard

It can sometimes be a challenge to find enough computers with the right software to give students an adequate hands-on programming experience.   Providing software tools via a remote web browser session can be helpful because it allows students to be untethered from a limited number of dedicated computers.

Individual users can be added or removed as needed.

Visit ROSVirtual at or contact for more information.

July 27, 2016 03:24 AM

July 25, 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:

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.


We can't put on ROSCon without the support of our generous sponsors, who now include Locus Robotics and Rethink Robotics:

We're still accepting new sponsors. If you'd like to support ROSCon and connect with the ROS community, please contact the organizing committee:

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.

by Tully Foote on July 25, 2016 11:47 PM

July 22, 2016
5th ROS Meetup in Korea!


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.

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!

by Víctor Mayoral Vilches on July 22, 2016 01:01 PM

First ROS-Industrial Asia Pacific Workshop 2016

Submitted by: Nicholas Yeo, Technical Director, Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Center, Singapore

We just conducted our first ROS-Industrial Asia Pacific Workshop to a sell-out crowd. ROS enthusiasts from academia, research institutes, and industry participated in the event. We hosted a 2-day event on 14-15 Jul 2016 at the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre and Nanyang Technological University.

Along with exciting presentations and demonstrations of ROS-I, speakers from the local and international region discussed ROS-I and related topics.

With this, we are announcing the launch of a ROS-Industrial Consortium for the Asia Pacific region. ROS-Industrial Consortium Asia Pacific (RIC Asia Pacific) joins similar organization in Europe and the Americas to expand the outreach of ROS-I. We hope this will be one of the many events and opportunities that RIC Asia Pacific can bring to industrial communities in Asia to support future use of ROS-I in robotic applications.

To read the SwRI press release, please refer to this link.

MOU Signing ceremony represented (from left): Prof Chen I-Ming (NTU-MAE), Paul Hvass (SWRI),  Dr. DavidLow (CEO, ARTC)

MOU Signing ceremony represented (from left): Prof Chen I-Ming (NTU-MAE), Paul Hvass (SWRI),  Dr. DavidLow (CEO, ARTC)

ROS-I Consortium Managers (from left) -Mirko Bordignon (Fraunhofer IPA), Nicholas Yeo (ARTC), Paul Hvass (SwRI)

ROS-I Consortium Managers (from left) -Mirko Bordignon (Fraunhofer IPA), Nicholas Yeo (ARTC), Paul Hvass (SwRI)

by Paul Hvass on July 22, 2016 11:30 AM

July 14, 2016
Qt Creator IDE Plug-in for ROS

From Paul Hvass @ROS-Industrial

The ROS Qt Creator Plug-in is developed specifically for ROS to increase a developers' efficiency by simplifying tasks and creating a centralized location for ROS tools. Since it is built on top of the Qt Creator platform, users have access to all of its existing features like: syntax highlighting, editors (C++ , Python, etc.), code completion, version control (Git, Subversion, etc.), debuggers (GDB, CDB, LLDB, etc.), and much more

The ROS Qt Creator Plug-in provides the following capabilities:

  • Import/Create Catkin Workspaces
  • Create Catkin Packages
  • Custom Build and Run Configuration

    • catkin_make (Debug, Release, Release with Debug Info, Minimum Size Release)
    • roslaunch
    • rosrun
    • sourcing workspace
      Note: The Qt Creator Plug-in supports multiple configurations to enable quick switching between configurations, and everything is saved
  • Integrated Tabbed Terminal

  • Templates
    • Industrial Robot Support Package
    • Basic Launch File
    • Basic URDF File
    • Basic Node File
      Note: Users may create custom templates.

Check out two videos. The first is a short overview of the Qt Creator and its default capabilities. The second video is an overview of the ROS Qt Creator Plug-in developed by Levi Armstrong from Southwest Research Institute. It concludes with an invitation for other to begin using the plug-in for ROS development.

by Shawn Schaerer on July 14, 2016 04:13 PM

July 12, 2016
RIC-EU Annual Newsletter - June 2016

It is with great pleasure that I announce the public availability of the latest edition of the RIC-EU newsletter. Many thanks to all contributors!

by Mirko Bordignon on July 12, 2016 04:08 PM

July 11, 2016
ROS Summer School in China 2016, July 22-28


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!

by Víctor Mayoral Vilches on July 11, 2016 10:22 PM

The ROS workshop at M-CAIT 2016 - in Hatten Hotel, Malacca, Malaysia on 23rd August 2016

From Mohammad Salameh



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.


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.


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


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.


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

by Tully Foote on July 11, 2016 05:45 AM

July 08, 2016
Automatica 2016 shows that Industry 4.0 and collaborative robots are the next step

PAL Robotics was at the biggest fair in automation and mechatronics in Europe: Automatica 2016. Automatica 2016 confirmed that the future of the industry has undoubtedly collaborative robots in it, and that Industry 4.0 is a revolution which will provide employees with a robotic assistance at their jobs to improve the safety and quality of their work. This is one of the reasons why professional service robots were highlighted at Automatica 2016.

The collaborative robot TIAGo is prepared for working side by side with humans, as a team. The person will analyze, perform and reflect on the activities that require of human intelligence. To complete the industrial process, the person will control the robot, which will assume all the repetitive, dangerous and heavy tasks. TIAGo demonstrated manipulation, navigation and perception skills through different demos that were open to all Automatica 2016 attendees.

TIAGo PAL Robotics Automatica 2016

Optimizing stock in retail stores with StockBot

Robotics is not only helpful for the industrial sector: it opens a broader range of possibilities. PAL Robotics also brought StockBot at Automatica 2016, a robot that saves time and efforts while optimizing stock control in retail industry. StockBot combines autonomous navigation and obstacle avoidance with RFID technology to take daily inventory in stores. The robot took live inventory in the Service Robots demonstration park, where the results could be tracked in a screen showing a map updated in real time with the spatial location of the products.

Thanks for coming and making a great Automatica 2016!

Automatica 2016 broke all records of participation during this edition. More than 45,000 attendees could discover the latest innovations in automation and industry. PAL Robotics’ team wants to thank everyone who came to visit us at Automatica 2016, and hopes they enjoyed interacting with TIAGo and watching StockBot’s performance.

PAL Robotics Automatica 2016 Team

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by Judith Viladomat on July 08, 2016 03:00 PM

ROS Platforms Survey

We are interested in knowing which hardware platforms are the favorite ones to run ROS so we'd like to ask a few minutes of your time to fill the following survey. We'll be sharing the results once it's closed. Thanks for your collaboration!

Click here to take the survey.

by Tully Foote on July 08, 2016 12:00 AM

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