June 24, 2017
Updated MoveIt! Now Comes with Trajectory Introspection
From TORK blog:

    Through the package update earlier June 2017, MoveIt! now allows you to introspect planned trajectory pose by pose.
    Using the newly added trajectory slider on RViz, you can visually evaluate the waypoints in a planned trajectory on MoveIt!. 
    Introspect waypoints in a planned trajectory on MoveIt! on NEXTAGE Open.

    As you see on the slider on the left side, you can now introspect each waypoint in a planned trajectory on MoveIt! on NEXTAGE Open.

    See MoveIt! tutorial for how to activate this feature.

by Isaac Saito (noreply@blogger.com) on June 24, 2017 09:18 AM

June 22, 2017
Successful ROS-I Kinetic Training Class - Curriculum Available

The ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas hosted a ROS-Industrial Developers Training Class June 6-8, 2017, at SwRI in San Antonio, Texas. Twelve attendees represented a diverse set of organizations, including Bastian Solutions, EWI, John Deere, PlusOne Robotics, Magna International, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, and Yaskawa America’s Motoman Robotics Division. The three-day class was geared toward individuals with a C++ programming background who sought to learn to compose their own ROS nodes.

  • Day 1 focused on introductory ROS skills.
  • Day 2 examined motion planning using MoveIt! as well as using the Descartes planner and perception concepts.
  • Day 3 included an introduction to perception and culminated with lab programming exercises with a choice of Pick-and-Place Application or Descartes Application.

Many thanks to training class leaders Jeremy Zoss and Austin Deric. The training curriculum is open-source and available here.

For more details about this class, see the event page.

If you are interested in attending the next class in October, keep an eye on this event page.

THE FULL CLASS WITH SWRI ROS-INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT STAFF INCLUDED

THE FULL CLASS WITH SWRI ROS-INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT STAFF INCLUDED

by Levi Armstrong on June 22, 2017 12:41 PM

June 19, 2017
ROSCon 2017: Proposal deadline is June 25, 2017

As a reminder, the deadline to submit a proposal to present at ROSCon 2017 is June 25, 2017.

Be sure to get your proposals in soon!

Read the call at http://roscon.ros.org/2017/#call-for-proposals You can submit by visiting http://roscon.ros.org/review

We look forward to reviewing your proposals.

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Also, hotel accommodations are starting to sell out in Vancouver. If you're able to, please book your hotel for ROSCon soon: http://roscon.ros.org/2017/#location

Finally, we're still accepting sponsors for ROSCon 2017; check the prospectus for the remaining opportunities.

  • Your friendly neighborhood ROSCon 2017 Organizing Committee

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

by Tully Foote on June 19, 2017 06:27 PM

June 14, 2017
Niharika Arora (Fetch Robotics): Robot calibration

Looking foward to ROSCon 2017 we're highlighting presentations from last year. The ROSCon 2017 call for proposals is currently open as well as registration.

In this session Niharika Arora from gives an overview of how Fetch Robotics calibrates their robots using robot_calibration

Video

Abstract

Calibration is an essential prerequisite for nearly any robot. We have created a fast, accurate and robot­agnostic calibration system, which calibrates robot geometry in addition to the typical camera intrinsics and/or extrinsics. The system can be used with a variety of feature detectors to update the cost function and uses the CERES optimizer for the convex optimization. The system then creates an updated URDF containing the calibrated parameters. This talk will cover the details of the robot­agnostic robot_calibration package and describe its use in the fetch_calibration package which can calibrate dozens of parameters on a Fetch robot in as little as 3 minutes.

Slides

View the slides here

by Tully Foote on June 14, 2017 10:01 PM

June 10, 2017
ROSCon 2017 Diversity Scholarships

The ROSCon 2017 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. Thanks to the support of the program's sponsors, these scholarships each include a complimentary conference registration pass and three nights' accommodation shared with another recipient*. Limited travel support is available for participants whose travel to the conference would otherwise be infeasible. Please note that all other expenses (including 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. Under special circumstances alternative arrangements can be accommodated.

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. Previous ROSCon Diversity Scholarship recipients are not eligible to re-apply.

Sponsors

The ROSCon 2017 Diversity Program has been made possible with support from the following sponsors:

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If your organization is interested in getting involved in the Diversity Program, please get in contact.

How to apply

To apply, fill out this form by June 25, describing how you are involved with ROS and the robotics community and what you hope to get out of attending ROSCon. Scholarships will be awarded based on a combination of need and impact. Every applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.

For more information about ROSCon 2017, including the program, code of conduct, and childcare options, please see http://roscon.ros.org/2017

by Tully Foote on June 10, 2017 12:48 AM

June 08, 2017
Recap: Expanding Horizons: ROS-Industrial Asia Pacific Workshop 2017 - Singapore

The ROS-Industrial Asia Pacific Consortium (ROS-I Asia Pacific) hosted its annual workshop May 25-26 in Singapore. International, regional and local speakers discussed the importance of ROS and its capabilities. The event took place one week before the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2017), also in Singapore.

 

More than 80 participants enjoyed the two-day ROS-I Asia Pacific event, which featured exciting presentations and demonstrations of ROS-Industrial uses and product success stories. Key speakers from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Open Robotics, and Fraunhofer IPA presented the progress over the past year since ROS-I Asia Pacific was formed through a memorandum of understanding between SwRI, the Singapore-based Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

dr. David low (ARTC CEO) kicked off the workshop.

dr. David low (ARTC CEO) kicked off the workshop.

Tully Foote (Open Robotics) presented on going developments with ROS and ROS2.

Tully Foote (Open Robotics) presented on going developments with ROS and ROS2.

The workshop highlighted various industries using ROS and ROS-Industrial to support their robotic software needs. Examples included Robonaut 2 on the International Space Centre (NASA), GUI interfacing with HiWIN (PPM AS), Food handling (Blue WorkForce Robotics) and other manufacturing topics.

Many presented ROS and ROS-Industrial applications and uses in their own products. Sponsored by ABB, guests were treated to an abundance of networking opportunities during tea and lunch breaks.

Dr. Kimberly hambuchen (NASA JSC) presented ROS use in NASA at Johnson space centre

Dr. Kimberly hambuchen (NASA JSC) presented ROS use in NASA at Johnson space centre

Technology discussions on “ROS 2.0 Challenges” with Tully Foote (Open Robotics) and “ROS-Industrial Road Mapping” with Paul Evans (SwRI) allowed participants to highlight current industrial requirements and gaps in order for the consortium to distinguish key areas of focus.

Products showcasing ROS-Industrial use by MiR ApS, Blue WorkForce, and PPM AS were on display.

Various ROS-Industrial packages such as Scan-N-Plan,, PackML, motion planning, advanced 2Dvision, and 3D-point cloud sensor processing were demonstrated on robots by ABB, Fanuc industrial, UR10, Kuka, and Sawyer collaborative robots.

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To learn more about the ROS-I Asia Pacific Consortium please visit the Join Now page.

Overall presentation slides, photos and videos of the event will be uploaded soon!


Day 1 - 25th May 2017

Time

Title

Presenter

Resources

8:00 AM

Bus Transport pick up from Rendezvous Hotel to ARTC

8:30 AM

Registration, Coffee & Tea

Everyone

9:15 AM

Kick off Launch

Dr. David Low, Paul Evans, Prof. I-Ming Chen

video

9:30 AM

ROS Industrial Asia Pacific Consortium

Min Ling Chan, ARTC

pdf video

10:00 AM

ROS-I Consortium Americas Update - highlighting 2016 accomplishments and future direction

Paul Evans, SwRI

pdf video

10:30 AM

Coffee Break

Everyone

10:50 AM

Looking forward to ROS2

Tully Foote, OSRF

pdf video

11:20 AM

An Innovative Robotics Platform for Simplifying and Accelerating Deployments in the Food Industry

Hai Chang,
Blue Workforce Robotics (Asia Pacific)

pdf video

11:50 AM

Automatic transportation of carts using a Hook

Niels Jacobsen, Mobile Industrial Robots

pdf video

12:20 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Photo Taking and Demonstration at Workshop (level 1), Exhibition

Everyone

video

2:00 PM

2:30 PM

National Robotics Strategy for Singapore

Rayner Ng, NRPO

pdf video

2:45 AM

Multi-platform Digital Twins for Cobots

Dr. Steve Kerrison, ARTC

pdf video

3:00 PM

Coffee Break

Everyone

pdf video

3:30 PM

Singapore’s Industrial Robotics Program

Dr. Marcello Ang, NUS

pdf video

4:00 PM

ROS Technical Roadmapping Breakout Session:
1) Challenges with ROS
2) ROS-Industrial Roadmap and focus points
3) ROS-Industrial APAC challenges

Facilitators:
1) Tully Foote, OSRF
2) Paul Evans, SwRI
3) Min Ling Chan, ARTC

pdf video

5:00 PM

Wrap up for Day 1

Nicholas Yeo, ARTC

pdf video

5:15 PM

Bus Transport from ARTC to Dinner

Everyone

6:00 PM

Networking Dinner at Spruce Restaurant

9:15 PM

Bus Transport pick up from Spruce Restaurant to Rendezvous Hotel

by Min Ling Chan on June 08, 2017 04:48 PM

June 06, 2017
Matthieu Amy et al. Adaptive Fault Tolerance on ROS: A Component-Based Approach

Continuing our series highlighting ROSCon 2016 talks. We present Matthiew Amy talking about how to build fault tolerant systems. He first covers the theory and then goes into specifics for how to make ROS systems robust.

Video

Abstract

Every system evolves during their operational lifetime. A system that remains dependable when facing changes (new threats, failures, updates) is called resilient. We propose an approach to safety and adaptive fault tolerance taking advantage of Component-Based Software Engineering technologies for tackling a crucial aspect of resilient computing, namely the on-line adaptation of fault tolerance mechanisms. We will show how this approach can be implemented on ROS and explain some implementation details and the result of different experiments to validate the solution. We will also discuss the how we can use checkpointing technologies to make the ROS master crash-tolerant

Slides

pdf


ROSCon 2017

If you're interested in more information like this ROSCon 2017 is coming up! The call for proposals is currently open as well as registration.

by Tully Foote on June 06, 2017 01:52 AM

May 24, 2017
ROS-Industrial Asia Pacific Workshop

The ROS-Industrial Asia Pacific Workshop starts soon on 25 May 2017. It is going to be a great event with an exciting line-up of guest speakers. Also included will be demonstrations and an exhibition showcasing ROS-Industrial capabilities. For those that have registered we will see at the event.

Be sure to check out the event flyer. International and Regional speakers include:

  • Paul Evans, Director, Manufacturing Technologies, SwRI
  • Tully Foote, ROS Platform Manager, OSRF
  • Dr Kimberly Hambuchen, Human Robotic Systems Deputy Project Manager, NASA Johnson Space Centre
  • Dr Mirko Bordignon, ROS-Industrial Europe Program Manager, Fraunhofer IPA
  • Dr Toshio Moriya, Senior Chief Researcher, Center for Technology Innovation, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd
  • Hai Chang, Blue Workforce Robotics (Asia Pacific)
  • Niels Jacobsen, CTO, MiR
  • Prof Trygve Thomessen, PPM AS
  • Rayner Ng, Director, National Robotics Programme (NRP), A*STAR, Singapore
  • Dr Marcello Ang, Ag Director, Advanced Robotics Centre, National University Singapore

For more information on attending: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/ros-industrial-expanding-horizons-with-ros-industrial-in-asia-pacific-tickets-34229406075

by Paul Evans on May 24, 2017 01:50 AM

May 22, 2017
Mukunda Bharatheesha et al. -- Plan to Win with MoveIt! - Lessons learnt from the Amazon Picking Challenge 2016

At ROSCon 2016 Mukunda gave an overview of how Team Delft took on and won the Amazon Picking Challenge in 2016. The talk provides an overview of the approach the team won, how they leveraged MoveIt, and provides incite into many lessons learned from the experience that can be used by others thinking about similar problems.

Video

Abstract

This presentation will focus on some of the key MoveIt! practices that we (motion planning team of Team Delft) followed for the Amazon Picking Challenge 2016. Particularly, the following points will be highlighted: 1) making appropriate MoveIt! API choices from a large set of options; 2) difficulties faced such as I/O synchronization with trajectories and collision checking with Octomaps and the corresponding solutions; 3) unsolved problems (mostly with robot driver) while planning around the joint limits of the robot; and 4) general recommendations for OMPL planner configurations with MoveIt!.

Slides

PDF


If you're interested in more information like this ROSCon 2017 is coming up! The call for proposals is currently open as well as registration.

by Tully Foote on May 22, 2017 10:48 PM

May 18, 2017
Global ROS-I Community Meeting

Thanks to our presenters, Paul Evans (host), Paul Hvass, Matt Robinson, Min Ling Chan, Dave Coleman, and Mirko Bordignon for an informative session on ROS-Industrial projects seeking community involvement.  This web meeting, held on 16 May 2017, is the second Global ROS-I Community Web Meeting. Scroll down below the video for abstracts.

Recording of the Global ROS-I Community meeting held on 16 May, 2017

  • Paul Evans (ROS-Industrial Americas and SwRI): Welcome and review of the agenda.  The Global Community Web Meeting focused on open source projects seeking broader community participation.
     
  • Paul Hvass (PlusOne Robotics): Outgoing ROS-I Americas Program Manager message to the community and introduction of incoming ROS-I Americas Program Manager.
     
  • Matt Robinson (Transitioning to ROS-Industrial/SwRI): Incoming ROS-I Americas Program Manager greeting to the community.
     
  • Min Ling Chan (ROS-Industrial Asia Pacific and A*STAR): PackML Business Analytics Dashboard
    • Highlighted a PackML (Packaging Machine Language) project focused on creating an ability to run ROS across multiple OEM PLCs for manufacturing plants for communication between PLCs, increased interoperability, modularity, and efficiency.  Proposed is a new Business Analytics Dashboard to provide users an intuitive display of the real-time root cause analysis and OEE.
  • Paul Hvass (PlusOne Robotics): Sensor Configuration and Calibration Assistant
    • Presented a project to create a graphical user interface for the industrial calibration package with preset configurations for the most common calibration cases to simplify the calibration process.
  • Dave Coleman (PickNik): MoveIt! Code Sprint – Minimum Cycle Time Motion for Bin Picking
    • Introduced the MoveIt! Code Sprint focused on integrating existing academic motion planners into MoveIt! that have the potential to improve cycle time, optimize existing planners, and systematically compare performance for industrial use cases.
  • Mirko Bordignon (ROS-Industrial Europe and Fraunhofer IPA): The ROSIN Project
    • Provided an overview of the new ROSIN European initiative.  ROSIN was launched to bring ROS to the factory floor with a focus on improving software quality.  Included is a targeted investment for ROS-Industrial Focused Technical Projects.  Educational activities are included as a key component of the initiative to support wider adoption.

by Paul Evans on May 18, 2017 05:29 AM

May 17, 2017
Deanna Hood, William Woodall (OSRF): ROS 2 Update

Looking foward to ROSCon 2017 we're highlighting presentations from last year.

In this session Deanna and William give an update on the state of ROS2 development.

Video

Abstract

This talk will summarize the progress made since the last ROSCon update in 2015. Summary will include the alphas released during that time, changes to supported implementations, and the roadmap. The talk will also include demonstrations of new features and highlights of our experiences while using ROS 2 in demos and benchmarking.

Slides

View the slides here

The ROSCon 2017 call for proposals is currently open as well as registration.

by Tully Foote on May 17, 2017 10:32 PM

May 10, 2017
Cross-Post: ARIAC Qualifier 3 is open!

Click the image to view the full post on the Robot Operating System (ROS) website.

by Paul Evans on May 10, 2017 04:17 PM

Steffi Paepcke and Louise Poubel (OSRF): What's new in Gazebo? Upgrading your simulation user experience!

With ROSCon 2017 preparations getting started we wanted to feature some of the presentations from last year. The call for proposals is currently open as well as registration. To start with here's Steffi and Louise's talk about Gazebo, presented ambitiously as a live demo in Gazebo.


Abstract

Gazebo is one of the most used simulators in the ROS community. It has been under heavy development for the past few years and its most recent version, Gazebo 7, comes with myriad new tools and features for new and experienced users alike. Recently, Gazebo development has emphasized user-centered design and improved usability. Updates include not only improved GUI tools and documentation for new folks, but also tools that streamline the workflow for experienced users. We explore new features including: Model Editor, Building Editor, apply force tool, logging and playback, model alignment and snap tools, camera angle controls, plotting, introspection and debugging aids, and more.

Slides

by Tully Foote on May 10, 2017 01:57 AM

May 03, 2017
Q&A Session with Incoming ROS-Industrial Americas Program Manager

Submitted by Paul Evans, Southwest Research Institute and ROS-Industrial

Last month, in an email blast to the community, we shared the exciting news that Matt Robinson will be joining SwRI to lead the ROS-Industrial Americas open source program as Paul Hvass moves on to a new startup company.  Matt has a passion for ROS-Industrial and a vision for how to address a variety of advanced manufacturing topics and technologies.  I recently visited with Matt and want to share some of the highlights, via a question and answer format. 

Q: When did you first become interested in a career in advanced manufacturing and robotics?

A: During a facility launch project during my time at Caterpillar, we had the chance to introduce automation into this new plant. There were challenges around high mix, variation management, and quality expectations that seemed difficult to manage the costs using a manual process, but certainly hills to climb with automation. The automation that was implemented definitely enabled us to realize our goals, but it dawned on me there was a lot left to be desired when it comes to capability and getting these solutions to perform as desired in an efficient manner. This began a journey for me, to not just seek to implement and leverage automated solutions, but to continuously push the envelope on capability.

Q: What value did you see in the ROS-Industrial open source program that drew you to explore using it for real-world manufacturing applications?

A: The extensibility and capability. Leveraging perception to drive process and build on that intelligence to execute and manage processes. Scan-N-Plan is a great example of capability that is driving the opportunity to process in a new and exciting way. 

The extensibility is key in both the make of the robot that can be utilized as well as the vintage. For some companies, where every brand can occur at a site, and at times they can be a few generations old, this is key in realizing maximum value out of existing assets.

Q: As you reflect on the progress of ROS-Industrial over the course of the past five years, what are two or three of the core components of the program that you believe have had the most impact for industry?

A: The ability to deliver more advanced capability over traditional industrial hardware. This may be trivial, but when you can leverage something that is familiar to do something novel, that goes a long way into building acceptance and confidence. Another component that is impactful, in my view, is the industry roadmapping approach to the program. This is key to build around the core problems of industry and then allow technology development to evolve around these core challenges. This sets a sustainable path and enables prioritization to ensure solutions are developed that are meaningful and have a chance to be adopted and matured through vetting in real factory conditions.

Q: The ROS-Industrial Consortium is now global and 50 members strong. Can you share some thoughts about where you would like to see the ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas accomplish next?

A: The diversity of the Consortium is exciting and a true asset to its health. I would like to see more integrators become engaged and excited to pull the capabilities into their solution sets. Ideally this becomes a vehicle to refine further solutions and provide a more direct service model for deployed solutions. I’m curious to collect more feedback from these deployers to our industry end-users to understand more about their concerns, road blocks, and needs.

I also would like to think more about how we prove industry ready. The blending milestones have been interesting in this regard, having been involved in two of the Blending Focused Technical Projects. The feedback from the integrator regarding the readiness for use in one of their delivered solutions was eye opening, and it drives a lot of thought around how can we ensure capabilities are as ready as can be, to be adopted, molded, and essentially “ready for deployment.”  This is a key challenge that I’m personally excited to work on developing.

Thank you, Matt, for your Q&A. We are excited about the next leg of our journey.

Once Matt is fully settled in his new role, he plans on posting a note to the community with his contact information and some highlights of upcoming events.  We are excited to have Matt join Mirko Bordignon (ROS-I Europe) and Min Ling Chan (ROS-I Asia Pacific) on the leadership team.  We value his strong manufacturing roots and his commitment to keep the initiative focused on capabilities, tools, and applications that will be strategic for industry adoption.

If you have any questions regarding this blog post you may contact Paul Evans at paul.evans <at> swri.org.

by Paul Evans on May 03, 2017 03:57 AM

May 01, 2017
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.

by Tully Foote on May 01, 2017 10:54 PM

April 19, 2017
Recap: Successful ROS-I Consortium Americas Meeting in Chicago

On April 7, the ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas hosted its annual meeting in Chicago following on the heels of the Automate show. The meeting brought together more than 60 people from across the industrial robotics industry to learn about, discuss, and plan for the future of open source software for manufacturing automation. The Consortium is now a world-wide organization led by SwRI in the Americas, Fraunhofer IPA in Europe, and A*STAR ARTC in the Asia Pacific region.

The annual meeting demarked a number of milestones for ROS-I:

The ROS-I Consortium Americas meeting brought together representatives from across industry including end users, system integrators, robot OEMs, automation equipment OEMs, and researchers.

The ROS-I Consortium Americas meeting brought together representatives from across industry including end users, system integrators, robot OEMs, automation equipment OEMs, and researchers.

The Open Source Robotics Foundation was represented by Tully Foote who took questions during an open mic session, and also led a round table roadmapping discussion about ROS/ROS 2 core.

The Open Source Robotics Foundation was represented by Tully Foote who took questions during an open mic session, and also led a round table roadmapping discussion about ROS/ROS 2 core.

Matthew Robinson from Caterpillar gave an inspiring keynote presentation on the topic of Flexible Automation for Manufacturing in Heavy Industries.

Matthew Robinson from Caterpillar gave an inspiring keynote presentation on the topic of Flexible Automation for Manufacturing in Heavy Industries.

The ROS-I Consortium is global! Each regional program manager presented an update about the progress and future plans for his/her region. Left to right: Min Ling Chan from RIC-Asia Pacific, Dr. Mirko Bordignon from RIC-Europe, and Paul Hvass from RIC-Americas.

The ROS-I Consortium is global! Each regional program manager presented an update about the progress and future plans for his/her region. Left to right: Min Ling Chan from RIC-Asia Pacific, Dr. Mirko Bordignon from RIC-Europe, and Paul Hvass from RIC-Americas.

During the afternoon session, Consortium members organized into groups to discuss specific technical roadmapping thrusts. 

During the afternoon session, Consortium members organized into groups to discuss specific technical roadmapping thrusts. 

Meeting attendees also met with Focused Technical Project moderators to talk about one of the five new project topics that were introduced for 2017.

Meeting attendees also met with Focused Technical Project moderators to talk about one of the five new project topics that were introduced for 2017.

One of the chief benefits of the Consortium is the ability of members to sponsor Focused Technical Projects. These projects expand the capabilities of ROS-I and costs are shared by participating members so their resources are multiplied by their collaborators. This year, five project topics were announced and then discussed in a round table forum:

  • Collaborative Robotic Fastener Installation
  • Sensor Configuration and Calibration Assistant
  • MoveIt! Code Sprint
  • ROS-I Business Analytics Dashboard
  • Robotic Edge Processing

To learn more about the ROS-I Consortium, please visit the Join Now page.

by Paul Hvass on April 19, 2017 01:04 PM

April 18, 2017
ROS Lunar Loggerhead Tshirt Campaign

With each release of ROS we have a tradition of having a logo and making t-shirts. ROS Lunar Loggerhead is coming out in May. To let you show your ROS colors and support this tradition, we have setup a Teespring Campaign in both the US and the EU. Note that both these campaigns can ship worldwide.

Ordering will be open until May 9th. Order now!

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This year we're also excited to provide an opportunity to order stickers for Lunar Loggerhead. We're also providing stickers for Lunar as well as all other active ROS distros Indigo, Jade, Kinetic, and a generic ROS Sticker

Please visit our page on Sticker Mule to order

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Note that there's pretty good price breaks if you order in quantity. So if you have a few friends nearby it's probably worth doing a group order. And the stickers will continue to be available. The tshirt campaign ends in 20 days so don't delay ordering.

Since this is the first public announcement, here's the full graphic for Lunar Loggerhead.

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Thanks to everyone who's been helping prepare the Lunar release. We're looking forward to the release in May. We expect the tshirts ordered in this campaign will arrive just before ROS Lunar Loggerhead is released!

by Tully Foote on April 18, 2017 12:50 AM

ARIAC Qualifier 3 is open!

We are happy to announce that Qualifier 3 is now open for the Agile Robotics for Industrial Automation Competition (ARIAC)!

ARIAC is a simulation-based competition is designed to promote agility in industrial robot systems by utilizing the latest advances in artificial intelligence and robot planning. The goal is to enable industrial robots on the shop floors to be more productive, more autonomous, and to require less time from shop floor workers. You can learn more about the competition here. The top performing teams will be invited to present at a workshop held during IROS 2017 in Vancouver.

So far we have completed Qualifiers 1 and 2, highlights of which you can see here:


and here:


While the first two Qualifiers are now closed, there's still time to join the competition. You have until May 15, 2017 to submit your results from Qualifier 3 and secure a spot in the final competition, to be held in early June. To learn how to participate, visit the ARIAC site.

by Brian Gerkey on April 18, 2017 12:47 AM

March 29, 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!

by Tully Foote on March 29, 2017 11:25 PM

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).

by Tully Foote on March 29, 2017 08:00 PM

March 21, 2017
The Dawn of a New NVIDIA Jetson: the Uniquely Capable ROSbot Brain

From Barrett Williams

The brand-new NVIDIA Jetson TX2 Developer Kit runs ROS Kinetic!

Through its 256-core Pascal-based GPU that supports CUDA 8.0 and cuDNN 5.1, Jetson TX2 executes object classification, SLAM, and localization with low latency, short control loops, and at high framerates, all on a low power budget. In addition to 4 ARMv8 Cortex A57 cores, Jetson TX2 also sports two Denver cores for additional performance in single-threaded workloads.

Just as the Jetson TX1 before it, NVIDIA's new Jetson TX2 also supports ROS Kinetic Kame on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial. Thanks to a partnership with OSRF, roboticists can now deploy Deep Learning on the most power efficient embedded platform available today. (TX2 sports a fresher 4.4 Linux kernel, which TX1 will receive in the coming months.)

Connect sensors and other peripherals over USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet (now built into the TX2 chip), PCI-Express (x4 or x2 + x1), I2C, CAN bus, or UART. Find custom carriers from Auvidea and Connect Tech to integrate in any chassis that can accommodate a credit card.

From the Toyota HSR to Fellow Robots' NAVii, some of the most sophisticated robots, drones, and intelligent machines on the market today run ROS on Jetson. What will you build around ROS Kinetic and Jetson TX2?

Learn here:

https://devblogs.nvidia.com/parallelforall/jetson-tx2-delivers-twice-intelligence-edge

https://github.com/dusty-nv/rosdeeplearning

https://github.com/mit-racecar/

https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/board/188/jetson-tx2/

https://developer.nvidia.com/embedded/twodaystoademo

Buy here for $599 ($299 academic discount; EU pricing and discounts available now, APAC in April):

https://developer.nvidia.com/embedded/buy/jetson-tx2-devkit

by Shawn Schaerer on March 21, 2017 10:36 PM

Cross-Post: The ROSIN Project Press Release
Click the image to view the full post on the Fraunhofer IPA website.

Click the image to view the full post on the Fraunhofer IPA website.

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by Mirko Bordignon on March 21, 2017 09:24 PM

March 20, 2017
Call for Videos for ROS-I and MoveIt! Montages

From ROS-I

Southwest Research Institute is providing video editing services to create two separate video montages celebrating the anniversary of two respective ROS-based open source projects. Please visit the video submission page to upload your video for one of the following montages:

  • ROS-Industrial (i.e. factory or manufacturing applications of ROS)
  • MoveIt! (i.e. motion planning examples regardless of application/market)

Deadline: 28 March, 2017

Some guidelines for all video submissions:

  • No cost for submission
  • You will receive a link to upload upon submission of the form below
  • Please name your files like this: JohnDoeCompanyName1.mp4, JohnDoeCompanyName2.mp4, etc.
  • Any number of clips can be uploaded per person/organization
  • Videos must be full HD quality or better to be used
  • Portable device video must have adequate lighting and stabilization
  • We prefer raw video that is not covered with text. borders, etc.
  • We request that something interesting happens in 5 seconds or less, otherwise we reserve the right to accelerate the frame rate
  • We interpret this submission as your consent to use your clip for this singular purpose. We will contact you if other use cases are desired.
  • Don't forget to provide attribution/credit for all parties/collaborators involved in creating your video
  • Use abbreviations for attributions/credits when possible to avoid line wrap
  • If we are blessed to receive more submissions than we can fit in a short 2-3 min video, we will use the following criteria to select from among the available clips:
  • Video quality (stable, in-focus, well-lit)
  • Hardware diversity (robot/sensor brand variation among the ensemble of clips)
  • Originality
  • Professionalism (less duct tape, higher TRL)

by Tully Foote on March 20, 2017 09:59 PM

2017 University Rover Challenge robots using ROS

From Lucas Walter via ROS Discourse

I saw ROS tools or heard mentions of ROS in many of the URC CDR videos that were uploaded a few weeks ago, this is a playlist of them:

I could have easily missed more instances in the other videos:

It's interesting to see all the variations on the rocker bogie suspension system, and there are a handful of exceptions that use more novel approaches (though more of them need to show off the rovers going up or down a real incline and over rough terrain).

http://urc.marssociety.org/home/team-info

by Tully Foote on March 20, 2017 05:20 PM

Call for Videos for ROS-I and MoveIt! Montages

Southwest Research Institute is providing video editing services to create two separate video montages celebrating the anniversary of two respective ROS-based open source projects. Please visit the video submission page to upload your video for one of the following montages:

  • ROS-Industrial (i.e. factory or manufacturing applications of ROS)
  • MoveIt! (i.e. motion planning examples regardless of application/market)

Deadline: 28 March, 2017

Some guidelines for all video submissions:

  • No cost for submission
  • You will receive a link to upload upon submission of the form below
  • Please name your files like this: John_Doe_Company_Name_1.mp4, John_Doe_Company_Name_2.mp4, etc.
  • Any number of clips can be uploaded per person/organization
  • Videos must be full HD quality or better to be used
  • Portable device video must have adequate lighting and stabilization
  • We prefer raw video that is not covered with text. borders, etc.
  • We request that something interesting happens in 5 seconds or less, otherwise we reserve the right to accelerate the frame rate
  • We interpret this submission as your consent to use your clip for this singular purpose. We will contact you if other use cases are desired.
  • Don't forget to provide attribution/credit for all parties/collaborators involved in creating your video
  • Use abbreviations for attributions/credits when possible to avoid line wrap
  • If we are blessed to receive more submissions than we can fit in a short 2-3 min video, we will use the following criteria to select from among the available clips:
  • Video quality (stable, in-focus, well-lit)
  • Hardware diversity (robot/sensor brand variation among the ensemble of clips)
  • Originality
  • Professionalism (less duct tape, higher TRL)

by Paul Hvass on March 20, 2017 04:10 PM


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