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Featured ROSCon 2018 Talks

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As we start to get ready for ROSCon 2019 we will be featuring talks from the ROSCon 2018 archive to help inspire people to submit their own talks as well as give people a sense of what they can look forward to at ROSCon 2019!

Reminders:

  • The call for workshops is open
  • Applications for the Diversity Scholarship is open
  • Registration is open
  • Sponsorship opportunities are available

Astrobee: ROS-based Flight Software for a Free-flying Robot in Microgravity
Andrew Symington (NASA, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies & KBRWyle) Video Slides

Astrobee is a free-flying robot designed by NASA to operate alongside astronauts inside the International Space Station, where it will carry out scientific and surveying tasks in microgravity. The robot can autonomously mate with a docking station to recharge, as well as perch to existing ISS handrails using a three degrees of freedom arm. Its open source flight software stack is built on ROS Kinetic, uses a delay-tolerant DDS bridge for space-to-ground communication, and is accompanied by a Gazebo simulator that enables researchers to develop and test behavioral algorithms. This presentation covers the the software architecture, challenges faced during the development process, facilities for testing prototype hardware, and broad lessons we have learned over the last three years.


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ROS 2 on Autonomous Driving Vehicles
Christopher Ho (Apex.AI, Inc), Sumanth Nirmal (Apex.AI, Inc), Dejan Pangercic (Apex.AI, Inc), Shinpei Kato (Tier IV, Inc), Jan Becker (Apex.AI, Inc) Video Slides

Over the past 10 years, ROS 1 has proven itself to be the framework of choice for prototyping and developing large robotic applications. Many limitations preventing ROS 1 from being used in production applications have been discovered over the years, and after significant prototyping, ROS 2 makes great headway in making ROS 2 suitable for production. Autonomous driving is the next great technology waiting to be realized and transform our society. A full autonomous driving stack is inarguably a large robotic system, and consequently ROS 2 is the right framework upon which to develop a full autonomous driving stack. To prove this, we have developed a part of the autonomous driving stack based on ROS 2.

ROSCon Reminders:

  • The call for workshops is open
  • Applications for the Diversity Scholarship is open
  • Registration is open
  • Sponsorship opportunities are available

Thank you again to our Platinum Sponsor Amazon, and to all our Gold Sponsors: Acutronic Robotics, ADLINK, Apex.ai, Clearpath Robotics, eProsima, Fetch Robotics, iRobot, Microsoft, Rapyuta Robotics, ROBOTIS, Silexica, Tier IV, Toyota Research Institue, and Ubuntu.

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Launch for ROS 2
William Woodall (Open Robotics) Video Slides

Over the past half year we have been working on the new launch system for ROS 2 based on roslaunch from ROS 1. The goal of this presentation is to summarize the state of the design document for launch, describe the current state of the reference implementation, and dive into the rationale behind some of the design decisions. The attendee should come away with a deeper understanding of the differences between roslaunch from ROS 1 and the new ros2 launch tool. We’ll also have some short demonstrations to show how these differences might be useful to everyday users.

ROSCon Reminders:

  • The call for workshops is open
  • Applications for the Diversity Scholarship is open
  • Registration is open
  • Sponsorship opportunities are available

Thank you again to our Platinum Sponsor Amazon, and to all our Gold Sponsors: Acutronic Robotics, ADLINK, Apex.ai, Clearpath Robotics, eProsima, Fetch Robotics, iRobot, Microsoft, Rapyuta Robotics, ROBOTIS, Silexica, Tier IV, Toyota Research Institue, and Ubuntu.

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Gazebo renders the moon
Ian Chen (Open Robotics), Mark Allan (KBR, Inc.) Video Slides

Over the past couple of years, Open Robotics collaborated with NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group to develop the Resource Prospector lunar driving simulator. In particular, a strong focus was placed on generating high quality visual images from the cameras on the simulated rover. This resulted in in several improvements made to Gazebo, including support of high resolution digital elevation maps, improved shadows, integration of custom material shaders, and a new lens flare plugin. This presentation will show the resulting lunar terrain environment created in Gazebo and discuss some of the challenges in modeling the environment.

ROSCon Reminders:

  • The call for workshops closes today. Submit here.
  • The call for talks and videos is now open See the call for proposals for templates and submission links.
  • Applications for the Diversity Scholarship is open
  • Registration is open
  • Sponsorship opportunities are available

Thank you again to our Platinum Sponsor Amazon, and to all our Gold Sponsors: Acutronic Robotics, ADLINK, Apex.ai, Clearpath Robotics, eProsima, Fetch Robotics, iRobot, Microsoft, Rapyuta Robotics, ROBOTIS, Silexica, Tier IV, Toyota Research Institue, and Ubuntu.