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Participants wanted for a survey on ROS Configuration Issues!

Have you ever spent hours trying to track down the cause of a troublesome bug only to discover that it was caused by a mistake in a configuration file? We want to hear from you! We are a group of software engineering researchers at Carnegie Mellon University looking to understand configuration-related issues in ROS systems.

We are conducting a study to identify issues that ROS users face with respect to their configuration files (e.g., Launch XML and ROSParam YAML), and the steps that those users take to identify, debug, and ultimately fix configuration-related issues. The knowledge from this survey will provide us with insight into the most common and troublesome configuration issues, and will inform the development of automated tools to tackle the problem effectively.

The questionnaire should take five to ten minutes to complete. If you are interested in participating in our study, please follow this link:


So far, we’ve reached 36 responses, which have provided valuable insights into numerous kinds of configuration issue, and given nice suggestions on how the community can improve ROS to avoid those issues. We will keep the survey open until Friday evening (EDT), so if you haven’t filled out the survey already, you still have the opportunity to do so :grinning:

Thanks for all of your responses!


Let me see what I can do to help you out. =)

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