Potential Cloud Robotics WG

Hi Mike - I am happy to speak in the first group if you want

I am already preparing a presentation to give at the SURF Cloud Event on 7th March - so it would be good practice.
Asimovo - Smarter Robotics Education - Connecting Universities and Teaching ROS to Cloud Services and Supercomputing.
SURF provide cloud and supercomputing services to all the Dutch universities and research centres (approx 100 members) We are using Asimovo to help connect people who teach robotics (and learning robotics) to both cloud and supercomputing capabilities.
We can talk through all the lessons we have learned since building the platform and what we are hearing from the robotics education community . There are many advantages and disadvantages to using ROS in the cloud, so we also promote having a connection between working locally and working in the cloud - so that Robotics engineers are empowered rather than constrained.

I can also get our CTO to join, or do the talk, and go a bit deeper into the toolkit if needed.
Let me know what you think. Is this something the group would like to cover in the first meeting?

Possible ideas/issues Cloud WG should focus on:

(Can further be extended)

  • CD of all the ROS releases (Continuous Delivery)
  • A Unified Data streaming API (Persistent Data Storage API)
  • A possible integration with popular message queues and streaming services like Kafka
  • Potential integration with Observability and Visualization tools like Grafana
  • Enhancements for Web version of Gazebo
  • Service Mesh for ROS services, actions and pub-subs

Hi Mike, I’m Ronaldson Bellande, a PhD student/CEO/CTO working on my research organization and startup.

I have been doing research in this particular area for a long time and would be happy to speak at the meeting.

I can talk In the meeting of the challenges of using that kind of technology and the challenges I have faced doing my research.

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@Christine and @RonaldsonBellande, both sound great!

Christine, I think that would be a good first topic. Let’s proceed with that. Our agenda is now:

15m intros;
15m long-term strategy;
30m of Christine from Asimovo giving a talk on Connecting Universities and Teaching ROS to Cloud Services and Supercomputing.

I’ve created a speaker signup sheet - could you both add details in, please? It would be great to track potential speakers going forward, and we could add recording links so folks can find your talks in the future.

Also, @bbarash and @chfritz have both mentioned potential talks in this thread - please do sign up as well!

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As a working group, will we be having projects of our own ? if so, how do we get started

I am asking this in continuation with my previous post about ideas

I have added my details in the google sheet, if we are to continue this working group, I have research organization with it’s website, GitHub profile, discord, LinkedIn profile that everyone can join and continue collaboration in as well. You can check my details in the google sheet to find those research organization. Where we can talk about this topic repeatedly.

I donot see this meeting in the OSRF calendar. Am I looking at the wrong place ?

For the event in the calendar, take a look at the community calendar with date/time 2024-02-25 at 1700 UTC.

As for projects, the strategy is to focus on gathering/analyzing data to begin with. We can work together to build a picture of the current state of cloud robotics before looking at possible projects folks can work on. I’ll talk more about this in the meeting during the long-term strategy portion.


Hi all,
Thanks for your interest in this first meeting, hopefully, we could give a broad-enough introduction of how we see the field of cloud services and robotics. As mentioned, we will join into, and learn from, the future discussions on this important subject.
Kind regards,
Ludo Stellingwerff.
CTO @ Asimovo

Hi all,

My name is Apollo, a mechanical engineer and farmer starting up a farm monitoring robot project leveraging ROS and cloud computing.

Keen to join the working group.



Hi everyone,

My name is Felipe Saraiva from Synkar Autonomous.

We currently develop a cloud-based platform to manage and teleoperate our robots, and I believe the main pain points we face and the solutions we find to overcome them are common to many cloud robotics applications.

I missed the first meeting yesterday, but I would be interested in attending the WG as well and contribute to the discussion.

Also, was the meeting recorded? And will the record be made available to watch later?


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Hi folks, yesterday was our first meeting as a community working group! Thank you to those who attended, and to Christine Fraser and Ludo Stellingwerff for their presentation.

The meeting was recorded and I’ll share the link as soon as it has been uploaded publicly. We introduced ourselves, had the presentation and Q&A, then finished by introducing the next meeting.

Next meeting will be 2024-03-11T16:00:00Z2024-03-11T17:00:00Z. I will propose a long-term strategy for the working group and we can discuss/modify it together. We will use this Google Meet room - join our invites Google Group to receive notifications for meeting invitations.

This folder contains our speaker signup sheet, our voluntary contact sheet, and our meeting minutes document (thanks to Christian Fritz for taking minutes for us).

I’ll hope to see you all there!


Good news! The video has been uploaded to vimeo: ROS Cloud Robotics Working Group Meeting February 25th, 2025 on Vimeo


It was a great meeting, I did not get to introduce myself but I hope to on our next meeting.

An update based on the timezone changes - ROS Discourse recommends that we use UTC as a base timezone. Based on that, the next meeting will be 2024-03-11T17:00:00Z2024-03-11T18:00:00Z; I will edit my previous topic with the correct time and update the conversation via Google Groups as well.

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I hope I’ll be available to attend this, skipped the last one accidentally

Hi there, how can I join the WG? I’m working as a system engineer on exactly these topics. Especially the teleportation part.

Our next meeting is today:

Also see more detailed information at the top of the linked thread.

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Here’s some info around Cloud/Kubernetes Managed Services.
I was the last to contribute to it, which was last summer 2023, so beware it’s a little outdated.
However, it could give you better idea of current cloud service products and their offerings
(like Quotas, Price, Nodes, Security, Networking, Autoscaling, IaC, Availability, AddOns, and etc).
Maybe you’ll find something you did not know was offered or even taken seriously.
I’m eager to lend an ear, so feel to reach out to me with any current problems or questions that you have.

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