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ROS News for the Week of 5/18/2020


Week of 5/18/2020

A couple of notes this week:

  • Noetic Release is THIS SATURDAY! World Turtle Day.
  • If you have something that you would like to add to this list just drop me a line and we can make it happen.
  • Conference season is upon us. I am looking for a few people to help me distill the big conferences (RSS/ICRA/IROS/CVPR etc) down to content relevant to the ROS community. What I am thinking is digging through the thousands of papers and summarizing the ones that use ROS or are broadly applicable to the ROS community.

Without further ado, here’s your week in ROS:

Events and Courses



ROS General

Everything Else


Hi @Katherine_Scott making a simple research in the first day (Monday, June 1) papers with respectively the keyword: open-source, ROS, SubT Challange, I found some papers:

  • Open-source:
  1. Test Your SLAM! the SubT-Tunnel Dataset and Metric for Mapping
  2. Robust Real-Time UAV Replanning Using Guided Gradient-Based Optimization and Topological Paths
  3. Kimera: An Open-Source Library for Real-Time Metric-Semantic Localization and Mapping
  4. ALTER-EGO: A Mobile Robot with Functionally Anthropomorphic Upper Body Designed for Physical Interaction (I)
  5. Crocoddyl: An Efficient and Versatile Framework for Multi-Contact Optimal Control
  6. An Open Torque-Controlled Modular Robot Architecture for Legged Locomotion Research
  • ROS
  1. Tightly-Coupled Single-Anchor Ultra-Wideband-Aided Monocular Visual Odometry System
  2. A Navigation Architecture for Ackermann Vehicles in Precision Farming
  • SubT Challenge
  1. Mine Tunnel Exploration Using Multiple Quadrupedal Robots
  2. Test Your SLAM! the SubT-Tunnel Dataset and Metric for Mapping
  3. LAMP: Large-Scale Autonomous Mapping and Positioning for Exploration of Perceptually-Degraded Subterranean Environments

Unfortunately there is no link direct to this papers. How are you thinking in summarizing this papers?

Hopefully, for most of them, there will be arxiv links in relatively short order. We’re also probably better off waiting until after the dust clears on the event. The hope would be to summarize the abstract down into a single human readable sentence or two and then collecting them under broad headings (locomotion, SLAM, perception, control, planning, multi-robot, etc). I know in the past with CVPR just going through the titles themselves was an overwhelming experience. I would really like to present professional engineers with a nice summary that they could digest at their leisure.

Perhaps I should create a markdown repository where people can send pull requests. Would that work as a means of collaboration?

Yes, I think that is a valid idea !