ROSCon 2022 Maritime Birds of a Feather meetup

Open Robotics is excited to co-host the second Maritime Birds of a Feather (BoF) session at ROSCon 2022 in Kyoto, Japan!

What: Informal breakout group discussions on several topics
Where -
In person: Noetic BoF space (map) at ROSCon 2022, Kyoto, Japan
Virtual: Zoom event in parallel (Zoom hosted by co-organizer Tim, room limit 100 attendees; attendance is free)
When: Google Calendar event - ROSCon Day 2 lunch, Fri 21 Oct 2022, 12:40-13:40 Japan Standard Time (lunch full duration 12:20-13:50)

RSVP: To help us decide on a date and time that works for most people, We have received enough RSVPs to determine the date and time above. If you’d like to receive updates or changes, you can still fill out this Google Form .

TBD - please RSVP above with your preferred date/time. We will post a Google Calendar event here with date, time, and Zoom link after collecting sufficient RSVPs. If you RSVP, event details will also be emailed to you.

In sequel to an underwater ROS workshop in 2018 at WHOI (Underwater ROS Workshop @ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), a virtual Maritime BoF at ROS World 2021, and regular monthly meetings in the ROS Maritime Working Group established in the past year, we would like to make this BoF accessible to the most people by holding a hybrid virtual/physical format.

Traditionally, BoF sessions at ROSCon are informal hallway chats where developers and users pick a topic of discussion, i.e. a formal-sounding excuse, to gather during coffee breaks.

The maritime BoF session provides an opportunity for maritime robotics (both underwater and surface) users of ROS (2) / Gazebo-classic / new Gazebo to informally discuss their work and needs, to find potential collaborators, and for developers to hear feedback on software and tools.

New this year: Based on the attendance last year, to efficiently use the short time available for the BoF, we will have breakout discussions on a few broad topics, to move the common interests of the community forward. See the planning document for tentative agenda, format, and details on the breakout groups. Scroll to the bottom for suggested discussion topics.
If you would like more group interactions like this, we invite you to come to the monthly ROS Maritime WG meetings, which are regularly announced in the Maritime category on ROS Discourse.

We hope to see you there.

Organizers and co-hosts
Mabel Zhang, Open Robotics
Tim Player, Oregon State University
Dharini Dutia, Open Robotics
Arjo Chakravarty, Open Robotics
Yuri Oliviera, Technology Innovation Institute


Thank you all for RSVPing. The top voted time for the event is Day 2 lunch (12:40-13:40). The full lunch duration is 12:20-13:50, so feel free to grab some food and come.

We’ve booked the Noetic space (map).

Zoom link and Google Calendar event have been posted above.

To help with smooth running, we will run the virtual event on Zoom concurrent to the physical event, but will not mix the breakout groups between physical and virtual.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thanks for organizing the BoF!

As announced at the very end, we’re having a maritime happy hour after the conference today! I’ll be heading to a rooftop bar called “in the moon”. It’s a block from the Gion-Shijo station: Google Maps

I’ll be leaving from the lobby at 1830.


Ack! It’s looking like they’re tearing down the exhibition hall, and may not let us stay till 1830 :slight_smile:

So, we’ll be leaving right after the closing remarks, from the lobby.

Thank you everyone for a lively event, organizers for all their help, Yuri for hosting the virtual event, and Laura for a nice rooftop view at the social!

Community notes are being collected in this document: ROSCon 2022 Maritime BoF Community Notes - Google Docs

The document is still live, as some breakout groups still have to add theirs.
Please feel free to add anything from memory that isn’t in the document yet, even if you weren’t the designated note-taker.

We may do a summary and go over the action items at the next monthly WG meeting.