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ROSCon will happen October 22nd - October 23rd, 2021 (Workshops on October 21st)
Join us in New Orleans, Louisiana!
ROSCon 2021 is a chance for ROS developers of all levels, beginner to expert, to spend an extraordinary two days learning from and networking with the ROS community. Get tips and tricks from experts and meet and share ideas with fellow developers.
ROSCon is a developers conference, in the model of PyCon and BoostCon. Following the success of the past ROSCons, this year’s ninth annual ROSCon will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Similar to previous years, the two-day program will comprise technical talks and tutorials that will introduce you to new tools and libraries, as well as teach you more about the ones you already know. The bulk of the program will be 10-30 minute presentations (some may be longer or shorter).
We aim for ROSCon to represent the entire ROS community, which is global and diverse. Whoever you are, whatever you do, and wherever you do it, if you’re interested in ROS, then we want you to join us at ROSCon. We encourage women, members of minority groups, and members of other under-represented groups to attend ROSCon. We expect all attendees to follow our code of conduct.
The ROSCon planning committee acknowledges that the barriers to attendance for traditionally under-represented groups may be many and varied, and we are striving throughout the planning process to make the event as inclusive and accessible as possible. This year we are proud to continue the ROSCon Diversity Scholarship to help make ROSCon 2021 more representative of the global ROS community.
We also welcome suggestions for what else we can do to encourage more participation. Contact us if you have ideas that you’d like to share.
If you don’t want to make a formal presentation, you should still bring your new project or idea to ROSCon and present it in a lightning talk.
There will be an opportunity to give a lightning talk at ROSCon. These are 2-3 minute talks, one session each day (3 minutes in the past but this may be reducing to 2.5 or 2 minutes this year). We expect to have many more people who want to present than slots are available. For fair access there will be a lottery for requesting to give a lightning talk. Talks from 2016 can be seen in this blog post or browse the recordings from past years.
There will also be open space for impromptu hacking sessions and informal presentations.
If you are looking for information on past ROSCons, including past programs, slides and videos of the presentations, see their separate websites.
Important dates to keep in mind for ROSCon 2021.
Call for Proposals circulated
April 7th, 2021
Workshop submission deadline
May 7th, 2021
Diversity Scholarship application deadline
July 16th, 2021
Proposal submission deadline
July 9th, 2021
Proposal acceptance notification
August 17th, 2021
Become a ROSCon 2021 sponsor! Check the sponsor prospectus for this year’s benefit packages.
Whether you’re ready to commit to a specific level or have a question or special request regarding the sponsorship program, please contact the executive committee.
Find our sponsors in the exhibit area. See this layout to find specific exhibitors.
Friends of the Conference
Diversity Scholarship Sponsors
The following sponsors are supporting the ROSCon Diversity Program, which is designed to enable participation in ROSCon by those typically underrepresented in the robotics community to make the conference a more fulfilling experience for all attendees. To get a sense of the impact of prior years’ programs, which funded travel and lodging costs for dozens of scholars from around the world, we encourage you to watch this 2016 lightning talk from Ahmed Abdalla and Husam Salih, two students at the University of Khartoum in Sudan who talked about starting a robotics lab under extremely challenging conditions.
Video Archive Sponsor
The video archive sponsorship supports the recording of the talks as well as the publication of the video archives online for the greater community.
ROSCon registration is now open! Click the link below to register for ROSCon 2021! This link will allow you to register for the main conference and the conference workshops (for an extra $100 fee). ROSCon registration is first-come, first serve, so make sure you register early as we usually sell out! ROSCon registration prices vary between $250 for early student registration and $750 for late general registration. If you would like to attend ROSCon but can’t afford to do so consider applying for our diversity scholarship.
- June 16th, 2021 – early registration begins.
- September 3rd, 2021 – early registration ends, regular registration begins.
- August 17th, 2021 – speakers notified.
- August 22nd, 2021 – speakers announced.
- October 1st, 2021 – regular registration ends, late registration begins.
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans is the official hotel of ROSCon 2021. Your reservation at the Hyatt supports the conference as the group block provides incentives and reductions in rental fees that enable us to provide you with the quality that ROSCon is known for while maintaining affordable registration rates.
Hyatt Regency New Orleans is perfectly located in downtown New Orleans. Step just outside to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Arena for sports or Champions Square for special events. Walk to the Arts District or to Bourbon Street. Or hop a streetcar to the enchanting Garden District.
- Check In: 3:00pm
- Check Out: 12:00pm
- Hotels must be booked no later than September 21st, 2021
- The hotel is located 14 miles from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
- Transportation options from the airport.
- The average weather in New Orleans in November is in the low 80’s F, or ~27°C.
- Wikitravel for New Orleans
- Please read the following CDC guidance if you are traveling from outside of the United States.
The program for ROSCon will be announced after submissions have been accepted.
Day 0, October 21st
Preregistration required. Please arrive early to allow time to collect your badge and conference bag before the workshops start. We expect there to be a queue for registration.
ROS 2 Executor: How to make it efficient, real-time and deterministic?14:00 - 17:00 Michael Pöhnl
The power of ROS as a software framework is evident in its application area from feather-weight drones to vacuum cleaners to autonomous driving trucks. While a consolidation with flexible abstraction layers in the area of communication middleware has already been achieved, we are currently seeing a lot of activity when it comes to tweaking the execution of ROS nodes for the individual use cases. In this workshop you will get deep insights into the latest developments in the community dealing with efficiency, real-time and determinism. During a hands-on session you will learn how to do a real-time setup with ROS 2.
ROS-I Workshop - Setting up an Industrial Scan-N-Plan Application14:00 - 17:00 Levi Armstrong, Chris Lewis
(Southwest Research Institute) Scan-N-Plan has become a common means to enable flexible and agile processing in high mix environments. This approach enables end-users to present a wide array of parts without the tedious task of generating point by point teach pendant paths customized for each part. This workshop seeks to give an under the hood view and step through of setting up a Scan-N-Plan application with real hardware. This includes tool path planning, scanning reconstruction, part localization, motion planning and execution all in ROS2. The presentation employs the latest Universal Robots ROS2 driver and an active compliance device. The goal for attendees is a greater understanding of the associated tools available for ROS-based Scan-N-Plan applications work on industrial hardware.
Simulating Multiple Mobile Warehouse Robots using ROS2 and Unity14:00 - 17:00 Anthony Navarro, Devin Miller
(Unity) Many industrial scenarios, such as order fulfillment in warehouses and distribution centers, require multiple robots to operate in a coordinated fashion. Instead of using one complex humanoid robot to perform all tasks, multiple different and specialized robots are used. Advances brought by ROS2 have made it easier to coordinate complex multi-robot systems, but testing them in simulation has still been challenging. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use a game engine and ROS2 to simulate multiple mobile robots that must perform object pose estimation in order to complete a “find-and-ferry” task in a dynamic warehouse environment.
Mobile Manipulation with MoveIt 214:00 - 17:00 Mark Moll
(PickNik Robotics) This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to MoveIt 2. Participants will learn how to plan motions for a mobile manipulator. No prior ROS 2 or MoveIt 2 experience is necessary, but basic familiarity with core robotics concepts is assumed. The participants can follow along on their own computers, but they will also have opportunities to plan and execute motions on real hardware: two Stretch mobile manipulators from Hello Robot will be available for experiments. The presenters will cover use and trade-offs of different strategies for motion planning approaches, inverse kinematics, grasping, trajectory generation, and integration with a perception pipeline.
Call For Proposals
As previously announced, ROSCon 2021 will be held in person in New Orleans October 21st-23rd, 2021. The core of the conference is (and always has been) content from the community, and this year, we’re looking for proposals for three different types of content.
Workshops: As in 2019, we will offer workshops on Day 0 of the conference. The goal of the workshops is to provide space for participatory/interactive experiences between the presenter(s) and the attendees and the chance to go more in depth into a subject than a regular talk could allow.
Talks: The standard presentation format is the talk, with the presenter(s) talking live about a specific topic, with a brief question period at the end, fitting into a 10, 20 or 30 minute time slot.
Videos: At a later time frame, we will be soliciting submissions for videos (following the deluge of submissions to ROS World 2020). Submissions will be opened after notifications for standard talks goes out, so that everyone can have a chance to present topics that are not yet included in the program.
We are also planning panels, keynote speakers and of course, lightning talks. The conference program will be a combination of single-track and multitrack.
We are currently planning for ROSCon 2021 to be a FULLY IN PERSON EVENT. Just like all previous ROSCons there will be a live stream and recorded talks for those who can’t make it. In practical terms, this means that we will need all ROSCon speakers to attend the event in person. We realize that company travel policies, international travel bans, personal preferences, and safety concerns may make it difficult for many potential speakers to attend the event. We ask that talk submissions be made with a good-faith intent for in person attendance as we will not be able to accommodate virtual talks or workshops. The program committee will reach out to all speakers the week of August 16, 2021 to re-confirm their ability to travel to the event. If you encounter an unforeseen issue, or a sudden change in travel restrictions, please e-mail the program committee to discuss how to address the situation.
General Content Guidelines:
All topics related to ROS and ROS 2 are invited. Example topics include:
- New packages / frameworks
- Insights / improvements for existing packages
- Case studies on unique ROS deployments / use cases
- Developments for specific robots, sensors, platforms
- Competitions / collaborations / initiatives
- ROS in commercial / research / teaching environments
- Standards / best practices / development tools
To get an idea of the content and tone of ROSCon, check out the slides and videos from previous years. We cannot offer content that is not proposed! If there is a topic on which you would like to present, please propose it. If you have an idea for an important topic that you do not want to present yourself, please post it for discussion on ROS Discourse.
All submissions will be reviewed by the program committee to evaluate:
- Relevance to the ROS Community - The proposed content should use ROS in a substantial way, but beyond that, the work must also be relevant and compelling to a general ROS audience. Writing a ROS driver for a specific piece of hardware is an excellent contribution to the community, but describing the intricacies of its firmware may not be relevant to this audience. Furthermore, content should be relevant to a global and diverse community.
- Quality of Content/Impact - We encourage proposals to contain big ideas with high impact. Proposals should have a demonstrable quality as opposed to being purely theoretical.
- Quality of Presentation - Articulating your ideas clearly and grammatically is a key prerequisite for giving a compelling live presentation.
- Originality/Novelty - Content should be original and not something that has already been heard before. Will this be the 41st talk on a particular topic at ROSCon? Or are you presenting something new?
- Open Source Availability - Because we are an open-source community, proposals for which the underlying code and other content is available under an open source license have a greater chance of being accepted. It is not a hard requirement, but proposals focused on proprietary systems should contribute in some other way to the community. Promises of future release are difficult to evaluate, so having your content released at the time of proposal submission is preferred.
Additional consideration will be given to balancing the subject matter and duration of presentation. We encourage proposals from presenters of all backgrounds and experience levels.
Workshop Submission Information
Workshop proposals must include:
- Title (maximum 70 characters)
- Presenter(s) (name and affiliation)
- Summary - for public consumption, used in the program schedule (maximum 100 words)
- Description - outline and goals, for review by the program committee. Describe the intended audience and what resources (if any) would be required. Please be sure to include enough information in your proposal for the program committee to evaluate the above review criteria.
Workshop proposals are closed as of May 7th, 2021. The chosen workshops will be published out no later than June 9th, 2021.
Talk Submission Information
Talk proposals must include:
- Title (maximum 70 characters)
- Presenter(s) (name and affiliation)
- Desired talk length (10, 20, or 30 minutes)
- Summary - for public consumption, used in the program schedule (maximum 100 words)
- Description - outline and goals, for review by the program committee. Describe the intended audience and what they can expect to learn. Please be sure to include enough information in your proposal for the program committee to evaluate the above review criteria.
- (NEW) Audio abstract - for review by the program committee. All talk proposals must include a (maximum) one minute recording of the presenter describing the content of the talk. It should be a single-take, responding as if a colleague asked what the talk was about. Please use either the mp3 or ogg file format.
- (NEW) Key URL/Twitter handles - Optionally include a single link/Twitter handles to be associated with talk in publicity materials.
Submit these files to the ROSCon 2021 Hot CRP Website. Talk proposals must be submitted by July 9th, 2021. The program will be announced August 17th, 2021.
If you have any questions/comments/firmware patches, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
ROSCon 2021 Diversity Scholarships
The ROSCon 2021 organizing committee aims for ROSCon to represent the entire ROS community, which is diverse and global. In addition to promoting technology that is open source, we strive to ensure that our community is as open and accessible as possible. Inclusion and diversity benefit the ROS ecosystem as a whole.
Whoever you are, whatever you do, and wherever you do it, if you’re interested in ROS, then we want you to join us at ROSCon. To help reduce financial barriers to conference attendance, the ROSCon Diversity Committee is offering a limited number of scholarships to members of traditionally underrepresented groups in the robotics community. Thanks to the support of the program’s sponsors, each scholarship includes:
- one complimentary conference registration;
- three nights’ hotel accommodation; and
- a travel stipend (limited to those participants whose travel to the conference would otherwise be infeasible).
All other expenses (including any visa requirements) will be the responsibility of the participant.
Please note the following about the scholarship program:
To maximize the impact of scholarship funds, scholarship recipients will be asked to share a room with another recipient. Under special circumstances alternative arrangements can be accommodated.As a special case for ROSCon 2021, given the global pandemic, we will not ask scholarship recipients to share hotel rooms.
- Participants will be responsible for covering their travel expenses up front. The travel stipend will be provided on-site at the conference.
We invite applications from members of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the robotics community, including but not limited to: women, people in LGBTQIA+ communities, people with disabilities, people from racial and/or ethnic minorities in the robotics community, and people from developing nations who may not otherwise be able to attend ROSCon. Previous ROSCon Diversity Scholarship recipients are not eligible to re-apply.
The ROSCon Diversity Committee reviews applicants according to the following criteria:
- How will the applicant increase the diversity of ROSCon?
- How will the applicant contribute to ROSCon through their attendance?
- Is the applicant engaged with the ROS community?
The applicants who are reviewed most favorably, subject to available funding, are offered scholarships. We always receive more good applications that we are able to fund. The most common reason for a less favorable review is lack of effort shown in the application, such that we are unable to meaningfully review the candidate. Please take the time to completely and thoughtfully complete the scholarship application.
We are proud to share the following feedback from past Diversity Scholars:
The ROSCon Diversity Scholarship Program provided me with an opportunity that would have been completely impossible without it. I was able to attend my first robotics conference and feel empowered to keep working to try and make a positive impact on this community. Also, it was very encouraging to see so many companies stepping up to promote and enable diversity within their companies and the robotics community. Thank you!
ROSCon 2017 scholarship participant
ROSCon has been an incredible experience. It is really encouraging to see that everyone in the robotics community is really welcoming and willing to share their expertise. I learned a lot and I met incredible people. This experience inspired and motivated me to contribute more to the robotics community and make a positive impact.
ROSCon 2018 scholarship participant
We also have a blog post of the 2017 Diversity Program.
Diversity Scholars Sponsors
The ROSCon Diversity Scholarship is made possible thanks to sponsor organizations from the ROS community.
If your organization is interested in getting involved in the Diversity Program, please contact us at email@example.com
How to apply
To apply, fill out this form by July 16, 2021, describing how you are involved with ROS and the robotics community, and what you hope to get out of attending ROSCon. Scholarships will be awarded based on a combination of need and impact. Every applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.
Travel restrictions to the United States
Please note that as of Wednesday, April 7, 2021 travelers who have been physically present in the countries listed on this CDC page may be prohibited from entering the United States. On Wednesday, April 7, 2021 this list includes China, Iran, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Brazil, and South Africa. We encourage everyone to submit a scholarship application and as the conference approaches and the travel situation is updated we will provide further information. This year will also have a live stream to accommodate those who would prefer, or are required, to remain at home.
ROSCon has been held annually since 2012. If you’d like to know more we have archives of all the past programs with recordings of the talks and most of the slides. The sites can be found at the locations below.
- ROSCon 2019 Macau
- ROSCon 2018 Madrid, Spain
- ROSCon 2017 Vancouver, Canada
- ROSCon 2016 Seoul, Korea
- ROSCon 2015 Hamburg, Germany
- ROSCon 2014 Chicago, USA
- ROSCon 2013 Stuttgart, Germany
- ROSCon 2012 St. Paul, USA
Code of Conduct
All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
The Quick Version
Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.
Attendee Health and Safety
New to the Code of Conduct for 2021
With regards to attendee health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ROSCon will be following all applicable local public health guidelines in order to provide as safe an environment as possible when meeting in person for ROSCon 2021. This segment of the Code of Conduct may be revised as needed to reflect the latest guidance and is current as of 6/16/2021.
ROSCon encourages attendees to be fully vaccinated prior to arriving onsite at the conference. In addition, the organizers ask that you:
- Follow relevant guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), or your local health authority.
- Adhere to government-issued travel restrictions and guidance issued by the region you will be traveling to and the region you are traveling from (including compliance required by airlines or other travel services).
- Evaluate your own health and that of people you are in close contact with; Contact the ROSCon organizers if you have concerns.
- Stay home if you feel sick and seek medical attention at any time if you feel unwell or are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
- Follow guidance from your local health authority for everyday preventive actions to help the spread of respiratory viruses. For more recommendations, see the CDC’s Covid-19 travel guidelines.
The Less Quick Version
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they’ll be wearing badges as well as there will be staff at the registration desk.
Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.
We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.