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ROSCon will happen October 19th - October 21st, 2022!

ROSCon 2022


ROSCon 2022

ROSCon 2022 will be held at the Kyoto International Conference Center in Kyoto, Japan on October 19th through the 21st, immediately before IROS 2022. ROSCon 2022 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 our past events, this year’s ROSCon will be our eleventh ROSCon and held in Kyoto, Japan. 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 2022 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.

Registration

Dates

Important dates to keep in mind for ROSCon 2022.

Call for Proposals circulated

March 7th, 2022

Workshop submission deadline

May 7th, 2022

Diversity Scholarship application deadline

June 12th, 2022

Proposal submission deadline

June 9th, 2022

Proposal acceptance notification

July 18th, 2022

Early registration deadline

August 15th, 2022

Late registration starts

September 20th, 2022

ROSCon 2022

October 19th - October 21st, 2022

Sponsors

Become a ROSCon 2022 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.


Thank You to Our ROSCon 2022 Sponsors!


Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor


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.

Program

Day 0 -- October 19th, 2022

Pre-conference Workshops

ROSCon JP 2022

ROSCon JP Organizers
Website ROSCon JP is the official domestic ROSCon for Japan, held by the local ROS community with the support of Open Robotics. It provides an opportunity for ROS developers and users to spend a day together learning from and networking with each other. Following the success of past events, which were attended by over 200 people each, this year’s ROSCon JP in Kyoto will be our fourth event. The one-day program will comprise keynotes and technical talks that will introduce you to the local robotics scene in Japan. Although ROSCon JP is a Japanese-language event, we wish to take this opportunity to show the local ROS community’s activities to the global ROS community. To aid this, we will have live translation from Japanese to English for the entire program. If robotics activities in Japan interest you then join us in what promises to be a full day of exciting ROS-related knowledge exchange.

How to use ros2_control and spend more time with your application

Denis Štogl
Ricardo Tellez
(The Construct)
Website ros2_control is a hardware-agnostic control framework with a focus on both real-time performance and sharing of controllers. The framework has become one of the main utility for abstracting hardware and low-level control for 3rd party solutions like `MoveIt2` and `Nav2` systems. The workshop provides a practical introduction to ros2_control, from creating a robot description, writing hardware drivers to configuring standard controllers for a mobile manipulator. Besides writing controllers for ros2_control, some of the hot-new features, like controller chaining, will be shown on a quadruped. Furthermore, you will get introduced to concepts like modular reuse of hardware drivers, multi-robot architectures and parameters injection for controllers. Besides the work in the simulation, participants should get the opportunity to test their code real robots controlled remotely.

Open-Source Interoperability with Hands-On Application of Open-RMF

Matthew Festo, Dr. Morgan Quigley, Dr. Michael Grey, Yadunund Vijay, Aaron Chong
(Open Robotics)
Website In this workshop, you will be introduced to the benefits, capabilities, architecture, and source code of Open-RMF (www.open-rmf.org), an open source interoperability enabling platform. Specifically, you will learn;
(1) the requirements, benefits and steps to build multi-fleet traffic maps,
(2) how to generate building simulation models from traffic map files, and then simulate fleets of robots in Gazebo using those models,
(3) how to use existing software adapters, or develop new adapters, to integrate your mobile robot fleets, doors, elevators and workcells, and
(4) how to visualize and and control your Open-RMF assets using RMF Web.

Meet Mini Pupper, the miniature, legged, ROS robot

Afreez Gan
(Mini Pupper)
Mini Pupper is an Open-Source, ROS Robot Dog Kit, it'll make and learn ROS robotics easier for schools, enthusiasts and beyond. We hope to share the below know how,
(1) How Robotic Operating System (ROS) works on Mini Pupper
(2) How ROS SLAM&Navigation and OpenCV AI features run on Mini Pupper
(3) ROS simulation on Mini Pupper
(4) ROS Sim-to-Real hands on experience
CFP

ROSCon 2022 Call for Proposals

As previously announced, ROSCon 2022 will be held in person in Kyoto October 19th-21st, 2022. The core of the conference is (and always has been) content from the community, and this year, we’re looking for proposals for two 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.

We are also planning panels, keynote speakers and, of course, lightning talks. The conference program will be a combination of single-track and multitrack.

General Content Guidelines:

All topics related to ROS (1 & 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 here on Discourse.

Review Criteria

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 (n+1)th talk on the same 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.

Please submit your workshop proposal via this Google Form. Workshops proposals must be submitted by 2022-05-06. The chosen workshops will be published no later than 2022-06-06.

Talk Submission Information

Talk proposals must include

  • Title (maximum 70 characters)
  • Presenter(s) (name and affiliation)
  • Desired talk length (10, 20 or 30 minute time slot.)
  • 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.
  • Audio abstract - 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. Used only for review by the Program Committee (not made public).
  • Key URL/Twitter handles - Optionally include a single link/Twitter handles to be associated with talk in publicity materials.
  • (NEW) In-person vs. remote: We prefer in-person presentations, but we will consider allowing remote presentations as needed.

Submit these files on this website. Talk proposals must be submitted by 2022-06-09. The program will be announced 2022-07-18.

If you have any questions/comments/firmware patches, please email roscon-2022-oc@openrobotics.org

Program Co-Chairs:

Martin Pecka (Czech Technical University in Prague)

Tomoya Fujita (Sony Corporation of America)

Lightning Talks

If you are interested in giving a lightning talk here’s an overview of how it will work.

On the first morning through the morning break we will provide a form for submitting your name and talk title for a lottery. Before lunch the lightning talk selection will be announced and the presenters should bring any slides they want to present to a volunteer at the registration desk during lunch. Slides are not required, and there’s no particular format. Though it must work on the coordinators laptop so common portable formats such as pdfs are recommended. Videos are also ok but should be edited to fit inside the time limit and should not rely on the audio from the video. Given the time constraint, we would recommend against trying to do a live demo.

Lightning Talk Process

Each year we’ve had lightning talks we’ve ended up with more talks than we have had time to present. We’ve followed various techniques to try to be fair distributing them including a first come first served policy and drawing straws. These are all stressful and a hassle for attendees to hurry to be in the right place.

This year we’re going to follow the following procedure:

  • The committee will post a link to a web form to sign up on-site at the beginning of the first day’s remarks.
  • It will also be posted at the registration desk.
  • Submissions will be allowed until the end of the first Coffee Break.
  • The Organizing Committee will review the submissions and then both days talks will be selected at random and announced at the beginning of lunch on the first day.
  • If you are selected you will be contacted by the committee and will have until the end of lunch the first day to bring your slides to the volunteer(s) at the registration desk.
  • During the lightning talk session your slides will be preloaded and please be ready to talk in order.
More Information

Organizing Committee

General Chair

Brian Gerkey (Open Robotics)

General Co-Chairs

Ryan Gariepy (Clearpath Robotics)

Tully Foote (Open Robotics)

Communications Chair

Kat Scott (Open Robotics)

Diversity Co-Chairs

Michael Carroll (Open Robotics)

Toffee Albina (Toyota Research Institute)

Finance Chair

Vanessa Yamzon Orsi (Open Robotics)

Local Arrangements Co-Chairs

Dražen Brščić (Kyoto University)

Hideki Takase (University of Tokyo)

Program Co-Chairs

Martin Pecka (Czech Technical University in Prague)

Tomoya Fujita (Sony Corporation of America)


ROSCon 2022 Diversity Scholarships

As previously announced, we are putting on ROSCon 2022 because we believe that it’s vital for our community to have a chance to connect with each other, and more importantly, because we believe that we can host the event safely. We’re working with local officials and experts to ensure that we follow the best available public health guidance. We are anticipating that protective measures such as distancing and masks may be required, and other modifications may be in effect. Further changes may be required, and we promise to be transparent and forthcoming along the way with all of our sponsors and attendees. This year will also have a live stream to accommodate those who would prefer, or are required, to remain at home.

The ROSCon 2022 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 organizing committee is offering a 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 and three nights’ accommodation shared with another recipient*. Limited travel support is available for participants whose travel to the conference would otherwise be infeasible**. Please note that all other expenses (including any visa requirements) will be the responsibility of the participant.

*To maximize the impact of scholarship funds, in previous years, scholarship recipients were asked to share a room with another recipient. Under special circumstances alternative arrangements can be accommodated. Due to health and safety circumstances in 2022, the situation may be different and will be updated when we have more information.

**Participants will be responsible for covering their travel expenses up front, as the travel support will be provided after the conference has been attended.

Eligibility

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.

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.


Sponsorship

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 roscon-2022-oc@openrobotics.org

How to Apply

To apply, fill out this form by June 13, 2022, 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. Questions, comments, and concerns can be discussed in this ROS Discourse post.

Travel Restrictions to Japan

Please note that as of Wednesday, March 23, 2022 some travelers may be prohibited from entering Japan. Please check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Consular Services page to keep track of the latest border measures. 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.

Past Events

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.

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

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 2022. This segment of the Code of Conduct may be revised as needed to reflect the latest guidance and is current as of 2/14/2022.

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 WHO’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.

Social Media

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