ROSCon 2024

Odense, Denmark

October 21st - 23rd, 2024

ROSCon 2024



ROSCon 2024 will be held in Odense, Denmark on October the 21st to 23rd, 2024. ROSCon 2024 is a chance for ROS developers of all levels, beginner to expert, to spend an extraordinary three 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 thirteenth ROSCon and held in Odense, Denmark. Similar to previous years, the three-day program will comprise a mixture of workshops, 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 presentations, along with panel discussions, lightning talks, demonstrations, and workshops.

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.

If you have questions, concerns, or ideas for ROSCon 2024, please contact the executive committee.

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.

Dates

ROSCon 2024 Key Dates


Call for Proposals circulated

March 15th, 2024


Workshop submission deadline

May 7th, 2024


Diversity Scholarship application deadline

April 5th, 2024


Proposal submission deadline

June 3rd, 2024


Proposal acceptance notification

July 8th, 2024


Ticket Sales Begin

June 3rd, 2024


Early registration deadline

September 3rd, 2024


Late registration starts

October 1st, 2024


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We are now accepting sponsorships for ROSCon 2024! Full details regarding our 2024 sponsorship benefits are listed in our sponsorship prospectus. We recommend that you claim your spot as soon as possible, booth space and sponsorship add-ons for ROSCon are limited.

Whether you’re ready to commit to a specific level or have a question or special request regarding the sponsorship program, please contact the ROSCon executive committee (roscon-2024-ec@openrobotics.org).


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ROSCon Registration

Space at ROSCon is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, We recommend you register as soon as possible as ROSCon registration often sells out a few weeks before the event. Workshop seating is limited, and popular workshops sell out quickly. Discounted registration fees are available for early registration and students (see the table).


ROSCon Registration Rates

Ticket Type Price (USD) Available Dates
Early Student $250 Until 2024-09-03
Early General $525 Until 2024-09-03
Regular Student $350 2024-09-04 to 2024-09-30
Regular General $675 2024-09-04 to 2024-09-30
Late Student $425 After 2024-10-01
Late General $775 After 2024-10-01
Workshops - Student $50 + Conference Registration Until 2024-10-18
while supplies last
Workshops - Non-Student $100 + Conference Registration Until 2024-10-18
while supplies last




Hotel Information

For ROSCon 2024 we have partnered with multiple hotels in Odense to make sure we have suffient space for all of our guests. All of our partner hotels offer discounted rates for ROSCon 2024 but vary in terms of amenities, room sizes, and proximity to the Odeon Theather.

Name Location Price Available Dates Registration Date Details
Comwell Claus Bergs Gade 7, 5000 Odense DKK 1298-1548
~$189-222
2024-10-18
2024-10-25
2024-10-04 Use this link with code BC-ROSCON2024
Book before 2024-09-23
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First Hotel Grand Jernbanegade 18, 5000 Odense DKK 1295
~$189
2024-10-21
2024-10-23
2024-08-21 Use this link
Scandic Hotel Hvidkærvej 25, 5250 Odense DKK 1095-1895
~$159-276
2024-10-19
2024-10-24
2024-10-04 email Odense@scandichotels.com and refer to ROSCon 2024.
Knudsens Gaard Hunderupgade 2, 5230 Odense DKK 950-1350
~$138-197
2024-10-18
2024-10-25
2024-10-04 Use this link with code ROSCON
Email: info@knudsensgaard.dk
CABINN Østre Stationsvej 7 5000 Odense DKK 894
~$130
2024-10-21
2024-10-23
2024-08-21 Website Code: BLKROSC24
Phone: 1856441 ROSCon
Hotel Odeon Odeons Kvarter 11, 5000 Odense DKK 1125-1825
~$162-263
2024-10-21
2024-10-23
2024-10-04 Use this link with code "roscon24"
City Hotel Nattergalen Hans Mules Gade 5 DK-5000, Odense DKK 850-1150
~$122-166
2024-10-20
2024-10-23
2024-10-04
Hotel Odense Ørbækvej 350, Odense SØ DKK 1175-1525
~$169-220
2024-10-20
2024-10-24
2024-10-04
Milling Ansgar "Østre Stationsvej 32 5000 Odense" DKK 1125
~$162
2024-10-20
2024-10-23
2024-08-21 Email: ansgar@millinghotels.dk, or use code "ROScon24" during registration.
Milling Windsor Vindegade 45, 5000 Odense DKK 1125
~$162
2024-10-20
2024-10-23
2024-10-04 Email: windsor@millinghotels.dk, or use code "ROScon24" during registration.
Milling Plaza Østre Stationsvej 24, 5000 Odense DKK 1125
~$162
2024-10-20
2024-10-23
2024-10-04 Email: plaza@millinghotels.dk, or use code "ROScon24" during registration.


Event Location & Travel

ROSCon 2024 will be held at the The Odeon concert hall in Odense, Denmark. The event address is: Odeons Kvarter 1, 5000 Odense, Denmark. The venue is a short walk from the Odense Train station.

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Related Events and Tourism Information

The city of Odense and Odense Robotics is rolling out the red carpet for ROSCon2024! Odense has created a thriving robotics ecosystem, and a number of local robotics businesses and organizations are planning events before and after ROSCon 2024. We’re recommending that visitors for ROSCon plan to arrive a few days early, and stay a few days after the event to take advantage of all opportunities that Odense has to offer. We’re still making definitive plans, but here are a few of the events that will coincide with ROSCon:

  • PRE-CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES: Teradyne (the home of Universal Robots and MiR) will be hosting FREE facility tours (including transportation, refreshments and activities) on Monday, October 21st during Day 0 at ROSCon 2024. Those who opt for half-day workshops or will not be attending workshops can sign up for this activity (options will populate per your choices below). Morning and afternoon tours are available.
  • Facility/lab tours of robotics companies based in Odense.
  • City-hosted events and walking tours.
  • A mixer hosted by the city of Odense and other local robotics companies.
  • October 23rd thru 26th – the International Conference on Social Robotics
  • October 24th thru 25th – ROS Industrial EU Conference


For general tourist information about the Odense region we recommend these resources:


Program

ROSCon Schedule


🎉 Lots of events are happening before, during, and after ROSCon! 🎉

See our related events section for more information.



ROSCon Workshops

October 21st, 2024


You asked for it, and we listened! We’ve doubled the number of ROSCon workshops this year!

ROSCon workshops are available for an additional fee when you register for ROSCon 2024. Space is limited, and workshops often sell out, so make sure to register early!

ROSCon birds of a feather meetings and other community networking events are free for all ROSCon attendees. On October 21st, we are only able to provide lunch for registered workshop participants.

Room Time Workshop
201 Morning
8:00 - 12:00
Manipulate with MoveIt Like a Pro

Stephanie Eng -- Otto by Rockwell Automation
Henning Kayser, Sebastian Jahr -- PickNik Robotics

In an increasingly-automated world, robotic manipulation is becoming an ever-more important topic. MoveIt is the most established tool for motion planning for robot manipulators in ROS. But manipulation is more than just motion planning. It includes task planning, perception, real-time control and much more. Going from a problem definition to an actual motion requires integration of various libraries combined with a dedicated runtime logic that enables reactive behaviors and robust error handling. In this workshop, we are going to teach you how to design and implement an architecture to solve complex manipulation tasks with one (or more) robots. You will learn how to make use of existing open-source frameworks like MoveIt and leverage powerful concepts like behavior trees.

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201 Afternoon
13:00 - 17:00
Tool Path Planning for Manipulators

Michael Ripperger -- ROS-Industrial / Southwest Research Institute

Tool path planning is a critical step in enabling robotic manipulators to perform complex manufacturing tasks, such as surface inspection, painting, sanding, etc. This process becomes increasingly difficult when generating tool paths from surface reconstructions of objects perceived with sensors rather than perfect CAD models. This workshop will teach you how to utilize the ROS-Industrial repository Noether for generating tool paths on arbitrary mesh surfaces. We will experiment with strategies for processing input meshes (e.g., segmentation, smoothing), producing different types of tool paths (e.g., raster, edge), and adding process-specific modifications to tool paths. We will also create custom tool path planner modules to show how the framework can support novel end-user applications. Finally we will explore how the tool path planning components fit into the context of a full robot application through a virtual demo of the ROS-Industrial Scan ‘N Plan system.

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202 Morning
8:00 - 12:00
Hand-Held Mobile Mapping System for Large Scale Surveys

Janusz Będkowski -- Polish Academy of Science

We present an open-source software toolbox for large-scale 3D mapping using an open-hardware measurement device. It is dedicated to education, research, surveying, and robotic system deployment. This software is composed of three components: LIDAR odometry, single-session refinement, and multi-session refinement. Data refinement uses a pose-graph loop closure technique and an Iterative Closest Point algorithm to minimize the error of the edge. The toolbox allows performing loop closures in a semi-automatic way. The results are 3D point clouds in LAZ data format (compressed LAS - LIDAR Aerial Survey). We will show how to collect and process ROS bags and ground truth data for ROS-based LIDAR SLAMs benchmarking. We will bring some systems for data collection during the workshop.

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202 Afternoon
13:00 - 17:00
Something big is coming in ros2_control: Fun With Controllers

Dr. Denis Stogl -- Stogl Robotics Consulting
Bence Magyar -- Locus Robotics

If you already know that the ros2_control framework acts as a Kernel for ROS 2 robotics systems you are using but need help with application complexity, then this workshop is for you. The workshop covers the use of ros2_control controllers in products from various industries and shows solutions for all the little issues when running 24/7. You will get a practical overview of concepts like controller chaining - used for cascade control and real-time state estimators; and asynchronous and “side-load” controllers that enable you to run complex calculations without jitter in your control loops. We expect your active involvement!

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203 Full Day
8:00 - 17:00
Hands-on with ROS 2 Deliberation Technologies

Christian Henkel -- Bosch Research
Sebastian Castro -- The AI Institute
Davide Faconti -- Dexory
David Oberacker -- FZI Research Center for Information Technology
Prof. David Conner -- Christopher Newport University
Matthias Mayr -- Lund University & RiACT

The workshop offers hands-on exploration of task planning and behavior modeling within ROS 2. Participants engage in solving robotics problems using various task planning and behavior definition technologies including Behavior Trees, Hierarchical Finite-State Machines, Task Planning, and Verification and Validation. Expert moderators will guide participants through the implementation process, ensuring ample opportunity for understanding and hands-on practice with each technology. The schedule is balanced to allow sufficient time for introductory presentations, hands-on implementation sessions moderated by maintainers of the respective technologies - BehaviorTree.CPP, FlexBE, SkiROS2, and the CONVINCE toolchain - and interactive discussions. This way, attendees will have the chance to compare and contrast the different deliberation technologies, gaining insights into their practical applications and nuances.

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301 / 302 Full Day
8:00 - 17:00
Demystifying ROS 2 Networking

Tony Baltovski, Hilary Luo, Luis Camero, & Roni Kreinin -- Clearpath Robotics by Rockwell Automation

Join us as we break down ROS 2 networking: How does it work? How do you configure it? How do you troubleshoot it? From foundational networking concepts to advanced robot systems, gain hands-on experience setting up your computer for different configurations and test them out on robots. Get insight into troubleshooting single and multi-robot networks with real case studies. This workshop will focus on the default RMW Implementation, Fast DDS but the information is transferable. Participants require a computer running Ubuntu 22.04 (native or vm) running ROS 2 Humble and must install certain packages (to be announced over email) before arriving. No prerequisite knowledge required of networking but basic Linux and ROS 2 publisher / subscriber experience expected.

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K3 / K4 Full Day
8:00 - 17:00
Introduction to ROS and Building Robots with Open-Source Software

Geoff Biggs -- Open Robotics
Katherine Scott -- Intrinsic

This workshop will provide attendees with an introduction to building robots using open-source software, particularly using ROS across various industries and applications, and applying open-source contribution, governance and licensing concepts. Those new to ROS will learn the fundamental concepts through a mixture of talks and hands-on practical exercises. Experienced members of the community will be on-hand to assist attendees with any problems they encounter, and provide answers to questions attendees may have. The workshop will also feature talks on the OSRF's other projects such as Gazebo, Open-RMF and the Turtlebot.

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204 Full Day
8:00 - 17:00
Birds of a Feather & Networking Sessions

All ROSCon attendees are free to attend birds of a feather and networking sessions on the first day of ROSCon at no addititional cost. However, lunch will only be provided for registered workshop attendees.

A birds of a feather session and community event sign up sheet will be published shortly. A full birds of a feather session agenda will be published prior to the event.
205 Full Day
8:00 - 17:00
Birds of a Feather & Networking Sessions

All ROSCon attendees are free to attend birds of a feather and networking sessions on the first day of ROSCon at no addititional cost. However, lunch will only be provided for registered workshop attendees.

A birds of a feather session and community event sign up sheet will be published shortly. A full birds of a feather session agenda will be published prior to the event.


Day One, October 22nd, 2024



All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)


9:10 CEST

Saving lives sooner: leveraging ROS 2 for end-stage kidney disease


ROS in medicine Room: Large Hall 4

Deanna Hood
(Vexev)


Just how is Vexev’s new approach to non-invasive vascular monitoring overcoming the drawbacks of today’s sonography practices? This talk takes you through how our safe & instant 3D vascular scans are made possible by fusing ultrasound imaging with the autonomous robotics algorithms that you’ve come to know and love. Get a behind-the-scenes look into our progress putting the Wave robot directly into dialysis clinics and helping over half a million patients in the USA living with end-stage kidney disease. We’re excitedly on our way to an FDA submission and proud to showcase how the ROS community has helped make it possible!

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9:50 CEST

ROS Project Status Update


ROS in medicine Room: Large Hall 4

Chris Lalancette
(Intrinsic)


In this talk, the ROS Project Leader will provide an overview of governance changes in ROS under OSRA, a report on the health of the ROS community, an overview of new features in Jazzy Jalisco, what is being planned for Kilted Kaiju, and what long-term goals the ROS project is working towards.

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10:15 CEST

RMW Zenoh: An alternative middleware for ROS 2


ROS in medicine Room: Large Hall 4

Yadunund Vijay
(Intrinsic)

Julien Enoch
(ZettaScale Technology)


ROS 2 has a modular architecture which allows for the middleware employed to be swappable at runtime. Until recently only DDS-based middlewares had been officially supported. With Jazzy Jalisco we’re introducing an alternative option, rmw_zenoh, built on the Zenoh protocol. In this talk we will introduce Zenoh, describe how it differs from DDS, and discuss the implementation of rmw_zenoh along with its configuration possibilities. Lastly we will detail rmw_zenoh’s performance characteristics and outline future improvements. While DDS is here to stay, we believe supporting an alternative middleware like Zenoh is a positive step in offering more flexibility to ROS users.

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10:40 CEST

Coffee Break


Room: Foyer


11:10 CEST

Infrastructure Project Status Update


ROS-powered dogs Room: Large Hall 4


11:30 CEST

In the Spot Light: Controlling Spot with ROS 2


ROS-powered dogs Room: Large Hall 4

Tiffany Cappellari
(The AI Institute)


The AI Institute aims to solve the most important and fundamental problems in robotics and AI. Our work incorporates AI, machine learning, control systems, dexterity, mobility, perception, and hardware design, as well as the ethics and societal impact of robotics and AI. This talk will introduce our various open source ROS 2 packages for controlling Boston Dynamics' Spot, discuss recent changes and improvements to our ROS 2 Spot driver, and show the audience how they can get started with using ROS 2 to communicate with Spot.

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11:40 CEST

Panel Discussion TBD


ROS-powered dogs Room: Large Hall 4


12:10 CEST

Lunch Break


Room: Various Locations


13:40 CEST

Executors in ROS 2

Execution and control with ROS 13:40 - 14:00 CEST

Michael Carroll
William Woodall
(Intrinsic)


In ROS 2, execution management is handled by the concept of “Executors”. An Executor uses one or more threads of the underlying operating system to invoke the callbacks of subscriptions, timers, services, and actions based on incoming messages and events. This talk will cover the basics of the data structures and control flow of the executors in rclcpp, the ROS 2 C++ client library. In addition to the design of the executors, we also want to share observations about choosing an executor that best matches your application, as well as recent improvements in Iron and Jazzy.
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How to Use a Dragon's Algorithm: Integrating Drake with MoveIt 2

Manipulators 13:40 - 14:00 CEST

Aditya Kamireddypalli
(University of Edinburgh)

Sebastian Jahr
(PickNik Robotics)


In this talk, we discuss incorporating optimization-based motion planning capabilities from Drake into MoveIt 2. MoveIt 2 is a motion planning framework that enables setting up a complete ROS 2 pipeline from perception to planning to trajectory execution. Drake is a toolbox for model-based design offering state-of-the-art optimization capabilities for motion planning, which is a limitation in the motion planners currently available in MoveIt. Using MoveIt’s plugin-based architecture, we demonstrate a motion planning pipeline including inverse kinematics and trajectory optimization algorithms from Drake. Guided by our results, we present a roadmap to continue incorporating Drake into the ROS 2 ecosystem.
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14:00 CEST

The Multithreaded Events Executor

Execution and control with ROS 14:00 - 14:10 CEST

Janosch Machowinski
(Cellumation GmbH)


The Multithreaded Events Executor is an evolution of the recently added Events Executor. This talk gives a in deep dive into why it exists, the design and workings of it.
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More than just an actuator -- Better ROS support for a manipulator

Manipulators 14:00 - 14:20 CEST

Rune Søe-Knudsen
(Universal Robots A/S)

Felix Exner
(FZI Research Center For Information Technology)


In ROS robot manipulators are often degraded to a 6-degrees-of-freedom actuator. However robot arms like the ones from Universal Robots support many more features than just executing streamed joint commands. We strive towards integrating more robot-features into ros2_control such as live-scaling of trajectory speed, trajectory interpolation on the controller and a couple of force-controlled operations. With these changes we want to improve versatility, reliability and robustness when using Universal Robots manipulators in your ROS project. However, many of the changes could potentially be relevant for a larger ROS community.
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14:10 CEST

Accelerating Robotics Development with Embedded Linux

Execution and control with ROS 14:10 - 14:30 CEST

Robert Woolley
(Wind River)


Modern Embedded Linux workflows are able to use containers and CI/CD to make robotics development faster and easier. One may leverage cross-platform builds to enable robots using smaller and more diverse hardware. This talk will demonstrate how a hobbyist can quickly get started developing their first ROS 2 application with SDKs generated by the Yocto Project. It will also touch on how an emerging startup can set up their own infrastructure with GitLab for CI/CD and DevOps in a production environment.
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14:10 CEST

Real-time ROS 2 applications made easy with cactus-rt

Execution and control with ROS 14:10 - 14:30 CEST

Shuhao Wu
(NVIDIA)


Ensuring real-time behavior is difficult as it typically requires engineers to manually apply specialized programming techniques. This talk introduces cactus-rt: an open-source C++ real-time application framework that aims to lower the bar for developing 1000 Hz ROS applications. This is achieved by automating much of the real-time application setup and providing real-time-safe logging, multi-thread communication, ROS 2 integration, and other necessary components. Advanced tracing also allows for deep inspection of runtime behavior in production. We will demonstrate the ease of application development with cactus-rt and show you how it works internally.
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A ROS 2 Package for Dynamic Collision Avoidance Based On On-Board Proximity Sensors for Human-Robot Close Interactions

Manipulators 14:20 - 14:30 CEST

Liana Bertoni
(IIT & Univ. of Pisa)


In human-robot shared environments, onboard proximity sensors have been recognized as a promising tool for monitoring the surrounding robot workspace. Unexpected collisions can then be spoiled and online evaded by continuously correcting the robot's actual trajectory while maintaining a safe human-robot coexistence to enhance human-robot close interactions. For this purpose, an open-source ROS 2 package for online dynamic collision avoidance based on onboard sensors has been developed and presented. In this talk, we introduce the general idea, package functionalities, how to use explanations, and real demonstrations on different robots.
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GSplines: Generalized Splines for Motion Optimization and Smooth Collision Avoidance

Manipulators 14:30 - 14:50 CEST

Rafael A. Rojas
(ImFusion Gmbh)


The GSplines and their ROS implementations provide ROS developers with out-of-the-box solutions for optimal smooth motions and smooth obstacle avoidance in ROS and MoveIt. They offer C++ and Python interfaces for algebraically and analytically consistent representation of trajectories, using an architecture based on the calculus of variations, facilitating the construction of complex motion primitives. Additionally, they provide tools for constructing custom motion optimization problems and deliver solutions in MoveIt and ROS.
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14:50 CEST

Something big is coming in ros2_control with ROS 2 Jazzy!

Execution and control with ROS 14:50 - 15:10 CEST

Dr. Denis Stogl
(Stogl Robotics Consulting)

Dr. Bence Magyar
(Locus Robotics)


We know you love ros2_control, but… Have you ever wanted to control your robot with data that is not a C++ double value? Annoyed with maintaining data storage in robot drivers? This is solved in ROS 2 Jazzy! Now the framework manages storage for you and even allows you to pass strings to your robot! Plus…there is more! Do you have a fancy AI-based controller or something with inverse dynamics that runs slower than your hardware expects? No problem! If you are keen to learn more about these and other features, you have to be at this presentation!
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KOI and EBIKE: Optimizing Kinematics Structures and IK Parameters by Combining REACH and Optuna

Manipulators 14:50 - 15:00 CEST

Marc Bestmann
(German Aerospace Center (DLR))


In this talk, we demonstrate how REACH, a ROS 2 tool for reachability analysis, can serve as a foundation for the automatic optimization of various parameters in robotic setups by integrating it with the Optuna library. Specifically, we introduce two tools that address fundamental issues in robotics: KOI a tool that optimizes kinematic structures to maximize reachability on target objects and EBIKE a tool that facilitates the comparison, evaluation, and optimization of different MoveIt IK solvers in real-world scenarios, thus ensuring the selection of the most efficient solver and its parameters for specific applications.

A Fuzzy-Matching Trajectory Cache for MoveIt 2

Manipulators 15:00 - 15:10 CEST

Brandon Ong
(Intrinsic)


This talk is about a new trajectory cache for MoveIt 2 that allows you to put and fetch manipulator trajectories, keyed fuzzily on certain start and goal planning parameters.It's been a feature request that's been pending for seven years! The talk will discuss the benefits of using such a cache, how it works, best practices for how to use it, and some limitations and future work to make it a full drop-in solution for production use cases.

PS: The cache "learns" over time (though it ISN'T AND NEVER WAS MACHINE LEARNING).

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15:10 CEST

Coffee Break


Room: Foyer


15:50 CEST

iceoryx2: A Journey to Becoming a First-Class RMW Alternative

Embedded and industrial applications 15:50 - 16:10 CEST

Mathias Kraus
(ekxide IO GmbH)

Christian Eltzschig
(ekxide IO GmbH)


As ROS 2 advances, the demand for high-performance, low-latency communication middleware becomes increasingly critical, especially in autonomous systems and robotics. This talk introduces iceoryx2, the next-gen implementation of the iceoryx middleware leveraging Rust's safety and concurrency features while addressing the limitations of the original C++ version. By eliminating the central daemon and resolving usability issues, iceoryx2 enhances the reliability and efficiency of ROS 2 applications. Attendees will learn about the development motivation, key features, integration as a ROS 2 middleware (RMW) layer, and future prospects. Join us to explore how Rust-based iceoryx2 is becoming a first-class ROS 2 middleware solution.
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Optimizing Gazebo simulation: Challenges in building complex simulation environments.

Simulation, visualisation and testing 15:50 - 16:10 CEST

Ian Chen
Cole Biesemeyer
(Intrinsic)


Building a complex simulation environment that runs efficiently in real time can be challenging. This presentation will go over typical examples of performance bottlenecks that users face when running simulations in Gazebo. We will demonstrate how we created large complex environments in different applications, and show examples of how we optimized performance. This talk will show new Gazebo features implemented to improve physics performance, including mesh convex hull decomposition, collision detection optimizations, as well as recent improvements to the bullet-featherstone physics plugin. We will introduce a new tool, named ColliderGen, designed to help users create efficient collision geometries.
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16:10 CEST

J1939 CAN Device Support in ROS 2

Embedded and industrial applications 16:10 - 16:30 CEST

Arturo Saucedo
Isaac Blankenau
(USACE ERDC Construction Engineering Research Laboratory)


This talk discusses the development of a generic ROS 2 driver for CAN J1939 devices. Our group is currently involved in heavy equipment autonomy, and as such had to interface with pre-existing CAN J1939 devices onboard heavy equipment machinery. This led to the development of a generic can driver in order to parse sensor data from the heavy equipment. The development of this driver also led to greatly simplified driver development for standalone CAN J1939 devices.
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Building Humanoid Robots: Mastering Design and Control with ROS

Simulation, visualisation and testing 16:10 - 16:30 CEST

Luca Marchionni
(PAL Robotics)


This talk highlights how ROS / ROS 2 can be utilized as middleware for the control stack of humanoid robots, covering high-level strategies to low-level actuators. Our goal is to inspire and guide the community in leveraging ROS for humanoid robots, especially given the surge in interest over the past year. PAL Robotics has successfully used ros_control and ros2_control in our primary control stack for both humanoids and mobile manipulators for over a decade, achieving control frequencies up to 2000Hz. We will share our experiences and insights to help others adopt ROS 2 for advanced humanoid robot development.
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16:30 CEST

Integration of ETSI ITS messages for V2X communication in ROS

Embedded and industrial applications 16:30 - 16:50 CEST

Jean-Pierre Busch
(Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) RWTH Aachen University)


In the context of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has standardised message formats for V2X communication between vehicles and digital infrastructure. We propose a ROS package stack that covers the entire chain from receiving ETSI ITS messages in ROS through conversion into dedicated ROS message formats up to visualisation of the messages in RViz. Vice versa, ROS messages can be converted into appropriately coded UDP packets so that they can be transmitted via ITS-G5-Wi-Fi, for example. The automatic generation of the message definitions as well as the conversion functions enable flexible extension of the stack.
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URDF Creator: Bridging the Gap Between Learning and Applying ROS 2

Simulation, visualisation and testing 16:30 - 16:40 CEST

Mark Soulier
(Utah State University)


URDF Creator is an open-source project designed to create URDFs in a simple way. This GUI based CAD-like tool allows users to build URDFs, define robot links, joints, sensor parameters, and simulation plugins in 3D. The tool also stores publicly available models and common sensors that can be easily tweaked and used. With easy manipulation of 3D objects, configuration of links and joints, and export capabilities for Gazebo and other high-fidelity simulators, URDF Creator simplifies the idea to robot reality process, making ROS 2 more accessible and engaging for all levels of robotics enthusiasts.
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Enabling ROS 2 Benchmarks: A Medical Robotics Perspective

Simulation, visualisation and testing 16:40 - 17:00 CEST

Marco Pedretti
Shashank Sharma
(KARL STORZ VentureONE GmbH)


In order to bring ROS 2 to the Medical Robotics world, we want to be able to introspect the timing behavior and resource usage of ROS 2 applications and use these insights in helping to meet the necessary quality and regulatory requirements. In this talk, it will be demonstrated how to practically and effectively profile a ROS 2 reference system, leveraging packages like ROS 2 profiling and tracing.
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16:50 CEST

Unlocking the Potential of the Nicla Vision Board with ROS / ROS 2

Embedded and industrial applications 16:50 - 17:00 CEST

Damiano Gasperini
Davide Torielli
(HHCM - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)


In the ROS community, many robots utilize low-cost, small-footprint but effective boards to enable multi-sensor functionalities. In the design of our recent robotic end-effector, the DAGANA gripper, we embedded the Nicla Vision board to exploit its camera, IMU, microphone, and distance sensors. To fully leverage these sensory features, we have developed a ready-to-use ROS / ROS 2 package. This open-source software interface facilitates seamless data collection from the various sensors of the board and makes it accessible in no time to any kind of ROS user.
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17:00 CEST

We Hate Serial: Experiments using CAN-FD as a transport layer for micro-ROS

Embedded and industrial applications 17:00 - 17:10 CEST

Philip Smith
Nitin Chandrasekhar
(UNC Charlotte)


Come learn about the adventures of getting CAN-FD to run as a transport layer for micro-ROS on the teensy 4.0 and trying to get over-the-air updates via CAN for easy management! We will discuss our robot architecture and why this is a powerful cheap way to run robots.

Scenario Execution for Robotics: A generic, backend-agnostic library for running reproducible robotics experiments and tests

Simulation, visualisation and testing 17:00 - 17:20 CEST

Frederik Pasch
Florian Mirus
(Intel Labs)


Scenario Execution for Robotics is a backend- and middleware-agnostic library, that enables the robotics community to perform reproducible experiments at scale. Written in Python and built upon the generic scenario description language OpenScenario2 and pytrees, Scenario Execution reads a scenario definition from a file, translates it to a py-trees behavior tree and then executes it. Although Scenario Execution can be used as a pure Python library, it is mainly targeted towards ROS 2. The backend-agnostic implementation allows Scenario Execution to be used with both, robotics simulators such as Gazebo and physical robots, with minimal adaptations necessary in the scenario description file.
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17:10 CEST

ROS 2 Gateway to Professional 24/7 Applications

Embedded and industrial applications 17:10 - 17:20 CEST

Dr. Denis Stogl
(Stogl Robotics Consulting)

Sebastian Krauskopf
(Bosch Rexroth)


Integrating ROS 2 into applications with classical industrial automation equipment is still a challenge. For once, because specialized hardware is needed, and secondly because the abstraction for such hardware in ROS 2 is missing. This talk presents a solution for connecting ROS 2 with industrial equipment utilizing the open-source friendly CtrlX Automation platform. CtrlX enables installation of ROS 2 nodes using SNAPs on industrially approved hardware. The combination with other applications, like PLC and EtherCAT, from CtrlX enables simple integration of ROS 2 with industrial automation equipment and standard industrial buses.
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17:20 CEST

Transition Time



17:25 CEST

⚡Lightning Talks⚡



18:15 CEST

📷 Group Photo 📷



18:30 CEST

Reception




Day Two, October 23rd, 2024



All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)


9:00 CEST

Mobile Robotics Scale-up Leveraging ROS


ROS in the warehouse Room: Large Hall 4

Guillaume Doisy
(Dexory)

Marcus Scheunemann (Dexory)


In this talk, we will share the Dexory team's experience of using ROS 2 in production, detailing our journey from a small mobile robot start-up to nearly 100 heavy autonomous mobile robots deployed and maintained in the field. We will cover best practices, challenges, empirical learnings, and key findings. Notably, we will demonstrate how, contrary to popular belief, it is possible to maintain a robust production software stack using the latest version of ROS 2. More than with a fixed ROS 1 stack, this approach requires dedicated safeguarding processes and a commitment to opensource, but the benefits for Dexory have been substantial.

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9:40 CEST

Gazebo Project Status Update


ROS in the warehouse Room: Large Hall 4

Addisu Z. Taddese
(Intrinsic)


This talk will delve into the current status of the Gazebo project and its integration with ROS 2. Key topics include the change of distribution mechanism of Gazebo for ROS as well as usability and performance improvements of the ros_gz package. We will also showcase new features available in Gazebo Ionic and explore the project's future plans.

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10:05 CEST

Open-RMF Project Status Update


ROS in the warehouse Room: Large Hall 4

Michael Grey
(Intrinsic)


A new generation of open source device orchestration is on the way. Learn about how Open-RMF is being reimagined to have granular modularity and an all-encompassing scope.

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10:30 CEST

Coffee Break


Room: Foyer


11:00 CEST

Migrating a Mobile Manipulator to ROS 2


ROS 2 migration Room: Large Hall 4

Michael Ferguson
(Robot & Chisel)


Mobile manipulators leverage nearly every aspect of ROS 2, including hardware drivers, perception, calibration, navigation and manipulation. Over the past few years I have been migrating my UBR-1 robot to ROS 2 and blogging about it. This talk will demonstrate the results, highlight available resources and ROS 2 packages, and share numerous learnings about using ROS 2 on mobile manipulators, including some exciting new features and improvements for perception pipelines and sensor drivers in Jazzy Jalisco.

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11:20 CEST

Jazzy Jalisco rosbag2 updates and new features


ROS 2 migration Room: Large Hall 4

Michael Orlov
(Apex.AI)

Tomoya Fujita
(Sony Corporation of America)


In this presentation, we will be sharing the updates and new features of rosbag2 for the Jazzy Jalisco release. Recording and replaying ROS 2 data is essential for data analysis, simulation of real environments, and debugging purposes. As ROS 2 is being developed and applied to production and simulation, Rosbag2's role has become more important for those use cases. We will share information about new features or capabilities in Rosbag2, such as configuration, extended options, performance improvement and so on. In addition, we will introduce a new feature for service recording and replay based on service introspection with a demonstration.

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11:30 CEST

⚡ Lightning Talks ⚡


ROS 2 migration Room: Large Hall 4


12:20 CEST

Lunch


Room: Various Locations


13:50 CEST

How is my robot? - On the state of ROS Diagnostics

ROS testing and tools 13:50 - 14:10 CEST

Christian Henkel
(MSc, Bosch Research)


This talk will provide a detailed update on ROS Diagnostics, focusing on recent advancements and new features designed to improve the monitoring and troubleshooting of robotic systems. We will cover the additional common diagnostics tools and features of the framework. Attendees will gain insights into best practices for implementing diagnostics and learn from real-world case studies demonstrating the practical benefits of these improvements. This session is ideal for developers and engineers looking to enhance the reliability and performance of their ROS-based systems.
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Scaling Open-RMF from a Test Bench → Lab → Controlled Environment → Production

Scaling up 13:50 - 14:20 CEST

Akash Vibhute
Xi Yu Oh
(Intrinsic)


Open-RMF - an open-source ROS 2-based robot interoperability platform, has been under rapid development in the past few years. In this presentation, we will discuss our experiences and lessons learned in scaling Open-RMF deployments, particularly in the context of a large hospital in Singapore with stringent requirements for availability and cybersecurity. Open-RMF is now serving non-technical end-users (eg. nurses) to orchestrate their automated mobile robot (AMR) operations. We will provide a detailed analysis of the challenges we encountered at each stage of the scaling process, as well as the solutions we implemented and the improvements and additions we made to Open-RMF.
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Open-RMF and the Challenge of Resource Contention in Large-Scale Robot Fleets

Scaling up 14:20 - 14:40 CEST

Arjo Chakravarty
(Intrinsic)


This talk goes into the details of rmf_reservations a new library for resource aware constrained planning for multiple robots that is part of Open-RMF. It solves the problem of constrained resource allocation for a fleet of robots. We start by talking of why this is needed given the current state of Open-RMF. We then go into what we are doing for the next generation system. We will touch on the algorithms used and the high level interface provided and our integration plans so Open-RMF users may use this transparently.
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14:30 CEST

Accelerating the CI/CD-to-robot cycle by 10x for 1/10th the cost

ROS testing and tools 14:30 - 14:50 CEST

Ruffin White
(Dexory / White Robotics)

Marcus Scheunemann (Dexory)


This talk presents a case study in accelerating CI/CD at Dexory by improving the DevEx for ROS engineers, while cutting both the time and costs to deploy code to robotic platforms tenfold. By optimizing our container pipelines using advance Dockerfile patterns with the latest BuildKit features, and migrating GitHub Action workflows to self hosted runners using RunsOn, significant reductions in infrastructure overhead was made possible, while simultaneously unifying all Dev Container, CI and production environments, thus streamlining both simulation and real world integration testing via spot EC2 GPU pricing and faster distributed caching using ECR and S3 via AWS.
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14:30 CEST

r2s: A Terminal User Interface for ROS 2

ROS testing and tools 14:30 - 14:40 CEST

Michael Carroll
Jenn Nguyen
(Intrinsic)


In this talk, we introduce "r2s", a terminal based UI to interact with your running ROS system. The "r2s" tool is inspired by the k9s tool that many use to manage their Kubernetes clusters. Much like k9s, the aim of r2s is to make it easier to navigate, observe and manage your deployed ROS 2 applications in the wild, all from your terminal without any graphical frameworks. We would like to demonstrate the features we have developed while also sharing the road map for future capabilities that would further enhance ROS Power Users’ experience.
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14:40 CEST

The Lighthouse project: from Virtual Reality to Onboard Positioning for Robotics

ROS testing and tools 14:40 - 14:50 CEST

Arnaud Taffanel
(Bitcraze AB)


In robotics research and development, precise positioning is important. Motion capture systems were used indoors to mimic GPS, but they are expensive and introduce communication bottlenecks. The Lighthouse system (LH), originally developed for virtual reality but we have reverse engineered it to work on a small quadcopter, in particular the 28-gram Crazyflie. LH is significantly cheaper than motion capture systems, portable, and allows precise and onboard positioning. In this talk we will explain the concept of LH and why we believe that this is in particular useful for many other types of robots as well.
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ROS in Large-scale Factory Automation

Scaling up 14:40 - 15:00 CEST

Michael Gentner
(BMW AG)

Carsten Braunroth
(Siemens AG)


Despite its wide adoption, ROS has found limited commercial application in large-scale production environments to date. In this joint talk we highlight some of the challenges we faced at BMW trying to deploy ROS at scale. Additionally, ongoing efforts in predevelopment at Siemens that aim at combining ROS and classical automation are introduced. The focus of this talk is however a joint proof-of-concept where a safety-rated Siemens PLC is integrated with a ROS software stack by a flexible software connection. This can pave the way for ROS integration and deployment in industrial automation.

14:50 CEST

Building system packages with colcon in your own compact buildfarm

ROS testing and tools 14:50 - 15:10 CEST

Scott Logan
(Intrinsic)


The official ROS buildfarms produce .deb and .rpm system packages for ROS packages released into the rosdistro official index. However, some situations call for system packages for ROS packages which can't be released into rosdistro. The buildfarm can already be invoked as a script, but lacks dependency sequencing and repository management. Using colcon's robust extension ecosystem and the ROS buildfarm's script invocations, I have created a tool to produce system packages for any rosdistro which are indistinguishable from those built on the official farms, with only a few commands and no deployments necessary.
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Enhancing Robotic Communication & Scalability with Topic Keys in ROS 2

Scaling up 15:00 - 15:10 CEST

Raúl Sánchez-Mateos Lizano
(eProsima)


This talk will explore the Topic Keys feature from DDS now available in ROS 2, which improves data distribution efficiency and scalability of robotic systems. By using unique identifiers, Topic Keys consolidate multiple data streams on a single topic, optimizing resource usage and bandwidth. Benefits include better history management, lower resource utilization, and precise message filtering. The presentation will feature practical implementation examples and live demonstrations, showcasing the enhanced scalability and performance that Topic Keys offer.

15:10 CEST

robot_folders -- your favorite meta-workspace manager

ROS testing and tools 15:10 - 15:20 CEST

Felix Exner
(FZI Research Center For Information Technology)


Convenience is king! We present robot_folders, your new tool to make your life as a ROS developer even more enjoyable. Switch workspaces and even ROS distributions with just one command right at your fingertips!
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ROS 2 (and DDS) Compatible Selective Large Data Transfer

Scaling up 15:10 - 15:20 CEST

Nora Sperling
(Technische Universität Braunschweig)


For the latest machine learning applications selectively or incrementally processing large data objects like images, ROS 2's inherent publisher-centric communication of complete application objects lacks efficiency, causing large time and memory overhead. In such cases, the data transport can be organized more efficiently on the subscriber side, supporting an application-driven selective transport of sample data. We present a ROS 2 compatible data management scheme using descriptive virtual objects for sample publication thereby outsourcing the transmission of data to a lean caching protocol. In a realistic use case, the transfer time and volume of relevant data could be significantly reduced.

15:20 CEST

Afternoon Break


Room: Foyer


16:00 CEST

Agent-based AI Framework for ROS 2

ROS and AI 16:00 - 16:20 CEST

Adam Dabrowski
(Robotec.ai)


This talk brings forward RAI, a novel framework for modern AI in the ROS ecosystem. As opposed to simple integrations of LLMs with ROS, RAI employs an agent which takes actions through ROS interfaces such as topics and services. The framework also abstracts the vendor choice for AI and uses modalities such as images and speech for human interaction, and is easy to integrate with other ecosystem projects. You will learn about limitations and tricks to get the best out of Generative AI and go through a tutorial on how to apply RAI to a new project.
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Beluga AMCL: A modern Monte Carlo Localization implementation for ROS

Mobile robots 16:00 - 16:20 CEST

Gerardo Puga
(Ekumen)


Beluga AMCL is a new open-source localization package for ROS and ROS 2. It is a modern and performant implementation of Monte Carlo Localization for mobile robots. It is based on the Beluga library of reusable particle filter components, which makes it modular, adaptable, and maintainable, while also providing a simple migration path for existing users of the legacy AMCL package thanks to its full compatibility with it. Not only that, but the Beluga AMCL package also intends to extend the set of localization algorithms available to the ROS community by offering features such as NDT-based localization and more.
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16:20 CEST

ros2ai Next-Gen ROS 2 CLI empowered by OpenAI

ROS and AI 16:20 - 16:40 CEST

Tomoya Fujita
(Sony Corporation of America)


ros2ai is a next-generation ROS 2 command line interface extension empowered by OpenAI. The more ROS 2 is getting matured, the more difficult and complicated it is for users and developers to deal with the ROS 2 system because there are many commands, debug utilities and documentation to understand. ros2ai is meant to support users and developers to make it easier to use the ROS 2 eco-system to provide new user-experience. During this presentation, we can see in the flesh what is going to happen and change the user experience to ROS 2 system in the next decade.
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Radar Tracks for Path Planning in the presence of Dynamic Obstacles

Mobile robots 16:20 - 16:40 CEST

Alexander Yuen
(Polymath Robotics)


In this talk a series of modules is presented that Polymath Robotics has developed to populate a costmap using radar tracks which typically include the position and velocity of detected obstacles. This fills a gap in ROS 2, as radar tracks are not used in any meaningful way for planning or obstacle detection. Further, the velocity information of the radar track is used to project the motion of the detected object in its present frame to provide the subsequent global planner predictive capabilities. This talk will go over the details of the relevant modules and experimental results
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16:40 CEST

Building LLM-powered Robots with ROS 2: Frameworks, Packages, and Examples

ROS and AI 16:40 - 17:00 CEST

Yifei Cheng
(Remedy Robotics)


The rise of humanoid robots and large language models (LLMs) is bringing us to an inflection point where robots will increasingly operate seamlessly in human-designed environments. Fortunately, building your own LLM-powered robot doesn't require millions in funding. ROS offers a number of libraries and examples to get you started. This talk will explore ROS frameworks for utilising LLMs like ROS-LLM, ROSGPT Vision, and llama_ros. We'll then delve into successful demonstrations of LLM-powered robots running on ROS, such as Tabletop HandyBot.

On Use of Nav2 Docking

Mobile robots 16:40 - 17:00 CEST

Steve Macenski
(Open Navigation LLC)


We introduce Nav2's new autonomous docking package. It contains a generalized solution to enable robots to dock with arbitrary types of charging systems and physical infrastructure. This fills a broad need in the community for a high-quality and actively supported docking system that can support different types of detected features, dock locations, dock types, and robot state APIs for out-of-the-box long-duration autonomous production applications. This package uses charging-dock plugins to abstract use-case specifics from a proven vision-control loop with automatic retry mechanisms. This talk will go over key points of the server, demonstrations, and how to enable it in user applications.
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17:00 CEST

Scenic for ROS: A Probabilistic Programming for World Modeling and Data Generation for Robotics

ROS and AI 17:00 - 17:20 CEST

Edward Kim
( UC Berkeley)

Hazem Torfah
(Chalmers University)


As robots operate in more complex environments and in collaboration with humans, there is a need to model and generate such scenarios in simulation to rigorously test them prior to deployment. These scenarios are stochastic and comprise multiple agents, human or robot, interacting with each other. This talk gives an overview of an open-source probabilistic programming language called Scenic that meets the above need. Scenic has been used in various application domains such as autonomous vehicles, indoor robotics, aviation, multi-agent systems, and virtual/augmented reality. Scenic can enable the ROS community to collectively construct and utilize libraries of benchmark environments.
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ROS robot health monitoring: the Bonsai approach

Mobile robots 17:00 - 17:20 CEST

Emerson Knapp
(Bonsai Robotics)


Here's the problem: you've build your complex sophisticated ROS-based robot application, you deploy it to the vehicle, hit "Go", and... nothing happens. Now what? This "application health" problem is not well-solved for robotics. This talk highlights one holistic approach that Bonsai Robotics is using to answer the health question for our ROS 2 vehicle application, and presents its generic software components for use. Major topics covered are: system and application metrics gathering, ROS graph state and behavior monitoring, and a TIG (Telegraf, InfluxDB, Grafana) solution for live troubleshooting deployed robots in a fleet.

17:20 CEST

Software Platform Design and SDK Development for ROS 2-based LG Smart Home AI Agent

ROS and AI 17:20 - 17:30 CEST

Baek Seungmin
Youngjae Kim
(LG Electronics )


LG Electronics Inc. unveiled 'Smart Home AI Agent (Q9)' earlier this year at CES 2024. We believe that it would accelerate the realization of our mission 'Zero Labor Home, Makes Quality Time' by automating household chores. In this session, we propose a novel ROS 2-based software robot platform architecture, which is flexible enough for different kinds of low-end hardwares. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed platform, we implemented it on Q9 and validated its performance in the applications of indoor navigation and human-robot interaction. We will also introduce some optimization techniques like mmap and priority changes that we used to enhance Q9's performance. We are releasing the SDK that allows other robot developers to create a new SW function and integrate it into Q9.
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Navigation à la carte: choose navigation profile and strategy as you go

Mobile robots 17:20 - 17:30 CEST

Jorge Santos
(Rapyuta Robotics)


Join me to explore a simple but powerful concept for enhancing robot navigation: seamlessly switching between different navigation profiles. This approach helps robots adapt to changing environments —like different areas within a warehouse or varying conditions at different times of the day— without missing a beat. We’ll discuss how navigation profiles and behavior-trees work together to create a more flexible and efficient navigation system.

17:30 CEST

Transition Time


Room: Foyer


17:30 CEST

Panel and Closing Remarks


Room: Large Hall 4


🌩️Talks

⚡ ROSCon 2024 Lightning Talks ⚡

Lightning talks are one of the most popular parts of ROSCon, and a ROSCon tradition! Each day at ROSCon we set aside a block of time to squeeze in a large number of two-minute talks in a rapid fire fashion. We call these talks lightning talks because should happen in the blink of an eye. Ideally, your lightning talks should be LESS THAN A MINUTE LONG and STRICTLY NO MORE THAN TWO MINUTES LONG. People who exceed this limit will be unceremoniously guided off stage and ridiculed by their peers for the rest of ROSCon. If you would like to see previous year’s lightning talks the ROSCon 2022 lightning talks can be found here.


Lightning Talk Details

  • Lightning talks are submitted and chosen at ROSCon itself. You must be present to submit a lightning talk. No, you cannot submit a lightning talk before ROSCon. Remote presentations are not allowed.
  • Attendees must submit their lightning talks (including slides and video) via a form that will be posted on the first day of ROSCon. A QR code for the form will also be available at the registration and shown during the opening remarks.
  • The Organizing Committee will briefly review lightning talk submissions for quality and relevancy.
  • Talks will be selected at random and announced at the beginning of lunch on the first day of ROSCon.
  • If you are selected you will be contacted by the committee and provided with your lightning talk session time and the order in which you present.
  • During the lightning talk session your slides will be preloaded so please be ready to talk in that order.
  • Once your slides are submitted you will not be allowed to change them.
  • Each ROSCon attendee is allowed to submit exactly one lightning talk.
  • Please read the “What makes a good lightning talk” section below for additional recommendations.

What Makes a Good Lightning Talk?

Here are our recommendations for putting together a successful lightning talks:

  • Lightning talks should be LESS THAN A MINUTE LONG and STRICTLY NO MORE THAN TWO MINUTES LONG.
  • The lightning talk speaker must be present at ROSCon and in the speaker queue next to the stage at the start of the session. No remote talks are allowed.
  • Slides are not required, and there’s no particular format, however the slides must work on the coordinators’ laptop so common portable formats such as pdfs are recommended.
  • Videos are also okay but should be edited to fit inside the time limit and should not rely on the audio from the video.
  • Given the time constraints, we would recommend against trying to do a live demo.
  • If you are providing a link to a resource use a link shortner (like bit.ly) and or a QR code.
  • We recommend that presenters use no more than four slides for their talk, and optimally less than that. We do not recommend you try and compress an existing talk into two minutes.
  • Good lightning talks often have the following format:
    • Who you are and what you work on.
    • A description of your cool thing / idea / repository.
    • A link where people can find out more (we recommend using link shortners and QR codes).
Scholarship

ROSCon 2024 Diversity Scholarships

ROSCon diversity scholarship image by Belen Torres

The 2024 ROSCon Diversity Scholarships Program is no longer accepting applications. Applicants were notified of the results via e-mail. If you have questions or concerns please contact roscon-2024-diversity-program@openrobotics.org.


Past Student Experiences


Pedro Xavier, a 2018 ROSCon diversity scholar from Brazil, shares his experience.


“I am deeply grateful for being selected as a scholarship recipient for ROScon 2023. This experience was empowering and an amazing opportunity to engage with a diverse group of students and roboticists. It provided me with a valuable space to absorb knowledge from leading robotics experts and gain a deeper understanding of the latest advancements in ROS 2. The conference atmosphere was exceptionally collaborative and inviting, which I greatly appreciate.’

-- Alan Sanchez, Oregon State University


Organizers

General Co-Chairs

Vanessa Yamzon Orsi (Open Source Robotics Foundation)

Geoff Biggs (Open Source Robotics Foundation)


Organizing Committee

Ryan Gariepy (Clearpath Robotics)

Brian Gerkey (Intrinsic)

Tully Foote (Intrinsic)


Program Committee

Ingo Lütkebohle (Bosch)

Yadu Vijay (Intrinsic)


Communications Chair

Kat Scott (Intrinsic)


Diversity Chairs

Kimberly McGuire (BitCraze)

Belén Torres (Wymaq)


Conference Image Design

Ryan Hungerford



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The Quick Version

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Archive

Archive of Past ROSCons


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