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

August 15th, 2024


Late registration starts

October 1st, 2024


Sponsors

Sponsor ROSCon 2024!

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).


ROSCon 2024 Sponsors


Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Startup Alley Sponsors


Live Stream and Video Archive Sponsor


Diversity Scholarship Sponsors


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Attending ROSCon 2024


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.

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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
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


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:


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, 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
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.


Technical Talks

October 22nd & 23rd, 2024


Our technical talks will be announced in early July after reviews have been completed.

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



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.

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.

Archive

Archive of Past ROSCons


The archived ROSCon websites listed below include information about ROSCon speakers, recordings of their talks, and in some cases copies of their slide decks.


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Social Media

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