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Customer Spotlight by Clearpath Robotics

posted Jan 23, 2014, 8:27 AM by Gonçalo Cabrita

Check out latest news appearance at the Clearpath Robotics blog!

"Clearpath robots automate dull, dirty and dangerous jobs, and University of Coimbra is using Husky with no exception to this vision. The team is researching and developing new methods for autonomous landmine clearance and we were thrilled to present them with the Special Award – Humanitarian Contribution as part of the 2012 Partnerbot Grant Program, inaugurated to support advancement in robotics research. Here’s how Coimbra is saving lives, one bot at a time."

ROS Hydro Medusa Released!

posted Sep 5, 2013, 2:31 AM by Gonçalo Cabrita

ROS Hydro Medusa is out!!!

"Hi Everyone, 

We are happy to announce the release for ROS Hydro Medusa! [0] This is the 7th official release of ROS and thanks to the large growing community it is by far the most capable.  [1]

This is the result of many contributors.  Over 50 maintainers released packages into Hydro during the pre-release cycle.  Resulting in over 700 packages available in the initial release on all three supported platforms (Ubuntu Precise, Ubuntu Quantal, Ubuntu Raring)[2]  However the publicly released packages is a small portion of the greater ROS ecosystem.  The rosdistro repository has 248 public forks where people are working on their own customizations and the repository has already integrated over 1000 pull requests from these contributors.  [3][4]  We expect people to continue releasing new packages to be built on top of the already released hydro packages as they have done for Groovy and other distributions in the past.  

For a quick visualization of the many people committing over the course of the Hydro development cycle we generated a video here:

With Hydro released we can officially start planning for Indigo Igloo which is targeted for release in April 2014.  If you would like to bring up a topic of interest for the Indigo development cycle I suggest you take a look at existing Special Interest Groups(SIG) [5] or start a discussion here on ros-users if you cannot find an appropriate SIG. Indigo will be the first release on the new 12 month cycle as discussed on ROS Users.  [6] 

Also with the release of Hydro and the beginning of looking at Indigo development we officially drop support for ROS Fuerte.  There are several patches which we expect to backport from the Hydro development however in the not to distant future new builds of Fuerte packages will no longer be possible.  

Your ROS Hydro Medusa Release Team


Dissertations 2013

posted May 17, 2013, 3:33 AM by Gonçalo Cabrita   [ updated May 17, 2013, 4:05 AM ]

The MSc Dissertations section has just been updated with the projects for 2013! Check it out and grab yours while they last!!! You can also download a .pdf version in the Downloads section (in Portuguese). If you are interested in any of the projects or have any questions don't hesitate to contact Professor Lino Marques at lino(at)

ROSCon 2013: Call for Proposals

posted Nov 16, 2012, 3:21 AM by Gonçalo Cabrita   [ updated Sep 5, 2013, 2:22 AM ]

ROSCon 2013 is a chance for ROS developers of all levels, beginner to expert, to spend an extraordinary weekend learning from and networking with the ROS community. Get tips and tricks from experts, network, and share ideas with fellow developers from around the globe.

Call for Proposals: ROSCon 2013 
Stuttgart, Germany 
11-12 May 2013 
(immediately following ICRA)


ROSCon is a developers' conference, in the model of PyCon and BoostCon. Following the success of the inaugural ROSCon in St. Paul, Minnesota ) this year's ROSCon will be held in Stuttgart, Germany. Similar to last year, the two-day program will com prise 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 30-40 minute pre sen tations (some may be longer or shorter).

Want to present at ROSCon? Submit a proposal! For details on proposing, go to

If you don't want to make a formal presentation, you should still bring your new project or idea to ROSCon!

There will be several sessions of Lightning Talks, which are 5-minute mini-talks that are scheduled just-in-time at the conference. There will also be open space for Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) meetings, impromptu hacking sessions, and informal presentations.

On behalf of the ROSCon 2013 Organizing Committee:

Alexander Bubeck, Fraunhofer IPA 
Tully Foote, Willow Garage 
Ryan Gariepy, Clearpath Robotics 
Brian Gerkey, Open Source Robotics Foundation 
Florian Weisshardt, Fraunhofer IPA 
Matthew Williamson, Rethink Robotics


LSE miniQ Robot

posted Nov 6, 2012, 3:31 AM by LSE ISR

The guys at the LSE developed a cheap robot for olfactory swarming experiments  the LSE miniQ!!! The aim was to create a robot as cheap as possible but still usable in swarming experiments. This was accomplished by starting with a DFRobot miniQ robot. The robot was hacked to support a e2v MiCS 5524 gas sensor and two LEDs on top. These LEDs are used for localization using a camera for correcting the bad odometry that results from the poor resolution on the miniQ optical encoders.

The LSE miniQ was designed from the ground up to work with ROS. All the software is free for download at

Happy swarming!

Pole Structure Mapper

posted May 8, 2012, 10:24 AM by Gonçalo Cabrita   [ updated May 8, 2012, 10:46 AM ]

We have just added a new stack to our ROS repository! The Pole Structure Mapper is a piece of software that allows a climbing robot to be aided by a ground robot on mapping and localization of 3D structures. This is accomplished using a Microsoft Kinect and PCL.

Read more about the Pole Structure Mapper on the project page or on the ROS wiki.

ROS @ ISR Coimbra

posted Feb 7, 2011, 4:55 AM by Gonçalo Cabrita   [ updated Feb 9, 2011, 11:42 AM ]

The Embedded Systems Lab is organizing a ROS session at the ISR! The purpose of this event is to spread ROS in ISR, helping this already wonderful community grow.

ROS is an open source distributed robotics platform designed to accelerate robotics research and development, including commercial application development. ROS is a high-quality, actively maintained, well-documented software platform intended to support the academic and industrial robotics communities. ROS includes reusable components that implement a variety of low- and high-level functionality, such as base navigation, mapping, visual odometry, arm planning and control, data visualization, object recognition, and task-level execution. ROS supports a number of research robots and common robot simulators.

All ROS software is released under an Open Source license, and the great majority of it is licensed under a BSD-style license that allows users and companies to build applications on top without licensing constraints.
  • Location: ISR amphitheatre, at ISR University of Coimbra, Portugal.
  • Date: Wednesday, 16 February 2011
  • Time: 2:30pm-5:00pm
Find out more at the event webpage.

The new ISR Embedded Systems Lab webpage goes live!

posted Sep 15, 2009, 5:02 PM by LSE ISR   [ updated Feb 9, 2011, 10:32 AM by Gonçalo Cabrita ]

Welcome to the newly created ISR Embedded Systems Lab webpage! This is our fingerprint on the web! Here you can find everything about who we are and what we do. Check out our People section to meet us, or drop by the Research section to learn about the many cool projects we're currently working on.

Our legion of robots is eager to find their way on to the world wide web!

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