Simulating Robots using Gazebo and ROS

  • July 29, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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With a robotics simulation program, you can develop the software for your robot before building the actual machine.  Gazebo is one of the leading open-source robotics simulators.  In this talk, Dylan Vaughn will give an overview of Gazebo and its integration with ROS, the Robot Operating System.  We will discuss how to create the necessary files to model a robot within Gazebo and how to interact with it via ROS.  We will also load some existing robot definitions into Gazebo and attempt to control them in the virtual environment.

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  • Levi L.

    Great presentation, Dylan! Now I'm motivated to play with Gazebo even more.

    For anyone who hasn't learned ROS yet, here's a simulation package for Lego, VEX, and TETRIX robots:
    http://www.robotvirtualworlds.com

    It's built for teachers and younger students and is structured a lot like a video game.

    July 30, 2014

  • Dylan V.

    Hi all - here is a link to the slides we went through last night - thanks for coming - I had fun!

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1YviMGN0KWzop9YW7UnPTPMXJFqkighw25vyhBSyh2H0/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000#slide=id.g39151df2a_029

    Dylan

    2 · July 30, 2014

  • Christoph M.

    Good presentation of tools for virtual worlds for virtual robots.
    I still wonder how hard it is to program a virtual robot in a virtual world, compared to building a real robot in the real world.

    July 30, 2014

    • James N.

      Simulations are doomed to succeed. ,o)
      But then real robots are doomed to fall off the table and shatter. I see the value in simulating first, then building... when the robot is really expensive. For something low cost? Yeah, just really DO it!

      July 30, 2014

  • James N.

    Really good presentation. I hope to see more of this, especially how to build the simulation of the robot, and how to write programs in ROS to react to the simulation.

    July 30, 2014

  • James N.

    http://gazebosim.org/
    For those who want to read ahead.

    July 14, 2014

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