151-0662-00L  Programming for Robotics - Introduction to ROS

SemesterSpring Semester 2018
LecturersM. Hutter
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 70.

This course targets senior Bachelor students as well as Master students focusing on Robotics, Systems, and Control. Priority is given to people conducting a project work in the field.


151-0662-00 GProgramming for Robotics - Introduction to ROS30s hrs
19.02.08:15-12:00HG G 1 »
21.02.08:15-12:00HG G 1 »
23.02.08:15-12:00HG G 1 »
26.02.08:15-12:00HG G 1 »
02.03.08:15-12:00HG G 1 »
M. Hutter

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AbstractThis course gives an introduction to the Robot Operating System (ROS) including many of the available tools that are commonly used in robotics. With the help of different examples, the course should provide a good starting point for students to work with robots. They learn how to create software including simulation, to interface sensors and actuators, and to integrate control algorithms.
Objective- ROS Basics: Navigating in Linux and ROS, package creation and compilation
- ROS Basics: Publisher and subscriber, services, actions
- Hardware interfaces, static and dynamic transforms
- Introduction to GAZEBO simulator, AR tag recognition
- (optional) Localization & mapping
- (optional) Navigation, ROS control
- Good practice in programming
ContentThis course consists of a guided tutorial and independent exercises with different robots (i.e. mobile robot, industrial robot arm,...). You learn how to setup such a system from scratch using ROS, how to interface the individual sensors and actuators, and finally how to implement first closed loop control systems.
Lecture notesslides, homepage (Link)
Literatureslides, homepage (Link)
Prerequisites / NoticeC++ programming basics, Linux Basics. Students need to bring their own laptop to the lecture. Instructions how to prepare the laptop are provided on the lecture homepage one week prior to the start of the course.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits1 credit
ExaminersM. Hutter
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationCourse attendance 100% and completition of the exercise is mandatory to get the credit point.

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Places70 at the most
Waiting listuntil 02.03.2018

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