Hi Guys !
Its been a long time ! But I have been pretty busy with my internship at Bosch (and enjoying California) :)
Last month, I got the opportunity to attend 2 awesome conferences – ROSCON and IROS in Chicago as a part of my internship at OSRF. I got to see a lot of different robots. There were some really amazing talks. I, also met a lot of people who are actively contributing to the field of robotics and made some really cool friends.
ROSCON was awesome. People from OSRF talked about ROS and Gazebo and the different kinds of problems that people face while using it with, say, in a multi-master environment. Took suggestions on how to solve those problems. They also discussed about ROS 2.0 which sounds amazing and promises to solve most of the issues that we see in ROS 1. I liked the lightening talk sessions too. People who signed up talked about how they were using ROS in their own projects. I’m not kidding when I say that a guy was working on build a dog-trainer robot. :) How cool is that! There were so many more great projects.
People also talked about some of the ROS packages like roscontrol and the navigation stack and discussed their functionalities in depth. For instance, we can now add multiple-layers while navigating an area and assign different costs to those layers as the need be. All in all, it was a really awesome experience.
At IROS, I attended the workshops and got to check out the exhibitions. I attended a workshop on autonomous driving which was super cool. A lot of techniques like vision based slam, object detection and navigation on very narrow roads and master-slave technique were talked about. I also attended a computer vision workshop which was amazing as well.
All-in-all it was a very cool and enlightening experience. I want to thank my mentors- Steve and Carlos from OSRF for teaching me a ton of new stuff throughout the internship and being so patient with me :). Thanks! I would also like to thank Gnome and the OPW committee for giving me and many others this great opportunity.
Until next time … :)