ROS Programming: Building Powerful Robots: Design, build and simulate complex robots using the Robot Operating System

Enhancing your existing robotic skills by learning how to design and build multifunctional robots using Robots Operating System libraries and tools

Key Features

  • Successfully design and simulate your 3D robot model and use powerful algorithms and tools to program and set up your robots
  • Work through concrete examples that will help you build your own robotic systems of varying complexity levels
  • Discover the best practices and troubleshooting solutions everyone needs when working on ROS

Book Description

This learning path is designed to help you program and build your robots using open source ROS libraries and tools. We start with the installation and basic concepts, then continue with the more complex modules available in ROS, such as sensor and actuator integration (drivers), navigation and mapping (so you can create an autonomous mobile robot), manipulation, computer vision, perception in 3D with PCL, and more.

We then discuss advanced concepts in robotics and how to program using ROS.

You’ll get a deep overview of the ROS framework, which will give you a clear idea of how ROS really works. During the course of the book, you will learn how to build models of complex robots, and simulate and interface the robot using the ROS MoveIt motion planning library and ROS navigation stacks.

We’ll go through great projects such as building a self-driving car, an autonomous mobile robot, and image recognition using deep learning and ROS. You can find beginner, intermediate, and expert ROS robotics applications inside!

It includes content from the following Packt products:

  • Effective Robotics Programming with ROS – Third Edition
  • Mastering ROS for Robotics Programming
  • ROS Robotics Projects

What you will learn

  • Understand the concepts of ROS, the command-line tools, visualization GUIs, and how to debug ROS
  • Connect robot sensors and actuators to ROS
  • Obtain and analyze data from cameras and 3D sensors
  • Dig deep into the ROS Pluginlib, ROS nodelets, and Gazebo plugins
  • Interface I/O boards such as Arduino, robot sensors, and high-end actuators with ROS
  • Get to grips with teleoperating robots using hand gestures
  • Build ROS-based applications using Matlab and Android
  • Build interactive applications using TurtleBot

Table of Contents

  1. Getting Started with ROS
  2. ROS Architecture and Concepts
  3. Visualization and Debugging Tools
  4. The Navigation Stack – Robot Setups
  5. The Navigation Stack – Beyond Setups
  6. Manipulation with MoveIt!
  7. Using Sensors and Actuators with ROS
  8. Computer Vision
  9. Point Clouds
  10. Working with 3D Robot Modeling in ROS
  11. Simulating Robots Using ROS and Gazebo
  12. Working with Pluginlib, Nodelets, and Gazebo Plugins
  13. Writing ROS Controllers and Visualization Plugins
  14. Interfacing I/O Boards, Sensors, and Actuators to ROS
  15. Programming Vision Sensors using ROS, Open-CV, and PCL
  16. Building and Interfacing Differential Drive Mobile Robot Hardware in ROS
  17. Exploring the Advanced Capabilities of ROS-MoveIt!
  18. ROS for Industrial Robots
  19. Troubleshooting and Best Practices in ROS
  20. Face Detection and Tracking Using ROS, OpenCV and Dynamixel Servos
  21. Building a Siri-Like Chatbot in ROS
  22. Controlling Embedded Boards Using ROS
  23. Teleoperate a Robot Using Hand Gestures
  24. Object Detection and Recognition
  25. Deep Learning Using ROS and TensorFlow
  26. ROS on MATLAB and Android
  27. Building an Autonomous Mobile Robot
  28. Creating a Self-Driving Car Using ROS
  29. Teleoperating a Robot Using a VR Headset and Leap Motion
  30. Controlling Your Robots over the Web

Book details

  • Publisher:Packt Publishing
  • Publication date:March 13, 2018
  • Pages:1737 pages
  • Format:epub
  • Size:31.34Mb
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