ROS: Programming for Robotics Training Course

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21 hours (usually 3 days including breaks)


  • An understanding of basic robotics concepts.
  • Basic programming experience.


  • Hobbyists
  • Robotics Enthusiasts
  • Engineers and Technicians


ROS stands for Robot Operating System. It is an open source framework that is used to aid in the development of advanced robots.

In this instructor-led, live training, participants will learn how to start using ROS for their robotics projects through the use of robotics visualization and simulation tools.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of ROS.
  • Learn how to create a basic robotics project using ROS.
  • Learn how to use different tools for robotics including simulation and visualization tools.

Format of the course

  • Part lecture, part discussion, exercises and heavy hands-on practice

Course Outline


Understanding Basic ROS Concepts

  • Overview of the ROS Architecture and Philosophy
  • Setting Up the ROS Workspace Environment
  • ROS Master, Nodes, Topics, and Messages
  • Using Console Commands
  • Working with the Catkin Build System
  • The ROS Launch File
  • 3D Visualization and User Interaction with the Gazebo Simulator

Creating Your First ROS Program

  • Creating a ROS Package
  • Setting Up a ROS Project in Eclipse
  • Using the ROS C++ Client Library
  • Writing a Simple ROS Subscriber and Publisher
  • Storing and Retrieving Parameters Using the ROS Parameter Server
  • Using RViz for ROS 3D Visualization

Utilizing the TF Transformation System on ROS

Working with the rqt User Interface

Exploring Robot Models on ROS

The Simulation Description Format (SDF)

Deploying ROS Services

Implementing ROS Actions

Using Simulated Time on ROS

Storing Message Data in ROS Bags

Regression Testing with Realistic Scenarios

Applying Different Debugging Strategies in ROS

Exploring Complex Real-World Applications for ROS

Next Steps Towards Creating Your First ROS Project


Closing Remarks



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