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Creating a Thriving Underwater ROS Community

Woods Hole, Massachusetts October 31 – November 1, 2018


Robot Operating System or ROS is rapidly becoming the de-facto standard in robotics middleware in academic circles.  However, ROS is only now making significant in-roads into the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) world among the less research oriented and more operational groups.  There appears to be a rapidly growing critical mass that could allow for the formation of an underwater ROS community.  This workshop will explore ways in which that community may be formed and nurtured.  Significant questions include:

  • Who is using ROS underwater and what are they using it for?
  • Where people are evaluating ROS for underwater what is missing that would ease the decision?
  • How is the underwater environment unique for ROS and what should we do about it?
  • What are the high priority applications or tools that would ease adoption?
  • What community structures can we set up to drive towards a common interface for UUVs? Can we drive towards a ROS/UUV working group?
  • How can we enable the transfer of code between groups and into industry?
  • If you are developing code for ROS, what stops you from releasing it?
  • What will be the future of ROS in the DoD world? – optional depending on attendees
  • What can we learn from and leverage from the ROS-I effort without going fully down that path?


  • Spur growth and adoption of a robust ROS ecosystem for underwater robotics
  • Encourage engagement between the existing UUV and ROS communities
  • Address roadblocks to adopting common interfaces
  • Address long term code sharing and hosting possibilities
  • Address the need for better underwater simulation environments both real time and fast time


This two day workshop will feature Jonathan Bohren as a key note speaker.  He will discuss previous successes and failures in forming ROS communities.  There will be lightning talk sessions for all interested participants, a variety of focused talks, and breakout sessions aimed at answering the questions and achieving the goals.


Registration is closed.

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