ROS Summer School

Our first ROS Summer School in 2012 showed that a lot of students are interested in mobile autonomous systems, but do not know how to start. Our ROS Summer Schools provide the right starter kit by using our robotic hardware and - of course - ROS software. We first start with some days of introductory courses, before we tackle the main tasks of mobile robotics, i.e. perception, localization, mapping and path planning.

Our philosophy is: "Learning by doing to get hands-on experience". Besides acquiring the necessary theorethical knowlegde, all topics will be taught in small groups on real mobile robots.

A highlight is a competition (urban challenge) at the end of the summer school: Participants form different teams that have the task to design a typical mobile robotic application like indoor/outdoor exploration. They all use the same hardware, powered by their learnt ROS skills.

The ROS Summer School includes also some leasure activities, such as trips to Paris and Cologne (or other nearby cities). Last, but not least we have a farewell barbecue at the end.

The ROS Summer School is supported by the ROSIN project of the European Commission:

Why ROS?

There has been remarkable progress in the field of mobile robotics over the last couple of years due to advanced hardware like 3D sensors and powerful embedded systems for processing. However, the software has been upgraded as well: When Willow Garage launched the first version of ROS (Robot Operating System) in 2010; they started a standardization of the "middleware", which drives the world of mobile robotics. ROS is open source and offers the required services of an operating system. It is fine grained and consists of numerous reusable modules. It also provides tools and libraries for obtaining, building, writing, and running code across multiple computers with a powerful communication engine.

Next ROS Summer School in August 2022

The next ROS Summer School (click here for the flyer) is now scheduled for August 15th to 26th, 2022

After all the Covid restrictions in 2020 and 2021, we are happy to hold a ROS Summer School in Aachen again. Starting the 15th August and ending with a competition on the 26th of August, we offer again a unique experience to learn ROS from scratch or deepen your intermediate ROS knowledge with a lot of seminars, workshops and – of course – practical coding. The teaching material was updated to ROS2 during our break in order to teach the newest ROS versions using the latest packages like e.g. Nav2 to guide our TurtleBots through the arena. Sorry for being a little late with the announcement, but we hope that again many ROS enthusiasts will participate in the ROS Summer School!!!

Here is the program:
15th August | Registration, ROS show, welcome BBQ
16th August | ROS2 Basics: Navigating in Linux and ROS2 file system
17th August | ROS2 Basics: ROS2 internal communication
18th August | Hardware interfaces, transformations in ROS2
19th August | Introduction to GAZEBO simulator, April tag recognition

22th August | Localisation & mapping
23th August | Path planning
24th August | Industrial exhibition
25th August | Exam, free hacking
26th August | Free hacking, competition, farewell BBQ

The registration fee is 500,- € and includes beverages during the coffee breaks and BBQs.

See Application (below) for the registration link on Eveeno. Hope to see you soon in Aachen!

Application for the ROS Summer School 2022

Since the ROS Summer School is a non-profit event, only registrations from students or employees of educational or research institutions are accepted.

Please apply here for the FH Aachen ROS Summer School:

ROS - Program

The ROS Summer School will cover common topics regarding mobile robotics:

  • Introduction to Mobile Robotics
  • ROS File System
  • ROS Communication
  • Hardware and Sensors
  • ROSSerial
  • Transformations in ROS
  • Image Processing with OpenCV & ROS
  • Landmark Detection
  • Localization, Mapping and SLAM
  • Path Planning

The participants will use the Middleware ROS (Robot Operating System) as Operating System for Robots. Alongside learning the theory, all topics will be experienced in small groups on real hardware using our mobile robots developed at the FH Aachen. In end the participants will apply their acquired knowledge to solve a secret problem and show their results in a competition.

Here is the program:
15th August 2022 | Registration, ROS Show, welcome barbecue
16th August 2022 | ROS2 Basics: Navigating in Linux and ROS2 Filesystem
17th August 2022 | ROS2 Basics: ROS2 internal Communication
18th August 2022 | Hardware interfaces, Transforms in ROS2
19th August 2022 | Introduction to GAZEBO simulator, April tag recognition

22th August 2022 | Localisation & mapping
23th August 2022 | Path Planning
24th August 2022 | Industrial exhibition
25th August 2022 | Exam, free hacking
26th August 2022 | Free hacking, competition, farewell BBQ


Programming Skills:
We want summer school participants to make significant, noticeable progress in learning and applying ROS. Therefore the practical sessions are going to take most the time of the Summer School. Basic knowledge in C++ or Python is recommended to complete the practical sessions successfully. Experience with ROS or Linux is not required.

Language Skills:
Participants should have a good proficiency in English as the ROS Summer School is held completely in English.

The Aachen University of Applied Sciences (FH Aachen) requires that the ROS Summer School participants have appropriate and valid medical, liability and accident insurance for the duration of the ROS Summer School. Please note that the FH Aachen does not cover any of these risks.

German data privacy law/Internet & Social Media:
According to German data privacy laws, you must agree to the following statement before we can post your picture, even in a group photo, on the internet.
“I agree that my picture can be published by FH Aachen on the following web page:
“I agree that my picture can be published by FH Aachen on the following Facebook page:

Registration Fee and Other Costs

Registration Fee

The ROS Summer School registration fee is 500 Euro and includes beverages during the course at the FH Aachen. Costs for day trips are not included in the fee and will be paid later on site.

Please note that your application is only valid after timely payment. The application procedure is explained on the application form (the link to registration is published here within a few days).

If after registering you are unable to attend the summer school, or if you cancel your registration, you may request a refund of your registration fee. You need to send us a written request via email.
Please be aware that payment can be made by bank transfer only. All payments are in EURO. For any bank transfer made from outside the Euro zone, please be aware of bank service charges. All bank charges for remittances are to be borne by the participant!

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation and catering costs are not included in the participation fee. The registration fee includes only beverages during the course at the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences.

As all applicants wishing to attend the summer school have to find housing on their own, please find below some useful links:

Course Credit, ROS Certificate and Transcript

A participation certificate is issued for all ROS Summer School students and handed out at the end of the summer school. The certificate lists the topics covered, the duration of the summer school and the course credit (4 ECTS credits). The course credit applies not for internal ROS students (FH students, who are involved as ROS tutors).

All ROS participants have the option to take the final written exam. In the application form, please answer the question "Do you wish to take the final written exam?" correspondingly. Those, who write the exam, will get a ROS transcript with a grade for their test performance. The grading scheme is as follows:

from 1.0 to 1.5    =  very good
from 1.6 to 2.5    =  good
from 2.6 to 3.5    =  satisfactory
from 3.6 to 4.0    =  sufficient
above 4.0            =  failed

ROS Summer School - Videos

ROS Summer School - Press Releases

Issued (mostly in German):

MCI Winter School 2018

ROS Summer School 2016

TUT ROS Summer School 2016

ROS Summer School 2015

ROS Summer School 2014

ROS Summer School 2013

Contact the Organizers

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us: ros(at)