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: http://wiki.ros.org/rosin/acknowledgement

Why ROS?

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 scheduled for the end of August, 2021

Next ROS Summer School scheduled for the end of August, 2021

The ongoing pandemic creates continued uncertainty, not only about travel regulations, but also about the possibility to carry out the ROS Summer School as usual as event requiring personal attendance.
The learning success of our ROS participants has always been very high, because our tutors supervised small groups of only two participants and offered help whenever needed. Our recipe for success is, however, not only the direct personal support, but also the fact, that ROS participants get easily in contact with other ROS learners from all over the world, their mutual exchange of ROS experiences, their joint efforts to handle the ROS tasks, and - last but not least - the common trips to nearby sightseeing’s. As our philosophy is "Learning by doing to get hands-on experience" - we therefore consider an online version of our ROS Summer School as inadequate substitute.
We cannot offer a fixed date for the next ROS Summer School yet. If the pandemic situation will be over, the ROS Summer School will run over two weeks at the end of August in 2021. If you are interested to join us, please check this website regularly for updates.

ROS - Program

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.

Requirements

Requirements

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.

Insurance:
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: http://www.fh-aachen.de/fachbereiche/maschinenbau-und-mechatronik/international/ROS/
“I agree that my picture can be published by FH Aachen on the following Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/fhac08/

Registration Fee and Other Costs

Registration Fee and Other Costs

Registration Fee

The ROS Summer School registration fee is 750 Euro and includes beverages during the course at the FH Aachen and the social program (excursions included).

Please note that your application is only valid after timely payment. The application procedure is explained on the application form.

Please transfer the registration fee to:

Transfer beneficiary: FH Aachen - UAS
Bank: Sparkasse Aachen
Bank Address: Muensterplatz 7-9, D-52062 Aachen
Bank Code: 390 500 00
IBAN: DE 18 3905 0000 0000 0207 27
Swift/Bic Code: AACSDE33
Specification: ROS + your name

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 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

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

Application for the ROS Summer School

Application for the ROS Summer School

We are very sorry, registrations for the next ROS Summer School in 2021 are not possible yet. Due to the pandemic situation we are not in the position to publish a fixed date for the start of the application procedure. Please check this homepage regularly for updates.

ROS Summer School - Videos

ROS Summer School - Videos

ROS Video 2017

ROS Video 2017

Film ansehen

Video ROS 2016

Video ROS 2016

Film ansehen

Video ROS 2015

Video ROS 2014

Video ROS 2013

ROS Summer School - Press Releases

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

Contact the Organizers

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us: ros(at)fh-aachen.de