Hi Anis,

I'm not sure how to express this through your form, but something that's badly needed from Clearpath's perspective is a modern take on what the parts are which make up a typical ROS robot. This is beyond the "basics" of building a workspace, creating publishers and subscribers, launching things, etc, but it's not as high-level as specific packages like navigation, moveit, etc.

Obviously there's a lot of variability out there, but if someone were to build a robot today, from scratch, to use ROS, they'd ask some fundamental questions like:
There's been discussion in the past about specifying some standards for this kind of thing, possibly in a REP, but a great first step would be a book or other resource which presented this material in an approachable, linear kind of way.


On 22 October 2014 05:31, Anis Koubaa (COINS) <akoubaa@coins-lab.org> wrote:
Hello ROS users community,

I am coordinating with Springer publisher to edit a handbook on Robot Operating System. 
There are only a few books on ROS http://wiki.ros.org/Books which mainly represent a brief introduction to ROS and a few basic applications. This does not translate the huge amount of work being done in the community and I feel the need to have a complete reference on the topic. 

The prospective handbook will cover ROS from foundations and basics to advanced research works from both academia and industry. Tutorials and research papers will both be sought. The book should cover several robotics areas including but not limited to robot navigation, UAVs, arm manipulation, multi-robot communication protocols, Web and mobile interfaces using ROS, integration of new robotic platform to ROS, computer vision applications, development of service robots using ROS, development of new libraries and packages for ROS, etc. Every book chapter should be accompanied with a working code to be put later in a common repository for the readers.

To express your interest to the handbook and your intention of a chapter proposal, I would like to invite you fill in the following form. The proposed chapters are just  considered as an initial expression of interest and will be included in the handbook proposal. It does not mean any kind of commitment for the author at this stage. An official call for chapters with instructions and deadline will be announced soon. 

Thank you and look forward to receive your feedback

Anis Koubaa
Associate Professor, Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia
Research Associate, CISTER Research Unit, Portugal 

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