[ros-users] Introduction To ROS

Stefan Kohlbrecher stefan.kohlbrecher at googlemail.com
Tue Feb 1 18:01:28 UTC 2011

What I found to be pretty nice for playing around with basic gmapping
based SLAM is the erratic_robot stack:

This way you get a comparably simple (to PR2, that is) laser equipped
mobile platform and can drive it around in Gazebo using rviz.
The launch file for doing that is
If you look into that launch file and the ones referenced inside, you
can get a pretty good overview of what is needed for navigation of a
mobile robot with existing ROS tools.


2011/2/1 Patrick Bouffard <bouffard at eecs.berkeley.edu>:
> Hi Jason,
> Sounds like a fun assignment. You definitely don't need to be a CS
> major to use ROS, you can pick up the coding required by experience.
> Start here: http://www.ros.org/wiki/ROS/StartGuide. The tutorials are
> very good and do not require any robot hardware to work through.
> Good Luck,
> Pat
> On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 8:59 AM,  <jabyers at clemson.edu> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> My name is Jason Byers and I am an Electrical Engineering student at
>> Clemson University. I am doing an undergraduate assignment in which my
>> professor wants me to download ROS and figure out how to use it and it's
>> SLAM code to build a map of a building and run one of the lab robots
>> through this building. However, being an electrical engineering student
>> versus a computer engineering student, I am not very good at coding. I was
>> wondering if someone could point me towards a tutorial or give me advice
>> as to how to at least start this task? I have downloaded ROS, but am not
>> really sure as to how I am supposed to use it or even get to it.
>> Thanks for any help,
>> Jason Byers
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