[ros-users] ROS Web Services

Anis Koubaa (COINS) akoubaa at coins-lab.org
Fri Dec 18 17:42:02 UTC 2015


I have developed ROS Web Services to provide new abstractions to ROS using
SOAP and REST Web services. The objective was to provide an additional
software abstraction layer on top of ROS to allow a seamless interaction
with ROS even for non-roboticians. We can say that ROS Web services is
another alternative to rosbridge and rosjs which use the Web to interact
with ROS. 

Using ROS Web services layer allow any developer with no background on
robotics to develop Web service client (SOAP or REST) to monitor and control
ROS-enabled robot through simple interfaces.

A paper presenting ROS Web services
5D=97&path%5B%5D=30>   is published in The Journal of Software Engineering
for Robotics. In the paper, I present an object-oriented design of software
meta-models for the integration of both Web services into ROS and we
validate it through a real implementation on a service robot. Implementation
was performed using ROSJAVA under Hyrdo version.

A video illustration is also available on this link
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvjY5XjAX7U> . A brief description is also
available here <http://wiki.coins-lab.org/index.php?title=Mybot> .

I still did not release the code due to lack of time, but should post it on
GITHUB soon. Any comment on this will be welcome.
We are working now on extending ROS Web services with new features and we
plan to apply them in ROS-enabled drones.


Anis Koubaa, PhD., 
Senior Fellow of the HEA (SFHEA)
ACM Chapter Chair (Saudi Arabia)
Associate Professor
Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia

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