[Fedora Robotics] Reviving Robotics SIG

Hedayat Vatankhah hedayat at grad.com
Sun Oct 4 20:36:30 UTC 2009

Hi Tim,

On ۰۹/۱۰/۰۲  03:01, Tim Niemueller wrote:
> Hi all.
> It's been about a year since we last coordinated and met on IRC. Many of
> us went off at that time for other work (myself for thesis and exams).
> I'd like to revive the Robotics SIG again, and I hope you can also
> contribute some time and effort.
> I'm quite happy to announce that we have finally released the Fawkes
> Robot Software Framework which we use on all of our robots. The website
> is athttp://www.fawkesrobotics.org. I'm currently working on making it
> ready for inclusion in Fedora. This brings several components e.g.
> Player does not provide, most importantly a behavior engine, a scripting
> environment that allows you to "just make the robot do something" in the
> simulation environment, something that can become an important part of a
> demo LiveCD.

> Other major pieces of software we introduced (or wanted to) as Robotics
> SIG are the Player and Stage packages. Player is in there, but is
> waiting for a major upgrade. The Stage review stalled and was closed,
> the Gazebo review never posted. Fortunately I was contacted recently by
> someone wanting to jump on the Player/Stage train.
> So I would like to coordinate with everybody interested in the Robotics
> SIG on how to go forward from here. Some things to consider:
> - Learn about and integrate new people, there have been quite a few new
>    subscriptions to the mailing list, so I hope for more work force :-)
> - Player/Stage/Gazebo packaging
> - Fawkes inclusion and small "robotics game" to develop to get the user
>    easily involved in a simulation environment
> - RoboCup Soccer Server demo apps (maybe available already?)
No, they are not. There is not anything as an official demo 
applications; and I don't have enough motivation to package a team as a 
demo application since I'm not sure if packaging some teams just to show 
the possibilities of RoboCup Soccer Server worth the needed effort! 
AFAIK, they (in the package form) are not usable for anything but a demo.

> - New software packages to include
> - Finally prepare for a LiveCD containing all the robot software with an
>    easy to use simulation environment, especially as teaser
> - Documentation to get people started with robotics (and the LiveCD)
> - Toby Collet's distro coordination request
> If we have enough interested people we might propose this as a feature
> for F-13?
I hope so!

> So I think we should discuss a bit and eventually meet on IRC within the
> next two weeks or so. I'm pretty open on work days, what about you?
I think I can be available almost on any days.


> Regards from Aachen,
> 	Tim

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