Robot Operating System (ROS) for Absolute Beginners: Robotics Programming Made Easy, 2nd Edition

  • 2h 4m
  • Aleena Johny, Lentin Joseph
  • Apress
  • 2022

Start programming your own robots using Robot Operation System (ROS). Targeted for absolute beginners in ROS, Linux, and Python, this guide lets you build your own robotics projects.

You'll learn the basic foundation of Ubuntu Linux. Begin with the fundamentals. Installation and useful commands will give you the basic tools you need while programming a robot. Then add useful software applications that can be used while making robots. Programming robots can be done using any of the programming languages. Most popular programming languages are Python and C++. You will incorporate the fundamentals of C++ by learning object oriented programing concepts from example and building C++ projects.

Finally, tackle an ROS hands-on project to apply all the concepts of ROS you've learned. The aim of the project is to perform a dead-reckoning using a cheap mobile robot. You can command your robot's position on Rviz and your robot will move to that position! Not only will you learn to program, you'll gain hands-on experience working with hardware to create a real robot.

You will:

  • Install Ubuntu 20
  • Install ROS Noetic
  • Use ROS Programming with roscpp and rospy
  • Build a mobile robot from scratch using ROS

About the Author

Lentin Joseph is an author, roboticist and robotics entrepreneur from India. He runs a robotics software company called Qbotics Labs in Kochi/Kerala. He has 10 years of experience in the robotics domain primarily in Robot Operating System, OpenCV, and PCL.

He has authored 8 books in ROS, namely, Learning Robotics using Python first and second edition, Mastering ROS for Robotics Programming first and second edition, ROS Robotics Projects first and second edition, ROS Learning Path and Robot Operating System for Absolute Beginners.

He has his Masters in Robotics and Automation from India and has also worked at Robotics Institute, CMU, USA. He is a TEDx speaker.

Aleena Johny is a robotics software engineer currently working at Qbotics Labs from India. She completed her M. Tech and B. Tech from Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology (RSET), Kerala. After her post-graduation, she worked as an Asst. Professor in computer science for 1 year. After that, she started working in Qbotics Labs. She has experience with robotics software platforms such as Robot Operating System (ROS), Open-CV, and Gazebo. She has published a research paper in International Journal and National Conferences.

In this Book

  • Getting Started with Ubuntu Linux for Robotics
  • Fundamentals of C++ for Robotics Programming
  • Fundamentals of Python for Robotics Programming
  • Kick-Starting Robot Programming Using ROS
  • Programming with ROS
  • Robotics Project Using ROS