The Robot Operating System (ROS) has been steadily gaining popularity among robotics researchers as an open source framework for robot control. The Unified System for Automation and Robot Simulation (USARSim) has been used for many years by robotics researchers and developers as a validated framework for simulation. This paper presents a new ROS node that is designed to seamlessly interface between ROS and USARSim. It provides for automatic configuration of ROS transforms and topics to allow for full utilization of the simulated hardware. The design of the new node as well as examples of its use for mobile robot and robotic arm control are presented.
Proceedings Title: Proceedings of the ASME 2012 International Symposium on Flexible Automation (ISFA 2012)
Conference Dates: June 18-20, 2012
Conference Location: St. Louis, MN
Pub Type: Conferences
USARSim, ROS, Simulation, Autonomous control, Combined framework