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Robot Operating System (ROS) and ROSPy

Episode #7, published Tue, May 12, 2015, recorded Mon, Apr 27, 2015

Programming is fun. Robots are fun. Programming robots is awesome! This episode Michael speaks with Dirk Thomas from the ROS (Robot Operating System) project. You will learn how to use ROS and ROSPy to program robots.

We discuss how to use ROS from some of the largest and most complex robots built (including one on the International Space Station!) all the way down to basic robots controlled via micro-controllers such as arduinos.

Links from the show:

ros_comm on GitHub:

rospy docs at

ROS docs at

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Dirk Thomas
Dirk Thomas
Dirk joined the ROS project at Willow Garage before the "Fuerte" release and is maintaining the client libraries including "rospy" since then.
After focusing on the C++ world during his studies he started diving into Python when working on a hybrid C++ / Python graphical user interface.
Nowadays he favors using Python over C++ whenever possible due to its expressiveness, easy of writing and richness of available libraries.
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