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ROS electric arm navigation programmatically adding collision object

asked 2011-10-04 11:00:34 -0500

Ibrahim gravatar image

Hi all,

I'm a little unsure of the proper way to programmatically insert my own custom meshes into the planning scene environment for the ROS electric arm_navigation package. I've been able to insert my own objects in using the planning scene viewer GUI (loading an STL file) but how would I do this programmatically? For instance, I have a model of some object that I want to plan around and I can recognize and align to sensory data, and I want to insert this object into the planning environment when I've recognized it in the scene. What is the correct way to go about doing this? Thanks!

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I would also like to add Collision objectss to the planning scene using the code below, but with ROS Groovy and MoveIt. So far I did not get it to work because the headers are deprecated in Groovy and MoveIt. Does anyone have an idea how to do a similar thing in Groovy+MoveIt?

Wouter gravatar image Wouter  ( 2013-02-27 03:35:35 -0500 )edit

@Ibrahim i am new in ROS and now i am doing motion planing for my Robotic arm . i Generate all the Moveit configuration files .Now i want to insert a Environment . HOW i can load that STL file in mine Moveit demo.launch File

lagankapoor gravatar image lagankapoor  ( 2018-04-16 02:58:42 -0500 )edit

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answered 2011-10-04 11:43:31 -0500

egiljones gravatar image

Basically what you want to do is load the mesh object, create an arm_navigation_msgs::CollisionObject from that mesh object, and publish it on the '/collision_object' topic. The environment_server listens to this topic and then will include the mesh object in the planning scene, making MoveArm plan around it.

In a bit more detail, here's a sketch of some code:

#include <geometric_shapes/shape_operations.h>
#include <planning_environment/util/construct_object.h>

btVector3 scale(1.0,1.0,1.0);
//filename is either an absolute path or a package:// address
shapes::Mesh* mesh = shapes::createMeshFromFilename(filename, &scale);

arm_navigation_msgs::Shape object;
if(!planning_environment::constructObjectMsg(mesh, object)) {
  ROS_WARN_STREAM("Object construction fails");
delete mesh;
arm_navigation_msgs::CollisionObject collision_object;
collision_object.operation.operation = arm_navigation_msgs::CollisionObjectOperation::ADD;
collision_object.header.stamp = ros::Time::now();
collision_object.header.frame_id = WORLD_FRAME_ID; = "my_object";
//pose comes from elsewhere and must be set
geometry_msgs::Pose object_recognition_pose;

//publish on /collision_object topic
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Ok, thanks! I actually tried this last night and I had trouble getting assimp to link properly but I'll try again looking at the CMakelists.txt for the move_arm_warehouse which uses this function too.
Ibrahim gravatar image Ibrahim  ( 2011-10-04 13:05:34 -0500 )edit
there's a rosdep for it in the geometric_shapes package - just make sure you declare a depend on planning_environment - which depends on geometric_shapes - in your manifest and you shouldn't need to mention assimp at all in linking.
egiljones gravatar image egiljones  ( 2011-10-05 04:38:09 -0500 )edit
Mm yeah, not sure what was wrong the first time but I got your code snippet to work in my application. Thanks!
Ibrahim gravatar image Ibrahim  ( 2011-10-05 17:50:01 -0500 )edit

how to assign the file name?e.g. my file is /opt/myros/chair.dae, i use createMeshFromFilename("/opt/myros/chair.dae", &scale); but got this error: Error retrieving file [/opt/myros/chair.dae]: <url> malformed

yangyangcv gravatar image yangyangcv  ( 2012-10-31 02:34:56 -0500 )edit

In hydro this createMeshFromFilename has been replaced with createMeshFromResouce:

St3am gravatar image St3am  ( 2014-04-02 07:55:14 -0500 )edit

answered 2011-10-05 01:09:09 -0500

tom temple gravatar image

Don't forget that you will need to set the "use_collision" to true in the planning environment.

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The parameter "use_collision_map" only controls whether or not the voxelized collision map is subscribed to by the environment server - publishing on the collision_object topic should work as long as the "use_monitor" parameter is set.
egiljones gravatar image egiljones  ( 2011-10-05 04:10:24 -0500 )edit

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