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A MATLAB guy wants to do a project in ROS

asked 2014-09-30 12:02:12 -0600

AliAs gravatar image

updated 2014-10-02 07:33:20 -0600

Background + Objective!: I am a MATLAB/Computer Vision guy and I want to start to write a some piece of useful code in ROS. I have a basic understanding of ROS (topic, node, message ...). What I want to do is to write a 3D version of local occupancy grid map in 5-6 months (It will be as a part of my PhD thesis). Result of 2d version of local occupancy grid map that I have done in MATLAB is available in here: Link

Problems!: The problem is ROS is a bit confusing for me. Maybe because of the lack of my skills in ROS and CPP. In my view MATLAB is a small body with huge amount of muscles (lots of codes, toolboxes and a great source of helps for writing small project) and ROS has a just big skeleton (very good structured for making big/real projects) and building every chunk of muscle for filling this skeleton will needs a lots of time and efforts... . Most of my questions are regarding programming skills in CPP and ROS. Some one please give me a big picture of what should I do:

  • Is it possible to directly write/implement a medium size cpp project in ROS or should I use an ide? e.g. Qt creator, Eclipse ...
  • how can I debug my codes in ROS?
  • how can I visualize 3D grids in ROS/CPP?

P.S. I will add more questions later.

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answered 2014-09-30 12:57:41 -0600

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updated 2014-09-30 12:59:06 -0600

I guess you want to use ROS not ROS with Matlab

Have a look on these packages which will be useful 3d_navigation , octomap_server and octomap_mapping

you dont need IDE to manage project but Qtcreator comes good for autofilling and debugging.

Visualize 3D grids in ROS/CPP

RVIZ can do that for you, it was quite easy .

Debugging ROS in Qtcreator

this QA is very helpful

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Yes. I want to use ROS. Thank you for you useful information. I will have more questions to ask, ...

AliAs gravatar image AliAs  ( 2014-10-01 09:08:02 -0600 )edit
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answered 2014-09-30 12:46:31 -0600

Tom Moore gravatar image

I don't know a lot about MATLAB and ROS, but Ren Sang Nah of Mathworks presented a new MATLAB-ROS I/O package at ROSCon this year. Might be worth a look for you.

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