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robot_localization/ekf_localization when working with namespaces

asked 2016-03-12 10:52:03 -0600

Omer gravatar image


I am working on Clearpath's Jackal now and trying to spawn it on a Gazebo world with another robot. For that (as far as I understand) I need to use namespaces (one for each robot). I have taken the original launch files provided by Clearpath and tried to modify them. I have noticed that in jackal_control/control.launch they launch the ekf_localization node. When I comment out this line - everything works, but when it's not commented, things don't work.

The bottom line of my question: what do I need to do in order to work with the ekf_localization node in a namespace? I tried to simply wrap it in a namespace and it didn't work. I tried to define a tf_prefix and it also didn't help.


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Perhaps you could give us more detail? When you say it "doesn't work," what do you mean?

Tom Moore gravatar image Tom Moore  ( 2016-03-13 12:25:51 -0600 )edit

Either one of two things happens: my Gazebo world doesn't open or it does open and gets hung a few seconds later (when I'm trying to change the field of view)

Omer gravatar image Omer  ( 2016-03-14 16:50:59 -0600 )edit

I'm sorry, do you mean to say that you're not having trouble with robot_localization, but with Gazebo?

Tom Moore gravatar image Tom Moore  ( 2016-03-20 17:21:59 -0600 )edit

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answered 2016-03-12 12:16:46 -0600

Hi Omer,

What I understand from your question is that you want to launch two instances of robot_localization for two different robots by launching then under different name_spaces.

To launch the robot_localization node under a name_space you can use <group> tag or you can pass argument __ns (args="__ns=name_space"). After this your launch file would include:

<node ns="bot1" pkg="robot_localization" type="ekf_localization_node" name="ekf_localization">
  <rosparam command="load" file="$(find jackal_control)/config/robot_localization_bot1.yaml" />
<node ns="bot2" pkg="robot_localization" type="ekf_localization_node" name="ekf_localization">
 <rosparam command="load" file="$(find jackal_control)/config/robot_localization_bot2.yaml" />

after this you would need to modify your yaml files accordingly,

frequency: 50
odom0: /jackal_velocity_controller/odom   #odom source for respective robot
odom0_config: [false, false, false,
false, false, false,
true, true, true,
false, false, true,
false, false, false]
odom0_differential: false
imu0: /imu/data #imu source for respective bot
imu0_config: [false, false, false,
true, true, true,
false, false, false,
true, true, true,
false, false, false]
imu0_differential: false
odom_frame: odom  # fixed frame for robot (this can be same for both)
base_link_frame: base_link #fixed frame for robot (this should be diffenret for both)
world_frame: odom #again same is fine

make sure that you publish static transforms between IMU frame and baselink for both the robots

Hope this helps.

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Thanks Sudeep. I have tried what you suggested but it still doesn't work. By the way, what changes do I need in the yaml file?

Omer gravatar image Omer  ( 2016-03-12 14:33:23 -0600 )edit

As mentioned in Answer, major changes would be odom0, imu0, odom_frame, base_link_frame, world_frame @Omer

Sudeep gravatar image Sudeep  ( 2016-03-13 05:05:04 -0600 )edit

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