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Running ECTO Object Recognition on Ubuntu 11.10 / ROS Electric

asked 2012-04-17 05:27:52 -0500

Julius gravatar image

updated 2012-04-17 05:52:14 -0500

I am trying to install the object recognition stack on Ubuntu 11.10 / ROS Electric. I started with looking at where the Readme tells me that for Electric, I should rather look at I am wondering whether installation can be done any easier?

Compiling ros-object_recognition

In my ROS workspace, I add to my .rosinstall file

- git: {
     local-name: ros-object_recognition,
     uri: 'git://',
     version: master

and let rosinstall clone ros-object_recognition into my workspace

$ rosinstall .
$ source setup.bash
$ roscd ros-object_recognition

There are 186 packages to build on my machine (I tripled my 2 GB RAM on my notebook for this task). I had all the system dependencies installed previously. Note that I got ros-object_recognition at 56f07e1653bbf816e2f709d502b51cfd56e4ca9a.

$ rosmake

Resulting in

In member function
‘void tabletop::TableVisualizationMsgAssembler::addConvexHullTable(const Table&)’:

After patching the broken commit (e-mail me for a patch in case), compilation stopped with another error:

$ rosmake object_recognition_core

cd /home/julius/ros/ros-object_recognition/object_recognition_core && ./         #create a soft link to our python path
  + find lib/python2.7 -path *ecto -print0
  + libname=lib/python2.7/dist-packages/ecto
  + dirname lib/python2.7/dist-packages/ecto
  + libname2=lib/python2.7/dist-packages
  + ln -sf lib/python2.7/dist-packages pyshared
cd /home/julius/ros/ros-object_recognition/object_recognition_core
    && cp -fr ./pyshared/object_recognition_msgs/*     ../object_recognition_msgs/src/object_recognition_msgs
  cp: target `../object_recognition_msgs/src/object_recognition_msgs' is not a directory

Being adventurous, I took the straight-forward approach to create the missing directory

$ roscd object_recognition_msgs
$ mkdir -p src/object_recognition_msgs

Compilation now succeded

[ rosmake ] Results:                                                                                                                                                                                                               
[ rosmake ] Built 186 packages with 0 failures.

Initializing and tracking a template plane

So I went over to learning a reference frame (a step necessary to learn models from objects) as described in .

$ roscore
$ roslaunch openni_launch openni.launch

Before running anything, I sourced into another environment just because paths weren't set and is apparently setting some paths.

$ roscd object_recognition_core
$ source


$ rosrun object_recognition_core -o ~/template_plane

This worked pretty well and the template plane was robustly tracked with or without object placed upon the plane.

$ rosrun object_recognition_core --track_directory ~/template_plane

Works like a charm, really.

Capturing model data

Now following, I proceeded to capture a model by

$ rosrun object_recognition_core capture -i ~/template_plane --seg_z_min 0.01 -o a.bag

Unfortunately, I am running out of luck here and happen to run into some Python path troubles

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/home/julius/ros/ros-object_recognition/object_recognition_core/bin/capture",
line 70, in <module>
  File "/home/julius/ros/ros-object_recognition/object_recognition_core/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/capture/",
line 81, in create_capture_plasm
    from ecto_ros import Mat2Image, RT2PoseStamped
ImportError: cannot import name Mat2Image

Inspecting the python path, I can see


Manually looking into what is ... (more)

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answered 2012-04-20 02:38:14 -0500

Vincent Rabaud gravatar image

Hi Julius, your comments should have been a bug report on as mentioned on

You are definitely not supposed to go through so much hassle to get it to work and I am sorry the stack was released in such an unstable state. A loooot of infrastructure work has happened.

0.4.4 got released (soon to be synchronized with the official repos) and I successfully tested the pipelines there on Electric. It should work for you.

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Is object recognition stable for fuerte now? Which procedure should I follow? Thank you~

sam gravatar image sam  ( 2012-10-28 05:41:51 -0500 )edit

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