ROS Basic Workshop w/industrial dual-arm Baxter robot

# Scene from a public workshop at RSJ (Robotics Society of Japan) 2015 annual meeting.

Workshop details

  • Purpose: Brief introductory course for the Rethink Robotics’s Baxter Research Robot (for research), which came out in 2012 targeting mid-small class businesses while achieving low-price and revolutionary safety. Participants will experience the state-of-the-art mechanism and operational interface of the robot, as well as the high-end features such as motion planning and perception based on software programming gateway called ROS, a defacto standard framework for research-oriented robots.
  • Title: ROS Basic Workshop w/industrial dual-arm Baxter robot
  • Host: Tokyo Opensource Robotics Kyokai Association
  • Assent: Nihon Binary Co., Ltd. (official supplier of this robot in Japan)
  • Date: See “Schedule” section at the bottom of this page
  • Venue: Seminar room at Nihon Binary (Minato-ku, Tokyo). Subject to change.
  • Fee: 25,000 JPY (tax included. students are exempted for the fee for Opensource Contribution Program)
  • Workshop language: Japanese (sorry! But if there’s an interest for English, please contact us. We’ve managed sessions where non-Japanese speakers were present)
  • Curriculum
    • Part 1. Introduction to Baxter robot & ROS
      1. Baxter robot
      2. Baxter Research Robot
      3. ROS introduction (user base, architecture, basic commands, future plan)
    • Part 2. Hands on robot programming
      1. Motion planning by MoveIt!
      2. Perception and action planning
      3. Minute hackathon (using Python scripting language. If time allows)
      4. Baxter_Seminar_Network

  • Items to bring
    • Laptop computer
      • NOT required. Limited number of desktop machines are available. In fact pair-work if you’re coming with your colleague is recommended for better learning.
      • Intel i5 or above, RAM 4G or above, storage 7G or above, internet connectivity (ethernet or wifi)
        • We ask you to disable any intra-organizational network setting (e.g. Proxy) and make sure your machine can connect to the internet without them. These things are known to cause issues that might end up affect the workshop progress.
      • Ubuntu 14.04・ROS Indigo installed. See installation tutorial. (Hydro or any other ROS distro is not recommended in our workshop.


  • We, TORK, offers workshop for ROS, which is a crucial part of utilizing BRR. Go to this page for more info.


    Please look at the calendar and/or the list on the right side of this web page.

    Registration form