The Robotics and Internet-of-Things Lab
at Prince Sultan University organizes
Robot Operating System (ROS) Certificate Program

Presented by

Prof. Anis Koubaa

12-15 February 2018
Prince Sultan University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Program Highlight

The objective of this training program is to provide a quick start to Robot Operating System (ROS). I will give an overview of ROS and its evolution in the past years after its release. I will unveil the secrets of ROS that makes it a revolutionary solution for developing robotics applications. I will introduce the basic concepts of that allows you to easily explore the capabilities of ROS in building software for robotics. The participant will also develop application for both simulated and real robots. By attending the 18-hour training sessions, the participant will have a full understanding of ROS and will be able to develop his own applications and programs. We will use python for developing programs.

The Program will contain the following topics:

  • Hands-on activities on real-robots
  • Hands-on activities on simulated robots
  • Working with Turtlebot 3 and Turtlebot 2 robots
  • Tutorial sessions
  • Virtual machine will all software provided
  • Certificate upon exam passing

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this training, it is guaranteed that each participant will be able to:

  • Develop robotics applications using Robot Operating System (ROS)
  • Explain why ROS is the most important development framework for robotics applications
  • Fully understand the fudamental concepts of ROS
  • Develop ROS programs to control simulated and real robots
  • Use ROS to build a map for an environment
  • Use ROS to develop navigation programs in indoor environment
  • Process sensor data of robots and generate control command


Most important dates

  • November 15, 2017

    Opening Registration

  • December 31, 2017

    End of Early-Bird Registration
    (500 SAR discount for individuals)

  • January 30, 2018

    End of Registration

  • February 12-15, 2018

    ROS Certificate Event

Registration For discounts on GROUP registrations, please contact the organizers.

About the Instructor
Prof. Anis Koubaa

Dr. Anis Koubaa is a Professor in Computer Science, and Leader of the Robotics and Internet-of-Things Lab at , in Prince Sultan University. He is also R&D Consultant at Gaitech Robotics in China and Senior Researcher in CISTER/INESC TEC and ISEP-IPP, Porto, Portugal. He has been the Chair of the ACM Chapter in Saudi Arabia since 2014. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in UK. He received several distinctions and awards including the Rector Research Award in 2010 at Al-Imam Mohamed bin Saud University, and the Rector Teaching Award in 2016 at Prince Sultan University. He is the Editor in Chief of the Robotics Software Engineering topic of the International Journal of Advanced Robotics Systems, Associate Editor in the Cyber-Physical Journal (Taylor & Francis). He is also the authors of six books with Springer on robots, sensor networks and Robot Operating Systems (ROS). He is the author of more than 180 journal and conference publications. His current research deals providing solutions towards the integration of robots and drones into the Internet of Things (IoT) and clouds, in the context of cloud robotics.

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