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ROS – Software for Every Robot

September 11, 2018, 6:30-8:30PM

Ralph Gnauck
Robotics Engineer at Ologic Inc.

Cadence / Bldg 10,
2655 Seely Ave, San Jose, CA (map)

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IEEE Computer Society of Silicon Valley
Co-Sponsor: IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS)

6:30 – 7:00 PM Networking & Refreshments
7:00 – 8:15 PM Talk
8:15 – 8:30 PM Q&A/Adjourn

In this talk the speaker will discuss the Robot Operating System, better known as ROS.

ROS is an open source software platform created to support all layers of robotics systems development.

The talk will briefly discuss the origins and growth of ROS from its days at Stanford University and Willow Garage to its current home at OSRF and its widespread use in academia and industry.

The presentation will provide an overview of the scope and types of functionality provided by ROS and how this enables any robot to leverage the power of this diverse eco-system.

In the main technical part of the talk, a detailed inspection on the internal architecture of ROS will be presented covering the common design principles behind the platform.

How ROS can be used to build a robotics software base will be examined using examples of a simple mobile robotic platform.

Finally, the talk will conclude with some brief projections and forward looking ideas on the future of ROS and robotics software.

Ralph Gnauck

Ralph Gnauck

Ralph Gnauck is a robotics engineer at OLogic Inc, a Silicon Valley design consultancy for hardware and software development, specializing in robotics and consumer devices.

Ralph’s expertise is a combination of software and hardware and he spends his days assisting clients with the design and development of their product ideas.  As a member of the Ologic team Ralph has contributed to some of the bay area’s leading ROS based robotic products such as Bear Robotics Penny robot, Savioke Relay delivery robot and the Knightscope security robot, as well as research robots for Panasonic.

Ralph’s background includes over 35 years of experience in the Electronics & Information Technology industry, he was team lead for applications development projects that won a CIO Enterprise Value Award for AT&T in 2002.  Ralph has worked on camera and vision systems for robotics applications at and Intuitive Surgical.

Ralph is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery, he received a B. Applied Science in Computer Science from Canberra University, Australia in 1989 and a Graduate Diploma in Information Sciences from the same institution, also in 1989.

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IEEE 5G Learning Series – Bay Area: Energy Efficiency Edition

September 19, 2018, 8:00AM-6:00PM

THEME: “IEEE 5G Energy Efficiency Tutorial”


  • Jaafar Elmirghani
    Director of the Institute of Integrated Information Systems, University of Leeds
    Keynote: “GreenTouch – Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow”
  • Chih-Lin I
    CMCC Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, China Mobile
    “5G’s Green Journey and More”
  • Ylva Jading
    Senior Specialist, Ericsson Research
    “From Always On to Always Available”
  • Apurv Mathur
    Principal Architect, Nokia
    “5G Densification and Network Power Efficiency”
  • Doug Kirkpatrick
    CEO, Eridan Communications
    “Mitigating Thermal & Power Limitations to Enable 5G”
  • Anirban Bandyopadhyay
    Director, RF Strategic Applications & Business Development, Global Foundries
    “Silicon Technology Solutions to Address Power and Performance Requirements for Sub 6GHz & mmwave 5G Radio Interface”
  • Bruce Nordman
    Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    “Networked Electricity”

Location: Texas Instruments, Bldg. E Auditorium, Santa Clara, CAIn-person event

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This event is a hosted by IEEE 5G Tutorial, lead by Brian Zahnstecher, Principal IEEE Senior Member, Chair SF Bay IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS)Co-Sponsored by:

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