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This project is part of the liveProject series Build Mobile Robots with ROS 2
intermediate Python • intermediate Git • Linux basics (installing and building software installation, working with command line tools, shell basics, and working with multiple terminals)
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set up the programming environment for ROS 2 • ROS 2 fundamentals • create a ROS 2 workspace • create ROS 2 launchfiles, services, messages
Mateusz Sadowski
1 week · 6-8 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE

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Start building your robotics foundation: You’re a programmer helping create prototype robots for the RoboPrototypes company. You’ll get a brief introduction to ROS 2, set up the programming environment, and onboard robotics building blocks with basic tutorials. Then you’re ready to create launch files, which are integral to every ROS project. As you create packages in ROS 2, you’ll learn to define and use parameters and declare custom messages. When you’re finished, you’ll have a firm foundation for delving deeper into robotics.

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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Mat Sadowski

Mat Sadowski is a robotics consultant with eight years of experience in the industry. He has experience working with over thirty worldwide clients on such platforms as mobile robots, unmanned boats, industrial robots, and even lawnmowers. In his spare time, Mat is developing the robotics newsletter Weekly Robotics. You can get up to date on his work by following him on LinkedIn or by following his blog.


This liveProject is for programmers who are interested in building mobile robots hands-on with ROS 2 or who want to switch to ROS 2 from ROS 1. To follow this liveProject you’ll need a computer running Ubuntu 22.04 capable of running Gazebo and be familiar with the following:

  • Python
  • Git
  • Linux basics (installing and building software, working with command-line tools, shell basics, working with multiple terminals)
  • OOP with Python

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll learn basic skills to prepare for solving various robotics problems on different platforms and software.

  • Set up the programming environment for ROS 2
  • ROS 2 fundamentals
  • Understand the basic interfaces available in ROS
  • Create a ROS workspace
  • Use ROS 2 launchfiles
  • Use parameters
  • Declare custom messages and services
  • Create nodes


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