The Portland Area Robotics Society
We are an Oregon non-profit formed to help those interested in robots. Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.
The PARTS yahoo group is a lively forum for public interchange on robotics; anyone is welcome to join the group. However, we will be migrating a lot of our online presence to our new colaborative web space -- part blog and part wiki:
Whether online or in person, we offer an active group of people building robots who are willing to help out anyone who also wants to learn about and build robots.
Meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, room FAB-150,
Portland State Univ (SW 4th Ave & College St.)
Directions to FAB-150:
It appears that the Engineering Building door (which we have used to enter the building) will now be locked on Saturdays. So, at this point, we will be using a different entrance. Enter the Fourth Avenue Building via a door on Harrison between 4th and 3rd. Someone will be there at 10:30AM to let people in. This entrance is very near to the meeting room (go down the hall to elevator or stairs and go up one level). If you are running late, you can call or text (there will be a sign on the door with the phone number) and someone will come down to let you in. Please try to be on time.
Next Main Meeting - June 4, 2016
Topic: Mapping and Navigation with ROS (Robot Operating System)
- Robert Toppel - President of Axiom Electronics
- Edward Epp - Oregon IEEE RAS chair (Robotics and Automation Society)
The session will begin with navigation demos using the Kobuki robot with an Asus Xtion Pro Live motion sensing system (similar to a Kinect). There will also be a mapping demo using a scratch built robot with a Neato XV-11 LIDAR system. Demos will be followed with an overview of ROS focusing on the mapping architecture and corresponding runtime and analysis tools. ROS is an open source robot architecture that integrates navigation, vision, and interprocess communication over a distributed system. It includes a robot simulator, analysis tools, hardware drivers, support for a range of existing hardware platforms and a SW build and distribution system.
Next Group Meeting - Monday July 4, 2016
Time: Monday, 7:00pm
Location: PSU LID Downstairs in the PSU Engineering Building (Room FAB 84-20)
EPL phone number: (503) 725-2879 if you need directions on Monday night.
The group meetings are every other Monday. At this point, we are working on individual projects and also on a group project to design an intelligent hobby servo.